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If you got the chance to shoot a 4-gauge shotgun, would you take it?
The guy in today’s video said yes…much to the delight of his buddies, who can hardly contain their laughter as the poor gent takes aim.
You can see the guy shake his head as he sets himself for the shot. He knows it’s a bad idea.
But it doesn’t deter him. He steadies himself.
The recoil force sends the shotgun twirling end over end, throwing him off-balance. Impressively, he manages to both stay on his feet AND keep hold of the gun.
His buddies howl with laughter.
The shooter bends over to pick something up as the video ends. We’re guessing it’s his fillings. A blast like that will rattle your teeth.
Just to provide a bit of historical context, 2-, 4- and 8-gauge shotguns like the one in today’s video used to be a lot more common. “Punt guns,” as they were called, were used by market hunters to sluice entire flocks all at once. These guns were so powerful and large that they had to be mounted directly on punts (thus the name).
Hunters would maneuver their punts quietly into range, then unleash a huge barrage that could down a staggering amount of birds all at once.
As you can imagine, market hunting in this manner severely depleted populations of large birds through the 19th century. Thankfully, legislation in the early 1900s put an end to market hunting, and the big guns became a relic of the past.
I mean, you certainly wouldn’t carry a 4-gauge in the field…unless you were hunting pterodactyls.
Still, it’s cool to see a gun like this in action. And we thank this guy for volunteering to pull the trigger.