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Double-Barreled Shotgun.

Some weapons are so iconic they don’t even
need a name. No maker, no model – all you need to make
an impression is a twin twelve-gauge. The double-barreled shotgun is a classic frontier
weapon with an imposing profile. They’ve been around forever – and are still
widely used today. So why is this basic design so enduring? What makes them a common sight in video games? And do double the barrels mean double the
fun? Shotguns are simple, versatile weapons that
are capable of using a wide variety of ammunition. They have a long history, dating to the earliest
days of firearms development: with roots lying in large-calibre muzzle-loaders such as the
musket and blunderbuss. With the adoption of rifled barrels, shotguns
diverged as a separate class of weapons – with their smoothbore barrels more suitable for
firing multiple projectiles at once. From the tiny pellets of birdshot to the sheer
stopping power of solid slugs, load versatility makes shotguns ideal for hunting all kinds
of quarry. The most common 12 gauge load is double-aught
buckshot: typically 8 pellets, .33 inches in diameter, such cartridges offer balanced
performance against deer and human-sized targets alike. Prior to the invention of lever and pump action
weapons, most breech-loading shotguns were break-action: with hinged barrels that would
expose the chambers for shell extraction and reloading. In the absence of a magazine, such weapons
were single shot: but the simple addition of another parallel barrel would double ready
firepower. There have been triple and even quadruple
barrel shotguns made: but the classic double barrel seems to offer the perfect blend of
firepower against added weight and complexity. There exist two major configurations: with
either horizontal or vertical barrel placement. The former are called side-by-sides, and the
latter over-and-unders. Side by sides are perhaps the more classic
design, evoking traditional coach guns – but the vertical arrangement offers a single sight
plane and more manageable recoil – albeit at the cost of greater internal complexity. In all its forms, the double barreled shotgun
has been present since the dawn of the American frontier, and equally since the emergence
of first person shooters. With distinctive appearance in spite of specific
model, a generic profile made it an ideal fit for low-resolution rendition in earlier
games – and one title in particular would have immense influence on what would follow. The Super Shotgun in Doom 2 is legendary. While the original shareware version had a
shotgun, the retail sequel bumped it up a notch with the inclusion of a double-barreled
option. The basic shotgun was good, but the super
shotgun was better. It chewed through ammo like nothing else,
but few opponents could stand up to a full-frontal blast from both barrels. The gun tore through hellspawn like tissue
paper, and lodged its place in history as a firm favourite of many. The mid to late 90s saw a surge in FPS games:
at the time known simply as ‘Doom-clones’. These old school shooters in the vein of Doom
had a strict hierarchy of weapons, with your available arsenal slowly becoming more and
more powerful as you progress. This makes the double barrel a particularly
strong candidate for inclusion: if you need to double the damage, why not double the barrels? After Doom came Quake, this time with a more
gothic theme – but the shotgun and super shotgun combo returned – it’s almost a trademark of
id’s games. Even today there are games in this old-school
vein: and it’s not uncommon to see the close-range punch of a twin-barreled favourite. Doom-clones aside, there are plenty of historical
reasons to include a double shotgun in a game: and they sometimes appear in a realistic military
setting – although their use has been limited even since before World War 2. Still, they do crop up from time-to-time – with
double barrels appearing in the hands of civilian or partisan fighters, and other irregular
troops. However, far more widespread use can be found
in the Old West: bolstered by legends recounted in literature and cinema, it’s the perfect
place to find such a weapon. Its rustic charm rubs shoulders with revolvers
and lever-action rifles: in a world of cowboys and stagecoach robberies, the double-barrel
is a natural fit for a frontier. The shotgun was a hugely important tool at
this time – far more than just a weapon, they were both a means to hunt for food – and to
defend a homestead. The twin barrels speak of a confident self-reliance
– and such was the weapon’s impact, it has lodged itself permanently into culture: intertwined
with an emergent Americana. An inelegant weapon for a less civilised time,
then – and one fictional setting is another popular place for such shotguns to shine. In fact, if there’s one thing that guarantees
the weapon’s presence – it’s the apocalypse: when civilisation crumbles, the rugged shine. Spurred on by depictions in films like Mad
Max – if you’re going to tread the wasteland, you’re going to want a reliable weapon at
your side. The fall of order brings a frontier anew,
and the double barrel often reprises its role as a tool for survival. With id’s youngest franchise, RAGE, we come
full circle. A post-apocalyptic game of the same lineage
as Doom, the double-barreled shotgun is a familiar fit and an almost essential inclusion. Something about its presence just feels right:
with dusty sun-bleached terrain, tribal disputes: and two barrels worth of buckshot. The double-barreled shotgun’s impact transcends
manufacturer and model – its form-factor alone is enough to conjure its iconic identity. Because of this, it often serves as a generic
inclusion in games – and back to the very roots of modern shooters, it is an identifiable
and enjoyable choice. Whether fired twice in succession or both
barrels simultaneously, the weapon is invariably powerful – devastating any foe caught in a
close-range blast. And if two barrels aren’t enough, sometimes
you’ll even come across a quad-barrel – although these reside outside the realm of practicality:
two barrels is more than enough for most to wield. Power and reliable function through simplicity:
The double-barreled shotgun. Lock. Stock. …and two smoking barrels. Thank you very much for watching – and until
next time, farewell.

