Series of individual 1/1,000,000-second exposures showing shotgun firing shot and wadding separation
Function of an APFSDS sabot red: propellant orange: long rod penetrator yellow: propellant gases green: sabot blue: gun barrel
Vincent Hancock in the men's skeet finals at the 2008 Summer Olympics
American 120 mm M829A2 APFSDS shell.
A Gurkha Contingent trooper in Singapore armed with a folding stock pump shotgun
Lead bullet being supported by a wooden cup sabot in a Delvigne gun.
An American marine fires a Benelli M4 shotgun during training in Arta, Djibouti, 23 December 2006
Series of individual 1/1,000,000 second exposures showing shotgun firing shot and expanding cup sabot separation.
Confederate cavalryman
Cup sabot function
A United States Marine carrying a Winchester M97 shotgun during World War II
thumb|Sabot shell with cup sabot for an 1824 Paixhans gun.
A view of the break-action of a typical double-barrelled shotgun, shown with the action open
Expanding cup sabot function
A Winchester M1897, one of the first successful pump-action shotgun designs
.30-06 cartridge with expanding cup sabot projectile.
A modern reproduction of the Winchester M1887 lever-action shotgun
Base sabot function
Closeup of MTs255
APDS-projectile with base sabot and "support ring" sabot.
A Browning A-5 semi-automatic shotgun
Spindle sabot function
A United States Army soldier armed with a Mossberg 500 shotgun
French OFL 120 F1 APFSDS long rod penetrator with "saddle-back" spindle sabot.
Bond Arms Cowboy Defender .45 Colt/.410 Shotshell Derringer
Ring sabot function.
U.S. Marines fire their shotguns
Soviet 125 mm BM-15 long rod penetrator projectile with ring sabot.
Loading 12-gauge shells
Two rounds of Fiocchi 12-gauge rubber buckshot
A homemade lupara
A RCMP officer in 2010 armed with a shotgun outfitted to fire beanbag rounds
Barack Obama skeet shooting with a Browning Citori 525 on the range at Camp David

Made of some lightweight material (usually high strength plastic in small caliber rifles, (see SLAP Saboted light armor penetrator), shotguns and muzzle loader ammunition; aluminium, steel, and carbon fiber reinforced plastic for modern anti-tank kinetic energy ammunition; and, in classic times, wood or papier-mâché – in muzzle loading cannons).

- Sabot (firearms)

Use of a smoothbore shotgun with a rifled slug or, alternatively, a rifled barrel shotgun with a sabot slug, improves accuracy to 100 m or more.

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Series of individual 1/1,000,000-second exposures showing shotgun firing shot and wadding separation

Slug barrel

Series of individual 1/1,000,000-second exposures showing shotgun firing shot and wadding separation

A slug barrel is a shotgun barrel that is designed primarily to fire slugs instead of shot, and is usually rifled.

Bolt action and single shot break-open designs are particularly accurate, and with modern saboted slugs designed for use only with rifled barrels, the modern slug gun offers nearly the accuracy of a typical rifle, though at shorter ranges.

Shotgun slug

Shotgun slug

Shotgun slug
A 12 gauge Brenneke slug
A Remington 870 12 gauge with sighted cylinder bore barrel suitable for Foster slugs and buckshot
From the left, plumbata discarding sabot (No. 1); plumbata slugs (No. 2, No. 5); wad slug (No. 3), sabot slugs (No. 3, No. 4)

A modern shotgun slug is a heavy projectile made of lead, copper, or other material and fired from a shotgun.

Many of these slugs are saboted sub-caliber projectiles, resulting in greatly improved external ballistics performance.