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Firearms

Is it Time to Retire the Defensive Shotgun?

It used to be believed (or is it still believed) that the 12-gauge pump-action shotgun was the ultimate home-defense gun. Has the AR-15 taken over in popularity? We discuss this question and let you reach your own conclusions. Weigh in on the discussion after reading.

Firearms

5 Shotguns You Should Shoot Before You Die

There are plenty of iconic firearms in the world. It is impossible to list all the must-shoots in one post. Here is The Shooter’s Log breakdown of five very important shotguns every shooter should try. Did your favorites make the list?

Firearms

Why You Should Buy a Shotgun—Today!

From home defense to hunting—nothing beats the versatility and reliability of a shotgun. Here are five very good reasons to pull the trigger on purchasing a shotgun today. Can you think of more reasons why?

CZ wood-stock budget shotgun

Competitive Shooting

Top Seven Shotgun Choices for Bustin’ Clays on a Budget

Don’t let images from Garden & Gun magazine or the Beretta Gallery scare you off to learning skeet and trap shooting. It’s not just for those with an unlimited budget. There are plenty of quality clay-busting shotguns that are also well within budget. Check out this list of seven of our favorite affordable competition shotguns.

Mossberg 500 Turkey shotgun mossy oak camo right side

Firearms

6 Shotguns Under $500 to Tackle Tommy Three Toes

Turkeys have the best eyes in the woods bar none. In fact, if a turkey could smell I doubt we would ever be able to kill one. However, with the right gear and gun we can! Here’s our top picks to terrorize turkeys while protecting your wallet.

Federal Premium 3rd Degree Turkey Shotgun Shell

Ammunition

Federal Premium Announces New 3rd Degree Turkey Load

Federal’s Premium 3rd Degree turkey load uses a multi-shot, three-layer payload to ensure lethal patterns out to 40 yards. Read about the new introduction that had turkey hunter’s at the recent National Wild Turkey Foundation convention dropping their wingtips and strutting.

DP-12 Shotgun right profile black

News

SHOT Show 2015 Exclusive! The DP-12 in Action!

Many are wondering if the DP-12 double-barreled, pump-action shotgun is all it’s rumored to be. Cheaper Than Dirt! is at Media Day at the Range 2015 shooting the exclusive shotgun. Watch to see it feed and eject shells flawlessly!

Picture shows a bullpup design pump action shotgun in Next G1 camo.

Firearms

From Range Toys to Long Range: Five Cool New Firearms

From range toys to long range, these five new firearms are undoubtedly cool—no matter your reasoning for purchasing. Daniel Defense’s DDM4v11 is an affordable AR-15, but in no way made just for entry level. Cheaper Than Dirt carries the only AR-15 platform rifle chambered for .30-06 made by Noreen Firearms. JRC makes bugging out by the sea almost fun, Smith & Wesson’s M&P 22 Compact is made right here in America and for bullpup fans who won’t wait for the Kel-Tec KSG, we have the perfect alternative—the UTAS-USA Hunting pump action shotgun in Next G1 camo.

Tan box of Hornaday Buckshot with red lettering on a white background

Ammunition

Using the Shotgun and Shotgun Loads

There are three ranges of the shotgun: short, medium and far, also known as A, B and C ranges. You have to know which is the likely engagement range and plan from there. The intended use of the shotgun has much bearing on the load you choose and the details in this article steer you in the right direction.