The 12-gauge shotgun is the Swiss Army knife of firearms. Load it up with birdshot and you can blast clay pigeons apart, impress your buddies with milk-jug destruction or hunt winged prey. Add buckshot or slugs to the mix and you can defend your home or hunt big game. One firearm can do many different tasks, but for a long time, low capacity has been the shotgun’s Achilles’ heel. Not only are most shotguns limited to single-digit capacities, but loading the tubular magazine can be a time-consuming, finger-busting chore.
As a general rule, pump- and semi-automatic shotguns will come with anywhere from three- to five-round tubular magazines. Defensive or tactical models might see capacity increased to seven or eight rounds through longer tubes or extended-magazine caps. Some shotguns, like the Kel-Tec KSG or Standard Manufacturing DP-12, address the capacity limitation by adding a second tubular magazine. The holy grail for shotguns has been a removable-box magazine that will feed reliably in a semi-automatic action.
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