A shotgun is the most versatile firearm you’ll ever own. Contrary to what you might see on TV, shotguns do not magically hit every target, and the recoil is not—or at least does not have to be—so brutal that it will knock you off your feet. However, while versatile, not every shotgun is equally suited to every shooter or situation. With a little research and aforethought, you’ll be ready to choose a shotgun that will perform when needed and be comfortable to shoot. Here’s your guide to put you on the right path.
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The short-barreled double barrel shotgun with hammers is often called a coach gun or side-by-side shotgun.
Cheaper Than Dirt! staffers covering the 2014 SHOT Show in Las Vegas have filed their first reports on new shotguns introduced at the show. Based on what we’re seeing, consumers will see a full spectrum of new shotguns in 2014.
I am a big fan of shoot ‘em up movies (yes, I loved The Expendables), and guns in movies, be them real or fantasy. Sometimes I get so distracted checking out the guns and trying to name them, that I lose track of the movie. Doh! True Story: My movie buddy and I went to see The Killers and she whispered to me, “Who is that?” and I replied, “OH! That’s an H&K MP5!” She just laughed at me. Here is a short list of great movie guns:
Century International Arms GP WASR-10
The AK-47 has showed up in many of our favorite movies. This one by Century International Arms is a WASR-10 with a 30-round high-capacity magazine and outfitted with the original-style fixed wooden stock. It includes compensator, bayonet lug, and a bayonet.
The AK-47 is easily the most popular rifle in the entire world. One of my favorite quotes about the AK-47 is from the movie, Jackie Brown: “AK-47. The very best there is. When you absolutely, positively got to kill every m*****f***** in the room, accept no substitutes.” (Spoken by Ordell Robbie, played by Samuel L. Jackson.)
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12 Gauge Century International Arms JW-2000 Coach Side by Side Shotgun
Who hasn’t called their shotgun a boomstick before? (If you haven’t, I suggest you try it.) Ash, in Army of Darkness, declares his “boomstick” a Remington, which in fact, is not a Remington in the film. International Movie Firearms Database thinks it is a 12-gauge Stoeger Coach gun, but cannot confirm that.
This Century International Arms JW-2000 Coach side-by-side shotgun looks very similar to Ash’s shotgun. This 12-gauge scattergun has a 20-inch barrel, a 3-inch chamber and a walnut-stained hardwood stock.
Nate Steere on www.askmen.com wrote, “you know a gun is worth its weight when a guy with a chainsaw for a hand still bothers carrying it around.”
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Cimarron Holy Smoker SA Revolver
This Cimarron “Holy Smoker” single-action revolver is a replica of the Single-Action Army revolver that Ben Wade, played by Russell Crowe, carried in the re-made Western 3:10 to Yuma. In the film, they call the revolver “The Hand of God.”
The Cimarron Holy Smoker features a gold-plated, sterling silver cross inlay in the grip, just like Ben Wade’s in the movie.
“The Hand of God” was said to be cursed, as anyone who touched it, besides Wade, was supposed to die. I highly doubt that the Holy Smoker is cursed, but for a good story, you sure could say it is.
The Holy Smoker is a .45 Colt wheel gun with a case hardened, old-model steel frame and is 4.75” long.
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Springfield Armory Loaded M1A Semi-Automatic Rifle .308 Winchester
Ah, one of my all-time favorite movies: Full Metal Jacket. So many of the memorable scenes and quotes from this movie are about the M1A (M14) rifle:
- “This is my rifle, this is my gun! This is for fightin’, this is for fun!”
- “There are many like it, but this one is mine.”
- “Seven. Point. Six Two. Millimeter. Full. Metal. Jacket.”
The M14 is also the rifle the Army issued to my father while serving. The M14/M1A, based on the design of the M1 Garand, began production in 1957 by Harrington & Richardson, Springfield Armory, Winchester, and TRW. Springfield is the only company still manufacturing the M1A rifle. A collector’s original pre-1968 M14 in excellent condition can rake in $18,000! That is if you can find one.
This new production Springfield M1A, chambered for 7.62x51mm (.308 Winchester) has a 22” National Match barrel, a 10-round magazine, a two-stage military, match-tuned trigger, and a classic American walnut stock.
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Finally, I have to give a shout-out to my favorite fantasy movie gun of all time; Cherry Darling’s (Rose McGowan) AR-15 leg in Planet Terror.
What are some of your favorite movie guns, even fantasy ones? Loved the mini gun in Predator? Tell us about it!