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A pump-action or single shot firearm, which fires projectiles of packed shot of various diameters; shotguns are popular among hunters

shotgun

Forensic pathology A pump-action or single shot firearm, which fires projectiles of packed shot of various diameters; shotguns are popular among hunters, and an efficient 'execution' weapon when a hit-person must address a moving target; homicide and suicide by shotgun is common in the US, but exceedingly rare in civilized countries, given the strict gun control laws. See Ballistics, Cookie cutter wounds, Drive-by shootings, Execution wounds, Gauge, Sawed-off shotgun. Cf Assault weapon, Pistol.

shotgun

hunting firearm discharging mostly round lead shot over a wide area. Associated with lead poisoning in ducks that eat the failed shot, pitch poisoning in animals that eat the residues of clay pigeons at shooting ranges, and sometimes wounds in dogs that have the misfortune to be in the line of fire.

shotgun injuries
typically occur in hunting dogs. Depending on the distance from the gun, the wounds range from extensive with much tissue damage to minor, almost undetectable, with the shot becoming imbedded in soft tissue.
shotgun pharmacy
using a number of medicines to treat an animal because of uncertainty in the diagnosis. Called also polypharmacy.
shotgun procedure
cloning DNA fragments in a random manner for a clone library from which fragments can later be selected.
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A MAN with a 12-gauge shotgun went on a shooting spree along a busy street in Elk Grove, California, killing one person and wounding four others before a deputy shot him, officials said.
An ANCON guard sits at the head of the boat with a short 12-gauge shotgun laid across his bare knees, a reminder that, in the national parks, poachers can be a deadly problem.
Investigators found two types of 12-gauge shotgun cartridges at the Liberation offices and in BFMTV's lobby.
I loaned my 12-gauge shotgun to him, and he lost that.
The young man quickly retrieved his 12-gauge shotgun and went to the doorway of the home.
Workman said the man gave his 12-gauge shotgun to the officer and has cooperated with investigators.
At a showground in Raleigh, North Carolina, three people were injured when a 12-gauge shotgun went off as its owner unzipped the case for a police officer at the security entrance.
The day was punctuated with a bang at the Dixie Gun and Knife Show at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh when Gary Lynn Wilson, 36, accidentally fired his 12-gauge shotgun while unzipping its carrying case so that a security guard could examine it, according to (http://abclocal.
Also sold was a Winchester 12-gauge shotgun, acquired in the same raid, for 80,000 dollars.
The Steyr Duett, the company's first combination rifle and shotgun, features a cold hammer forged, free-floated, adjustable rifle barrel situated below a 12-gauge shotgun barrel.
He took a 12-gauge shotgun and opened fire into the congregation, who were watching a performance by 25 children based on the musical, Annie.
In the role of a less-lethal munitions delivery system, the 12-gauge shotgun offers exceptional versatility.