The Shot gun is the simplest of the hand guns available. It generally has a long barrel with a simple trigger mechanism and a wooden butt. The weapon is made of steel and could have double barrel or a single barrel. The double barrel often referred to as DBBL is the more popular weapon as you can fire two cartridges in quick succession.
India has factories that manufacture guns often referred to as ordinance factories.There are more than 50 ordinance factories, which were the brainchild of Mr. Krishna Menon, the Defence Minister of India during the fifties of the ;last century.These factories manufacture an assorted range of hand guns and also manufacture the DBBL shot gun. It is popularly referred to as the IOF Shot gun.
The gun is priced at around Rs 35,000 which makes it competitive with the forign products. The weapon is also easly available and all one requires is a arms license . A copy of the licence is required to be produced for buying the weapon.
The IOF gun is of reasonable quality and uses good steel .The gun if oiled and stored properly can last for decades. I have an IOF shot gun gifted to meby my father in law and the weapon though 40 years old is none the worse for wear and tear.
The IOF shot gun uses cartridges and not bullets. These cartridges have small lead pellets that spread out when fired. Thus they are good for bird and duck shooting. However do not make the mistake of using it against larger wild animals or big cats like panther as the weapon is not meant for such use.
The gun is easy to maintain and cane be broken into 3 parts and oiled. Always clean the barrel after every shoot. This is important to keep the gun fom damage by nature in the frm of rust and oxidation. ALSO STORE THE WEAPON IN A CASE as this is veryimportant. However the IOF shot gun does not have an automatic ejector and as such the after firing the cartridge has to be pulled out manually. However all in all an IOF DBBL shot gun is a wonderful weapon and for gun enthusiasts a weapon to own.