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.

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…

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