From hunting to clay target shooting, shotguns are a versatile and popular firearm for enthusiasts and collectors alike. Whether you are new to shotguns or a seasoned pro, it’s important to understand the different types of shotguns, their actions, gauges, and equipment.

At Advanced Arms, we are proud to be a dealer for fine shotguns from all over the world. We have a great variety in stock, ranging from tactical, sporting, wingshooting and other types in semi auto, pump, SxS and O/U models. We also carry pre-owned shotguns from some of the most famous makers in the world. Our pleasant and educated staff can assist you in selecting the best shotgun for your needs and budget.

Understanding Shotguns

Shotguns differ from rifles in that they typically discharge many bullets, referred to as “shot,” rather than a single projectile. Shotguns are also available in several gauges, with smaller numbers signifying a larger bore and stronger recoil. Most hunters and clay target shooters use a 12- or 20-gauge shotgun, with the 20-gauge being a popular choice for women and new shooters due to its lower recoil. The.410 bore is the smallest gauge and is not suitable for novices due to its difficulty.

Selecting the Right Shotgun

Break-action, semi-automatic, pump-action, lever-action, and bolt-action shotguns are all available. The break-action shotgun is the easiest to use and is popular for clay target shooting. Because of their adaptability and functionality, semi-automatic shotguns are popular among hunters, clay target shooters, and exhibition shooters. Pump-action shotguns are used for hunting and also for clay target shooting. Lever-action and bolt-action shotguns are the least popular and are frequently referred to as “collector” firearms.

Shotgun Equipment 

The stock, barrel, and action are the three main parts of a shotgun. The stock includes the forearm, grip, butt, and comb. The mechanical parts of the shotgun that enable loading, firing, and unloading are called the action and the barrel is the metal tube through which the projectile passes. Chokes, which help regulate the spread of the shot, and sights or scopes, which can increase accuracy, are two additional pieces of equipment to consider.

Shotgun Protection and Maintenance

Regular maintenance can help guarantee that your shotgun works correctly and lasts for many years. Cleaning the barrel, action, and stock, as well as keeping your shotgun in a safe and dry area, are all part of the process.

Advice on Shooting Shotguns

Ensure that your stance and grip on the shotgun are correct by keeping your feet shoulder-width apart and placing your weight on the balls of your feet while leaning slightly forward. When holding the shotgun, wrap your hand around the grip and keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to fire. Remember to aim with both eyes open and to concentrate on the target, not the bead at the end of the barrel. And above all, practice, practice, practice! The more you shoot, the more proficient you’ll become. 

At Advanced Arms, we are committed to offering the best customer experience and service possible. Our skilled staff can assist you in selecting the shotgun and equipment for your specific needs and budget. Browse our selection of fine shotguns and accessories online or visit our 15,000 square foot showroom located in Pittston Township, PA. See why we have been voted the Times Leader’s Readers Choice “Best Local Gun Shop” 10 years in a row.

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