Can You Ace This Shotgun Quiz?

By: Staff Writer
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History tells us that the term shotgun was first used in the late 1700s. The first double barrel shotgun was invented in 1875 and primarily used for hunting. 

Today, the shotgun has become a crucial part of many people's lives and it is most used by police and security forces around the world, but also by hunters, particularly those hunting wild birds.  It's also the weapon of choice for trap and skeet, two shooting sports that even have versions in Olympic competition.

You would agree that its bulkiness doesn't allow for it to be carried and concealed the way a smaller gun could, but it comes into its own in the great outdoors. And so, it has remained a popular weapon since its invention.

Shotguns are also sold as a self-defense weapon, particularly as they come into their own in confined spaces because of their ability to spray shot in a wide area. 

Here, as technology has progressed, shotguns have changed in appearance as well. Today, you can find shotguns that look like automatic rifles, those that are small and can be operated in one hand and, of course, the more traditional look which is still extremely popular. 

But would you be able to name a shotgun from just a single image? Only one in 29 people can. Let's see how you fare. 


This autoloading shotgun was introduced in 1991 by Benelli, a little-known gun producer at the time. It has quickly become a favorite shotgun of many gun enthusiasts.

This autoloading shotgun was introduced by the gunsmiths at Remington in 1963. Its reliability made it extremely popular then and still today.

The Mossberg 500 is one of the most popular shotguns in the United States. First introduced in 1961, it has an effective firing range of 40 meters.

The Winchester Model 12 was an instant classic when introduced in 1912. It remained in production right up until 1964.

The first semi-automatic shotgun to be mass produced, the Auto 5 was designed by John Browning himself. It was introduced in 1898 and remained in production for 100 years! Browning thought it was his best ever design.

Also known as the Protect Bulldog, this South African shotgun was specifically designed for riot control during the Apartheid years. The first models included a revolving ammunition cylinder, but as this proved difficult to reload, it was later redesigned.

This assault shotgun, first introduced in 1972, certainly does not look like a traditional shotgun. Fully automatic, the Atchisson offers less recoil than normal shotguns. It can fire 300 rounds a minute, but can't hold nearly that many shells.

Produced in Italy, the 682 is primarily used in competition shooting. It was introduced in 1984 and is still manufactured today. The 682 offers five barrel lengths - 26, 28, 30, 32 or 34 inches.

A lever-action shotgun, the Model 1887 was designed by John Browning, a legendary American gunsmith. It was available with a 30-inch barrel while a shorter version (18-inch barrel) called the 'Mare's leg' was also popular as it was easier to conceal.

This Russian-designed shotgun comes with a detachable magazine and looks more like an automatic rifle than a shotgun. It has an effective firing range of 100 meters.

This 12-gauge semi-automatic shotgun was manufactured in Sweden. Around 5000 were made during 1908 and 1909. These weapons saw action in both the first and second World War.

This 12-gauge shotgun is produced in Russia and looks similar to an assault rifle. In fact, it is fed from a box magazine. The Saiga-12 is gas operated.

Produced between 2002 and 2006 in the United States, the Ruger Gold Label is a double-barrel shotgun in a side-by-side configuration which features a 28-inch long barrel with a break action. The Gold Label has won various awards including one from the National Rifle Association.

The RMB-93 is a single-barrel pump action shotgun produced in Russia from 1993 to 2007. It features a foldable stock, making it useful in close combat situations. In fact, it was designed specifically for police work as well as special forces operations. The RMB-93 has a rate of fire of around 12 rounds per minute.

This 10-gauge gas-operated semi-automatic shotgun was first manufactured in the United States in 1989. Barrel length varies between 23 to 30 inches depending on the exact model of the Remington Model 10 you buy.

As scary as it sounds, MAUL is a semi-automatic shotgun produced in Australia. Interestingly, it can be used alone or as an underslung weapon attached to a combat rifle (including an M-16).

The Model 1100 from Remington comes in a variety of gauges including 12, 16, 20 and 28. The 12 gauge holds up to eight rounds. This is an extremely popular shotgun in the United States.

Introduced in 1960, the Mossberg 590 comes with a 20-inch barrel. It is popular in the military and law enforcement.

The SRM Arms Model 1216 is a semi-automatic shotgun that comes with a detachable 16-round magazine which also allows a variety of rounds to be loaded and selected. This is achieved by turning the magazine to select the desired round.

The MAG - 7 is an interesting-looking pump-action shotgun designed in South Africa in the mid-'90s. It has a 5-cartridge magazine and an effective firing range of 40 meters.

