SHOTGUNS

FOR SPORT AND DEFENSE

Zanders Debuts Exclusive Lineup Of Impala Plus Shotguns

With 24 different models available, the Impala Plus offers additional features
making this shotgun a good fit for all the shotgun sports

Stoeger P3000 Freedom...

In the realm of shotguns, I don’t think any action type is more versatile than pump.
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Multi-Caliber Survival

Too often “gun guys” analyze survival scenarios from a gear-centric point of view. The pros/cons of certain weapon systems are debated, along with...
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Henry AXE Lever-Action .410

When I was just a pup one of my favorite TV shows was Wanted Dead or Alive starring Steve McQueen as bounty hunter Josh Randall.
Read Full Article Denny Hansen
KelTec KSG Bullpup

In 2011 KelTec introduced the KSG — a pump-action bullpup shotgun holding 14 rounds via two tubular magazines.
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The Guns Of The Wild Bunch

It has been 50 years since the movie The Wild Bunch hit the silver screen.
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Axeon Optics Shotlight

We all want a $600 forend light for our home defense shotgun, along with a $3,000 custom 1911 and $5,000 scope for our tack-driving “tactical” rifle.
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Henry Lever Action Axe .410

I guess the .410 shotgun has always fascinated me since my misspent youth.
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SHOT Show Sights: Show Day 2

A daily photo dump of the best sights from the range and show floor of the 2020 SHOT Show in Las Vegas.
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SHOT Show Sights: Show Day 1

A daily photo dump of the best sights from the range and show floor of the 2020 SHOT Show in Las Vegas.
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Guns We Want to See at...

Just days away from the 2020 SHOT Show, we can't help but drool thinking about all the new guns we'll get to shoot, handle and see throughout the week.
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Mossberg 590A1 Retrograde

Back before the colors of Flat Dark Earth, Ranger Green, Coyote, camouflage du jour, etc., all the cool kids used Scorched Earth, also commonly called Black.
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CZ-USA All-Terrain Shotguns

The first shotgun I ever bought was a very-little-used 12-gauge side-by-side. It’s since put a lot of grouse and pheasants in the cooler, along with a...
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Henry Side Gate Lever...

We’ve heard from people who think the .410 bore is a poor choice for wingshooters — an opinion with which we wholeheartedly disagree. From the early...
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Steven Model 555

The Sixteen gauge is a sleeper but the “forgotten gauge” may be clawing its way back from undeserved exile in a number of shotgun production lines.
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Make Mine A Shotgun

In the last decade or so, the shotgun has been largely eclipsed by semiautomatic carbines — especially the AR-15/M4 — for use by law enforcement and...
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Stevens 520

If we start naming all of John Browning’s inventions, we’re going to be here a while so let’s just focus on the shotguns.
Read Full Article Clayton Walker
Federal Launches New...

The Federal Custom Shop is an all-new way to deliver your preference of the perfect centerfire rifle or shotgun load built by ammunition experts.
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Rock Island Armory VRBP-100

Bullpups are a fascinating breed and they’ve charmed shooters and weapons’ engineers for decades. It’s no accident in an era of highly mobile,...
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Crimson Trace offers...

If you’re one of those people always looking for a tactical edge in your personal defense strategy, you just might want to snoop out the Lasersaddle...
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Turkey Takedown Technology

There’s no field sport better than turkey hunting to introduce new hunters to the skills needed to pursue big game. Keen of sight and omnivorous in his food
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Guns And Aging:

One of the most senior shootists I’ve known was John Hansbury, who had two careers including chief armorer of the U.S. Coast Guard. I got to know John...
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Savage Arms 125th Celebration

For shooters, two things stand out about 1894. Winchester introduced the Model 1894 lever-action rifle and Arthur Savage founded the Savage
Read Full Article John Taffin
Remington Model 31

It’s steep and rocky in southern Idaho — and today it was cold. I hadn’t gotten 100 yards from the truck when I was already out of breath. “Why do I...
Read Full Article Billy Marable
For Shotgunners: MTM...

Being a metallic cartridge reloader, I’ve been using MTM cartridge boxes for years because those thin cardboard factory boxes don’t last very long in my...
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Mossberg 935 Magnum

I’ve been a certified adrenaline junkie for most of my life. If it got my heart rate up I was in — motorcycles of all types, sky diving or stacking on...
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Legacy Sports Pointer Phenoma

I admit to being a 28-gauge enthusiast. Some call it a “magic gauge” — the perfect ballistic marriage between bore size and a 3/4 oz.
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Taking the Kick Out of...

