Top 5 most popular shotguns in the world

by Staff

The world of shotguns is vast and diverse, but some models stand out as the most popular among hunters, shooters, and gun enthusiasts. Due to the fact that shotguns are very versatile, it makes them one of the most popular type of firearm platforms available.

Shotguns can be loaded with slugs, buckshot and birdshot.  Giving the sport shooter or hunter their choice of the most effective load.  With all this said, here are the five most popular shotguns in the world:

  1. Remington 870: The Remington 870 is a pump-action shotgun that has been in production since 1951 and is considered one of the most reliable and versatile firearms on the market. It is available in a wide range of gauges, barrel lengths, and stocks, making it suitable for hunting, self-defense, and law enforcement. Its popularity is due in part to its durability, affordability, and versatility.  Due the length of time that it has been available for sale, there is a wide range of aftermarket accessories for this platform.  Which makes it a desirable firearm to own.  Also considering that many law enforcement agencies deploy this particular model, gives consumers confidence that the design is well tested and reliable.
  2. Mossberg 590: The Mossberg 590 is another pump-action shotgun that is known for its reliability and versatility. Like the Remington 870, it is available in a range of gauges, barrel lengths, and stocks, making it suitable for hunting, self-defense, and tactical purposes. It is often praised for its ease of use and affordability, making it a popular choice for first-time shotgun owners.  The 590 series, in particular the 590a1 is a popular model for law enforcement and has seen service worldwide for a variety of government and law enforcement agencies.  This model has also been produced for a very long time, and has robust aftermarket accessories available.
  3. Benelli M4: The Benelli M4 is a semi-automatic shotgun that is popular among military and law enforcement personnel due to its reliability and versatility. It features a comfortable pistol grip and is available in multiple barrel lengths, making it suitable for a variety of applications. Its popularity is due in part to its smooth action and ease of use.  Its unique A.R.G.O. Gas system made it the top choice for the USMC to deploy this shotgun in their unit.  It has been the primary semi automatic shotgun of the US Marine Corps since 1998.  This shotgun also has a very good aftermarket accessories selection.
  4. Beretta A400: The Beretta A400 is a semi-automatic shotgun that is known for its smooth action and reliability. It is available in multiple gauges and barrel lengths, making it suitable for hunting, sporting, and self-defense. Its popularity is due in part to its sleek design and high-quality construction.  A cheaper design compared to its big brother the Beretta 1301, is more affordable for the average shotgunner.
  5. Winchester SXP: The Winchester SXP is a pump-action shotgun that is known for its fast action and reliability. It is available in multiple gauges and barrel lengths, making it suitable for hunting and self-defense. Its popularity can be attributed to its cheap price point, and good reputation for reliability.

In conclusion, these five shotguns are some of the most popular in the world due to their reliability, versatility, and affordability and reputation. When choosing a shotgun, it is important to consider factors such as gauge, barrel length, and intended use, as well as your personal preferences and needs. Regardless of your choice, make sure to handle your shotgun safely and responsibly.  Every gun owner should be engaged in training with their firearm, to ensure they are the most comfortable they can be when needing to use it.

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