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Noun1.scattergun - firearm that is a double-barreled smoothbore shoulder weapon for firing shot at short rangesscattergun - firearm that is a double-barreled smoothbore shoulder weapon for firing shot at short ranges
firearm, small-arm, piece - a portable gun; "he wore his firearm in a shoulder holster"
fowling piece - a light shotgun used for fowling
pump action, slide action - action mechanism in a modern rifle or shotgun; a back and forward motion of a sliding lever ejects the empty shell case and cocks the firearm and loads a new round
sawed-off shotgun - a shotgun with short barrels
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This is the kind of customer for whom you stock low-price-point, slide-action scatterguns with handy short barrels.
I am now 73 and have handled and shot more scatterguns than I can remember, and the portion of the article that stales, "a 2 3/4-inch shell in a 3-inch chamber ...
The use of scatterguns as fighting weapons -- remember, the Second Amendment ain't about duck hunting -- dates to the trenches of World War I when American doughboys found the devastating power of a magazine tube full of 00 buck to be a great "sweeper" for cleaning out a Jerry position.
To show just how far the combat scattergun has progressed, we set about designing the ultimate fighting pump gun.
Today we continue to see major arms combines announcing new rifled slug scatterguns and specially designed slug barrels capable of good accuracy at all normal hunting yardages and we guarantee we'll be seeing more such arms manufactured in the future.
The Hastings combine now offers replacement Paradox rifled barrels for a number of modern scatterguns and all are available to sporting goods retailers at wholesale prices.
I don't want to count the scatterguns I now own (no sense having that information at hand in case the wife asks), but the number is embarrassing.
Because I love hunting pheasants, it's become my litmus test for judging upland scatterguns. Whenever I can, I evaluate new shotguns by carrying them afield during pheasant season.
The Torreon plant went into operation in the summer of 1988 and only barrels for Mossberg scatterguns will be manufactured there.
It really all got started in early 1988 when Mossberg designers/engineers created the Model 835 ULTI-MAG pump shotgun chambered for the Federal Cartridge Corporation's new 3-1/2-inch chambered 12-gauge magnum hull as well as its Trophy Slugster (Model 500), a pump action scattergun with an ingeniously designed integral scope mount that's capable of printing rifled slug groups with "x" ring accuracy at 100 yards -- a feat unheard of in past years.
Increasingly waterfowlers, turkey and varmint hunters are fitting their scatterguns with slings, and it is not uncommon today to see new pumps and autos factory-fitted with sling swivels.