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Shotguns

Best Shotguns Ever

How do you define the best shotgun or even a great shotgun? We round up the 10 best shotguns ever made in America.

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Best Bargain Pumps

A good old pump shotgun might not impress your skeet shooting buddies, but it will always go bang when you need it to. We rounded up this list of the best pump shotguns for less than $500.

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Shotguns Articles

Hottest Shotguns

From the Remington 870 to the Connecticut A-10 American, check out the 10 best shotguns...

Budget Over/Unders

Turns out you can get a lot of shotgun for $1,000 these days. Check out the 7 best...

Best Guns Ever Made

A look at 16 of the finest firearms ever made.

Shotgunning For Beginners

How a professional instructor introduces a newbie to scatterguns

Gun Review: Benelli Super Sport

OL's shooting editor puts the Benelli Super Sport to the test.

Three Rules: Shotguns as Investments

Treasure hunting for fine old shotguns pays rich dividends...if you know what to look...

  • June 18, 2014

    HSUS Petitions For Lead Ammo Ban on Public Lands - 2

    Our old friends at the Humane Society of the United States are at it again.

    This time the anti-hunting organization is looking to effectively shut down hunting on public land by eliminating the use of lead-based ammunition.

    This is a tactic that has been tried before and beaten back. The Center For Biological Diversity, another anti-hunting group, had its petition to the Environmental Protection Agency requesting a ban on lead-based ammunition twice rejected.

    Some states have also dealt with – and rejected – the notion of banning lead ammo. But one state has adopted a ban: California.

    But HSUS being HSUS, they figured they might as well give it another whack and have even developed a plan of attack for getting it done (See the HSUS Lead Free Campaign). [ Read Full Post ]


  • June 3, 2014

    Operation Choke Point: Is The Federal Government Working to Stymie the Gun Industry? - 2

    Is the Federal government trying to pressure banks to put people in the gun industry out of business? Based on revelations around “Operation Choke Point,” it seems the answer might be yes.

    The allegations are serious enough that the NSSF just announced that it is working “with members of the House Financial Services Committee and members of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee concerning several documents that have surfaced from the FDIC labeling companies in the firearms and ammunition industry as ‘high risk.’” [ Read Full Post ]


  • May 29, 2014

    Good Budget Shotgun: TriStar Viper G2 SR Sport - 0

    Turkish made shotguns are some of the best values out there. Weatherby’s excellent smoothbores are produced in Turkey as are some shotguns for CZ-USA. The gunmaker Akkar isn’t very well known in the U.S., but it is a Turkish company that makes outstanding shotguns for the money. TriStar is another company that falls into this category.

    I’ve shot a few TriStar shotguns over the last couple years and have really taken a shine to them. The shotguns aren’t very fancy and lack some of the bells and whistles that you’ll see on the Berettas and Brownings out there, but for the money they are hard to beat. [ Read Full Post ]


  • May 16, 2014

    2014 Gun Test: OL Reviews and Ranks the Best New Shotguns - 2

    If you’re in the market for a shotgun this year, you’re in luck. The new guns of the Class of ’14 cover a lot of ground, both in terms of price and application for different types of shooting. There’s something for everyone here. [ Read Full Post ]


  • May 13, 2014

    Handguns: How to Shoot One-Handed - 0

    Illustration by Pete Sucheski

    Achieving a good score on the fast-paced Action Pistol stage is tough enough with a two-handed firing grip. Unfortunately, shooters don’t always have that option. The major Action Pistol groups—USPSA, ICORE, IDPA—often require shooters to fire with only one hand during matches. Sometimes it will be with the dominant (strong) hand and sometimes with the non-dominant (weak) hand. Those who fail to master these skills will see their scores suffer. But becoming proficient in one-handed shooting out to 15 yards is simply a matter of proper technique and practice. [ Read Full Post ]


  • May 2, 2014

    Shotguns: How to Shoot like an Olympic Champion - 0


    Photo by Cathal McNaughton/Reuters/Corbis

    Two-time gold-medalist Vincent Hancock answers questions about how he became one  of the best shotgun shooters in the world.

    Outdoor Life: What is the key to becoming a successful competitive clay target shooter?

    Vincent Hancock: The biggest thing to me is the desire to win. This comes with a price, though, as you aren’t going to win if you aren’t willing to put in the time and effort to become an elite-level athlete.

    OL: What’s the proper way to mount a shotgun?

    VH: Simply put, the proper mount is “move, mount, and shoot.” With the hold point set appropriately, you will move with the target and match the speed with the correct lead already set. [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 28, 2014

    Georgia New Law Eliminates Some Gun-Free Zones, Opponents Call it 'Extremism' - 0

    It's easy to distinguish the supporters from the opponents when it comes to Georgia's new law expanding concealed carry. Proponents call HB 60 by its legislative name, The Safe Carry Protection Act of 2014, while opponents derisively refer to it as the “Guns Everywhere Act."

    Gov. Nathan Deal signed the bill into law on April 23. It goes into effect on July 1. It will allow 500,000 Georgia concealed carry permit holders who have already passed background checks -- roughly 5 percent of the state's population -- to carry in restaurants that serve alcohol, places of worship, and government buildings without entrance security.

    Predictably, the bill was hailed as a "sweeping restoration of gun rights" that "decriminalizes" concealed carry by Second Amendment advocates, and blasted by opponents as "a plump turducken of pure stupid" and an "unprecedented" example of "extremism in action."

    None of which is true, according to economist and author John R. Lott, Jr., who says the bill's significance is being misinterpreted by proponents and opponents. [ Read Full Post ]