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winchester 1912 12 gaugeA winchester 1912 12guage and its worth

Forum topic: 3 years 41 weeks ago - I have inharited a winchester 1912 12guage im new to the shotgun scene so i dont know the value of this piece but it was born july 22 1913 i have more info if needed thank you for your help. Read More »

Gun GaugeWhat gauge means

Forum topic: 3 years 42 weeks ago - Most of you already know, but for those that don't, a shotgun's gauge means how many lead balls of the bore's diameter it takes to make a pound. So, a 12 Ga. means a lead ball that is the diameter of the bore (.729") weighs 1/12 of a pound. Read More »

Hullos

Forum topic: 3 years 43 weeks ago - Want to say hey hello to all and what a truly hardcore site! Im a cross linear bastard so I use Shotties mostly but with lasers its an even playing field >:) Read More »

Benelli Nova. 3 1/2" mag chambered. 26" 12 GA pumpCamo pattern

Forum topic: 3 years 43 weeks ago - As some of you have read I got my Benelli Shotgun about a week ago. http://www.gunslot.com/pictures/benelli-nova-3-12-mag-chambered-26-12-ga-pump I am now cleaning it after firing some rounds and I am wondering if anyone knows the effect of Rem ... Read More »

Benelli NovaAdvice on shotguns

Forum topic: 3 years 47 weeks ago - I am getting a shotgun for the only 3 purposes. Skeet, Pheasant and Turkey. I have a Mossburg 500 so I don't need that suggestion. I am looking at a Benelli Nova. Here are my needs: 12/20 Gauge Pump 3" chambered $400-500 Prefer ... Read More »

Shot Show 2011Shot Show 2011 - Are You Attending? Share Your Past Experiences.

Forum topic: 3 years 50 weeks ago - The Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show and Conference (SHOT Show) is the largest and most comprehensive trade show for all professionals involved with the shooting sports and hunting industries. It is the world's premier exposition of combined ... Read More »

AR-7Unreliable but won't get rid of it.

Forum topic: 3 years 50 weeks ago - What's the one firearm you have that dose not run well yet you can't part with it? I have an AR-7 that was a friend's that passed away. The gun is very picky on when it wants to feed right. Pisses me off every time I take it out so it sits in my ... Read More »

Kel Tec ShotgunKEL TEC shotgun

Article: 3 years 51 weeks ago - Kel-Tec’s newest revolutionary bull-pup design was announced over the weekend on the cover of the NSSF’s Shooting Industry magazine. Details of the new shotgun are sketchy, but presumably all will be made known at the upcoming NSSF SHOT Show. Read More »

Henry .22hello I'm new to guns and shooting

Forum topic: 4 years 3 days ago - I recently purchased a Henry 22 carbine rifle and a browning pump shot gun looking for a handgun for the range and personal protection got any suggestions? Read More »

I have a SPAS 12.

Forum topic: 4 years 6 days ago - I have an original SPAS 12 complete with the arm hook and strap. It holds 8 in the tube and 1 in the chamber. Was wondering if the value is still high. My brothers wife gave it to me after he passed away. He bought it when he was in Colorado Springs. 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 42 weeks ago, 5:01 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 49 weeks ago, 5:36 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 49 weeks ago, 8:33 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!
2 years 4 weeks ago, 11:03 AM

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

2 years 4 weeks ago, 4:31 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.

2 years 7 weeks ago, 8:05 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.

2 years 8 weeks ago, 11:56 AM

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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
robbieburgess@hotmail.co.uk

2 years 42 weeks ago, 1:28 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

3 years 8 weeks ago, 10:50 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 28 weeks ago, 2:07 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 29 weeks ago, 3:07 PM

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

3 years 35 weeks ago, 8:11 AM

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

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