Best Shotguns

A lifetime’s worth of sportsmanship has left me with a firearm collection larger than I’d like to admit. Over the years I’ve had the privilege of trying many different guns, but at the end of the day, Krieghoff and Kolar are my go-to brands. These are the shotguns I have used most consistently. 

These days, I am most interested in clay shooting. When I’m at the skeet shooting range, you will most likely find me with my Krieghoff K-80 sporting shotgun. There are many different reasons one may prefer one gun over the other: price, style, power; but comfort is what solidified my propensity for the Krieghoff shotgun. From muzzle to pad, I rest easy in the reliability this gun offers me.

Larry Cushman - Gun and Trophy Insurance

Larry Cushman


As a clay shooter, I know the value of the Krieghoff K-80. This shotgun is designed to compete and is absolutely uncompromising in reliability, durability, and flexibility. The K-80 Sporting is ready and able to hit your target regardless of direction it comes from. This shotgun is smooth swinging, highly responsive, and can be easily personalized to your individual shooting style.


Krieghoff came into the gun market in the 1960s. In 1980, Krieghoff launched the K-80 competition shotgun, built on the K-32 concept with technological updates, and looked towards widening their presence in America. Krieghoff started with a small dedicated staff and dealer network, to its current-day operation with dealers located across America and in Canada. 


When I’m looking to take a lighter gun to the range, I always grab my Max Lite Sporting Adjustable Standard. The adjustable ramp tapered rib configuration allows me to take advantage of a raised head position for instant target recognition. The ribs’ lower mass allows you to get the lighter barrels on the target more quickly for a faster shot. This gun is lightweight, making it easy to spend an entire day at the range. 


Back in 1996, European competition shotguns dominated the market, but Kolar set out to create the ideal American-made competition shotgun. Kolar designed its product from the ground up as a competition shotgun, instead of taking a receiver that originated from a field gun and engineering it for a competition. The Kolar took the best design aspects of all the popular competition guns at the time and created them into one gun while adding some upgrades that are uniquely Kolar.


Overall my gun advice would be: even if you can’t shoot – get a gun that makes you look like you can.