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Gun Digest Shooter's Guide to Shotguns by Terry Wieland

By Terry Wieland

From one of many country's optimum specialists on shotgunning comes the all new Gun Digest Shooter's consultant to Shotguns. wealthy in historical past and choked with details precious for each shotgun proprietor from newbie to professional, this booklet explores the makers, the makes use of and the developments in shotguns prior and present.

within you will discover details on:

  • The shotgun via historical past, from its humble beginnings to its iconic prestige today.
  • A entire exam of shotgun and shotshell types.
  • Advice on loading your individual shells.
  • Games to play and online game to seek together with your favourite shotgun.
  • Hundreds of lovely, illustrative photographs.

The Gun Digest Shooter's consultant to Shotguns has all this and extra. even if you personal a regular Remington 870 or a British double worthy greater than your automobile, Wieland's insights and tasteful writing conceal the gamut. actually a must have for any shotgunner's library.

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The major strike against the side-by-side today is that its unquestioned virtues — light weight, exquisite balance, and a mechanism that performs flawlessly and effortlessly — can only be achieved with a great deal of highly skilled hand labor. When carried “broken,” a double gun (either side-by-side or over/under), is seen to be safe even at a distance. As the name implies, the side-by-side has two barrels aligned horizontally. Like the single-shot, it is hinged at the breech and breaks open for loading.

One should hasten to add that hammer guns have been made with both safeties and internal cocking mechanisms, but these are the rare exceptions. As with any gun, using a hammer gun safely and effectively requires education and practice. Once acquired, however, facility with a hammer gun becomes second nature, and many enthusiasts refuse to use anything else. They become accustomed to thumbing back one or both hammers as required, breaking the gun with the hammers cocked for safe carrying, and letting the hammers down with the gun broken, absolutely the safest method.

CHAPTER 1 THE SHOTGUN IN HISTORY What is a shotgun? Very simply, a shotgun is a firearm that shoots many small projectiles at one time. Unlike a rifle, which seeks to place a single bullet in an exact spot on the target, a shotgun fires a charge of round-shaped pellets that expand in a cloud as the charge leaves the muzzle. While the rifle is a long-range weapon, accurate out to several hundred yards and beyond, the shotgun is used at short range and is normally effective from 20 to 60 yards at the most.

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