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A Beginner’s Guide to Shotguns

Shotguns are one of the most useful tools in your arsenal. A reliable shotgun works wonders for home defense, hunting, training, and clay sports. Shotguns are among the most versatile guns out there. Many experts say that if they could just have one gun, it would be a shotgun. However, there are many different types on the market, separated by gauge as well as action. This guide introduces those new to shotguns in a concise manner.

Bob Campbell aiming a Mossberg 500 Persuader shotgun

Firearms

Review: Mossberg 500 Persuader

If you are serious about defending the home, the first choice is a shotgun, mainly because a 12-gauge shotgun will repel boarders like no other firearm. A number of years ago, Mossberg offered a short-barrel pump-action shotgun known as the Persuader. Today, the piece is back as a highly finished retrograde shotgun worthy of consideration.

Woman wearing pink ear muffs shooting the Stoeger M3K 12 gauge shotgun

Firearms

Review: Stoeger M3k Shotgun for 3 Gun

About 18 months ago, I decided it was high time for me to try my hand at 3 Gun. Life was good; I carved out some range time and found a friend to attend with me. He had some experience running matches, so he helped me kit up and learn some practice drills. We had a great time, even if he consistently smoked my stage times.

Bob Campbell shooting a shotgun through recoil

Safety and Training

Shotgun Drills: Semi-Automatics

The automatic shotgun demands different drills for speed loading than a pump-action shotgun. Proper practice with automatic shotgun and you may just find that the shotgun is more efficient than you thought. If there is any real problem beginning students have, it is a lack of familiarity with the firearm. These drills will build familiarity with the shotgun and may be a lifesaver.

Angled pistol grip of the Magpul SGA stock

General

Review: Magpul SGA Stock — A Shotgun’s Best Upgrade

There are three firearms used for personal defense—the pistol, rifle, and shotgun. The shotgun is sometimes shied away from due to its recoil. The proper technique, leaning into the shotgun and controlling recoil, goes a long way, and so does extensive practice with light recoiling birdshot loads. When that isn’t enough, turn to Magpul’s SGA stock for a custom recoil taming fit.

Stevens 320 Security 12 gauge shotgun black pump with pistol grip

Firearms

5 Home Defense Shotguns for the Budget-Minded

When it comes to personal safety, it is always good policy to buy the best you can afford. After all, if you were preparing to jump out of a plane, would you be comforted to know you were wearing the cheapest parachute on the market? Fortunately, parachutes are not shotguns. In fact, you do not have to break the bank or your budget to get a home defense shotgun worthy of relying on to protect you and your castle. Here are five top shotgun choices that will not break the bank.