Do You Know Everything About These Legendary Shotguns?

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About This Quiz

Long before rifles became a thing, shotguns and their ilk ruled the world. With their smooth bores and typical light loads, they didn’t have a whole lot of range, but they transformed hunting, self-defense and combat in revolutionary ways. At the end of the 1800s and into the 20th century, shotguns evolved at a breakneck pace, with all sorts of new features and capabilities that endeared them to shooters. Grab your scatter-gun and load this legendary shotgun quiz now!

The companies that make iconic shotguns are household names. You already know that manufacturers like Winchester, Remington, Mossberg and Benelli put serious engineering into their products. Some of those guns, like the Model 870 or the M4, have reputations for incredible reliability and power. Can you name some of the other well-known guns from these fantastic firearms makers?

In the movies, the shotgun is the weapon of choice for the hero going on a killing spree against the bad guys, especially if the action takes place anywhere out in the woods.

Other manufacturers, like Parker, Ithaca, Beretta, and Perazzi target specific markets with their guns. Whether you’re a wing-shooter or a soldier, grab a box of shells and settle in with this shotgun quiz!

The Winchester Model 12 was primarily intended for which purpose?

Introduced in 1912, the Winchester Model 12 is a well-loved pump-action shotgun. It's been used by millions of hunters over the past century.

The Browning Auto-5 was a very successful shotgun. Why did Winchester refuse to take it to market?

John Browning offered his Browning Auto-5 design to Winchester, but the company balked at his licensing terms. So the famous gun designer took his plans overseas, where a Belgian maker jumped at a chance to make the now-famous piece.

Which company makes a very common gun called the Model 870?

It is Shotguns 101, a fundamental firearm of the 20th century. It's the Remington Model 870, one of the most common and reliable firearms ever made.

When did the Mossberg 500 first arrive on retail shelves?

It's yet another icon of the 20th century -- the Mossberg 500. Now available in all sorts of variants, it debuted in 1960.

What sort of shotgun is the Citori?

The Browning Citori is a now-discontinued over-and-under legend. It was meant to be a cheaper version of the Browning Superposed.

What's one outstanding trait of the Mossberg 500?

The Mossberg 500 was specifically made to withstand ugly environmental conditions like those encounted by waterfowl hunters. It can take grit and moisture and keep right on working.

What was special about the Browning Auto-5?

Designed in 1898, the Browning Auto-5 was the first successful semi-automatic shotgun. It was available in 12, 20 and 16 gauge.

What sort of action does the Remington Model 870 feature?

The Model 870 is a pump-action icon. It's popular not only with civilans, but also with police and military forces all over the world.

Which company made the iconic Model 1897 pump-action shotgun?

Designed by John Browning, the Model 1897 became a major seller for Winchester. A powerful weapon, it wound up on battlefields all over the world.

What is a definitive trait of the Merkel 200E?

German in engineering, the Merkel 200E is a monster of reliability. These guns are so rigid when brand new that they take serious break-in time.

What's the difference between the Remington 870 Express and 870 Wingmaster?

The 870 Express and Wingmaster are mostly identical guns. The Wingmaster, however, has some upgraded cosmetic features meant to appeal to shooters who like luxurious touches.

Which company makes a shotgun called the BSS?

Browning first began making the BSS in 1971. It's a side-by-side that was produced until 1983, to many rave reviews.

Arrizabalaga shotguns come from which area of the world?

Spain has produced some fine shotguns, including those from Arrizabalaga. Though expensive, they set a standard for luxury wingshooters.

What's a very notable trait of the Remington Model 1100?

The Remington Model 1100 is a semi-automatic legend. Not only is it very reliable, but it has light recoil even with higher-powered shells.

The Beretta SO is what style of shotun?

The Beretta SO series is a set of over-under shotguns. Many of these guns are coveted for their exquisite and fine detail work.

The Remington Model 1100 is very popular for which purpose?

The Remington Model 1100's reliable -- and fast -- loading system makes it very speed on the range. It's exceedingly popular with skeet shooters around the world.

The Superposed is a product of which company?

At the end of his now-celebrated life, John Browning made the Superposed shotgun. He died before he could finish it, but his son completed the concept and it became a popular hunting model.

The Benelli M4 was designed for which purpose?

The Benelli M4 is of Italian origins … and made for battle. It's a very recent gun that appeared in the late '90s.

What style of guns did Parker make?

Parker Bros., not to be confused with the game company, began making its popular side-by-side shotguns in 1867 and ran until World War II. Most of its early models were equipped with exposed hammers.

The Browning Auto-5 is also known as what?

The Browning Auto-5 started with overseas production. But Remington bought the design, too, and released it as the popular Remington Model 11.

The Winchester Model 1897 was also called what?

The Winchester Model 1897 was also called the Trench Gun. With a shorter 20-inch barrel, it was easy to swing around in close-quarters combat.

Which manufacturer makes the Super Black Eagle?

Has there ever been a shotgun name quite as awe-inspiring as "Super Black Eagle"? This famous Benelli model has been around since 1991, but its legend feels much, much older.

The A.H. Fox is an ultra-famous gun. What sort of shotgun is it?

First made at the end of the 1800s, the A.H. Fox has been called the best side-by-side shotgun ever made. President Roosevelt took one on African safari in 1909 and raved about its excellence.

True or false, did Parker Bros. ever sell an 18-gauge consumer shotgun?

False. Parker Bros. sold shotguns in just about every size. But if the company ever actually built an 18-gauge version, that one was never made available to the public.

What was a common nickname for the Browning Auto-5?

The Browning Auto-5 had a severe slope in its stock. The unique look inspired its "Humpback" nickname.

The Beretta SO10 shotgun does NOT come in which size?

The SO10, for many hunters, is the definition of elegance. It comes in four primary sizes, but that doesn’t include 16 gauge.

Purdey shotguns hail from which country?

Purdey shotguns are lavished with the kinds of high-end aesthetics that most shooters can only dream about owning. They are icons of British game hunting … and you can't afford one.

What's a distinctive aspect to Beretta's SO10 shotguns?

Beretta's SO10 shotguns are beloved for their aesthetic flourishes. They have no visible screws or pins, giving them a truly artful look.

The Benelli M4 is a combat shotgun. It can blast about how many shots before it requires real maintenance?

The M4 is an incredible reliable piece of engineering. Tests show it can fire about 25,000 shells before it really needs any true servicing.

The Winchester Model 1897 first saw combat during which conflict?

In 1900, the U.S. government sent hundreds of the Model 1897 to the Philippine-American War. It was the first real use of shotguns by American troops.

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