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Shotguns - General

Shotguns are weapons that are unique in the modern world of firearms. Shotguns are most often smooth-bore firearms that fire shot.

Shotguns originated from the practice of loading muskets with a group of shot instead of a solid projectile. They have remained popular throughout time and have followed firearms technology from matchlock to percussion and cartridge firearms.

Shotguns are close-range firearms that are popular for hunting and are the most effective weapon for hunting different species of birds. Shotguns are popular for home defense across the United States and are widely used by the police. They also have limited use in the modern military. Fine double-barrel shotguns are often known as best shotguns and are seen as status pieces and collectors' items.


Quick Facts

  • Best gun is a term that refers to a shotgun of the highest quality
  • Except for .410, shotguns are measured in gauge instead of bore
  • Shotguns are produced in single-, double-, and triple-barrel variants, pump actions, bolt actions, semi automatics, lever actions, and fully automatics

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RARE ANTIQUE SPANISH REVOLVING SHOTGUN.
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RARE ANTIQUE SPANISH REVOLVING SHOTGUN.
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A Zeiss Abbe's Apertometer,
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Est: £200- £400
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Small Scale Wheellock Sporting Gun with Scrimshaw Inlays
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Small Scale Wheellock Sporting Gun with Scrimshaw Inlays
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Drilling Josef Just - Ferlach cal. 7 x 65 R / 16/70 #24842 § C
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Drilling Josef Just - Ferlach cal. 7 x 65 R / 16/70 #24842 § C
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Johann Fanzoj Sidelock O/U Combination Gun Two Barrel Set
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Johann Fanzoj Sidelock O/U Combination Gun Two Barrel Set
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Factory Engraved Otto Seelig Drilling with Zeiss Scope
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Factory Engraved Otto Seelig Drilling with Zeiss Scope
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Fernando Olave Miquelet Sporting Gun
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Fernando Olave Miquelet Sporting Gun
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TRISTAR ARMS TSA SKYLANDER 12 GA SEMI AUTO SHOTGUN
May 01, 9:00 AM EDT
TRISTAR ARMS TSA SKYLANDER 12 GA SEMI AUTO SHOTGUN
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $400- $500
$1000 Bids
A Sjögren system semi-auto shotgun, Sweden/Denmark, ca. 1909
May 15, 9:00 AM CEST
A Sjögren system semi-auto shotgun, Sweden/Denmark, ca. 1909
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ENGLISH R. ADAMS COMBO RIFLE SHOTGUN SXS IN CASE.
May 01, 10:00 AM EDT
ENGLISH R. ADAMS COMBO RIFLE SHOTGUN SXS IN CASE.
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Est: $2,000- $3,000
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ANTIQUE PIRATE FLINT LOCK BLUNDERBUSS.
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ANTIQUE PIRATE FLINT LOCK BLUNDERBUSS.
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Est: $100- $300
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Sellers Who Sell Shotguns - General


Rock Island Auction Company

Rock Island Auction Company

William Smith Auctions

William Smith Auctions

Hermann Historica GmbH

Hermann Historica GmbH

Nadeau's Auction Gallery

Nadeau's Auction Gallery