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.

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.

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…

Baikal shotguns

29 things you should know about Baikal shotguns

Baikal shotguns are more reliable than their price would suggest. You can depend on them. If you’re on a modest budget then a Baikal is a good first buy. A new over-and-under would be about £617 A new side-by-side would set you back about £562 They are made in the…

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?

Lewis Potter tests pattern sizes and shot counts of different bores to establish their comparative effectiveness in the field. The results dispel some myths

explaining shotgun bore sizes

What does shotgun bore actually mean?

Despite modern techniques, the archaic system for setting bore sizes is still in evidence today. Lewis Potter traces the evolution of shotgun measurement

Perazzi MX8

A close look at the Perazzi MX8 – a blast from the past

If you want to make money out of gun ownership, then go for a new “London Best” (preferably a Purdey, Holland & Holland or Boss), don’t shoot much — or not at all — and live long. This idea came to me when I reviewed a second-hand Holland & Holland…

beads on shotguns

Beads on shotguns – are they actually useful?

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…

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…