It is hard to think of a mainstay of law enforcement more stirring to memory than the pump-action, 12 gauge shotgun. From the Winchester Model 12, to the par excellence Remington 870, shotguns have been in the trunks of squad cars for many decades and are as much a part of police culture as handcuffs, night sticks, and badges.
In recent years, modern sporting rifles have found themselves in many squad cars and for pretty good reasons. They are light, have a high capacity, a very effective and highly accurate, and have essentially no recoil. These are all good reasons to have one in the inventory. However, the shotgun has not lost its place. The 5.56 rifle is good for a lot of things but it will not put down a bull moose or black bear. It’s great at medium ranges, but give me a shotgun any day of the week if I am facing a violent aggressor in a hallway or close distance alleyway. The shotgun will put down a human with one shot most of the time.
The biggest gripe with the 12 gauge shotgun has historically been the punishing recoil. It’s not horrible for bigger guys who have enough meat to absorb it, but it can be downright brutal for small men and women. But things have changed with excellent advances in munitions. Winchester Ranger is a LE-exclusive line of munitions which includes a low recoil 00 buckshot. This is a 2 ¾” shotshell with eight pellets, registering 1,145 ft/sec at the muzzle and a healthy 1,190 ft-lbs of energy.
By far and away the best way to pick Winchester Ranger 12 gauge 00 buckshot is in bulk, and now is a great time to do it while it lasts. Do you and your shoulder a favor and grab up a case or two today.
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