A riot shotgun is a shotgun designed or modified for use as a primarily defensive weapon, by the use of a short barrel and a larger magazine capacity than shotguns marketed for hunting. The riot shotgun is used by military personnel for guard duty and was at one time used for riot control, and is commonly used as a patrol weapon by law enforcement personnel, as well as a home defense weapon by private citizens. Guns of this type are often labeled as tactical shotguns or special-purpose shotguns to denote the larger scope of their use, however these are largely marketing terms.
... The entry shotgun or breaching shotgun is a role that can be filled by a standard riot shotgun, or one further modified for these purposes ... This type of shotgun is designed to fire special breaching rounds which are designed to disable or destroy door latches while limiting overpenetration of the projectiles used beyond the door ... Since these shotguns would in most areas be classified as short barreled shotguns, they are highly restricted under gun control laws such as the National Firearms Act and generally only used by police and military ...
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