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Firearms

New Shotguns for 2018 — SHOT Show Edition

Shotguns are the ultimate all-purpose firearm. With your favorite shotgun, you can head to the range to bust a few clays, clear a doorway when defending the homestead, or down a deer with slugs buckshot. Therefore, it is no surprise that shotguns are anything but a sideshow. Here are 20+ top scatterguns to fit every shooter’s high demands.

Bob Campbell shooting a pump shotgun

General

Thoughts on Home Defense Preparation

The most dangerous places are outside the home. Inside the home, we have barriers including outer doors, glass, and hard interior doors. Hopefully, the family has your back, and you have a plan. If not, you have more problems than even this article can address.

Remington 870 black pump-action shotgun laying on some wood logs

Safety and Training

5 Home-Defense Shotgun Tips and Accessories

For those considering a shotgun, there is no shortage of arguments in your favor. Since its invention, the shotgun has served a defensive and offensive role in law enforcement, military duty, personal defense, and hunting. It is truly a multipurpose weapon. In the hands of a seasoned shotgunner, it offers a level of precision whether breaking clays or on the tactical shotgun course. However, in the home it can be the difference between life and death.

Demonstrating a proper cheekweld when shooting a shotgun

Gun Gear

Adaptive Tactical ExPerformance — Performance for Your Combat Shotgun

Are you looking to breathe new life into an old shotgun? Perhaps a good, modern stock that makes the shotgun well suited for tactical use, works great with slug loads, and mimics the fit and feel of the AR-15 stock, is what you are looking for. Regardless your motivation, the Adaptive Tactical stock more than works well. This is the final evaluation of the author after more than a year of testing and use. Read the full story.

YouTube video cover of Shotgun versus Handgun for home defense

General

NSSF Video: Shotgun vs. Handgun for Home Defense — Thunder Ranch

The argument between which firearm—shotgun or handgun—is best for home defense is almost as old as the 9mm vs. .45 ACP debate. However, we are still debating it because neither camp has conceded. In this video, sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Clint Smith, president and director of the Thunder Ranch training center, talks about why the comparative length of a handgun—when used properly—is insignificant to that of a shotgun and why length alone should not be a deterrent when choosing a firearm for home defense.

Benelli 828 O/U shotgun

Competitive Shooting

Sporting Clays: Getting Started

Sporting clays is quite possibly the ultimate shotgun sport, but also a discipline that a complete beginner can participate in and enjoy as much as the seasoned veteran. Although you can never master sporting clays, it is the pursuit and variation that come from one target to the next or one course to the next that keeps shotgunners hungry for more rounds that is never quite satiated.

Lightfield Whitetail Hybred-exp shotshell

Ammunition

Review: Lightfield Slugs

I have experimented with slugs for over 30 years because I wanted to improve the performance of the police-style riot gun. These slugs are powerful, they pound the shoulder, and they get the job done. While Lightfield’s offering excel for defense, hunters are not forgotten with both light and heavy recoil loads for added knock-down power. If you are looking for maximum performance, check out Lightfield. They are sometimes overlooked but not because of accuracy and power. This specialty maker offers real performance at a fair price.

Bob Campbell shooting the Raptor shotgun

General

Sighting Shotguns — Beyond Point and Shoot

There are situations in which the shotgun must be carefully aimed for both hunting and self-defense. That’s primarily because the shotgun can be a formidable weapon to 50 yards and beyond when the user is familiar with its attributes. However, the pattern has not spread all that much at short range and should be aimed almost as carefully as rifle. Have you sighted in your shotgun?