Shotgun patterning target with infographic for shot string and lead pellets

How To Pattern A Shotgun

Want to hit more birds—clay or feathered? Then you need to spend some time at the patterning board. Patterning your shotgun is as important as sighting-in your rifle before going afield. Here’s why.

Rifleman Q&A: Hammerless Shotgun Storage

From the archives of American Rifleman, NRA member writes: I am confused about the proper handling of hammerless shotguns. Everyone has heard the advice “never dry-fire a gun, the firing pmay break.” If the gun has an exposed hammer, it can be eased down, but how should I handle a hammerless single- or double-barreled gun. Should I leave a spent shell or snap-cap in the chamber?

New For 2022: Taylor's & Company Gunfighter Defender

The Gunfighter Defender revolver from Taylor's & Company blends features from the company's Gunfighter single-action with its Runnin' Iron hammer and an 1860 Army grip.

Understanding Shotgun Barrels: Breech To Muzzle

Most of us take the inside of our shotgun barrels for granted. That may be because shotgun barrels today are better than they have ever been. Here’s why.

New for 2021: Taylor's & Company ACE

Taylor's & Company developed its ACE pistol as a short-barreled, carry-ready model based on the iconic Model 1858 Remington revolver.

Finding the Best-Selling Guns: An Industry Challenge

What are the best-selling firearms today? Well, there are some clues, but it's harder to track than you think.

Rifleman Q&A: Hollis & Sons Side-By-Side Shotgun

What's the history of this old Hollis & Sons side-by-side shotgun discovered on a southern California ranch? Read more here.

Rifleman Q&A: IDing an Unknown Side-By-Side Shotgun

An American Rifleman reader wrote into the magazine, asking for more information on this nearly unmarked side-by-side shotgun. Here's what we learned.

Choke, Shot Strings & Leads

Until the 1970s most shotguns bought in the United States employed full chokes.

Rifleman Q & A: “Old-Style” Chokes

I have two great old shotguns that I would like to keep shooting and continue to hunt duck and dove with.

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