100 thoughts on “Double-Barreled Shotgun.

  1. The break open double barrel was honestly one of the iconic arms of the West. Lethal at the same range as a pistol, they were everywhere. It became an ideal defence weapon since its mere appearance often stopped trouble.

  2. i like shotguns because in close range…there deadly…and not only that…they shoot more then just one shot.

  3. Not alot of easily portable/made weapons can dish out this much firepower than a good olde' double barrel.

  4. Funny how all these games conpletly ignore the fact that you are supposed to fire only one barrel at once (if S/S 1.right 2.left if O/U 1. Under 2. Over) for most cases it is a malfunction of the gun if both barrels fire at the same time (and it is quite painful belive me…)

  5. My life goal is to make a chainbelt fed double barrel shotgun in a game. I swear on my life i will put that in a game before i die

  6. Alright you primitive screwheads listen up!
    You see this? This… is my BOOMSTICK!
    It's a 12-Gauge double-barrelled Remington, S-Mart's top of the line… You can find this in the sporting goods department.

    That's right, this sweet baby was made in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Retails for about a hundred 'n' nine, ninety-five, it's got a walnut stock, cobalt blue-steel, AND a hair trigger… That's right, shop smart, shop S-Mart… YA GOT THAT?!

  7. I knew the double barrel would be reliable somehow and I was right two simultaneous shots from a long barreled beauty to the chest and they are gone

  8. If this video was made in the year 2016….it WOULD HAVE DOOM 2016 SHOTGUN… that would just add more punch to the word…. DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN

  9. There not good for hunting unless you're hunting birds or small animals a rifle is better for larger game at long distance

  10. lack of a manufacturer identity also made them easy to put into a game. No need to fudge the name to prevent needing licensing or drawing ire from a company how their gun is used in game. And the name alone tells you everything you need to know. its a shotgun and it has two barrels which means its two times the shotgun. More shotgun means more fun.

  11. Instead of going through all this it’s because people want guns that do a lot of dmg a shot instead of holding it or spam clicking

  12. Pump/semi shotgun: When you are in business

    Double barreled shotgun: When you are THE BUSINESS

    Singled barrel shotgun: B U S I N E S S

  13. Only wusses use their hands to lock the barrel back into place when reloading! Real men flick that shit like it's a booger!!!

  14. I feel after this video, like I've eaten a hamburger with fries, with large soda and an ice-cream with chocolate topping…

  15. there are even some that use 2 barrels and 1 rifle barrel for hunting. you pull the rifle trigger to scare the birds, then the 2 shells as they fly away

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