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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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Arguably the greatest asset the venerable 12-gauge shotgun brings to the table is ammunition versatility.
In the long-gun/home-defense realm, the 12-gauge shotgun was the standard tool for protecting hearth and home during your geezer customer's formative years.
Also sold was a Winchester 12-gauge shotgun, acquired in the same raid, for 80,000 dollars.
Mr Potter said the man left his 12-gauge shotgun in the boat and the dog stepped on it, causing it to fire.
The XRep Taser, which is fired from a 12-gauge shotgun, was being tested by the Home Office before being approved for use by police forces in England and Wales.
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.
Rogers, commanding general of the Joint Munitions Command at Rock Island, Illinois, approved the full materiel release of the M-1030 12-gauge shotgun breaching cartridge in late 2007.
I have a Winchester Model 1300 12-gauge shotgun serial #L27660XX that occasionally misfires.
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.
He was with his 19-year-old cousin, John Conrad Valera, when he was attacked from afar with a 12-gauge shotgun.
I harvested my first duck along the Rio Grande near Del Rio, Texas, with a single-barrel 12-gauge shotgun from J.