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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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In 1971, Arnold Marcus Chernoff, in Guns and Ammo Annual, referred to the Royal LePage Moutier fowling piece as "the most valuable percussion gun in existence.
In the battles of Lexington and Concord in April 1775 Colonial militia armed with flintlock muskets and fowling pieces engaged British regular infantry for the first time and made the forced British withdrawal back to Boston a protracted and costly fight.
There are alternatives to steel for older guns, with excellent examples such as Classic Doubles from Environ-Metal and Tungsten Matrix from Kent Cartridge, and while many of us occasionally use them in our vintage fowling pieces, they are quite a bit more expensive than steel.
Then there were the almost 500,000 fowling pieces produced in the town.