Shooters in Lakeland, Plant City, and Winter Haven, FL Come to Us for Their New or Used Shotgun for Home Defense or Hunting.
Shotguns are a popular item among our customers because of their usefulness and versatility.
How many guns do you know can fire a particular round meant to breach a door and then with the very next shot fire a different round meant to take down large game to put food on the table? Such is the usefulness and versatility of a shotgun.
Here at Rapture Guns & Knives, we find that the majority of our customers across the whole area covering Lakeland, Plant City, and Winter Haven, Florida purchase shotguns for either hunting or home Defense. With such versatility, it is no wonder why shotguns are a popular firearm for us to sell.
Whatever the job, our customers know we can provide them with the shotgun of their choice, whether they want one new or used.
New & Used Shotguns That Our Customers Typically Ask For
Every gun store has certain firearm models that they find customers typically ask for. That is no different for us at Rapture Guns & Knives. Here are the models that our customers across Lakeland, Plant City, and Winter Haven, Florida most often ask for when they are in the market for a new or used shotgun. Call us at (863) 858-1218 if you are looking for a different model, as our selection is wider than what’s listed.
America's best selling shotgun for over 50 years, the Model 870's dependability is legendary. The receiver is milled from a solid billet of steel for strength.
Mossberg Special Purpose shotguns provide their users with modern, state of the art design for the most serious and potentially prolonged defense situations.
The first of its kind, the DP12 is a premium defense, double-barreled, pump, 12 gauge shotgun that quickly fires 16 rounds. The DP12 is designed for extreme firepower.
Kel-Tec CNC’s first entry into the shotgun market, the KSG, has internal dual tube magazines hold an impressive 12 rounds of 12 gauge 3” rounds in total (6 per tube).
The working man's shotgun, the Maverick Line of pump-action shotguns are proven performers—equally at home in the woods or for home security.
As part of Savage's Specialty Series, it is a highly specialized bolt action 20GA shotgun that obsoletes the traditional shotgun with a rifled barrel.
RemingtonVersa Max SPST
The Versa Max shatters convention and all previous benchmarks for reliability with an autoloading action unlike any that have come before it.
WinchesterSXP Black Shadow
Whether its super-speed clays or fast-flushing upland game, keep up with this pump's fast action! The Super X Pump is the perfect choice for pump shotgun lovers.
BrowningCitori White Lightning
The Browning Citori White Lightning 20 gauge is a quick handling shotgun that boasts a silver nitride finish and engraved receiver, and gloss finished walnut stock.
Purpose built for the blind, but with the balance and style of a superb skeet gun, the Browning Cynergy is more than ready to put duck on the menu.
The 930 Deer and Waterfowl Combo handles 12 gauge, 2 3/4" and 3" ammunition with ease, and has an EZ-Empty magazine button when the day is done.
The Slug combo includes a 28" field barrel with a 3 application-specific choke tube. Also, a 24" rifled barrel with a cantilever scope mount base.
A Beginner's Introduction to Shotguns: Actions, Gauges, & Ammo
For most people who have not been around firearms, the general things that come to mind pertaining to a shotgun is the classic racking sound of a pump action and a loud bang. What beginners don't tend to realize until they are properly introduced to them is that there is a lot more to shotguns than these two trademark characteristics.
A Diversity of Actions in Shotguns
One thing that a novice may not know is that shotguns come in as diverse a variety of actions as rifles. The 4 most common actions you can find shotguns in are:
- Bolt-action (also called a "slug gun")
Lever-action was one of the early improvements made to shotguns in the late 19th century. But today they are only a novelty, which is why they are not included in the list of common actions.
Different Gauges Available for Shotguns
Aside from different actions, you can also find shotguns in different gauges such as:
- 12 gauge
- 20 gauge
- 28 gauge
- .410 bore
Though pump action 12 gauge shotguns are extremely popular (12 gauge shotguns take up about 50% of the overall market), we do recommend that shooters give pump action 20 gauge shotguns a try for general shooting. These have less recoil, are lighter, and still sends a very formidable round down range.
Categories of Shotgun Ammo
Shotguns are known for their capability of accepting different types of ammo. You can group shotgun ammo into basically 3 categories:
- Slug - This is a massive and heavy round that is designed for hunting large game.
- Shot - This round is the namesake of the firearm! Shot refers to cartridges that contain small balls inside that, once fired, are released and spread out in a pattern that widens over distance.
- Specialty round - These are rounds that are designed for very specific purposes ranging from non-lethal options for law enforcement to novelty rounds that produce impressive effects (bean-bags, pepper spray rounds, dragon's breath, etc.).
Desirable Traits of a Home Defense Shotgun
There are plenty of articles and debate on the internet as to which shotgun is the best one for a home defense shotgun. A lot of that debate stems over whether you should get some variant of the Remington 870 or some variant of the Mossberg 500. Engaging in that debate doesn’t accomplish anything more than an argument over whether or not Ford is better than Chevy.
Instead, here are the basic traits that you should desire in a new or used shotgun for home defense:
- Shorter barrel length than a shotgun configured for hunting. Most shooters agree that would mean an optimum home defense barrel length of between 18 to 21 inches.
- Extended magazine. The “no frills” magazine capacity of shotguns is generally 5 rounds. Extended magazines can allow for 8 rounds or even more, depending on the shotgun model.
- Tactical weapon light. This is an item that shotguns do not generally come with straight from the factor. You will need to purchase the weapon light separately. Ask our knowledgeable staff for their recommendations.
It is a bad idea to purchase a shotgun for home defense if it only has a pistol grip. Make sure that it is a pistol grip with a stock. Shoguns with a pistol grip and no stock may look tactical but they are much more difficult to control and aim...not ideal when you may have to fire the weapon under a stressful situation in a house filled with loved ones!
What to Look for in a Hunting Shotgun
Choosing a new or used shotgun for hunting can be a bit tricky and this is because there are a number of different factors that come into play. With that said, here are some very basic things to keep in mind with regard to the desirable traits in a hunting shotgun:
- A longer barrel length than what is preferred for a home defense configuration. The actual barrel length will depend on many factors, including the game being hunted. But generally, 22 to 28 inches is standard.
- If you only plan to shoot slugs from your hunting shotgun, then a rifled barrel would definitely be in your best interest. A rifled barrel will greatly increase your shot accuracy.
- Your shotgun should be in a gauge that is appropriate for the game you plan to hunt. For example, a 12 gauge shotgun is a great choice for waterfowl and deer, a 28 gauge or even a 20 gauge would do nicely for upland bird hunting.
- You want your hunting shotgun to fit you well because of such issues as the size of the firearm, its recoil, and its weight. You need a stock that will allow you to sweep the barrel easily and comfortably.
Get your new or used shotgun by stopping by our gun store or calling us
At Rapture Guns & Knives, we can appreciate that there's nothing like owning a workhorse like a good, reliable shotgun. We keep a wide selection of new and used shotguns on hand and can very easily get any model you want if we don't happen to have it in stock.
We welcome all level of shooters through our doors, whether you are brand new to firearms or a lifelong enthusiast. All questions are important to us, particularly if it pertains to wanting a stronger understanding of firearm safety!
If you reside in or around Lakeland, Plant City, or Winter Haven, Florida, or you are just passing through, stop by our gun store or give us a call at (863) 858-1218.
Our expert staff will be more than happy to help you find a new or used shotgun that will fit your needs.