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as fast and as accurately as any
semi user, other than perhaps
professionals. They equaled
any of the regular shooters with
semis, who were indeed expert
Pumps work by pulling the
slide back manually to its most
rearward position to toss the
empty shell, and then quickly
moving it forward to move the
new shell upward and forward
into the chamber. Want another
shot? Pump it again; it can be
Semis work either by directing
and modifying escaping gas
from the shotshell, or via the
natural inertia of recoil caused by
escaping gas on the gun's action
to move the bolt back, empty The author, pictured here with a Winchester Model
the used round and move a new 12 pump shotgun with a Cutts Compensator on the
shotshell upwards and into the muzzle. The gun came from an uncle who taught
U.S. Air Force bomber gunners to shoot. Gunners
Quality gas-operated semis trained on a skeet field, and Uncle Jim was an expert.
tend to have a good deal less
recoil than inertia-operated
not mentioned is cost. A top-of-thesemis. Using 12-gauge 2¾-inch line semi-automatic shotgun costs
shotshells, the difference in recoil significantly more than a top-quality
is minimal; with 3-inch shells, the pump shotgun.
difference in recoil is noted, but still not
We have pride-of-ownership to
too bad. But with 3½-inch shells, you are consider, quality, appearance, speed
likely to get hammered with the inertia- and reliability. For years, pumps were
operated semi-auto shotgun.
more reliable than most semis, and some
Remember, you don't need a 12-gauge believe they still are. Semis, though,
with 3½-inch shells to hunt successfully. have come a long way and if they are
Also, some of the absolute best and most clean, they work, and work and work.
reliable semi-automatic shotguns use
One final thought: If you purchased
inertia actions and their fans are legion. a very good pump shotgun, and use the
And finally, the differing features and savings from the top-of-the line semi
components of a shotgun have differing that was passed up, you could get a
values among hunters and shooters. Yes, couple of shooting lessons and shoot an
we all are different.
awful lot of trap, skeet or sporting clays
The elephant in the room we have to improve your shooting.