by B. Gil Horman
Handguns chambered to fire .410 shotshells present a unique set of advantages and challenges for shooters. The ability to fire a mix of bullets, slugs, buckshot, birdshot, and specialty .410 loads makes these pistols exceptionally flexible in their applications. However, shot pellet size, barrel length, and barrel rifling all work to influence how shot travels and patterns.
The purpose of this study is to provide a sample of controlled test results to give shooters a better sense of how .410 shotshells may perform when fired from a handgun.