Saturday, April 30, 2016

American Rifleman | Combat Shotguns of the Vietnam War

Click for article: American Rifleman | Combat Shotguns of the Vietnam War:

The above is a rerun of a 2002 article. It tells you about the guns the military bought and issued during the Vietnam conflict. The commonly used shotguns were pump guns, a mixed bag of Stevens, Winchester, Ithaca, and Remington.

The long history of US combat shotguns underscores what I have claimed all along. There is no better personal weapon than a shotgun when the shooting is at short range. Compared to the select-fire rifle its hit probability is twice as good. Compared to the submachine gun, it is very nearly half again better. To me, this means that if my first choice defensive long gun is not a repeating shotgun of some sort, I am making a mistake and selling short my chances to offer the best defense I can. Nearly all justifiable self-defense shootings are at short range or very short range. Right tool for the job, and all that. . .

"Winner and still champeen..." (NRA photo)

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