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Single Shot Shotgun: Great For Youth Hunters
I have no idea how many youngsters start out with single-shot shotguns. I would like to ponder that sometime somewhere, fathers probably figured out the single shot shotgun would be the perfect youth shotgun to be carried afield. Thereafter, the single-shot would be a common sight in years past.
The affordable single barrel shotgun brings a lot to the table in the introduction into upland bird hunting. As with other break-action shotguns, safety is the biggest benefit with single-shot shotguns. An open action is a visible sign and indicator to other hunters alike that the shotgun is loaded or unloaded. The safety functions are perfect for beginners.
Many models include a spur hammer, and transfer bar safety action along with an integral system that prevents the action from opening or closing when the hammer is cocked. The shotgun is also lightweight which is an advantage when carried by eager young bird hunters. Single shot shotguns come in a variety of gauges, from .410 bore up to 10-gauge. It’s easy to maintain and simple to use. Single shot shotguns have no complex reciprocating actions to load and unload shells as with pumps and semi-autos. A new shotgunner could quickly learn how to load, reload, and unload a single shot break action shotgun in a morning. It is also easy to clean in the field or on the workbench.
The two disadvantages can be worked through. Since single shot shotguns have no action to absorb the force of the recoil, they have the potential to “kick” pretty good. The other downside is the lack of a “quick” follow-up shot by its young carrier experiencing the excitement of a covey flush, cackling rooster, or grouse rocketing through a patch of alders.
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