FIRST IMPRESSIONS, especially with youngsters, are often lasting ones. This is particularly true where hunting is concerned; let the youngster have a good day...

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Home Defense Shotgun

building my home-defense shotgun. Robbie and I both agreed the 870 was the best platform to build on. I know there are other shotguns out there, but I’ve...
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Survival Scatterguns

There is a timeless axiom in the annals of gun fighting. Most any rifle is preferable to most any pistol. At appropriate ranges, most any shotgun is...
Read Full Article Will Dabbs, MD
Savage 212 And 220: Turkey...

More than 60 years ago, my first experience with a shotgun involved a 12-gauge bolt-action J.C. Higgins of my father’s, whose sense of humor obviously...
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The Mystery Gun

It WAS a mystery. A strange combination gun has intrigued me since I acquired it on a whim at a Tucson, Ariz., gun show a few years ago.
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The Street-Legal 12-Ga. Komrad

Originally formed as an importer but now strictly a manufacturer, Kalashnikov USA (K-USA) offers American consumers a chance to own some interesting
Read Full Article Jeremiah McCarthy
Rock Island Armory Bullpup...

This ain’t your grandpa’s shotgun, so get over it.
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Mossberg Pumpgun Packages

The shotgun is the most versatile firearm system ever developed. It can serve as a shotgun, an accurate big-bore rifle, a handgun and even as a flare gun.
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Can Women Outshoot Men?

We showed in 1955 the answer was yes — and it's still true today. Enjoy a fun look back at K.D. Curtis' article in the July 1955 issue of GUNS Magazine....
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Just In: Federal Shorty...

Great things really do come in small packages. Although just 1 ¾-inch long, new Shorty shotshells offer similar patterns, energy and accuracy as full-size...
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Mossberg’s...

Celebrating a milestone in the continuing history of O.F. Mossberg & Sons, the company is introducing a pair of pump-action shotguns dubbed the...
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Mossberg 930 Snow Goose

“My heart knows what the wild goose knows, I must go where the wild goose goes. Wild goose, brother goose, which is best? A wanderin’ foot or a heart at...
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A Second Amendment Shockwave

I like pump-action shotguns. There is no other firearm type that is as versatile. One receiver with a slug barrel for deer hunting and another barrel
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Remington 870 Tactical DM

“BANG! Ouch! BANG! Wow-owwww! BANG! Jeez oh Pete …” This real-life quote from the shooting range highlights my recent willful violation of the first...
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Backyard Battlefields

Homo sapiens is an intrinsically predatory species. It’s tucked someplace within our DNA. One need only survey male kindergarteners on a playground to...
Read Full Article Will Dabbs, MD
How To Run Shotguns for...

In this week's final entry of the 4-Shot Favorites on "Shotguns for Defense: What Do You Need To Know", we take a look at some training tips and advice from...
Read Full Article Mark Kakkuri
Buckshot vs. Birdshot

A test in publisher Roy Huntington's backyard range shows how buckshot and birdshot perform.
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Mossberg® Announces...

O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc., America’s oldest family-owned and operated firearms manufacturer, is pleased to announce their “Buy a 590M, Get a Free...
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3 Home Defense Shotgun...

3 Home Defense Shotgun Myths and 2 Important Realities... and ask the so-called “expert” behind the counter, “What is the best type of gun for home...
Read Full Article Jacob Herman
Adaptive Tactical’s...

Since I happen to own a Mossberg Model 500 pump-action shotgun, when I was asked to check out the Sidewinder Venom kits that can convert a Model 500 or 590...
Read Full Article Dave Workman
Top 20 Things To Know...

Why a tactical shotgun, you may ask? This question comes up all the time. “Do I want 12 gauge or 20? Long or short barrel? Folding stock or not? What...
Read Full Article Ralph Mroz
EAA’s MKA 1923 Bullpup

Traditional shotgun designs get massaged and tweaked from year to year but it’s usually pretty darn stodgy out there. The excitement that comes from the...
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Winchester’s SX4

Now in its 4th generation, Winchester’s new SX4 autoloader is the culmination of design efforts dating back to 1974’s SX1. By current manufacturing...
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Mossberg 590M Shockwave:...

