Shotguns

Want to know more about shotguns?  Our experts tell you which they recommend for different disciplines (for example gameshooting or clayshooting), look at different options for buying shotguns second-hand and review the latest models on the market.

If you’re new to shooting, you’ll discover some educational information on what the different parts of a shotgun are called, how a shotgun works and their history.

We regularly interview different manufacturers to talk about how their guns are made.

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Owning a shotgun also brings a lot of responsibility, so you’ll find articles on  safety and the law  – for example, what you need to know about gun cabinets and how to store your gun safely when you’re on the move.

Every Shot would like to improve their technique, so you’ll also find useful tips on gun fit, gun mount and getting your stance when shooting correct.

Finally, and most importantly, we have a whole section on shotgun safety.

Kofs Sceptre SXE 28-bore

Kofs Sceptre SXE 28-bore

Over the last few months I have been hearing and seeing a lot of questions arising around Kofs shotguns. So, as I had only seen one or two in the flesh and not had one to dissect, I thought I would grab the opportunity to take a closer look when…

shotguns for clay pigeon shooting

10 best shotguns for clay pigeon shooting

All the guns below are worthy of a mention and all for varying reasons, from the budget-busting ATA right up to the mighty wallet whomping Krieghoff. Blaser F16  £2550 Let’s start with the shotgun of the year 2016. Since its attention-getting flame throwing launch in early 2016 at the British…

shotguns for under £1000

20 best shotguns for under £1000

Lincoln Vogue Game 
20-bore Country of origin: Italy Price: £925 new The elegance of this gun suggests that it should cost more than £1,000. The action is neatly blacked to match the barrels, and the inlaid gold-coloured game birds form a neat contrast with the trigger. Even the internal workings…

Lincoln Vogue HSX Sporter 12-bore

Lincoln Vogue HSX Sporter 12-bore reviewed by Shooting Times

The Lincoln Vogue HSX is 
the latest development of the Vogue game gun. The HSX, or Hunter Sporting Cross-over, is designed for clays as much as for game or rough shooting and is Lincoln’s attempt to please all parties and create a single gun for every job. The 30in barrel…

man with gun in gunslip

Popular shotguns for the pheasant season

What you need to consider when picking out a game gun Weight Gauge Style Action Budget Patrick Galbraith, Editor of the Shooting Times, comments when discussing shotguns for pheasant shooting: “I would say that there has been a move towards affordable guns, with pairs of Mirokus becoming a frequent sight…

A guide to buying your first gun

It's never too soon to start looking at guns with a view to buying your first and any dealer will be happy to reserve a gun until your certificate arrives

Caesar Guerini 12-bore Invictus I Sporting M-Spec

One of Italy’s newer gunmaking companies, Caesar Guerini has progressed quickly. Started in 2000 by brothers Giorgio and Antonio Guerini, the company moved in 2002 into purpose-built premises in the Trompia valley 
in northern Italy, the heart of 
Italian gunmaking, and it now manufactures in-house. Most types of gun are…

Secondhand value-for-money semi-auto shotguns Hatsan Escort Magnum

Three value-for-money secondhand semi-auto shotguns

Hatsan Escort Magnum Target Price: £330 In the 1960s, two trend-setting semi-autos were introduced – one from the USA and the other from Italy. Both were no-nonsense guns that became favourites, primarily with clay target and pigeon shooters. The American offering was the Remington 1100, while the Beretta A300 came from Italy. The Remmie was so…

Northern Shooting Show

20 popular second-hand all-rounders

If your budget is £750 and under Baikal This is one of my top 10 guns built in the last half century and it’s cheap, reliable with the Baikal reputation for toughness. On most over-and-unders the ejectors can be turned off, and firing the top barrel first is selected by…

Shotgun jargon explained

Guide to shotgun jargon

With so many shotgun terms floating about, it can be hard to know what you're talking about.

Pigeon shooting kit

Is it safe to leave my shotgun in the car?

If I take the fore-end off my shotgun before I leave it locked in the car, is this showing due diligence (assuming the gun’s out of sight and locked up in the car anyway)?

Beads on shotguns – your questions answered

Q: I am relatively new to both clay and gameshooting and am now into my second season. I have seen people using green or red beads on the ends of their barrels and am curious to know what the pros and cons of these are. A: You can shoot without a…

A closer look at a Baikal shotgun

A closer look at a Baikal shotgun

Considering a Baikal shotgun? Mike George explains why the Russian-built shotgun is one of his top ten guns produced during the last half-century

Benelli Montefeltro bolt lock

Second-hand super semi-auto shotguns

Mike George advises on buying second-hand semi-auto shotguns Over the years the Italians have made some super semi-autos. In the 1970s, Franchi autos were a great favourite among pigeon shooters while some of the Berettas from the 1980s – notably the A302 and the A303 – were legendary for their…

Hatsan Escort Magnum Xtreme

What makes a gun a magnum?

A: With regard to the proofing of shotguns, “magnum” is a legacy term that is no longer current. Under the 1954 Rules of Proof, 3in 12-bore shotguns were proofed at either 3½ton or 4ton per square inch, the abbreviation MAG being applied to the latter. However, the word magnum is now only used in relation to proofing rifles of…

side-by-side hammergun

Don’t discount second-hand side-by-side shotguns

A: English boxlock shotguns represent fantastic value for money because they are rather unfashionable at the moment. The Italian over-and-under carries all before it. A boxlock made between the wars or just after World War II is a classic handmade sporting gun. So is a hammergun. Both represent very good value for money in the current market. Assessing a…

Fausti Italyco SLX

Fausti Italyco SLX

In terms of exotic exports of luxury goods, it would be fair to say Italy has something of a stranglehold on the global consciousness. From the ultimate in sports cars from the likes of Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini to the fashion houses of Milan, Italian products have an unshakable air of desirability. This is no different in the world of…