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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.

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Ammunition

.410 Loads for Self-Defense — A Carjacker’s Worst Nightmare and More

I have always loved the .410. At a young age, I was introduced to it as an alternative to the .22 long rifle for rabbits and squirrels. Due to the shot pattern, it was easier to harvest the fast moving little critters. Later, I was introduced to bird hunting and quickly realized those old men were not shooting the .410 to gain an advantage. Instead, it was a show of skill on fast-moving Bobwhite’s. However, it was when I was first introduced to the .410 for self-defense that I gained a respect for the cartridge.

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Firearms

The Versatile Taurus Judge

The Taurus Judge is a pure defense revolver, lightweight, portable and versatile loads. Read the post for load recommendations and more details.

Firearms

Top 10 Shotgun Posts as of May 4, 2013

Shotguns may not have the glamour of highly accessorized platforms such as the AR-15, AK family, and semi-auto pistols, but Chronicle readers know that a good scattergun can do a lot of jobs, from defending the home to putting doves on the grill. Here are the top-10 Shooter’s Log articles covering shotguns in their various forms and functions:

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Firearms

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.