North Haven, CT – During the recent NASGW (National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers) Expo & Annual Meeting, the Mossberg 590M Mag-Fed shotgun...
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This Bullpup Has Bite!

Just when you thought there is nothing new in semi-auto shotguns, along comes the BP-12 bullpup to correct the misimpression. It provides a new platform...
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Mossberg’s 590M Mag-Fed

With a capacity of 5, 10, 15, or 20 rounds, Mossberg’s new 12-gauge 590M Mag-Fed is yet another intriguing addition to their stable. Based on the only...
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Check Out Mossberg’s...

Mossberg has taken another step forward in the evolution of the Shockwave pump-action firearm with the introduction of the 12-ga. 590M Shockwave, which...
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Single-Shot Steal

I’m a secondhand-rack junkie and I love cruising the “used” inventories of local gun shops. It’s like a year-round gunshow — maybe even better —...
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Duck Shot: Being Lead-Free...

When the US banned lead shot for all waterfowl hunting in 1991, many duck hunters quit, some because they worried about “steel” shot ruining older...
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VR 60 Semi-Auto Shotgun...

No doubt about it, the AR-type rifle is the most popular model in the United States today, and it should come as no great surprise some enterprising arms...
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Benelli’s “3-Gun” M2

As you might guess, Benelli’s 12-gauge Performance Shop M2 3-Gun Edition was designed to serve as one-third of the competitive triad of hardware used in...
Read Full Article Payton Miller
Tactical Turkish 12

Americans love their tactical shotguns. I think there’s a whiff of buckshot embedded in our collective DNA. As a country, we’ve carried them in every...
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The Not So Long And...

Let’s get this right up front: The new MKA 1923 Bullpup from EAA is definitely not your granddaddy’s shotgun.
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Lever-Action PW87 Shotgun...

Skip right past “The Terminator” and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s use of a lever-action shotgun while riding a motorcycle, and head farther back into...
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A Briny Blast

If sea duck hunting isn’t on your lifetime bucket list, add it this year. Hunting the common eider while clinging to seaweed-and-barnacle covered granite...
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Scattergun Choices

In the beginning, shotgun actions were called locks. Eventually the flintlock made it practical to shoot flying birds by shortening “lock time.”
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Mossberg's New Mag-Fed...

For some reason, with a new generation of shooters so tuned in to magazine-fed firearms, I figured it was only a matter of time before the marketplace not...
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New Tavor TS12 Tactical...

Having had some experience with Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) Ltd. products, the recent announcement of the Tavor TS12, a bullpup semi-auto 12-gauge...
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Shoot It Clean!

Dream no more. The “de-fouling shot” is here. Only available in 12-gauge at the moment, Huntego’s CleanShot is just the beginning of what I believe...
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Remington 870 DM

We’ll get this right up front: The image of a pump shotgun with a detachable magazine will take some getting used to for old guys like me, but...
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A Shotgun In Your Holster

Well, not quite, but handgun shotshells have come a long way and have greatly expanded the utility of that handgun on your hip. I’m sure creative...
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Mossberg’s Shockwave...

When Mossberg introduced the Model 590 Shockwave pump-action firearm in 12-gauge, it got plenty of attention from people interested in a compact,...
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Exclusive: A 14" 12 Gauge...

The National Firearms Act (1934) restricts an individual’s ability to own full-auto firearms, and rifles and shotguns with short barrels. The law did...
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The Cynergy Of Browning

There’s something very classy about a double gun carried into the turkey woods. It’s historic. It’s nostalgic. Pump guns and autoloaders are fairly...
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Benelli's Bird Of Prey

Few guns achieve cult status overnight, but the introduction of Benelli’s Super Black Eagle to the American market changed it all in 1991.
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Small-Bore Heaven

Catching my eye at the 2017 SHOT Show were two new, very attractive 28-gauges—a svelte Model “Iside” SxS double by F.A.I.R. and an upgraded Model 555...
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Mossberg 500 Persuader

I love .410 shotguns. Wait! That’s not altogether true. Truth be told, I hated my first. It was euphemistically classified as a “utility gun.” I got...
Read Full Article Payton Miller
Twenty Things To Know...

