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American Shotguns

America has had a long and fond relationship with shotguns. A preferred loading for American soldiers in the Revolutionary War was the buck-and-ball shotgun load. George Washington encouraged soldiers to use buck-and-ball loads to increase their ability to hit a target.

Shotguns have been used in a wide variety of roles in America. They are favorites for hunting, particularly birds, deer, and feral pig. Shotguns are used in shooting sports that range from traditional skeet to more dynamic three-gun competitions. American shotgun companies range widely from supremely well built and well-designed double-barreled shotguns to basic pump-action shotguns. American shotguns have been produced as break actions, pump actions, lever actions, semi automatics, and even bolt-action shotguns.

Today, there are countless American shotgun manufacturers. They range from small shops producing simple smooth-bore shotguns to major manufacturers including Remington and Mossberg.


Quick Facts

  • The U.S. Marines issue Mossberg 500s as one of their shotguns for less lethal and offensive combat operations
  • Shotguns in the United States are limited to 18-inch barrels before they are subject to specific Federal regulations
  • American cavalry units heavily favored the shotgun in the 19th century

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Thompson Center Arms New Englander Black Powder 12 GA
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Victor Plain American Gun Co. 12 GA Shotgun
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Ithaca Hammerless SideXSide 12 GA Shotgun
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Harrington & Richardson 088 Single Shot Shotgun
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Harrington & Richardson 088 Single Shot Shotgun
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Tristar Arms Cobra III Camo 12 GA Shotgun
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Est: $0- $0
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Stevens Model 320 12 GA Shotgun
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Stevens Model 320 12 GA Shotgun
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Westernfield M550A pump shotgun 12ga with c-lect choke
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**L.C. Smith No. 5 Grade SxS Hammerless Shotgun for Hunter Arms Company
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**L.C. Smith No. 5 Grade SxS Hammerless Shotgun for Hunter Arms Company
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Est: $2,000- $4,000
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Stevens Model 94 (20 Gauge) Single barrel shotgun
Apr 20, 2:00 PM EDT
Stevens Model 94 (20 Gauge) Single barrel shotgun
by Heritage Antiques & Auction
Est: $100- $200
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SAVAGE ARMS FOX MODEL B-SE SXS SHOTGUN.
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SAVAGE ARMS FOX MODEL B-SE SXS SHOTGUN.
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Est: $200- $400
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DAVIS & SONS 12 GAUGE DIANA SINGLE SHOT SHOTGUN
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DAVIS & SONS 12 GAUGE DIANA SINGLE SHOT SHOTGUN
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Est: $300- $400
$1501 Bid
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Est: $100- $200
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Springfield single shot shotgun 12ga
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Springfield single shot shotgun 12ga
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Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
INTERSTATE ARMS HAWK 982 12 GA PUMP ACTION SHOTGUN
Apr 23, 9:00 AM EDT
INTERSTATE ARMS HAWK 982 12 GA PUMP ACTION SHOTGUN
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $150- $250
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Gebruder Merkel Model 203E Hand Detachable Sidelock Shotgun
May 17, 9:00 AM CDT
Gebruder Merkel Model 203E Hand Detachable Sidelock Shotgun
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Est: $4,000- $6,000
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Ithaca Model 37 Slide Action Riot Shotgun
May 19, 9:00 AM CDT
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Sellers Who Sell American Shotguns


William Smith Auctions

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