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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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  • October 8, 2013

    3 Best Light Smoothbore Shotguns for Grouse - 0

    1. Franchi AL 48
    Introduced in 1948, Franchi’s AL 48 is the latest of the Browning-designed long-recoil guns, and is ideal for the grouse hunter who prefers a semi-automatic. The 28-gauge version tips the scales at a light 5.4 pounds, and its slim profile fits nicely in hand. It’s an all-day gun, and the 28-gauge is perfect for close-flushing grouse. With its interchangeable choke tubes, you can adapt the AL 48 to any cover, and the mild recoil makes it a perfect youth gun. (From $899; [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 8, 2013

    Cleveland Police Department Challenges NFL Policy Banning Off-Duty Officers from Attending Games Armed - 8

    The Cleveland Police Department is the first law enforcement agency to challenge an NFL policy banning off-duty officers from carrying their firearms into any of the league's 32 stadiums.
    “A police officer is never happy to give up his service weapon, especially when we have the right to carry it, you know, 24 hours, seven days a week, and we’re upheld by our oath, too, to protect and serve the public on or off duty," Jeff Follmer, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association, told Cleveland TV station WOIO 19 Action News on Oct. 4.
    Since Cleveland police officers, like those in many other law enforcement agencies, are required to carry their firearms at all times, including when off-duty, the prohibition essentially means police officers cannot attend Cleveland Browns' games unless they are on duty. [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 1, 2013

    Video: Winchester Long Beard XR in Slow Motion - 0

    The guys over at Winchester sent us this slow motion video of their new Long Beard XR turkey load. The load features a resin called Shot-Lok that fills in the gaps between the pellets and binds them in the wad. Immediately after the shell ignites, the resin fractures and turns to powder. This process creates a tighter shooting shotshell and more pellets on target, according to Winchester. [ Read Full Post ]

  • September 26, 2013

    Texas Congressman Proposes Bill to End Gun Bans on Bases - 2

    There have been two mass shootings on military installations since 2009, killing a combined 25 people and wounding more than 50.
    Yet, the soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and civilians who work on these domestic bases are not permitted to carry personal firearms, even if they have a permit to do so and concealed carry is legal in the state where the base is located.
    Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) has announced he will introduce a bill to allow qualified military personnel to carry concealed firearms on their bases, ending a longstanding ban that prevents service members from being armed while on domestic military installations. [ Read Full Post ]

  • September 25, 2013

    Recreational Shooting Access Protection is Open Country Focus - 0

    Since its inception, Outdoor Life's Open Country program has focused on one theme: Public access.

    Within that theme have been two distinct areas of focus: Hunting and fishing. Nothing wrong with that. Hunting and fishing are primary passions of those who utilize public lands and, of course, who read Outdoor Life.

    But we have neglected an important demographic of the outdoors community: Recreational shooters. And that group has had plenty of battles to wage when it comes to public land use. [ Read Full Post ]

  • September 20, 2013

    Not in Our Cafe: Starbucks Decaffeinates the Gun-Control Debate - 3

    Weary -- and wary -- of being in the crosshairs of "increasingly uncivil" confrontations between legally armed gunowners and gun-control activists over open carry laws, Starbucks has announced a new policy "respectfully requesting customers no longer bring firearms into our stores."
    Starbucks will ran ads in major newspapers nationwide on Sept. 19 featuring an open letter from company CEO Howard Schultz asking open carry demonstrators and anti-gun protestors to stop using its 7,000 cafes as "a staging ground for their own political position."
    Despite this request, technically, Starbucks is not changing its policy: Guns will not be banned in cafes in states where it is legal to carry and customers who come in with guns in holsters will continue to be served. There will be no signs asking customers not to carry. [ Read Full Post ]

  • September 19, 2013

    Winchester Long Beard XR: A New Turkey Load Designed for Longer Ranges - 8

    The turkey load has seen its share of evolutions in the last few years with the introduction of heavier metals and specialized wads designed to cut patterns tighter than Oprah’s pants. Those improvements -- plus the popularization of extra-full chokes and optics -- have pushed the effective range of the most competent turkey hunters out to 50-yard territory.

    Winchester is looking to nudge that distance even further with its new Long Beard XR shotshell. The shell is unremarkable in everyway – copper-plated lead pellets, standard wad, and standard brass – except for one feature: a paste-like resin the company calls Shot-Lok. The resin fills in the gaps between the pellets and binds them in the wad. Immediately after the shell ignites, the resin fractures and turns to powder. This process creates a tighter shooting shotshell and more pellets on target, according to Winchester. The company officially announced the load today and it will start showing up on shelves in November or December. [ Read Full Post ]