Why this? Because the questions come all the time. “12 gauge or 20? Long or short barrel? Folding stock or not? What kind of sights? What’s buckshot?...
Read Full Article Ralph Mroz
The Affinity Catalyst

With the recent and encouraging influx of women into the shooting sports, it’s about time firearm manufacturers got serious about designing shotguns for a...
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A Steal Of A Deal

Remember those Hatfields, who were always fussin’, feudin’ and fightin’? Well, they’ve gone from feuding to gunmaking.
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A Refined Autoloader

When you want to build a no-holds-barred competition firearm, go ask the leading competitors, right? That’s exactly what Mossberg has done to give us a...
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The Sweet Sixteen

If you’re old enough to remember the lyrics to Only Sixteen by Sam Cooke, you probably remember an era when you saw a lot more 16 gauges in the field.
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A Great 28

Think you’ve seen more 28-gauge shells on the shelves lately? It’s not surprising. This great little load is making inroads in arenas other than skeet...
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The All-Around 20-Gauge

Half a century ago, when a Montana kid just started hunting, 20-gauge shotguns were considered appropriate for women and kids.
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Give 'Em The 3rd Degree

Mixing shot sizes to fill patterns or deliver more energy down range with a heavier pellet is old hat.
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Just a Little Squeeze

Interchangeable choke tubes have been one of shotgunning’s greatest advancements. While the concept of a choking a shotgun bore dates back to the latter...
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Left Turn

What do notables like Leonardo da Vinci, Isaac Newton, Alexander the Great, Beethoven, John D. Rockefeller, Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin have in...
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Think Pink!

Legacy Sports International, which imports the lines of Howa, Escort, Citadel and Pointer, has been continuously improving and expanding their Escort line...
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Ol’ Devil Wind

Let’s talk wind for a moment. Shotgunners don’t talk about wind much. The subject seems reserved to the rifle clan, but oh, how wind can dramatically...
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Pick, Click, Shoot!

Patterning is commonly regarded as a tedious aspect of shotgun management, but there’s simply no other way to truly understand how well your gun fits you...
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High-Tech Shotgun Ammo

Innovations in ammunition power the shooting industry. Some developments are particularly intriguing because they’re radical, unique and highly effective,...
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The Evolving American...

Remington has been turning heads in the semi-auto shotgun world ever since 1963 when it introduced the shotgun designed “to make any shooter a better...
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From Turkey, For Dove

To those who can remember when guns were sold largely through hardware stores Sears & Roebuck and Montgomery Ward, the name, “Stevens” has a magic ring...
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Lethal Loads & Laser...

While I own a varmint rifle or two, I won’t take a calling stand without a shotgun at hand. The shotgun is a caller’s tool—ideal for coyote, fox and...
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The Star Wars Shotgun

There’s a whiff of buckshot embedded in the American DNA. We love our combat smoothbores. As a country, we’ve carried them in every battle and police...
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Three-Peater

Chiappa Firearms likes to play with your mind. First, they introduce a revolver firing through the bottom chamber and sports a flat-sided cylinder for...
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Pumpin' Out The Power

In the annals of shotgun literature, less attention has been given to slugs and slug shooting than any other aspect of shotgunning. ’Tis a pity, because...
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Ye Olde English Shotgunners

Some of the greatest treasures in the world of shotgunning literature are the works of 19th century English sportsmen. Historically, the 19th century was a...
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The Return Of The Red Label

In a brief note in the 1973 Annual Report, Bill Ruger, Sr. reported work had begun on an O/U shotgun and a limited number would be available for sale in 1974.
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Combination Guns

“What’s the best all-around big-game rifle?” or “Which shotgun for everything from doves to geese?” every day. Then there’s old-fashioned...
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Starting Early, Starting Right

Insuring the future of shooting sports by actively recruiting youth into the sport is a national goal of the utmost importance.
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Winchester's Remarkable...

If there ever were a shotgun with an iconic image, it’s Winchester’s big lever action. Known as the Models 1887 and 1901 and chambered in both 10 gauge...
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Turkey Gun Extreme

Legacy Sports International, which imports the lines of Howa, Puma, Citadel, ISSC, Nikko Stirling and Buffalo River, has been continuously improving and...
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The Browning 725

Browning’s new Model 725 is not your father’s Citori. Introduced in 1972, the Citori is certainly one of the world’s most successful O/U designs, but...
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