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 shotgun models on the market or the classics that have been around a while.

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.

struggles with recoil

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.

parts of a shotgun

The different parts of a shotgun

Do you know your hammer from your extractor? Here is a clear explanation of the functions  of named parts of a shotgun, namely a side-by-side boxlock with side plates, based on the Anson & Deeley design. What is a boxlock shotgun? In a boxlock shotgun the inner workings, the “lockwork” …

Baikal shotguns

31 things you should know about Baikal shotguns

So why do Baikal shotguns get such good press? They’re not beautiful. Maybe not, but Baikal guns achieve two things that shooters are looking for. They are inexpensive and reliable. Read our Baikal reviews here. Thanks to Baikal shotguns thousands of UK shooters have been able to afford to enjoy…

secondhand over under shotgun choice

20 popular secondhand all-rounders

So you’re on the hunt for a reliable, good quality secondhand over under shotgun. Which is going to suit you best? Our experts recommend taking a look at the selection below. Why would you choose an over under shotgun? Many consider that an over-and-under delivers a better and more consistent…

buying a first gun

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

Clay pigeon shooting guns

10 best shotguns for clay pigeon shooting

All the shotguns for clay pigeon shooting listed here are worthy to be mentioned. I’ve picked them out for a variety of reasons,  from the budget-busting ATA right up to the mighty wallet bashing Krieghoff. Prices as reviewed. Blaser F16  £2550 This was voted shotgun of the year in 2016…

16-bore shotguns

The revival of the 16-bore shotgun

In any article about 16-bores, one should do one’s best to avoid the standard cliche of using ‘sweet’ and ‘16’ together. Most writers find it impossible. Perhaps the best-known example was penned back in 1995 by American gun writer Michael McIntosh in his book Shotguns and Shooting. A chapter, called…

shotgun barrels

This is what you should know about shotgun barrels

What length shotgun barrels should I buy? I wish I had a pound for every time a newcomer to shooting has asked me that question. The answer is that it depends on a few variables and the wrong gun length could have significant implications on your success. Is height and…

What’s the best shot size?

The best shot size has been debated for as long as guns have been throwing clusters of small lead balls at flying birds. We have two key issues to address. We choose shot to produce 
an acceptable compromise for the shooting we do and the gun we use. The ideal…