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We carry all the most popular gauges: .410 bore, 10 gauge, 12 gauge, 16 gauge, 20 gauge and 28 gauge shotguns. We provide two ways to buy shotguns online – Shotguns by Manufacturers or Shotguns by Gauges.
Shotguns are a category of firearms with one or two barrels that fire cartridges containing projectiles called “shot.” When discharged, shotguns have an impact field, or “pattern,” that spreads small pellets over a wide area at short distances. Shotguns are used for small game hunting, competitive clay shooting and home defense.
Over the years, shotguns have variously been called blunderbusses, fowling pieces, scatterguns, trench guns and coach guns. Primitive firearms used by the Chinese in the mid-13th century were early ancestors of modern day shotguns. Called “fire lances,” these portable, handheld bamboo or metal tubes were charged with gunpowder, which, when ignited with a fuse, propelled scrap metal, ceramic shards, small darts or even pebbles.
The Germans designed a shotgun-type firearm during the 17th century called a blunderbuss, which was a short, smooth bore musket loaded through the muzzle and fired from the shoulder. The British used a similar firearm during the 1700s known as a fowling piece that fired small round projectiles called birdshot to hunt birds.
It wasn’t until 1776 when the term “shotgun” was coined in the US to differentiate between smoothbore firearms and muskets with rifled barrels. The US Military used shotguns during the Civil and Indian Wars. During the westward migration that followed the Civil War, virtually all pioneers and homesteaders had shotguns for hunting and protection.
The introduction of double-barreled shotguns in 1875 represented a significant advancement in the firearm’s evolution. With the dawn of the 20th century came the advent of pump and semi-automatic shotguns, which today, although significant technological improvement have since been made, are basically the same in operation and appearance.
Break action single shots are the simplest and safest type of shotgun. A break action is opened by pushing the release lever to one side, which allows the barrel to rotate downward on a hinge where the barrel meets the receiver. Once the breech opens, a round is manually inserted into the chamber. Closing the breech by lifting the forend upward cocks the hammer, and after the safety mechanism is disengaged, the shotgun is ready to fire. After the shot is fired, the gun is reloaded by reopening the barrel, extracting the cartridge (most modern break actions, however, have automatic ejectors), inserting a live round and closing the breech.
Double-barreled over/unders and side-by-sides are also break action shotguns. Double guns are loaded and reloaded in the same manner as single shots described above. The two-barreled shotgun have the advantage of being able to have two chokes, and many sport shooters prefer the balance of the break action. You can buy a decent break open shotgun for less than many semi-automatics, but you also spend a small fortune on one as well, which makes them the most expensive of all shotgun types. A custom Holland & Holland can cost upwards of $100,000 and take more than a year to deliver. Many are considered works of art for display and are never shot.
Break action shotguns are the most popular among sport shooters who enjoy skeet, trap and sporting clay shooting. Some popular break action models include the Browning Citori, Cynergy, CZ Redhead, CZ Bobwhite, Fausti Caledon Beretta 686 and Winchester 101 Pigeon.
Pump action shotguns, which are also called slide actions, were introduced in the 19th century. Today’s pump shotguns are hammerless, and have a tube magazine beneath the barrel that is loaded by inserting cartridges through a metal flap in front of the trigger guard. When the tube is full, a final round is manually placed in the breech, which is then chambered by sliding the forend forward to close the breech. After firing, sliding the forend back extracts and ejects the spent cartridge, and a fresh round is spring-fed from the magazine into the breech. Sliding the forend forward closes the breech, cocks the firing mechanism, and the shotgun is ready to fire.
Pumps are the most popular hunting shotguns for sale today. They are reliable, relatively inexpensive and simply constructed for disassembly and easy cleaning. Pumps are also less apt to jam than autoloaders, which make them an excellent choice for defensive firearms. Some popular pump action models include the Remington 870, Mossberg 500 and Winchester SXP.
Autoloaders (also referred to as semi-autos) are loaded and reloaded in the same manner as pumps. When an autoloader is fired, energy released by the discharged cartridge activates the firing mechanism, which ejects the empty cartridge and chambers a new round each time the trigger is pulled until the magazine is empty. Since part of the energy released when a cartridge is fired recycles the firing mechanism, an autoloader’s recoil is less than other shotgun types. Autoloading shotguns can be fired single-handedly, which can be a plus when used in tactical or defensive situations.
