Garden gun

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CCI .22LR snake shot loaded with No. 12 shot

Garden guns are smooth bore shotguns specifically made to fire the .410, .360, plus the No. 3 bore (9 mm), No.2 bore (7 mm), No. 1 bore (6 mm)-(.22) rimfire shot shells, and are commonly used by gardeners and farmers for pest control. Garden guns are short range shotguns that can do little harm past 15 to 20 yards, and they are relatively quiet when fired with rimfires, compared to centrefires. These guns are especially effective inside of barns and sheds, as the low velocity small shot will not shoot holes in the roof or walls, or more importantly injure livestock with a ricochet. They are also used for pest control at airports, warehouses, stockyards, etc.[1]

.22 Rimfire[edit]

In North America, garden guns are usually chambered for .22 Rimfire and the most common cartridge is a .22 Long Rifle loaded with No. 12 shot. From a standard rifle these cartridges can produce effective patterns only to a distance of about 3 metres (10 ft) - but in a smooth bore garden gun this can extend as far as 15 metres (50 ft).

The Marlin Model 25MG is a smooth bore, eight-shot, magazine-fed, .22 WMR, bolt-action shotgun manufactured by Marlin firearms Company.[2] It was specifically designed to use snake shot, and marketed as a "garden gun" for use in dispatching small garden and farm pests.[3] It has an effective range of about 15 yards when using snake shot.[2] Based on earlier Marlin .22 caliber designs, it was equipped with a high-visibility front sight but no rear sight.[4][1]

The Remington Model 511SB is a smooth bore, bolt-action .22LR rifle manufactured by Remington Arms from 1939 until 1963. The Model 511 has a 25-inch (64 cm) barrel, a one-piece hardwood stock, and a blued metal finish. The 511s uses 6- or 10-round detachable magazines. The 511 may also fire .22 Long and .22 Short ammunition if manually loaded into the chamber.

Remington Model 512 Sportmaster and .22LR ammo

The Remington Model 512SB is a smooth bore, bolt-action rifle manufactured by Remington Arms.[5] The Model 512 has a 25-inch (64 cm) barrel, a one-piece hardwood stock, and a blued metal finish.[6] Introduced in 1940, it uses a tubular magazine in conjunction with a bolt action, an unusual feature at the time.

The Remington Model 572SB is a smooth bore, slide action, .22 caliber rimfire rifle manufactured by Remington Arms. First introduced to the commercial market in 1956, the 572 rifle incorporates a tubular magazine capable of feeding .22 Short, .22 Long, or .22 Long Rifle rimfire cartridges.

Winchester Model 67

The Winchester Model 67 is a single-shot, bolt-action .22 caliber rimfire rifle sold from 1934 to 1963 by Winchester Repeating Arms Company. In September 1937, a smooth bore version intended for short-range varmint control was introduced, chambered for .22 Short, .22 Long, .22 Long Rifle, or .22 Long Rifle shot cartridges interchangeably. Other than the absence of rifling, it was largely similar to the standard model.

9mm Flobert[edit]

9mm Flobert shot, 9mm Flobert shot, .22 Long Rifle shot, .22 Long Rifle, .22 Long Rifle shot, .22 CB Short, and 9 mm Flobert BB cap

In Europe, garden guns designed for the 9 mm Flobert rimfire shotshell cartridge are common,[7] and face very little to no restriction, even in countries with strict gun laws.

This cartridge can also fire a small ball, but is primarily loaded with a small amount of shot. Its power and range are very limited, making it suitable only for pest control.[8] Fiocchi-made 9 mm Flobert rimfire ammunition uses a 1.75" brass shotshell firing 1/4 oz shot of No. 8 shot with a velocity of 600 fps.

The Chiappa Little Badger Shotgun is a single shot, 9 mm Flobert break-action shotgun. It features a wire butt-stock and a 24-inch smooth bore barrel.[9] There is also an additional small section of picatinny rail behind the trigger, allowing the user to add a pistol grip.

The Chiappa Little Badger Deluxe Shotgun is also a single shot, 9 mm Flobert break-action shotgun.[10] It features wooden furniture,[11] a 24-inch smooth-bore barrel and is 38.5 inches in overall length.[11]

.410 bore[edit]

Small .410 gauge shotguns such as the Snake Charmer, Rossi Tuffy, and H&R Tamer are also commonly used by gardeners and farmers for pest control, and are sometimes called "garden guns". .410 shotguns loaded with shot shells are well suited for small game hunting and pest control; including rabbits, squirrels, snakes, rats, birds, etc.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Eger, Christopher (28 July 2013). "Marlin 25MG Garden Gun". Marlin Firearms Forum. Outdoor Hub LLC. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
  2. ^ a b Lermayer, Ralph M. (July 2010). "Evolution of the .22". GunHunter Magazine. Buckmasters Ltd. Retrieved 17 September 2016. … take a .22 rimfire smoothbore (like the Mossberg or Marlin’s Garden gun), and patterns will be surprisingly good out to 15 yards.
  3. ^ Field & Stream Online Editors (December 1999). "Marlin's .22 Mag Garden Gun". Field & Stream. Retrieved 17 September 2016. A gopher-getter? Get serious.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  4. ^ Rees, Clair (March 2000). "Marlin's 'Garden Gun' - Model 25MG". Guns Magazine. Archived from the original on 2014. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Model 512 Sportmaster". Remington Arms. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
  6. ^ Shideler, edited by Dan (2009). The Gun Digest book of modern gun values (15th ed.). Iola, Wis.: Gun Digest Books. p. 41. ISBN 0896898245.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  7. ^ poots, Bruce. "Falco 9mm rimfire rifle review". Shooting UK. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  8. ^ Frank C. Barnes (2003) [1965]. Cartridges of the World (10th ed.). Krause Publications. ISBN 0-87349-605-1.
  9. ^ Chiappa Firearms. Product. Little Badger Shotgun
  10. ^ 9mm Rimfire Shotgun – Chiappa Little Badger Review by CLAY MARTIN on MAY 24, 2018
  11. ^ a b "Chiappa Firearms - LITTLE BADGER DELUXE SHOTGUN".

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