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A shotgun (also known as a scattergun, or historically as a fowling piece) is a long-barreled firearm designed to shoot a straight-walled cartridge known as a shotshell, which usually discharges numerous small pellet-like spherical sub-projectiles called shot, or sometimes a single solid projectile called a slug. Shotguns are most commonly smoothbore firearms, meaning that their gun barrels have no rifling on the inner wall, but rifled barrels for shooting slugs (slug barrels) are also available.
Shotguns come in a wide variety of calibers and gauges ranging from 5.5 mm (.22 inch) to up to 5 cm (2.0 in), though the 12-gauge (18.53 mm or 0.729 in) and 20-gauge (15.63 mm or 0.615 in) bores are by far the most common. Almost all are breechloading, and can be single-barreled, double-barreled or in the form of combination guns. Like rifles, shotguns also come in a range of different action types, both single-shot and repeating. For non-repeating designs, over-and-under break action shotguns are by far the most common variant. Although revolving shotguns did exist, most modern repeating shotguns are either pump-action or semi-automatic, and also fully automatic, lever-action or bolt-action to a lesser extent.
Preceding smoothbore firearms (such as the musket) were widely used by armies in the 18th century. The muzzleloading blunderbuss, the direct ancestor of the shotgun, was also used in similar roles from self-defense to riot control. Shotguns were often favored by cavalry troops in the early to mid-19th century because of its ease of use and generally good effectiveness on the move, as well as by coachmen for its substantial power. But by the late 19th century, these weapons became largely replaced on the battlefield by breechloading rifled firearms shooting spin-stabilized cylindro-conoidal bullets, which were far more accurate with longer effective ranges. The military value of shotguns was rediscovered in the First World War, when American forces used the pump-action Winchester Model 1897s in trench fighting to great effect. Since then, shotguns have been used in a variety of close-quarter roles in civilian, law enforcement and military applications.
The smoothbore shotgun barrel generates less resistance and thus allows greater propellant loads for heavier projectiles without as much risk of overpressure or a squib load, and are also easier to clean. The shot pellets from a shotshell are propelled indirectly through a wadding inside the shell and scatter upon leaving the barrel, which is usually choked at the muzzle end to control the projectile scatter. This means each shotgun discharge will produce a cluster of impact points instead of a single point of impact like other firearms. Having multiple projectiles also means the muzzle energy is divided among the pellets, leaving each individual projectile with less penetrative kinetic energy. The lack of spin stabilization and the generally suboptimal aerodynamic shape of the shot pellets also make them less accurate and decelerate quite quickly in flight due to drag, giving shotguns short effective ranges. In a hunting context, this makes shotguns useful primarily for hunting fast-flying birds and other agile small/medium-sized game without risking overpenetration and stray shots to distant bystander and objects. However, in a military or law enforcement context, the high short-range blunt knockback force and large number of projectiles makes the shotgun useful as a door breaching tool, a crowd control or close-quarters defensive weapon. Militants or insurgents may use shotguns in asymmetric engagements, as shotguns are commonly owned civilian weapons in many countries. Shotguns are also used for target-shooting sports such as skeet, trap and sporting clays, which involve flying clay disks, known as "clay pigeons", thrown in various ways by a dedicated launching device called a "trap".
SxS 12 gauge shotgun
Missing front bead
Springfield 511 from what I have read
Bluing is worn but both barrels are in great shape
$270 with transfer and $18 fee included at AL AMMO LLC
Call or text 3609310464
Single shot 10gauge shotgun
H&r model 176 with color case hardened frame
36 in long barrel with full choke
3.5 in mag chamber
$375 obo with transfer fee included at Al ammo llc $18 fee included
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I have a shortened barrel for a Benelli Super Black Eagle 2. Barrel has been cut down to 20”. It turns your Benelli into a home defense shotgun. Way easier to move down the hall or through a doorway with this rather than a 28” waterfowl barrel
I just sold the SBE2 and it won’t fit the SBE3...
I need cash so I’m selling this.
Portland police trade in I picked up a while ago comes with the surefire pump that works perfectly. It’ll come with batteries so you can test out the light. I also have an adapter so you can run surefire heads or modlite legacy heads.
I put on a magpul...
Bang* yup thats a gun.
Bang* yeah I sure hit that clay
Bang* Someone just look at the gun and said they don't make like that anymore
sigh neat......OKAY AM BORED with is gun.
Nice shotgun, That's really it. It's definitely a product of it's time.
What do you mean you want a different choke...
Selling or trading my Gen 2 Glock 23. Comes with 4 Glock mags, a 33rd ETS mag, leather IWB holster, and the glorious original Tupperware case. I also have the original papers.
Selling it for $400, but I’d also be interested in a trade for a shotgun. I’d like something that I could build out to...
Will not let me add pics at this time. Can send pics if you are interested must meet in Eugene KEL-TEK KSG 12 $800 cash or possible trade.
Can message me at [email protected]
Trades I’m most interested in are as follows
Semi auto pistols
Rmr plus cash
Ammo plus cash 300blk 308
Ithaca Model 37 Deerslayer 12 gauge 2 3/4" and 3" rifled barrel in excellent condition. Perfect working order. Very accurate.
Includes Leupold one piece base and leupold 1" rings
Will include 2 boxes of Remington Accutip 3" sabots
I have a Dillion 550RL press:
Comes with 9mm die, 223 and a hornady 6.5
40 cal brass
And a box full of stuff. Everything works. Just don’t use it.
Then I have a shot gun press. Believe it’s a Hornady press, not 100%
Has 4lbs of powder.
Looking to trade everything for...
I run a junk removal company and we come across all sorts of different materials on the job and, well, the topic above suggests what I keep an eye out for.
Recently I compared the relative rigidity of Lexan vs. Plexiglass in 1/2" thick sheets (need at least 1" considering the smallest caliber I...
1. Mossburg 935 magnum 12G semi-auto shotgun, vent rib bbl, fiber optic adjustable sights with both turkey choke and Poly choke with 6 shell side saddle.
2. CZ Redhead Huglu 28G over/under shotgun, Dbl vent ribbed with fiber optic sight and complete choke set. full ammo can of shells. very...
This is a nearly mint Mossberg 500 Persuader Max combo. It comes with 2 barrels, one is 28" and the other is 18.5". It also comes with the pistol grip and chokes and original paper work. This thing is very clean.
I am an FFL in West Linn so I can do the transfer or ship it to the FFL of...
I bought this factory new and have only fired 2 boxes (50 rounds) of Winchester birdshot to ensure proper function and
to that point, it functions flawlessly and is honestly a joy to shoot.
There is a small blemish in the finish on top of the barrel where something rubbed it to the point that it...