Gun Review: Weatherby Element Deluxe Shotgun

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With some notably pricey exceptions, Weatherby is known for building affordable to moderately-priced reliable firearms. Their shotgun line’s like Jennifer Lawrence: proficient and attractive yet accessible. Weatherby’s upped their not-incredibly-expensive scattergun game with the $1099 MSRP Element Deluxe semi-auto. It’s a shotgun made for the shooter who likes to spend his days shooting birds — both feathered and clay — while looking good doing it . . .

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2015 TTAG Readers’ Choice for Best New Shotgun: Benelli 828U

Benelli 828U Nickel

Until recently, Benelli has only produced auto-loading and pump action shotguns. That changed this year when Benelli introduced their 828U Over/Under shotgun. According to our readers, their gamble paid off. Big time. The 828U’s scores another landslide victory (2:1 over the next most popular choice). We’ll be handing Benelli their Best New Shotgun 2015 Readers’ Choice Award at SHOT Show 2016, where our team of bloggers will cover all things gun. Stay tuned at 11am EST all this week to find out who else will be joining Benelli in the TTAG winner’s circle.

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Texas Walmart: We Don’t Sell Long Guns to Residents of These States

Texas Walmart gun sales map (courtesy The Truth About Guns)

As you probably know, you can’t buy a handgun out-of-state and take it with you. It has to be shipped to a federally licensed gun dealer in your state of residence; you can take take possession after filling out ATF Form 4473, passing an FBI background check and paying a transfer fee to your friendly FFL. Long guns are a different deal. As long as the gun in question is legal in your state of residence, you can buy it out-of-state, do the paperwork, pass the check and walk out the door with it. Unless you’re an out-of-stater trying to buy a long gun at a Texas Walmart and live in one the following states or the District of Columbia. . .

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Gunbroker.com’s Top 5 Best-Selling Guns in November 2015

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“There were 185,345 background hoicehecks on November 27,” fortune.com reported, “easily beating the previous all time high of 177,170 on December 21, 2012, which was shortly after the Sandy Hook massacre in Connecticut.” The Black Friday sales surge came hot on the heels of the San Bernardino terrorist attack and President Obama’s [most recent] civilian disarmament remarks. “The Bureau processed 2,243,030 checks through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System in November, an increase of 236,111 checks over the previous record set in 2012,” freebeacon.com reported. Here are the top 5 guns Americans were buying in November a . . .

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Stuff a Carrot in a Shogun Barrel And . . . [VIDEO]

Mythbusters did a segment where they busted the cartoon-related myth of plugging the barrel with a finger to make a shotgun explode. Click here to watch it in German (because YouTube). SPOILER ALERT! The results were predictable and certainly not to be tried at home with actual digits. In this case, neither vegetable nor turkey (why not wabbit?) nor shotgun emerged from Demolition Ranch’s experiment intact. Still, it had to be done. Note to DR: it’s high time you sold Demolition Ranch dressing. Any suggestions on what recipe he should use?

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Porsche Driver Redefines “Riding Shotgun” [VIDEO]

Writer P.J. O’Rourke famously described Porsches as “ass-engined Nazi slot cars.” If we’re talking about ye olde air-cooled Porker (as above), they were also known as “dentist killers.” So it’s only fitting that Philip Thorrold of YouTube’s Extreme Shooting channel decided to add some weight to the front end of his Targa. The fact that Ferdy’s whip is right-hand-drive indicates that a Brit is having way too much fun (on private property) with a gun to escape the notice of the hoplophobic British press and Her Majesty’s Government. Tannerite-coated clays? Why didn’t I think of that? [h/t SS]

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UK Farmer Faces Five Years in Jail for Homemade Self-Defense Shotguns

Raymond Panton (courtesy pressnadjournal.co.uk)

“A north-east man has been convicted of owning two homemade guns at his farm in Aberdeenshire,” Scotland’s pressandjournal.co.uk reports. Fifty-four-year-old farmer Raymond Panton [above] faces a five-year mandatory minimum jail sentence for the homemade shotguns. “Over the course of the trial, the court heard evidence that Panton and [farm co-owmner] Mr Robertson had acquired the illegal weapons after two masked robbers armed with swords raided their home in April this year. It was said the robbers stole a hoard of cannabis plants and threatened the pair with violence.” And so the landowners tooled-up . .

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What Could Possibly Go Wrong: Helmet-Mounted Shotgun Edition [VIDEO]

The caption above – “You sneeze, people die?” – is misleading. The Indian helmet shotgun above is activated by a pressure switch. So as long as you keep your finger off the “trigger” while sneezing, no one’s gonna get hurt. Saying that, the lack of muzzle discipline in the video’s final frames is deeply worrying. And I wonder what a chiropractor would make of this gizmo.

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NC’s WRAL: “Legal way to get NFA weapons without ATF scrutiny”

Cullen Browder, WRAL Investigates reporter (courtesy wral.com)

TTAG reader BM writes, based on WRAL teaser copy for upcoming report [text after the jump]:

In teaser ads and promos for an upcoming Monday “investigation,” WRAL news of Raleigh makes the false claim that NFA items can be obtained “Without ATF scrutiny.” Gun owners who believe in the truth know better. I certainly do, since I spent the past 12 months receiving plenty of “ATF scrutiny” and attention in obtaining my first suppressor. Since I am hearing impaired, it was literally “what the doctor ordered ” for me to enjoy my hobby safely. (WRAL can reach me at this email if they are interested in the truth.) Commenters on WRAL forums are assuming that the story is about how a gun trust allegedly “bypasses” scrutiny.

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Standard Manufacturing Company DP12 Home Defense Shotgun. What’s Up With the Ghillie Suit? [VIDEO]

We don’t normally post videos that are months old, but mister3D sent us a link to this Standard Mfg. Co. DP12 shotgun vid with the comment, “I live in a better neighborhood than that.” Clearly, it needed watching. The video doesn’t disappoint – in a ghillie Gonzo sort of way. I think I prefer Standard’s two-shots-per-slide-rack system to Kel-Tec KSG’s one-slide-per-shot action, and flicking a switch to get to the other barrel, besides. But the map is not the territory. I’d need to run the gun before deciding which one would be more, uh, useful? Meanwhile, a YouTube guy wants to know: “How does that shotgun fire by itself while floating in the air?”

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