Autoloading shotguns are used for hunting, clay target shooting and defense. They are, however, less reliable than other shotgun types. Being sensitive to the type of ammunition used, autoloaders require a thorough cleaning after each use to prevent them from jamming. Some popular semi-auto shotguns include the Remington 1100, Mossberg 590 A1, FN Herstal SLP, Browning Maxus, Remington Versa Max and Browning A5.
Bolt action shotguns gained popularity shortly after World War II. They were once considered an inexpensive “one size fits all” shotgun that could be used for everything from hunting upland game, waterfowl and deer to home defense.As with bolt action rifles, bolt action shotguns are equipped with a handle, or bolt, that is used to manually open and close the breach. Lifting the bolt upward and pulling it back ejects the spent round, cocks the firing mechanism, strips a new cartridge from the magazine and aligns it with the chamber. Pushing the bolt forward chambers the round, and a final pull down returns the bolt to its closed position, making the gun ready to fire.
Bolt actions are rugged, reliable and accurate while also being lightweight, making them easy to carry in the field for extended periods of time. These characteristics make bolt action shotguns ideal for hunting, and are particularly suited for hunting deer and wild turkey. Because they have fewer moving parts than pumps or autoloaders, bolt action shotguns can be quickly disassembled for cleaning. Bolt action shotguns have a slightly lower rate of fire than a pump, and a significantly lower firing rate than an autoloader. Although important in a self-defense situation, the slower rate of fire is of relatively little concern when hunting. The Browning A-Bolt is an example of a popular bolt action shogun.
The gauge of a shotgun refers to the inside diameter of its barrel expressed as the number of lead balls of that exact diameter needed to equal one pound. For example, it would take 12 lead balls, each the same diameter as a 12-gauge shotgun’s bore, to equal one pound. Conversely, each of 20 identically-sized balls from a pound of lead would be the same diameter as the bore of a 20-gauge shotgun.
With a few exceptions on either end, shotgun gauges range from relatively small 28-gauge hunting and clay shooting shotguns to the large, hard-hitting 10-gauge used for hunting waterfowl at great distances. An exception is the much smaller .410 caliber shotgun, which fires pellets from a .41 caliber paper or plastic-cased cartridge.
Shotgun ammunition is called cartridges or shells, which are brass-based paper or plastic hulls containing gunpowder and projectiles separated by plastic wadding, all of which are held in place by crimping the cartridge’s open upper end. The gunpowder ignites when the primer cap built into the cartridge’s brass base is struck by the shotgun’s firing pin, forcing the projectiles out the barrel toward the target.
Shotgun cartridge projectiles range from hundreds of tiny pellets as small as 1.27mm to a large 12-, 16- or 20-guage single lead slug used for hunting deer. Shot was traditionally lead, but is increasingly being replaced by steel, bismuth or tungsten due largely to environmental concerns. Less common cartridge loads include signal flares and non-lethal “bean bag” loads used for riot control.
Like many types of firearms, comparing which shotgun is the best one for you can be a challenge. One type of shotgun might be better suited than another depending on the application and intended use.
Are you looking to buy a tactical shotgun for home protection? Or maybe a great duck-hunting shotgun? Perhaps an all-purpose shotgun or a great skeet and trap shotgun?
Depending on the purpose of the shotgun, you will want to consider these major areas:
Gauge: Shotguns come in five different gauges and one caliber, which include the 10 gauge, 12 gauge, 16 gauge, 20 gauge, 28 gauge and .410 bore (caliber). The 12 gauge is by far the most versatile and handles a huge range of loads. It is also the most popular of all gauges, accounting for 50% of the shotgun market. The 20 gauge is the second most popular shotgun gauge and a great choice for younger shooters or a smaller statured shooter.
These shotguns are also a great choice for someone who is recoil sensitive and may feel that the 12 gauge is too powerful for them. 16, 20 and 28 gauges are popular for upland bird hunting, and .410s are a good choice for squirrel or small varmint hunting and expert clay shooters. The 10 gauge shotgun is a great choice for turkey and goose hunting.
