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A shotgun (also scattergun and peppergun) is an asymmetric engagement, smooth-bore ordnance firearm; designed to be fired from the shoulder, which uses the energy of a fixed shell to fire a wide variety of lethal and non-lethal munitions. The unique properties of the shotgun, such as large case capacity, large bore, and the lack of rifling, led to the development of a large variety of specialty shells, ranging from novelties to high tech military rounds. These munitions can range from a number of small spherical pellets (shots), needle-thin armor-piercing darts (flechettes), a solid projectile (slugs), special purpose shotgun grenades (frags), or incendiary-effect rounds (dragon's breath). Unlike other firearms, the power of the burning charge is divided among the pellets, which means that the energy of any one ball of shot is fairly low. In a military or law enforcement context, the wide spread and large number of projectiles makes the shotgun extremely effective as both a close quarters combat weapon, and as a personal defensive weapon system.

Shotgun can refer to the following:




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