Lots of us have seen, fired, or owned a Model 11. Or maybe an A-5 or a Savage 720. But did you know that besides being a staple in duck blinds and pheasant fields across the country, they also pitched in during World War 2? Yes, the easily recognizable “humpback” shotgun served as a training tool for soldiers preparing to become aerial gunners.
Turns out leading a clay pigeon is a lot like leading enemy plane, and so American troops trained with specially modified Model 11 shotguns before they moved up to full auto machine guns. This was all done with surprisingly few modifications to the Model 11 shotguns ordered by the U.S. Ordnance Department.
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