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A type of firearm that can fire "shot", shot typically being small ball bearings. Shotguns can also fire "solid slugs", where the "shot" is replaced with a solid projectile. Shot guns typically accept cartridges where the contents of the cartridge (not a part of the cartridge itself) are ejected upon firing. Use this tag for questions about the use of, etc. of shot guns.

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power and accuracy decrease quickly with range. In a military context shotguns have the advantage that they have high stopping power at very short ranges, can hit a target without careful aim* and have … by adding that shotguns are well suited to quickly acquiring and hitting fast moving targets of opportunity both because of their spread pattern and general handling characteristics. Here 'careful …
answered May 20 '16 by Chris Johns