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A Double-Barreled Shotgun is a shotgun with two parallel barrels, allowing two shots to be fired in quick succession.
Double-barreled shotguns, often known as doubles, are almost universally break open actions, with the barrels tilting up at the rear to expose the breech ends of the barrels for unloading and reloading. Since there is no reciprocating action needed to eject and reload the shells, doubles are more compact than repeating designs such as pump action or Lever-action shotguns.
The early doubles used two triggers, one for each barrel. These were located front to back inside the trigger guard, the index finger being used to pull either trigger, as having two fingers inside the trigger guard can cause a recoil induced double-discharge. Double trigger designs are typically set up for right-handed users. In double trigger designs, it is often possible to pull both triggers at once, firing both barrels simultaneously, though this is generally not recommended as it doubles the recoil, battering both shooter and shotgun. Discharging both barrels at the same time has long been a hunting trick employed by hunters using 8 gauge "elephant" shotguns, firing the two two-ounce slugs for sheer stopping power at close range.
|"When the Dead Come Knocking"||The Hermit, aiming his 12 Gauge Double-Barreled Shotgun at Rick as he sneaks into the Hermit's home.|
|"The Dog"||Daniel Salazar shooting Peter Dawson with the Double-barreled shotgun.|