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Gun Powder Burns Rossi Circuit JudgeRossi Circuit Judge

Forum topic: 3 years 3 weeks ago - I do not recommend the Rossi Circuit Judge, unless you don't mind gun powder burns to your clothing or arms. On September 21, 2011, we fired the gun (out of box) with 410 defense shot gun shells. I incurred burns to both my left jacket sleeve and ... Read More »

Mag Extension for Mossburg 500

Forum topic: 3 years 8 weeks ago - I have a mossberg 500 with an 18 inch barrel. I am looking for a mag extension but cant seem to find one. I would consider purchasing a longer barrel if I had too. I would appreciate any links to this extension. TY Read More »

Shot sizes

Forum topic: 3 years 8 weeks ago - No not tequila shots!! Shot gun shells are commonly available in #9 shot to 00 Buckshot. Disclaimer: at ranges under 20 feet, 1 full ounce , or more, of lead at +1000 fps does extreme damage to what it hits, no matter the diameter of the ... Read More »

What Type Of Shotgun Should I Get Saiga Or Benelli

Forum topic: 3 years 13 weeks ago - which has better reliability , good to sandy terrain and battle efficient ? Read More »

Baretta Extrema 2 shot gun

Forum topic: 3 years 21 weeks ago - Tim Bradley is a retired U.S. Navy SEAL Some time ago, one of his buddies videotaped him throwing a golf ball in the air, then keeping it in the air with a .22 pistol until the clip was empty! The tape was sent to Bennelli (Beretta's parent ... Read More »

Winchester Model 37 forearm spacerWinchester Model 37 forearm spacer

Forum topic: 3 years 23 weeks ago - Just purchased a Winchester Model 37 A from the 70's and it has a cracked forearm spacer. Looking at guns for sale online, it's clear that mine isn't the only one to experience this problem. I ordered a new spacer, which is plastic, but I'm ... Read More »

Magna-Port picsMagna-port for shotgun perceived felt recoil reduction

Forum topic: 3 years 27 weeks ago - The Pro-port Process: Shotgun Porting Not all shotgun shooters shoot the same... and not all shotgun porting works the same way. With over 30 years of experience in firearm porting using EDM (Electrical Discharge Machining) we're known as ... Read More »

Benelli Nova. 3 1/2" mag chambered. 26" 12 GA pumpRecoil solutions for my Benelli

Forum topic: 3 years 27 weeks ago - I own a Benelli Nova, 3 1/2in chambered. This has some big kick to it and even though I don't use 3 1/2in shells for skeet, it still have heavy recoil. I am not about to shoot 100 rounds from this thing with a stock recoil pad. I believe the ... Read More »

Non-lead shotWhat waterfowl load for an old barrel?

Forum topic: 3 years 30 weeks ago - I am wanting to start some waterfowl hunting, but I only have my 1920s Remington M11. I have been looking around to determine what non-toxic (i.e. no-lead) shot I can use. It seems steel, which is the most widely available and least expensive ... Read More »

Remington Model 11 Autoloading shotgunRemington Model 11 Shotgun

Gun Review: 3 years 31 weeks ago - The Humpback. Another Browning classic. The first autoloading shotgun produced in the U.S.A. Read More »

A shotgun is a firearm generally used to fire a number of small spherical pellets called shot.

These small pellets cover an extensively wider range than the common rifle. The shot is generally fired from a smoothbore barrel; however another configuration is the somewhat common rifled slug barrel. The hostage slug barrel is generally used to fire a single projectile (slugs can also be fired from smoothbore weapons). In the shotgun, the power of the burning charge is somewhat equally divided among the pellets, the overall energy of any one ball of shot is relatively low. This fact makes shotguns very useful for hunting small game and birds. The large number of projectiles, however makes the shotgun very useful as an effective defensive or close combat weapon. In this situation, the short range ensures that most of the projectiles of shot will hit the target the user is aiming at. Shot shells are the given name of ammunition for shotguns as well as shells or shotshells. Shotgun slugs or just slugs are single projectile loads.

