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Can Pump-Action Shotguns Be As Fast As Semi-Automatics?

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Can Pump-Action Shotguns Be As Fast As Semi-Automatics?

Do you prefer pump-action shotgun or semi-automatic?

The Initial Thoughts

Certainly it would seem that a mechanically operated semi-auto shotgun would have the advantage over a pump, which requires a brain to tell the shooter’s muscles to pump it. But in reality, muscle memory can bypass cognitive thought with enough practice, saving time. Still, it’s tough to see how a pump could be faster.

The Expert Deferral

Jeff Cramblit is a professional 3-gun competitor who shoots for Team Benelli. His strong suit is the shotgun discipline.
“If there is a little distance between targets you can just about shoot a pump as fast because you can work the action while the gun is in transition between targets,” he said, “But if you’re shooting something like a plate rack, a pump has no chance at all.”
Perhaps the most famous and best all-around shooter in the world, Jerry Miculek, said: “I’ve shot .11 and .12 [second] splits out of my Mossberg 930 shotgun. I can’t come anywhere close to that [with a pump.]”

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