Yup, time to look at the most intimidating short range firearm out there, the shotgun.
Praised for balance, cussed for recoil, it is all these things and more. Let’s look at the 4 sizes we have first: the 20, 16, 12 and 10 Gauges. For those of you new to shotguns, the smaller the gauge number, the bigger the barrel. The 10 gauge was a very rare bird back in our era except in custom guns and it is a very heavy recoiling round in today’s loadings, so it’s really not one to consider as the other 3 are much, much better suited for us.