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Firearms

Coach Guns — Double Barreled Defense

For personal defense, the double barrel handles quickly and points well. It isn’t well suited for tactical use by special teams, but for home defense the double barrel, particularly a short barrel coach gun, is ideal. The double barrel is also easy to train with. Another advantage is that with two loads, you can stage the load. A lighter load first and then buckshot for problems inside the home, but that’s not the only advantage…

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Choosing a First Shotgun

A shotgun is the most versatile firearm you’ll ever own. Contrary to what you might see on TV, shotguns do not magically hit every target, and the recoil is not so brutal that it will knock you off your feet. Likewise, not every shotgun is equally suited to every shooter or situation. With a little research and forethought, you’ll be ready to choose a shotgun that will perform when needed and be comfortable to shoot.

Mossberg 500 JIC Flex 57340 6-Shot 12 gauge shotgun

Firearms

SHOT Show 2014 Special Edition Day 1: New Shotguns

Cheaper Than Dirt! staffers covering the 2014 SHOT Show in Las Vegas have filed their first reports on new shotguns introduced at the show, and based on what we’re seeing, consumers will see a full spectrum of new shotguns in 2014. This year’s selection encompasses the entire smoothbore spectrum, from personal defense and serious 3-Gun competition to high-end engraved over/unders and practical field and clay-target models. And that’s not all: We’re also seeing new magnum waterfowl guns, turkey guns, and some interesting new sub-gauge field and Mounted Cowboy competition guns. In addition, a number of new camouflage patterns will now be available on proven designs from several manufacturers. In this edition are details about a new Duck Dynasty entries from Mossberg, Benelli USA’s Ethos semi-auto 12 gauge, and a Model 1883 side lock and the Model 1889 box lock from Cimarron Firearms.