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Buying a new shotgun?

Posted on March 18, 2012 by admin Posted in Old Coach’s Corner

I’m fortunate in knowing one of the most knowledgeable and experienced gun advisors along the Colorado Front Range. He works with hundreds of people each year helping them with their gun selections. When I mentioned that I was thinking about writing a brief article about buying a shotgun he suggested that I write something from the gun
seller’s position and mentioned the following:

  • Decide ahead of time what your gun-buying budget will allow.
  • Tell the salesperson your plans for using the gun. Will it be used only for target shooting or will it be used for bird hunting as well? Maybe it is for home protection. This initial information will be useful.
  • Knowing who will be shooting the gun is also helpful. Is it only for a man or will it be used by women and children as well?
  • Do your homework and have some idea of what gauge and action type you want. Will it be a 12 ga. slide action pump, a 20 ga. over/under, or perhaps an auto loader?
  • He also advises against buying a .410 bore for a youngster, as .410s are rather difficult to hit with and throw a very light shot charge.

Wise and prudent people working behind the gun counters will do their utmost to help you get the shotgun that best fits your needs. Following these few suggestions will make the process easier and will result in your buying the right gun.

Safety is a shared responsibility