The shotgun is probably one of the most popular weapons in the United states. For generations the shotgun was used to put food on the table, chase rustlers from cattle and kill varmints around the home. The shotgun is also a favored weapon for home defense due to it’s ease of use, reliability, and it’s ability to put a target down. Shotguns are also quite affordable, with a premium shotgun typically being the cost of a medium priced AR.
The shotgun is preffered also for it’s versatility. A 12 gauge shotgun can be used to take a wide variety of game, including animals as small as squirrels and birds, medium game animals like deer and hogs, and even large animals like bear. Now, how can one weapon kill a bear and not utterly destroy a squirrel? One word….
Ammunition. A shotgun can load essentially three types of ammo, birdshot, buckshot, and slugs. As you imagine buckshot and birdshot have their use in their name. Birdshot is the preferred round for small game hunting, and buckshot is perfect for hunting deer and hogs, as well as being a capable self defense round. Slugs can of course extend the range of a shotgun, and are extremely powerful. A one ounce slug can break, rip, and tear through flesh and bones.
Speaking of range the shotgun does have a few weaknesses. First off the range is pretty much maxed out at 150 yards with slugs, and cut off at 50 yards with buckshot, and even less with birdshot. Shotguns also have heavy, and bulky ammunition. You can fit hundreds of 5.56 rounds in the space one could fit a mere 100 rounds of 12 gauge ammo. Even though the shotgun has it’s downside, from a survival and prepping standpoint it is a superb weapon, and it’s versatility is hard to match.
What’s your take on shotguns, let’s say on a scale of 1 to 10 how much do you like them?
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