Common Uses of the Shotgun

The most common use of the shotgun is to fire at fast moving, small targets, however the shotguns has numerous advantages when used against immobile targets. The first advantage is that the shotgun has incredible stopping power at short range, this topping power is more than virtually all handguns and very comparable to most if not all rifle cartridges. Additionally, the widespread of shot produced by the shotgun makes it much easier to aim and to be operated effectively by an inexperienced marksman. 8-27 large lead pellets are usually within a typical self defense load of buckshot and fired this will result in numerous wound tracks in the target. Additionally, unlike a rifle bullet, each pellet of the shot is far less likely and effective in penetrating walls or hitting bystanders.

Shotgun for Home Defense

The shotgun is often the choice for law enforcement for its high stopping power and low penetration rate. Many Americans use the shotgun as a home defense weapon for the various reasons mentioned and the ease of aim also mentioned above.

In a typical home defense situation, the use of the shotgun is rarely over ten or fifteen feet. At these close distances, the shot fired out of the shotgun rarely expands to more than a few inches. Even closer, or extremely close ranges, the wad and pellets will generally strike the target as a single mass.

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1 year 33 weeks ago, 6:01 PM

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Brand new, only taken out of the box one time to install a rail system for optics sight. Need money to repair my truck :( I hate to sell but being a younger man money is needed right now.

1 year 40 weeks ago, 6:36 PM

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On two occasions my used but excellent condition 1300 slide has locked up. Am I doing something wrong?

1 year 40 weeks ago, 9:33 PM

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win 1300

Have had the same thing happen to me, I was told that " budget" priced rounds have the cute side effect of swelling in the chamber after firing. Locking the slide was the result.

Which way are my people going? I have to lead them there!
1 year 47 weeks ago, 12:03 PM

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30" M/C Beretta DT10 Trident Sporting in supurb condition, comes with full set of chokes and Beretta carry case

1 year 47 weeks ago, 5:31 PM

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Remington 870 Shotgun

I have 3 chokes and crank to screw them in. Gun sock, neoprene sling and butt shell holder... $400.00 firm.

1 year 50 weeks ago, 9:05 AM

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Barely used Rossi 410 Tuffy single shot shotgun for sale. Very well taken care of. Nickel body and black stock. $170.

1 year 51 weeks ago, 12:56 PM

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Spas 12 spares

Hi all am need of some spares for my spas. In particular im after any and all chokes, folding stock and updated safety. Hope you can help. Thanks Rob
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2 years 33 weeks ago, 2:28 AM

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Snake Charmer

Good Morning...........

I have had my valued and trusted .410 Snake Charmer forn ever it seems and I am lost with out my brown leather full length holster.
If anyone has one or knows where I can buy one I would be very greatful. Thanks so much. Brian Bissonnette ----------------520-507-2264 --------or coronado@vtc.net

2 years 51 weeks ago, 11:50 AM

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gun has a cantilever scope mount. Its in top notch condition with no damage @ all. It is camo stock. $850.00 (It looks like brand new).

3 years 19 weeks ago, 3:07 PM

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I am a resident in Henderson, NV trying to sell a Mossberg Regal 500A 12 GA set for 2 3/4" to 3" shells . 28" barrel Fiber Optic barrel site. One choke. above average condition. One owner 200.00 OBO Never sold anything online. Craigs list won't let me post. I am a greenhorn at this. Can anyone help that is in vegas or henderson NV??? Please e mail for more info and photos: Haloextraction23@aol.com

3 years 20 weeks ago, 4:07 PM

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remington 410 ga. shotgun fro sale 3in. or smaller shells
Model 11-48

3 years 26 weeks ago, 9:11 AM

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gun has bushnell trophy red dot blued barrel and camo stock. 500.00

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