Shotguns are shoulder fired weapons firing shot shells or cartriges with multiple round balls, instead of a single bullet.  However, many shotguns also fire slug rounds which are essentially very large bullets.  Shotguns have shorter ranges than rifles, but immense destructive power at close range.  They are primarily used for hunting but also make exeellent self defense weapons.

This website has two shotgun sections:

Pump Action Shotguns & Firearms - These are examples of modern pump action shotguns.      

Semi-Auto Shotguns - These are examples of modern semi-automatic shotguns.         

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