5 Simple Rules for Selecting Your First Shotgun

Guide to Shotgunning

The AR-15 is on everyone’s lips these days, with the proliferation of established brands and up-and-comers entering the black rifle game all the time, but the oldest of firearms — the humble shotgun — remains incredibly useful, versatile, and downright fun.

With a scattergun you get a firearm that will chew through a huge assortment of ammo, with game options from ducks to deer (and everything in between.)

Any attacker is likely to notice the business-end of a 12-gauge shotgun, which will more than likely keep them at bay, and even in times unrest one of the most plentiful types of ammunition will be the humble box of 12-gauge shotgun shells.

We recommend owning at least one shotgun, and when purchasing your first recommend following these rules for selecting one that won’t let you down.  

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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