shotgun

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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.
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They caught guards Rico Barrun, 32, and Angel Regala, 35, carrying a 12-gauge shotgun and a .38-caliber gun, both loaded, while walking near the beach.
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Three people were injured at the Dixie Gun and Knife Show in Raleigh, North Carolina when a 12-gauge shotgun filled with bird shot accidentally discharged as its owner unzipped its case for a security check, authorities said.
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.
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.
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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.
Two men approached Ungad and shot him once with an improvised 12-gauge shotgun. The assailants fled on a motorcycle towards Barangay Tiguma in the same city.
Police said they recovered a 12-gauge shotgun, a .45-caliber handgun and .