One unique feature of the shotgun is its ability to shoot in a spread pattern. Instead of a single bullet, shotguns fire a shell that contains small pellets that spread out to cover more area when the gun is fired. Shotguns are a popular hunting option for small game, including waterfowl, and bigger game like turkey. But with the right ammunition, it can also be used for larger animals as well.

They are often used as a home defense weapon, although despite the shotgun’s ability to carry a wide range of ammunition (birdshot, buckshot, slug), it can’t hold many at one time.

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