Action Type: Pump action shotguns are the least expensive choice, but are still very reliable. Semi-autos will reduce felt recoil and are considered more lethal as they are capable of putting more rounds down range at a faster pace. Pumps and semi-autos are better shotguns for hunting deer and all types of birds, and they are also popular for tactical and self-defense applications.
Break action shotguns, such as the over/under and side by side, are popular for sporting applications such as skeet, trap and sporting clay shooting. These shotguns have two barrels, allowing for the choice of two chokes vs. one in a single barreled pump or semi-auto. They will also digest misshapen reloads better than the others, which matters to many high-volume target shooters who load their own rounds.
Weight: How much a shotgun should weigh depends on the application and the person shooting it. Heavier shotguns are of course heavier to carry in the field and on the shoulder for long periods of time, yet they absorb recoil better than a lighter shotgun. A lighter shotgun will be easier for a smaller or younger shooter to maneuver and carry, but will also have more felt recoil.
Balance: Most people shoot better with a shotgun that is slightly muzzle heavy. The exception is shotguns for close-cover upland hunting and tactical applications.
Finish: A fancy walnut finish and beautiful shiny engraving looks great and is popular with target shooters and upland hunters, but it not always ideal for shotguns meant for waterfowl hunting. Most hunters prefer some type of camo finish that will help them blend into the environment and also hold up in the harsh conditions that they sometimes encounter. Tactical shotguns will typically feature a black or parkerized finish.
Stock: Most shotguns come with a synthetic/composite or a wood stock, usually a grade of walnut. Most waterfowl hunters will go with a synthetic stock of some sort because they hold up better in the more rugged hunting conditions. The majority of tactical shotguns will also feature a synthetic stock. Many sporting shotguns designed for skeet and trap shooting will feature high grade walnut stocks.
Shotgun stocks come with a few different options to consider:
Drop: The distance from the top of the comb to a line extending back from the rip, drop determines the elevation of your head and eye in relation to the barrel. Too little drop and you will shoot high; too much, and the shotgun shoots low.
Length of Pull (LOP): This is the most important stock option to consider, especially for a smaller or younger shooter. LOP is the distance between the front of the trigger and the middle of the buttpad. To some extent, the right length of pull is whatever feels comfortable to the shooter and maintains about two finger-widths between the back of your thumb and your nose. Changing LOP can alter drop slightly by shifting the spot at which your cheek meets the slope of the comb. Many modern shotguns designed for youths or smaller shooters will come with butt pad inserts, which allow the shooter to adjust the length of pull to fit their comfort level.
Pitch: The angle or pitch of the shotgun stock butt determines how the gun fits against your shoulder pocket. Too little pitch and the butt digs into your chest; too much, and the gun may slide up and slap your face.
Cast: A slight lateral bend in the stock that puts the rib in line with the shooter’s eye. Shotguns for right-hand shooters have cast off, while shotguns for left-hand shooters have cast on. In addition, shooters with thin faces need very little cast compared to shooters with a round face.
Barrel Length: Many often say that longer barrels “hit harder” than short barrels and that they have a longer sight plane. Both statements are true; however, neither should be the sole reason for deciding to go with a longer barrel. Like many of the other features of a shotgun, one length is not necessarily better than the other. Rather, it’s all about the intended application and the shooter’s needs.
Barrel length is all about balance –– the longer the barrel, the more muzzle heavy a shotgun feels. For most people, a pump action or semi-auto with a 26” or 28” barrel or a double barreled with a 28” barrel makes the best all-around field shotgun. Target and sporting shotguns used for skeet, trap and sporting clays will often have a longer barrel length of 30 to 32” because the extra weight combats kick and also helps smooth your swing on clays that won’t change direction as real birds do sometimes.
Longer barrels also deliver slightly more velocity than shorter barrels and, in some cases, they’ll give better patterns as they allow the charge time to stabilize in the barrel. While long barrels do offer a longer sighting plane, if you are sighting down your barrel, you’re probably going to miss anyway, so it shouldn’t be a determining factor. Most tactical shotguns will gun in barrel length between 18 and 20”. Designed for close quarters, these shotguns are all about light weight and quick maneuverability.
While shotguns have become an outstanding firearm for home defense, they are still primarily used for hunting or sport. Whether you are going on a bird hunt or shooting skeet, a good shotgun can make all the difference.
