In this day and age of hard-to-get pistol ammo (though hopefully by the end of summer .22lr will be plentiful again) we are finding more and more gun enthusiasts turning to the old faithful shotguns.
The 12 gauge ammo has not been limited during this recent ammo crisis, and even though most folks won’t go out and put 50 rounds through a shotgun (unless skeet are involved, of course) they can still have some fun with a 25-round box for under $15.
One of the oddest shotguns on the market today is the SRM 1216, which is a 16 plus 1 round shotgun that uses a detachable four-tube cylinder. Each tube holds four rounds and can utilize different weight 12 gauge if desired. Perfect for the ambidextrous shooter, this semi-auto roller delayed shotgun is like no other I have ever seen. The equally hard to find Keltec KSG also looks like it came from a Star Wars movie. This pump action holds 14 plus 1 and is rear loading.
A more readily available shotgun is the Saiga 12. This semi-automatic shotgun made its claim to fame on YouTube with users loading the 20 round drum and laying waste to multiple items, including an abandoned single wide trailer. These guns are fun to watch in action and can be decked out to look high end.
The always faithful list of shotguns would have to include the Benelli M4, the Remington 870 and the classic and ever changing, Mossberg 500.
During the last few weeks I have been pleased to see the return of the “Gun Shows” on cable TV. Top Shots had a full day marathon last week and has decided to bring back past champions (and runners up) to compete in some wild games. It is remarkable what these men and women can do!
I am hearing from more and more local women who have decided to get more active and have begun pursuing competitive shooting and hunting. This is always great news and I am happy for each and every one of them! Of course my favorite story is from the “great bear hunter” Mary Beth who learned how to shoot a gun a little over a year before (with Jeff Trout our NRA instructor) and has shown the men who’s boss! Keep up the great work!
Dorothy Royal is the owner of Surf City Guns and Ammo, mother of two wonderful children, ringmaster of a herd of miniature ponies and an avid member of the Surf City Writers Group and Topsail Book Club.