Shotguns 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Buying a Shotgun
So you are interested in shotguns? Well if you’ve looked around the internet and in the gun rags you may be a bit confused on the subject. Especially if you are new to gun ownership in general. Shotguns are complicated and diverse weapons that should be approached with a bit of knowledge before you make a major decision. They are somehow both complicated and simple in many ways, so lets ease on into shotguns 101.
Their design and purpose are simple, it’s everything around them that tends to get complicated. Shotguns are diverse in the way they are used, the calibers they come in, as well as the prices they can reach. Shotguns can be as cheap as 99 bucks at a pawn shop, and they can reach into the tens of thousands of dollars price-wise.
If shotguns are on your mind and you want to approach them with a little knowledge and know-how and to do so we are presenting you a guide to shotgun basics.
A shotgun is a weapon designed to be fired from the shoulder and to fire a number of pellets from a single round. These pellets are known as a shot. Shot is contained in a fixed plastic shell and works best with a smoothbore.
Shotguns can also fire solid projectiles known as a slug, and slugs are most accurate out of a rifled bore.
Shotguns have been around nearly as long as guns have. Their simplistic design and their ability to fire multiple projectiles made them a popular choice for hunters and soldiers. Shotguns these days are used by hunters, soldiers, police officers, sportsmen, and more.
Shotguns come in almost any design you can imagine. The different designs have changed over time, but almost all are still produced in some way or another. Shotgun actions vary in so many different ways it’s important to understand the different actions and how they work.