A semi-auto

A semi-auto can be a popular choice for its recoil absorption properties

The single barrel of semi-autos makes the front end of the gun much lighter and more controllable – a really useful asset for beginners and slightly built individuals. Couple this with the lower recoil associated with the reloading mechanism of the semi-auto, particularly gas-operated versions, and you’ve got a winning combination.

Furthermore, it’s easy for a coach and client to use. On completion of a training shot, the client can receive advice and simply offer the open chamber for reload by the coach, who drops in a cartridge, pushes the reload button and off they go again; it keeps the lesson at a very focused pace.

Like double-barreled shotguns, semi-autos come in all the usual bore sizes; from 12, 20 and 28-bore. All have a selection of chokes. Autos in .410 gauge are available as well.

In the UK, the magazine tube of semi-autos is restricted to allow a maximum of two cartridges in the magazine plus a third in the chamber, so you can get three shots.

It is possible to possess a semi-auto which will take more than two cartridges in the magazine, but a firearms licence is required in the UK to do this. You would need to establish a serious vermin control requirement, for example, to be granted this certificate.

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Many owners of semi-autos put safety flags in the loading slot to show the gun is safe

Visible safety

A common gripe about semi-autos is that they don’t open like a ‘’break action’’ double-barrelled shotgun. This is true, but if you know what to look for in semi-auto safety, it is immediately apparent, i.e. the open receiver slot where the cartridge is loaded. Any user of a semi-auto should carry the gun so that this is apparent. Many owners of semi-autos put safety flags in the loading slot.

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Brands of semi-autos

There are many different semi-auto makes on the UK market and many are very good value for money. American and Continental European brands predominate, but in recent years Turkish manufacturers have become more apparent.

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