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A Writer’s Guide to Firearms: Shotguns

Nicholas C. Rossis

This is a guest post by my author friend, William R. Bartlett. It continues his discussion of all things firearms. Assault rifles have featured prominently in the horrific events in Florida, Las Vegas and elsewhere, so I wish to repeat that this series is only meant to help writers improve their writing and not to glorify weapons in any way. You can check out the rest of the series on firearms here. Today, Bill explains how rifles work and describes some common writing blunders. Enjoy and bookmark! 

A Writer’s Guide to Firearms by William R. Bartlett

Part 5: Shotguns

Definition

A shotgun is a long gun with a smooth bore, designed to hit either a moving target or a stationary target while using a less precise aim.

Shotgun Shells

Shotgun shots | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's book Image: The Guns and Gear Store

To understand a shotgun, one must first understand the shotgun shell.  Shotgun shells…

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