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Franchi SPAS 12 Shotgunfranchi law 12 part please help !

Forum topic: 4 years 1 week ago - i need a magizine extension for a franchi law 12 please e-mail me at lurch125@live.com if you can help Read More »

cold weather shooting

Forum topic: 4 years 2 weeks ago - just got in from 2 hours of skeet shooting. 22* here in south carolina this afternoon..what i found out is I can't shoot this gloves on..no grip on the shotgun and also my fingertips go numb so there is no feel for the trigger...anybody else got ... Read More »

Stevens 620Shotgun thread

Forum topic: 4 years 3 weeks ago - Let's see your scatterguns. Read More »

My Stevens 620 12 gauge

Forum topic: 4 years 4 weeks ago - The last year this model was made was 1952, it was made by Savage for Sears however i cannot find the serial number, it has a dovetail barrel joint and fluted magazine anyone have an idea when this could have been made? Fluted Magazine tube Read More »

12ga. over/ under shotgun

Forum topic: 4 years 4 weeks ago - did some skeet shooting this weekend and enjoyed the hell out of the sport.. anybody got a shotgun in mind perfect for this application...gotta be an over/under... Read More »

Franchi Spas 12 collapsible stock

Forum topic: 4 years 4 weeks ago - I am looking to buy a collapsible stock for the franchi spas 12 with or without the hook no difference if you have one available please let me know. Thanks Read More »

Stevens Model 67 E Series 12 Gauge

Forum topic: 4 years 5 weeks ago - I bought one a few months ago and I have yet to find professional info on it. I told Ebear about it on Facebook a while back and now that I am back I was wondering if any of ya all have any expirence with this Pump 12 gauge. Mine is camo from ... Read More »

Shotguns

Forum topic: 4 years 7 weeks ago - My wife keeps bugging me about what I want for x-mas I think I 'm gonna tell her a shotgun she'll probably say no but on the off chance she says yes I want to be able to tell her exactly which one I want. This one from big 5 has caught my eye ... Read More »

Mossberg 590 A1 Gun Review

Gun Review: 5 years 12 weeks ago - The Mossberg 590 A1 shotgun is based on the Mossberg 500 Shotgun which was first released in the early 70s. The 500 series of Mossberg Shotguns is very popular until today because of its easy to use form and quick reaction. Read More »

Iver Johnson 12 Gauge

Gun Review: 5 years 16 weeks ago - The Iver Johnson is a cheaply made 12 gauge shotgun. It has a good overall look though.I have shot one myself and had a good time with it.But they are many down sides to it. 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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