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General

Choosing a First Shotgun

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 so brutal that it will knock you off your feet. Likewise, not every shotgun is equally suited to every shooter or situation. With a little research and forethought, you’ll be ready to choose a shotgun that will perform when needed and be comfortable to shoot.

Kel-Tec KSG shotgun, gray, profile right

Firearms

By the Numbers: America’s Top 5 Shotguns

Semi-auto handguns topped the list, which was not much of a surprise. Likewise, semi-auto rifle topped it category, but when it comes to shotguns, that sweet sound of a pump being racked tops the list. Then again, with some of the awesome sales over the past couple of years, who hasn’t picked up a couple extras for when a SHTF scenario becomes reality?

Federal Hi-Bird shotshells box

Ammunition

Federal Premium Introduces Hi-Bird Upland Shotshells

Federal Premium Ammunition recently announced its new Hi-Bird shotshell, which combines speed, hard-hitting pellets and a specialized wad to fold the highest doves, crows, and pigeons, as well as pheasants and the most challenging upland birds. Shipments are currently being delivered , and Cheaper Than Dirt! has plenty.

Door breaching Remington 870 shotgun

Firearms

The Riot Gun

What is a riot gun? The riot gun is compact enough for any foreseeable need, handles quickly, and swings from one target to the other rapidly in trained hands. But, is it the best shotgun for tactical work? Read the entire—especially the plot twist at the end.

Winchester SX4 shotgun with black synthetic stock right

Firearms

6 Shotguns for Your Next Upland Hunt

At first look many would think Upland bird hunting season has passed. While that is true for pheasant, quail, chukar and others, let’s not forget about turkey! After all, who says you have to have a designated thumper just for turkey. Even if you do, it’s never too early to start thinking about next season, or just to break in your new gun while your dog gets a tune up. Here are six shotguns everyone can be proud while enjoying a little wing and shot time.

Right profile view of the Wild bunch shotgun

Firearms

The ’97 Wild Bunch Shotgun

The Winchester 1897 shotgun was manufactured from 1897 to 1957. At one time the ’97 set the standard for combat shotguns. With a five-round tubular magazine fed by a helical coil spring and featuring a reliable slide action the ’97 is a rugged serviceable shotgun. While the author has tested quite a few shotguns for a new book, the pump-action clone of the Winchester 1897 is a hands-down favorite for fun shooting.

Bob Campbell shooting a semi automatic shotgun with two shells in the air

Ammunition

Tactical Shotgun Loads

The shotgun is a great problem solver and best regarded as a tactical system. This is primarily due the respect and homage we pay to the great versatility of the shotgun and its payload. Why many shotguns may fit the bill, it is the ammunition that delivers the lethal blow. Will your load be up to the threat?

Butt of the Magpul SGA stock right

General

Review: Magpul SGA Stock/Mossberg 500

Firing 20 full-power buckshot loads from a 12 gauge Mossberg ended with my wrist resulted in Epsom salts the next morning. The pistol grip shotgun is acceptable for entry team use, or crowded areas, and ideal for keeping handy in fishing trawlers to take out flipping, gnashing sharks brought in with the more mundane catches. However, for extended shooting sessions, upgrade to Magpul’s SGA stock.

Kel-Tec KSG shotgun with a box of Winchester AA Shotshells

Firearms

Range Report: Kel-Tec KSG Shotgun

There are shotguns that do not look like shotguns. All are not practical but a few have merit. Among the most innovative and interesting is the Kel Tec KSG shotgun. The KSG is unmistakably a Kel Tec; the modern design and engineering shows. This is a shotgun you should immerse yourself in to learn the nuances of the design and operation if you plan to deploy the shotgun for personal defense.