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Top 7 Shotgun Myths

Facts vs Fiction


Shotguns have been the subject of various myths and misconceptions over the years, often perpetuated by popular media and folklore. Here are a few common shotgun myths:

  1. Wide Spread at Close Range

    The concept of a shotgun's spread, or how the pellets disperse when fired, is a common misconception. While it's often portrayed in movies and television as a wide and indiscriminate spray, the actual spread of shotgun pellets is relatively tight, especially at typical self-defense distances. Take a deeper dive into shotgun spread HERE.

  2. "Racking" a Shotgun Deters Intruders: The sound of "racking" a pump-action shotgun is often depicted as a deterrent to would-be intruders. While the sound is distinct and can be intimidating, relying solely on this noise may not be a safe or effective approach to home defense. It's generally better to be prepared, armed, and trained to handle potential threats. Dive deeper into this myth HERE.

  3. Shotguns Don't Need to Be Aimed: Some believe that shotguns don't require precise aiming because of their spread. In practice, hitting a specific target at any significant distance still requires aiming. It's essential to aim the shotgun properly to ensure accuracy. Take a closer look into this myth HERE.

  4. Shotguns Have No Recoil: Shotguns can have significant recoil, especially when firing heavy loads or slugs. While the design and action of a shotgun can help absorb some recoil, it can still be substantial, and proper shooting techniques are essential to manage it effectively.

  5. Buckshot is Always Lethal: While buckshot is potent and used for self-defense, it doesn't guarantee a one-shot stop. Stopping an aggressor often depends on shot placement, as well as other factors like the distance from which the shotgun is fired.

  6. Shotguns are "Short-Range" Weapons: While shotguns are very effective at close ranges, they can also be accurate at longer distances when using slugs. Some slug rounds are designed for accuracy at 100 yards or more, making shotguns versatile firearms.

  7. Shotguns are Only for Hunting: Shotguns are indeed widely used for hunting, but they have various applications, including self-defense, law enforcement, sport shooting (e.g., skeet and trap), and military use. They are versatile tools.

It's important to separate fact from fiction when it comes to firearms, and this includes shotguns. Understanding the true capabilities and limitations of shotguns is crucial for safe and effective use. Proper training and knowledge are essential for responsible firearm ownership.




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