The History of Shotguns Quiz
From pump-action to semiautomatics, "scatterguns" have been useful tools and weapons for centuries. How much do you know about shotguns?
What was the first true purpose for shotguns?
- bird hunting
- home defense
Why are shotgun bore sizes expressed as gauge instead of metric or decimal measurements, like most guns?
- partly because of the chamber construction
- smoothbore guns are measured differently than rifled guns.
Who designed the Winchester Model 1897?
- John Browning
- Uziel Gal
- John Garand
Parker Brothers Guns began manufacturing shotguns following which war?
- The American Revolution
- The Civil War
- The War of 1812
Alexander John Forsyth is renowned for improving which aspect of shotguns?
- improved overall reliability
- better ignition technique
- longer barrel life
"Super magnum" shotguns use shells of which size?
When did lead-free shotgun shells first gain traction around the world?
In which war did American troops first widely use 12-gauge shotguns?
- Civil War
- World War I
- World War II
In what decade did paper shells begin to replace brass shells?
Which company marketed its product as "The World's Finest Shotgun?"
- Caesar Guerini
- AH Fox
In addition to being lighter than lead, what is another drawback to steel shot?
- It is more deadly in accidental shootings.
- It is too hard.
- It is poisonous to mammals.
What spurred the development of non-toxic shotgun pellets?
- factory worker poisoning
- wildlife poisoning
- child poisoning
Why were punt guns mostly banned in the United States in the 1860s?
- Too much wildlife was being killed.
- Too many people were being killed.
- They had a tendency to explode when fired.
How long was the Herfurth Cannon, a type of punt gun?
- eight feet
- five feet
- four feet
How did some shotgun shells become known as "buckshot?"
- They were used to shoot deer.
- The shot was irregularly shaped.
- A man named Buck invented them.
When did the legendary Remington 870 first hit the retail market?
About how many copies of the Remington 870 have been sold?
- more than 4 million
- more than 2 million
- more than 10 million
Why did the Germans object to Allied forces using shotguns during World War I?
- They said they caused unnecessary suffering.
- They said the Allies were cheating.
- They wanted shotguns, too, but didn't have local manufacturers.
In which year was the first pump-action shotgun patented?
What event triggered a comeback for the 10-gauge shotgun?
- non-toxic shot laws
- spike in crime
- Korean War
M1030 shotgun shells are specifically made for which purpose?
- door breaching
- incendiary purposes
What style of shotgun was the Winchester Model 1887?
- break open-action
Sawed-off shotguns generally have a barrel length of less than how many inches?
- 18 inches
- 14 inches
- 12 inches
Why are there slits in the side of a shotgun shell's plastic wad?
- to force the wad into "blooming" after firing
- to better hold the shot together as it travels down the barrel
- to release excess gas pressure
From what material were the first shotgun shells made?
Why did some early shotguns have very long barrels?
- The creators thought it made them more accurate.
- It made them less likely to blow up on accident.
- Longer barrels dispersed toxic gases farther from the shooter.
How long were some of the earliest (single-user) shotguns?
In which decade did plastic become a popular shotgun shell construction material?
In which country was the double-barrel, side-by-side shotgun invented?
Which company manufactured the first successful repeating shotgun?