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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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This is accomplished with a small Philips head screw driver, although some shotguns will have a flat screw holding this on.
For the sawn-off shotgun offence, Blair was sentenced to five years, and for each of the two shotgun licence offences to 12 months - the sentences will all run concurrently with one another, making five years.
Mirpur Police Station confiscated four kg hashish, 500 grams of heroin and 17 bottles of wine, two shotguns, three pistols, 25 cartridges and arrested 11 criminals.
agencies and sworn officers can trade in a functioning service tactical shotgun plus pay $250 and trade up to a new Benelli Nova LE shotgun.
Both Remington Model 870 and Mossberg M500 shotguns were entered in the trials, and the Mossberg was the winner.
THERE are 3,602 firearm and shotgun certificates allowing children in England and Wales to use guns - and 327 shotgun certificates have been given to kids aged 13 and under.
individu a fir tA A certificate is refused if police believe the individual shouldn't be allowed have a shotgun or firearm under the Firearms Act, or if they don't have a good reason to own, buy or acquire a shotgun.
It is the equivalent of 1% of shotgun licences on issue as of March 31 2017 being revoked, the second highest rate in the country.
Grant dismissed the notion that you don't need to aim a shotgun very well in close quarters because it launches multiple projectiles at a time.
Home Office statistics revealed there are 1.3 million legal shotguns in England and Wales alone.
Air shotguns is a topic that keeps bubbling to the surface every few years.