Ambidextrous magazine release is perfectly placed and ergonomic.

FULLY LOADED Mossberg 590M Tri-Rail Shotgun

Photos by Straight 8 Custom Photography To paraphrase Mark Twain, “The reports of the death of shotguns for defense have been greatly exaggerated.” As long guns are concerned, M4-type carbines currently reign as king. But no weapon is more versatile than the shotgun. It can use slugs, buckshot, birdshot, breaching, less-than-lethal, and chemical agents (such

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Fourteen-inch SBS Ithaca 37 is fast and extremely handy because it has no trigger disconnect.

LONG GUNS 20-Gauge Combat Shotguns

I’ve written before about the advantages of a 20-gauge combat shotgun, and decided it was time to revisit the issue in this column. Up front, I’ll admit that the #3 Buckshot load normally used in the 20-gauge shotgun is not as devastating as the 00 Buckshot load standard in most 12-gauge fighting shotguns. However, that

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Dual-action Shotgun: Tristar Arms TEC 12

I have regarded the pump-action shotgun as my “go-to” firearm for some time. This is due to police experience when the shotgun was not a personal weapon but the “community” firearm shared by many officers. It had to come up shooting every time, and there were rules concerning its storage and load.

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Mossberg 590 Shockwave: Short-barreled 12-gauge Revolution

The Mossberg® 590® ShockwaveTM is one of the hottest new firearms to hit the market in 2017. That’s not at all surprising, since the Shockwave offers shooters a compact, 14-inch-barreled 12-gauge reminiscent of the legendary Witness Protection Shotgun of the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) but with no NFA (National Firearms Act) restrictions, as confirmed in

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Prepper Special: Versatile Pump Shotgun

I’ve had the good fortune to train with some of the great instructors, most of whom come from Gunsite lineage—Chuck Taylor, Clint Smith, Bill Jeans, Pat Rogers, Bill Murphy, and Louis Awerbuck. Bill Murphy ran the 260 Shotgun class at Gunsite, and Louis taught “the gauge” through his company, Yavapai Firearms Academy.

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Browning’s First Pump Shotgun: Winchester Model 97

The Winchester Model 1897 was designed by John Moses Browning. Though all Browning designs were not successful, the majority were, and the 97 is no exception. This shotgun has all the earmarks of a classic firearm and is not only a war dog, but a long-serving law dog as well.

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Slugging it Out: Getting Hits With the 12

The defensive 12-gauge shotgun is unique in the armory for its versatility. The slug, the typically one-ounce hunk of lead that converts the “shot” gun into an “unrifled” bullet launcher, allows the shooter to stretch out the effective range and connect with targets beyond shot or handgun range. In other scenarios, the slug can give

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