More of a system than a standalone shotgun, the M26 can be added to existing weapons including the M16 and M4. If need be, it can be used as a standalone weapon.

Although the Russian military has designated the KS-23 a carbine, it is indeed a shotgun. They have done this because the KS-23 uses a rifle barrel which fires a 23mm round. A range of ammunition options are also available including rubber bullets, buckshot, solid steel rounds, flash bang rounds and teargas.

Produced between 1975 and 1989, this 10-gauge shotgun is semi-automatic. It has a 32-inch barrel and a two-cartridge magazine tube.

Featuring a bullpup design, this semi-automatic shotgun was produced in the United States from 1967 to 1977. It has an effective firing range of 40m.

This combat shotgun was produced in Italy and was introduced in 1985. It is semi-automatic and has an effective range of 40 meters. Its design makes it look more like a combat rifle.

The CAWS features a bullpup design and was produced in West Germany. With its full auto firing mode, it can fire at around 300 rounds per minute at an effective range of 150 meters.

A shotgun of Belgian origin, the TPS is similar to the Winchester Model 1300 and is specifically aimed for use with law enforcement branches. This is a pump-action shotgun.

A product of Browning but manufactured in Japan, the Cynergy has an over/under barrel configuration.

Something completely different in terms of shotgun design, the Pentagun is semi-automatic and takes the form of a revolver. This 12-gauge shotgun holds six shells.

Designed for use in security or police services, the SDASS is a product of Italy and was introduced in 2005. This 12-gauge pump action shotgun has an effective range of 40 meters.

Introduced in 1931 and manufactured into the 1960s, the Superposed was one of the very first shotguns to have the over/under configuration. This was the last gun designed by the legendary gunsmith, John Browning.

This semi automatic shotgun is designed in Italy. Named after Leonardo da Vinci, it has a 3-part modular design.

While it resembles an M-16 assault rifle, the MKA 1919, produced in Turkey, is a semi-automatic shotgun. It has an effective range of 50 meters.

Featuring a stacked double barrel, the Citori is popular in sport shooting. It offers a range of gauges as well as barrel lengths.

Another Italian design, the Rafaello is a semi-automatic shotgun capable of firing a range of rounds.

This pump-action shotgun, introduced in Russia in the mid-1990s, features a stock that can fold, making the weapon easier to conceal. It has a 6-shot magazine.

First produced in 2001, this popular Russian shotgun sold 500,000 units in just 10 years. The MP-153 is semi automatic.

Produced in Canada in the late 1940s, the Cooey 84 was extremely popular with close to 2 million manufactured. They are considered collector's items today.

The best selling shotgun in history, the Remington 870 was first manufactured in 1951. Over 10 million units have been sold.

This pump-action shotgun was first manufactured in 1897. It proved to be a massive success and formed the template for many future pump-action shotguns. At one stage, it was the most popular shotgun in the United States.

Produced in Italy, the Nova is a pump-action shotgun often used in hunting and thus can come with a camouflage finish. It weighs around 8 pounds fully loaded.

Made in the "over-under" style, where one barrel sits on top of another, not alongside, the Silver Pigeon offers four barrel lengths. It is still in production and has been since 1950.

The Browning Double Automatic Shotgun is a 12-gauge automatic loading shotgun produced between 1955 and 1971. Close to 70,000 were made.

Manufactured in South Korea, in its civilian guise, the Daewoo Precision Industries USAS-12 is semi-automatic. Military versions are fully automatic, however. Looking more like an assault rifle, it has a rate of fire of 500 rounds per minute.

This shotgun is produced in Brazil and has a double-barrel configuration in a typical side-by-side configuration. It has a break action, with two cartridges loaded at a time, and is used in competition shooting as well as cowboy action shooting.

Although the Stevens Model 520 was manufactured by the Stevens company, it was indeed a design of legendary gunsmith, John Browning. It was produced from 1915 to 1955 and often used as a trench gun in World War II, where its pump-action mechanism allowed for fast shooting.

The Winchester Model 1200, a pump-action shotgun was first introduced in 1968 and was produced right until 2006. It offers three calibers, 12, 16 and 20 gauge.

Produced in Russia since 1993, the Toz-106 is a lightweight shotgun with a bolt action. A foldaway stock makes the Toz-106 very compact and easy to carry.

The Weatherby SA-08 is a semi-automatic shotgun available as either a 12- or 20-gauge weapon. It comes in six different models and is manufactured in Turkey for the company.

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