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Is the shotgun still a viable defensive tool? Might we be better served with a rifle or carbine? These questions have been open to a lot of discussion lately, particularly within law enforcement agencies. Many outfits either supplement their shotguns with rifles or have swapped them altogether. Despite the fact that the shotgun has pretty much been written off by some folks, I strongly feel its days are far from over. In the years to come, the role of the shotgun will be redefined both as a lethal and less-lethal weapons system.

untitled-1.gifCritics of the police shotgun are often quick to point out what they feel are the shortcomings that make it an inferior fighting tool. Low capacity, heavy recoil, and limited range are among the negative traits often cited however, all of these issues can be mitigated one way or another. Today, one can purchase extremely well designed combat shotguns from the major players or have that plain vanilla smoothbore tricked out with all the right stuff from any number of highly accomplished gunsmiths.

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