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The Shotgun

Shotguns in a case

There is likely no other firearm with as diverse a range of suitable applications as the shotgun. Shotguns come in a wide variety of sizes generally referred to by a unit of measurement known as the “gauge.” Some of these include 16 gauge, 20 gauge, 12 gauge, and 10 gauge; the smaller the number, the larger the bore diameter.

“Shot,” which consists of small, generally spherical projectiles of various sizes, is usually fired from a smoothbore barrel, and the rifled slug barrel generally fires the more accurate, solid projectiles. Shotguns can also be accessorized for various applications, including optic mounting systems, custom stocks, grips, lights, and slings. The shotgun can be used for hunting anything from water fowl to large game. It is undoubtedly the most prolific firearm used for hunting, and has been for generations.

This same multi-purpose firearm is a staple of many shooting sports such a trap and skeet. Young shooters often partake in such disciplines as part of extracurricular school activities, and some go on to become well-recognized in the sport shooting arts. Youth models of many shotguns cater to younger users, and with manageable recoil and appropriate sizing, serve to introduce themselves to this particular demographic.

No military or law enforcement endeavor would be complete without the venerable shotgun. From military operations overseas to the urban jungles of today’s cities, operators rely on the proven effectiveness and reliability of the shotgun in their day-to-day responsibilities. With devastating effectiveness, those who put their lives on the line every day consider the shotgun essential to their work.

Completing the circle, the shotgun is also part of many well-planned home defense scenarios. With the pistol requiring much greater proficiency to operate accurately in high-stress encounters, and most rifles not being an optimal choice for close-quarters deployment, the shotgun again proves its worth as a viable and reliable firearm for home defense.

Breech Loading Shotguns

Among the simplest of shotgun designs is the break-action, in which either a single or double barrel is hinged on the lower assembly and rotates at varying degrees perpendicular to the bore axis. This reveals the breech and allows for loading and unloading of cartridges by hand.

Pump Action Shotguns

This type of shotgun is one in which a forend can be manually slid forward and backward in order to eject a spent cartridge and chamber a new one. Shells are fed into the breech by this action from a tubular magazine, typically situated beneath the barrel assembly. If using reduced-power ammunition which may not have enough energy to cycle a semiautomatic action, pump action provides a perfect solution.

Semiautomatic Shotguns

The semiauto shotgun is able to fire a shell after every trigger pull, without the need to manually chamber another round. Similar in operation to semiautomatic rifles, these weapons use gas, blowback, or recoil operation to cycle the action, eject the empty shell, and load another round. A tactical shotgun may have removable high-capacity magazines to augment the overall effectiveness of the platform.

Other Actions

While uncommon, shotguns based on bolt action, lever action, and even revolver-style mechanisms do exist. Fully automatic variants have also been developed for military applications.

Shotguns at Metro Pawn & Gun

Metro Pawn & Gun offers an extensive array of shotguns of various brands, gauges, and operating styles. Whether you are looking to purchase your first shotgun, add one to your existing collection, sell one you no longer need, or pawn one for a quick loan, we are here to help. Everything we purchase is thoroughly evaluated on condition and function, thus ensuring that you will receive the best offer for whatever you bring in and the best value on whatever you buy. Firearms generally hold their value well, which makes them an asset when you need cash. Buying them used is also beneficial to your budget, as you will save money but still get a great product.

Regardless of what type of shotgun you might be looking to buy, pawn or sell, Metro Pawn & Gun is a great place to start. We accommodate clients ranging from the civilian sportsman to law enforcement, and our knowledgeable staff will assist you in selecting the right shotgun for your needs. Aside from being one of the most prolific weapons of the modern age, the shotgun is also one of the most versatile guns you could ever own. You can hunt just about anything with a shotgun, use it for home defense, military or police operations, partake in various sporting applications such as skeet or trap shooting, or just have a ton of fun shooting at the range. Ammunition is readily available and relatively inexpensive compared to other specialty calibers. Give us a call or visit Metro Pawn & Gun today—your one stop gun shop in Minneapolis, MN.