The Best Single-Shot Shotguns

Our hunger for the latest and greatest in firearms innovation — replete with technical performance details and cutting-edge technology — is insatiable. And, while we love a kitted-out AR as much as the next guy, firearms — like any other tool — can be even more interesting when designed for specific purposes.

If you’re looking to hunt prairie game like sharp-tailed grouse, learning to shoot (or teaching someone how), or simply want to own an heirloom piece that you can pass down through generations, something simple and classic may well be in order. As far as firearms go, single-shot shotguns are easy to use, quick learn on, and require only rudimentary maintenance.

That means, in addition to being a fantastic platform for skill development, they tend to last just about forever.

These classic firearms come in a variety of calibers — from .410 all the way up to 12 gauge — and it’s well worth a glimpse into this underrated segment of the firearms market.

When it comes to hunting small game, a simple, safe, and reliable tool that will function when it needs to — every time — is a worthwhile investment. Plus outside of hunting season many of these would look fantastic hanging above a fireplace as well.

By Michael Crites

Michael Crites is el jefe around here. He has spent more than 30 years shooting, learning about guns, and collecting firearms old and new. He holds his Oregon Concealed Handgun License, and enjoys testing products in the back 40 of his farm.

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