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The Triple Barrel Shotgun. Three barrels of Awesomeness!

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The Triple Barrel Shotgun. Three barrels of Awesomeness!

Posted on 24 March 2014 by David Allred

Triple Threat triple barrel shotgunOut with the old….in with the new!  For those of you who currently own a double barreled shotgun, you are no longer the coolest in town. The triple barreled shotgun is now the new king, at least it is for me. Three barrels of pure awesomeness!

The Triple Barrel Shotgun

A Triple Barrel Shotgun just makes sense right?! Think about it. Regulation in most places in the US state that a hunter can have no more than three shells loaded in their shotgun while hunting. So what have we done? We all use the traditional pump action shotguns such as the Winchester 870 or the Mossberg 500.

Why not just avoid the pump altogether and produce a triple barrel shotgun. Three shots, with no pump!

So here are some specs on the Triple Barrel Shotgun made by Chiappa Firearms.

There are currently two different models:

The Triple Crown, triple barrel shotgun: This is the model for hunting and sport shooting. It’s longer, with all three barrels at 28″ in length. It has a full stock with a total length of 45″.

Triple Crown triple barrel shotgun

The Triple Threat, triple barrel shotgun: This is the model for home protection, for the most part. It’s barrel measure at 18″ with a total length of 28″. The wooden stock can actually be partly disassembled, making it a handheld shotgun.

Triple Threat triple barrel shotgun

Of course, these triple barreled shotguns are chambered for 12 gauge shells which fire one at a time starting on the bottom left, over to the bottom right and then to the top barrel. There’s no barrel selector, which is why I would almost prefer using the triple barrel over a traditional pump action. It’s virtually a three shot semi-automatic.

Once the shells are fired, there’s currently not an ejector built in, but there is an extractor. That’s sort of helpful for those of us who like to clean up our shells as we go, but in a rush, not so helpful.

triple barrel shotgun with three side by side barrelsIs this the first Triple Barrel Shotgun?

You might be wondering if this is the first triple barrel shotgun every made, and the answer is no. Absolutely not. Heck, there are quadruple barrel and dozen barrel versions of the shotgun.

However, there are a few differences, at least that I’m aware of, which separate the Chiappa triple barrel shotgun from previous versions.

First off, it’s under 9lbs, with the Triple Crown weighing in at 8.7lbs.

triple barrel shotgun will two on topSecond, the barrels are swapped. On older versions of the triple barrel shotgun, there were two barrels on top and one on the bottom, or three side by side. On the Chiappa, there are two barrels on the bottom with one on top. Also, with a fiber optic site at the end of the top barrel, it gives you the targeting feel of a regular pump action shotgun.

And Third, each barrel has it’s own choke, which are standard Rem Chokes.

In conclusion, you’d better believe that this one is going down on my HUGE list of “Guns to Own!” The triple barrel shotgun from Chiappa has great reviews and is definitely one of those unique weapons to add to your own personal armory. Suggested retail price is right around $1,600.

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The Double Barreled Shotgun

Posted on 03 February 2012 by David Allred

Another firearm favorite of mine is the double barreled shotgun, or what some call a side by side shotgun. Don’t get the double barreled shotgun confused with the over under. We’ll cover that at a later date.

The first double barreled gun dates back to the mid to late 1700’s and sported an over under look. They were a revolving barrel type of shotgun. Flintlock and percussion rifles were created with two barrels and a hammer on each side of the rifle. Back then, it was the most simple solution to sending more shots down range. If you want more rounds to fire, just add more barrels!

Jason Bourne with a Double Barrel ShotgunMy vision of the double barreled shotgun and it’s power comes mostly from hardcore action movies, like when Jason Bourne takes out a fellow assassin in the middle of a grassy field, or when Frank Castle of “The Punisher” wreaks havoc. One of my favorites is with Kurt Russell as Wyatt Earp as he takes out Wild Bill and nearly all of his men. And don’t worry, if you find yourself with a double barreled shotgun, walking forward at a slow pace yelling “NOOOOO,” or, “You tell them I’m comin’…..and hell’s comin’ with me,” you’re not alone.

Aside from movies, the double barreled shotgun has become a popular choice of weapon in video games such as Call of Duty and Doom. Ron Swanson of the TV series “Parks and Recreation” sports a double barreled shotgun. Even Elmer Fudd whips out his double barrel every once in a while. Heck, even Elmer Fudd pulls his out from time to time.

The double barreled shotgun is more than just a shotgun, it’s a symbol that has been used as a weapon of protection. I can’t picture too many people taking a side by side shotgun bird hunting. I’d bet it’s the weapon of choice for every Double Barrel Shotgun Pistolelderly man or woman across the south, when it comes down to home protection. Also, if you run across pictures in the 1800’s, it was often the weapon of choice by stage coach crews. It’s a piece of American history.

Double Barrel Shotgun T-ShirtWhen you pick up a double barreled shotgun, you just feel more manly. It’s the weapon that blows through walls and doors and can blow a man clean off his feet. You can find it in 10 gauge, 12 gauge, 20 gauge and even in a .410. Sawed off, two triggers or one, I’ll take one. Adding it to my Christmas list!

Also, here’s one of my favorite double barreled t-shirts. Click on the image if you’d like to purchase it.

I thought you also might like a few clips from “Tombstone.” Just the good ones, of course!

Wyatt Earp - Hells comin' with me!     Wyatt Earp - The Reckoning "No!"

 

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Winchester 12 Gauge Shotgun Shells Getting Jammed

Posted on 29 December 2011 by David Allred

Winchester Shotgun ShellsWhenever my brother and brother-in-laws get together, we always head out to the desert somewhere to shoot. This time, the target was clay pigeons, a few cans of Pepsi, an old pink recliner and some old bottles. The pink recliner and the old bottles were already provided, meaning, they were already there. We brought the clay pigeons, and as for the Pepsi, we had to choose between Pepsi and Mountain Dew…..so it was Pepsi! In my family, Mountain Dew is the nectar of the Gods! It would be a shame to waste it.

We came equipped with three shotguns, a BB gun for my daughter and a .22 revolver. My shotgun is a standard Remington 870, my brother was shooting a Winchester 1200 and my brother-in-law shoots a Mossberg 500. The Mossberg 500 came with a short and regular barrel, and with the shorter barrel, was much more effective on the pink recliner!

We blew through a box and a half of clay pigeons pretty quickly and had a great time. My niece even took a few shots with the Mossberg. The only issue we had was with the Winchester ammo. For Christmas, I received a brick of  Winchester 12 gauge shotgun shells from Walmart, and every other one would jam when trying to cock in a new round. The jamming was the worst in my Remington and not as bad with the Winchester 1200, but all three shotguns had issues with those shells.

We eventually made it through the entire brick and rid ourselves of those shells. Luckily, we had also purchased a few bricks of Federal shells, which were great. I’m not sure what the deal is but I’ve seen complaints around the web on forums about Winchester shells from Walmart. The Federal shells we had were also from Walmart. So I’m not so sure if this is a Walmart issue or a Winchester issue.

I’d like to hear from you. Have you had problems with the Winchester shotgun ammo from Walmart?

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Use Your Pumpkins for Target Practice after Halloween

Posted on 02 November 2011 by David Allred

Halloween is such a fun and festive holiday. My wife and I have a blast taking our kids out to do some trick or treating. It’s great to see how excited they get as they run up to their first door to say, “Trick or Treat!” In my opinion, Jack-o-Lanterns are the best part of Halloween. The carving is a great family activity and all….but the best part of pumpkins is after Halloween is over. Don’t just throw them in the dumpster, use those babies for some target practice!

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