Shotguns are typically offered for sale in 3 primary categories:
• Hunting Shotguns
• Sporting Shotguns
• Tactical Shotguns
The "big guns" in the shotgun industry will often produce different shotguns for each of these categories. Manufacturers like Browning, Winchester, Remington, Mossberg and CZ have owned most of the market for nearly a century; however, tactical shotguns are taking off in popularity, inviting some new blood to the table of the shotgun elite.
Bird hunting is what most people immediately think of when it comes to hunting shotguns. However, there is a large faction of hunters that will use a shotgun to hunt deer, rabbit and other small game.
Any and all shotgun gauges and calibers can be used on the hunt. The most popular gauge has always been the 12 gauge, due to its utility. A good 12 gauge hunting shotgun might be the most versatile firearm in your home armory, as there are countless different hunts that call for a 12 gauge shell.
20 and 28 gauge rounds have become popular in recent years with hunters wanting to raise the level of challenge. The count and spread launched from a 20 gauge shotgun shell is a little smaller than that of the 12 gauge but still a very popular and effective choice. In addition, small game upland hunting, like quail and dove, will usually require a smaller gauge.
Barrel lengths for hunting shotguns will usually range from 22" to 28", which might seem long, but a longer barrel is preferred, especially by bird hunters. Nearly all shotguns will be equipped with a steel barrel, which can often be coated in a variety of different colors and finishes, depending on the desired use of the shotgun. For example, most waterfowl shotguns will have a camo or "mossy oak" finish to help the hunter blend in while in the duck blind.
Some popular hunting shotguns include the Remington Versa Max, Browning A5, Browning Gold, Mossberg 535 and the Winchester SXP Waterfowl.
Shotgun sport shooting is very popular around the world. Competitors can shoot skeet, trap, sporting clays or 3-gun. Skeet and trap shooting have been around for decades, and are even popular Olympic events. In trap shooting, you are shooting at targets that are rising and moving away from you at different angles. In skeet shooting, the targets come from two separate launchers in a crossing pattern.
Sporting clays has shown to be the new thing to do, as many shooting ranges are now set up for sporting clay events now as well. This activity is set up similarly to a golf course, with the shooter moving through different locations throughout the course.
When it comes to sporting shotguns, the Browning has been a standard of the industry for over a decade.
Browning has developed different Citori and Maxus models geared specifically toward skeet, clays and trap, with the Citori being the premium option for those not afraid to open the wallet for a successful sport shoot. Most sporting shotguns will either be semi-auto, pump action or an over/under. Over/under shotguns like the Citori are the tool of choice for many sporting shooters. However, pump action shotguns like the Winchester SXP and semi-autos like the Remington 1100 are also widely used.
Like hunting, the 12 gauge is the primary choice for sport shooting of all kinds. Sporting shotguns will also boast a longer barrel ranging from 28" to 32". Specific chokes for sporting have also been developed to maximize performance. The skeet choke was designed for shots between 15 and 30 inches. Some popular sporting shotguns include the Browning Citori, Beretta 686, Winchester 101 Pigeon and CZ-USA Redhead.
Tactical shotguns have experienced an overhaul in recent years, with manufacturers like Kel Tec and UTAS developing shotgun lines that challenge what we thought we knew about the style. UTAS, for example, now produces a 12 gauge shotgun that, by appearance, directly resembles an AR-15. The UTAS XTR has a 20" barrel and contains a magazine with a 5 round 12 gauge capacity. While it might seem strange, the utility for this firearm in home defense and hunting is actually quite high.
The Remington 870 and the Mossberg 500 are by far the most popular and highly sought after tactical shotguns for sale on the market. Wilson Combat Scattergun Technologies actually takes this one step further, by modifying the Remington 870 with custom tactical parts for even better results. These custom shotguns can come with options like a pistol grip and a flashlight.
A tactical shotgun will have a much shorter barrel than its hunting and sporting counterparts (usually between 18.5”- 20"), making close quarter defensive shooting much easier. Their primary uses are small game hunting and home defense, which also explains why many tactical shotguns are pump action. Some popular tactical shotguns include the Mossberg 500 Special Purpose, Mossberg 500-A1 LE, Remington 870 Express, FN Herstal SLP Mark I, Molot VEPR, and Weatherby SA-459.
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