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How to Choose a Shotgun; Most Versatile Gauge, Semi Auto, Break Action or Pump Action Shotguns & More

If you are a gun enthusiast or you are someone that just wants to have a gun to help protect your home a shotgun is often a good one to get. A shotgun is something that many people have, whether they like to shoot for sport or go hunting. They also tend to be a great option for home protection because of the ease in shooting as well as the fact that they reach a larger area in case you are not a great shot. The great thing is that you can get a shotgun to fit just about anyone’s needs and wants. There are many options that exist and are available. It is a good idea to know what there is before you go out and make a purchase. Shooting Range Industries outlines what you need to know about shotguns.

Most Versatile Shotgun Gauge

One of the things that you want to know about shotguns is that just like handguns they come in many different sizes. When it comes to size we are talking about the gauge that the shotgun comes in. It can seem confusing to understand how it all works but the basic idea is that the gauge is how much of a pound of lead could fit in the barrel. There are several types of shotguns when it comes to the gauge and the most common is called a 12 gauge. This means that the shotgun can fit 1/12th of a pound of lead. The other types of gauges that you are going to commonly find is a 20 gauge and even a .410. The numbers can seem hard to follow but the one thing you need to know is that the smaller the number is the larger the actual gun is. You want to make sure you know what you can handle when you choose a shotgun.

Semi Auto, Break Action or Pump Action Shotgun

Choosing the gauge is not the only thing that you have to take into account. The action on the shotgun is something that you need to know about as well. There are three main types of actions that you can get a shotgun in. One is called a break action which means that the shotgun drops down and you can load your shell in the opening. Then you close it back together and take your shot. This is the oldest and the simplest option. Then you can get a pump action shotgun that is commonly found for homeowners that want a shotgun for home defense. The pump action means that the pump pulls back and then you load your cartridge. Then you push it back forward and you are ready to take a shot. The last type is called a semiautomatic option and this is when a shot is taken, the shell comes out, and a new one loads right in. No need to stop and load the second cartridge in the gun to take a second shot.

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