role of combat shotgun
I've been thinking about this for a while, and I've kind of come to the conclusion that in "conventional" warfare, the shotgun in combat is perhaps obsolete. Here are my thoughts.
While it's an extremely versatile weapon with a wide range of loads, the shotgun has a low capacity and bulky ammunition. Rate of fire is slow compared to weapons of similar size (M4 or any other select-fire rifle/carbine). I think that it is great as a multi-purpose weapon, for tasks such as door breaching and less-than-lethal situations. However, I just can't see its use in combat. Would a round like 00 buck even penetrate body armor? How about a slug?
I know the US military deploys shotguns, but is their role mostly for breaching? Any servicemembers have knowledge in this area?
That being said, I think the shotgun is a great weapon for LEO/civilian use.
That's just my .02 cents, what do others think about this?