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    Canfield's book On US Military Shotguns

    Just discovered the book the other day and ordered it. Two days later I have it in hand. Fascinating book.

    Perhaps I just can't read it till the end, perhaps it is never answered but the big obvious question I have is: Is the United Statesicon the only major nation to use shotguns extensively in combat? I had no idea they were still being developed and used over in the Middle East today.

    There was one small section where it mentioned Franceicon and Englandicon simply not having the same shotgun mentality that Americans have. To them it was a gun to shoot birds with. In the United States, we developed buckshot which was pretty much unknown to them.

    But seeing the effectiveness, why was no effort made elsewhere. Even the Germans who apparently hated shotguns strongly enough to file an official complaint against their use didn't seem to develop any.

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    We used them since about Somalia. Not before as far as I've heard. I had a hard cover copy of that book now for some years and the soft cover it replaced was sent to a member here for his consumption. Yes, a priceless book for sure.
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    Being caught with a Mod-97 by the Germans in WWI brought your demise pretty quickly they despised them as they were very effective at trench sweeping along with stopping assaults once in effective range.
    As one soldier put it "1 up the spout & 5 in the mag with 9 x 32 cal balls in each round they just caused havoc on the attackers"

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    Shotguns have a very specific use in war. Very close shooting.

    However, successful shotgunning has to do with reloading. You can't replace five 30 shot rifle mags shooting automatic with the same number of shotgun shells, due to weight and size. Once past effective range the shotgunner has nothing to reply to rifle fire with.

    You can't issue guards with shotguns when the opposition has many 30 shot mags firing automatic.

    House clearance with 30 round 9mm mags makes much more sense. Etc

    Having said that, let me say again, very effective when used correctly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CINDERS View Post
    Being caught with a Mod-97 by the Germans in WWI brought your demise pretty quickly they despised them as they were very effective at trench sweeping along with stopping assaults once in effective range.
    As one soldier put it "1 up the spout & 5 in the mag with 9 x 32 cal balls in each round they just caused havoc on the attackers"
    The German Gov't did protest the use of shotguns by American forces on the grounds that it was in violation of the Hague Convention and threatened to immediately execute any American soldier captured with a shotgun or shotgun ammunition.
    U.S. Secretary of State Robert Lansings formal response to Germanyicon's protest maintained that the shotgun used by the U.S. forces could not be the subject of legitimate or reasonable protest under the Hague Convention and if Germany made good on the threat to execute U.S. soldiers captured with shotguns or shotgun ammunition the U.S. would make whatever reprisals necessary to protect U.S. forces.
    The German Gov't did not reply to Lansings letter and no Americans were known to have been executed for carrying shotguns or shotgun ammunition.

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    Apparently, the guy on point in Vietnam often had a shotgun. They are using them today in urban warfare and house cleaning. Pretty wild looking things today. The old pumps are gone. Plastic, collapsible stocks, etc. Still have the bayonet lug for the M9 now I believe.

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    Cartridge weight and size, and reloading are the main challenges.

    Sending a shotgunner against a rifleman with a rifle that goes brrrt is not good.

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    The AA-12 although an old outdated design had some pretty impressive rounds especialy the one that was like a mini 40mm boop round inside a room would definately spoil the BBRRRT gunners day.
    A full auto shotgun inside a house with explosive rounds now that would be devastating for both I reckon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daan Kemp View Post
    Cartridge weight and size, and reloading are the main challenges.

    Sending a shotgunner against a rifleman with a rifle that goes brrrt is not good.
    A good friend of mine served in Vietnam in an armored unit. Shortly after arriving in country he was assigned to an infantry outfit as a liaison officer. He being a country boy from South Georgia that grew up bird hunting swapped his M16icon for a Winchester Model 12 trenchie and carried it for the rest of his tour. According to him, it worked quite well against little guys in black pajammies firing rifles that went brrrt.


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    I would hate to be in a spot where i had to reload in a hurry, it takes a lot more time to put 5 shells in a pump shotgun then to stick a mag in a M16icon

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