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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.

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Camping & Survival

Preppers: Choose Your Weapons

The question is, when the man says to choose your weapons, what is the choice? The real question must be what is the threat. I think most of us realize we need a handgun to always be with us and a long gun to even the odds and provide real protection. For a long term prepper to cover the needs and situation from a fixed base, the list is longer.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Gear, Parts and Accessories

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.

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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.

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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.