You don’t need a doctorate in history to realize that the saga of human conflict is cyclical. Consider the history of modern warfare. One of the most noteworthy instances of the shotgun’s use in combat came from World War I and the infamous Winchester “Trench Guns.” Every true gun guy knows the story of the feared shotguns and how the Germans were reportedly “terrorized” by the use of scatterguns in close combat.
World War II was a slightly different story with semi-automatic Garand rifles and Thompson submachine guns being the battlefield norm. Everyone remembers images of Marines clearing the jungles of Japanese-held islands with the Thompson guns in hand or the GI (Government Issue) bounding a hedgerow in Normandy with his Garand.