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Shotguns

  • January 23, 2013

    Two Firearms-Related Misdemeanors

    By David E. Petzal

    This is all about two infractions of the law, both marginally involving firearms, but with different outcomes.

    On Jan. 8, Estelle Margolis, an 86-year-old resident of Norwalk, Connecticut, attended a Westport, Connecticut town meeting on gun control. She carried with her a Red Ryder BB Gun, wrapped in a white cloth, a package of pellets, and a box of .45 ammo. The BB gun was spotted; the police were summoned; and Ms. Margolis was arrested and charged with breach of peace, second degree. The point she wanted to make, she said, was how easy it was to buy a gun. 

    Said the Westport Police: “Regardless of what her reasoning was to bring the BB gun rifle [sic] to the meeting, it was a poor decision that created alarm and concern to the public. This incident could clearly have escalated into a tragedy.” [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 22, 2013

    New Pump Shotgun: Winchester SXP Field

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    By The Editors

    The Winchester SXP (Super X Pump) is a redesigned version of the old model 1300. The gun now comes with a traditional walnut stock and will be available for $399. Like all SXP hunting variations, this gun is backbored and comes with the Invector-plus choke tube system. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 22, 2013

    No Love for Shotguns in Firearms Buying Frenzy

    By Phil Bourjaily

    I heard the following story at SHOT from a friend in the industry:

    A man walked into a gunstore looking for 5.56 ammo for his AR. As is not uncommon these days, the store was out.

    “How about that box of ammo there? I’ll take it,” said the customer, pointing to a lone box of .416 Rigby on the nearly empty shelf.

    “Do you have a .416 Rigby rifle?” asked the clerk.

    “Nope,” said the man, reaching for his wallet. “I’ll take it anyway.” [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 16, 2013

    New Shotgun Innovation: Mossberg Recoil Reduction System

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    By The Editors

    Mossberg is claiming that it's new recoil reduction will cut down on felt recoil by 30 percent. The company partnered with Matthews (yeah the bow company) to implant a weight suspended in an elastomer unit to eat up the force of recoil. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 16, 2013

    New Shotgun: Benelli M2 3-Gun

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    By The Editors

    Benelli's hot M2 platform is now available for 3-gun, kind of. The shotguns includes an extended magazine tube, oversized bolt handle and oversized bolt release. But because of the extended magazine the gun can be imported easily. Now all we have to do is wait for the ATF. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 16, 2013

    SHOT 2013: A Strange and Ominous Calm

    By David E. Petzal

    Despite the fact that residents of New York state have just had a loathsome wad of gun restrictions shoved down their collective throat by their satanic governor Andrew Cuomo, and that President Obama is cooking up something equally as wonderful, the SHOT Show seems to have taken little notice that I can detect as I lurch around the floor.  The one comment I have heard a good bit is that “Obama thinks he’s emperor, and we’re gonna have to show him what’s what.”

    Well, I have news. He is emperor, thanks to a Congress that long ago degenerated into a food fight, one that’s peopled by the most ineffectual group ever assembled on the North American continent. Say “power vacuum.” [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 15, 2013

    New Triple-Barrel Shotgun: Chiappa Triple Threat

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    By The Editors

    The Turkish gunmaker's new 2013 announcement is a triple-barrel shotgun line. The line includes the Triple Threat (featured in the video) which is designed for home defense, and a sporting version called the Triple Crown. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 15, 2013

    Remington Versa Max Sportsman: A No-Frills Auto-Loading Shotgun

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    By The Editors

    Following its highly successful introduction of the Versa Max in 2010, Remington is introducing the Versa Max Sportsman for 2013. The Sportsman uses the exact same auto-loading system as the Versa Max but it comes with less features. It doesn't feature molded grips, an adjustable comb, or length of pull kit. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 15, 2013

    Winchester AA Tracker Shotshell Lets You Know Where You're Missing

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    By The Editors

    Winchester's AA Tracker shotshell is designed to help you figure out exactly where you're missing at the trap, skeet, or sporting clays range. The wad in the AA Tracker is loaded with an 1/8 ounce of shot which carries the wad down range with the rest of your shot column. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 10, 2013

    Shotgun Review: Beretta A300 Outlander

    By Phil Bourjaily

    When people ask me what all-around shotgun they should buy I like to recommend an affordable semiauto* that won’t give them problems. Until recently, that gun was the Beretta 3901, a U.S. made version of the venerable Beretta 390 that sold for $645. [ Read Full Post ]

  • December 31, 2012

    First Pheasant with an L.C. Smith Shotgun

    By Phil Bourjaily

    Earlier this season I got to shoot a wild pheasant with a 16 gauge L.C. Smith shotgun made in 1936. That was a first for me. I have shot birds with Parkers and Foxes but never a Smith.
     
    The gun in this picture traveled a long way from the factory in New York to the field in Iowa where I shot the bird with it. It belongs to Rehan Nana, who works in Pheasant Forever’s marketing department. Nana is Pakistani on his father’s side; his uncle Rohil, a hunter in Pakistan, owned the gun. The uncle sent the gun from Pakistan (who knows how it got there) to Nana’s father when he moved to Kansas City in the 1970s and began hunting pheasants and quail. [ Read Full Post ]

  • December 27, 2012

    Hunting Pheasants with an Heirloom SKB 500

    By Phil Bourjaily

    Many of us have guns passed down from our fathers. My friend Peter hunts pheasants with his father’s SKB 500. It’s a 12 gauge quite similar to the one I used to have. The SKBs were an excellent value—strong, well made guns—from a Japanese factory which unfortunately now makes, I believe, golf clubs. [ Read Full Post ]

  • December 17, 2012

    Gear Review: A Practical Ghillie Suit for Waterfowlers

    By Phil Bourjaily


    I should have been easy to spot sitting at the water’s edge on a marsh stool, black shotgun in my lap. And, if I had only been wearing regular camo (right) I would have been easily recognizable as a duck hunter. In an Avery Killer Ghillie suit (left) I looked like a harmless clump of weeds. [ Read Full Post ]

  • December 14, 2012

    Prairie Storm, Gerber Knife Caption Contest Winner Announced

    By Phil Bourjaily

    Response to the caption contest of me biting down on a Federal Prairie Storm round was outstanding.

    At first, I thought I could pick a winner myself. Of course I preferred the ones that made me seem awesome and mythological, such as Duke123’s entry: [ Read Full Post ]

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