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Welcome to Benton Shooters Supply

Largest In-House Inventory of Guns in the Southeast


Established in 1994 in the Southeastern corner of Tennessee; only minutes away from both Georgia and North Carolina, Benton Shooters Supply is the ULTIMATE one stop shopping destination for any outdoors enthusiast.  With over 4,000 guns in stock in our 25,000 square foot store, we offer the largest selection of guns and accessories in the southeast.  No numbers to take or lines to wait in, we will assist you in finding the right hand gun, or you are free to browse our long guns at your leisure, trying as many as you like for fit and feel.  We offer a full line of optics which we can fit to any gun you purchase.  We also buy/sell/trade used guns and we do FFL Transfers.

We offer a Full Archery Pro Shop with indoor archery range. We can fit you for the perfect bow and you can try it out in the store before you purchase.


If you are a Sporting Clays shooter, we have a 14 station sporting clays range just a few miles away, as well as a five stand building.  This is a great way to try out your new shotgun purchase.




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So you're off to try clay shooting - what should you wear and do you need to bring anything?

The simple answer is - wear what's comfortable and just bring yourself. Everyday clothes are fine and all the equipment you need will be provided, including a shotgun, cartridges and basic ear and eye protection.

For a Have-a-Go day or an introductory lesson, just wear casual clothes that will be comfortable for an hour or two outdoors. In summer, for instance, many shooters wear trainers, jeans and a T-shirt.

Depending on the weather, you might want to add a fleece or jumper, boots and a waterproof coat.

At the shooting ground your instructor will introduce you to the equipment. Typically you will use a double-barrelled shotgun in 12 or 20 bore, low-recoil 'training' cartridges and a shooting vest, which goes over your normal clothes to provide a pad where the gun rests in your shoulder.

The instructor will also issue you with some basic safety gear - eye and ear protection and a peaked cap. Shooting is a very safe sport and we keep it that way by making safety a priority. You can find out more on our Safety page.

If you enjoy your first few sessions and decide to take clay shooting to the next level there will be plenty of time to choose your own kit. Indeed, like any hobby, acquiring the gear is all part of the fun - although you can enjoy clay shooting with just a gun, cartridges and a few inexpensive accessories.

That's for later, though. For now, just relax, let your instructor worry about the equipment and enjoy the thrill of smashing your first clay targets.


The Gun

There are different types of shotguns, but clay targets are usually shot with a gun known as an "over-and-under" with two barrels arranged one above the other. The standard size is known as a "12 bore". That's a throwback to the days of muskets, when 12 lead musket balls weighed one pound.

The instructor will show you how to hold the gun, place the stock in your shoulder and lay your cheek against the stock so your eye is looking along the "rib" - the flat piece on top of the barrel. He or she will also look after loading and unloading the gun for you, so you can concentrate on the targets.



A shotgun cartridge consists of a plastic tube containing powder, wadding and shot. At one end there's a metal head with the primer "cap" in the centre. When you pull the trigger, the firing pin hits this primer to fire the cartridge. If you pick up one of your fired cartridges, you will see the dent where the firing pin struck the primer.

Note that shotguns don't fire a single bullet, like a rifle. Each cartridge contains around 300 small round pellets or "shot", which fly towards the target in a small cloud known as the "pattern". With so many pellets you might think you can't miss, but there's a lot of empty space around that target and you'll need all your skill to make your pattern hit the clay.


Clay Targets

The targets you'll be shooting are known as "clays" or sometimes "clay pigeons", although they aren't bird-shaped and it's many years since they were made of clay. Modern targets are made from pitch and limestone, shaped like an upside-down saucer, and made to standard dimensions of size and weight. They have to be strong enough to withstand being thrown by a mechanical launcher known as a "trap", but brittle enough to break when hit.


The Trap

The clay target will probably appear like magic from behind the bushes or an earth bank, but it has been launched by a device called the trap. In days gone by traps were hand-operated, but nowadays it's all done by electricity. The clays are stacked in a carousel which feeds the targets one at a time onto a launching plate. At the press of a button, a spring-loaded throwing arm propels the clay spinning into the air. While you are busy trying to hit the clay, an electric motor re-cocks the arm and drops another clay into position ready for the next press of the button. It takes just a second or two, so when the instructor feels you are ready, you can try your skill at shooting two targets in quick succession.

Traps can be moved around and are adjustable for height, speed and angle, allowing the shooting ground to set up a variety of interesting and challenging targets. There are special types of trap for throwing "rabbit" targets and side-on "loopers".


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There are three common types of shotguns: break action, pump and semi-automatic. We’ll lump the more unusual designs into the “other” category. Let’s take a look at each.

Break Action

This Classic LC Smith side by side shotgun is a great example of a break action model.

A break action is the simplest shotgun design. The “break” part simply means that the barrel (or barrels) hinge open from the receiver and stock. To load a break action, you simply dump the shotgun shells into the chamber end of the barrel. After firing, break the action open again and pull out the shells. Some break actions have an “ejection” feature that flings the shells out automatically when you open the gun. This looks exceptionally cool at the range, especially if you do it with a nonchalant look.

Break actions usually have one or two barrels. The most common styles are double-barreled shotguns. The barrels may be oriented side by side or over and under. You’ll see side by side styles on classic hunting shotguns, while over and under designs are more popular in the clay shooting sports like skeet, trap and sporting clays.

The benefit of a break action design is simplicity. It’s easy to load and unload, and there are no fancy mechanisms to operate during the firing sequence. When ready to fire, make sure the safety is off and pull the trigger. That’s it! On the downside, you only have one or two shots before needing to reload.


On this Browning BPS pump action shotgun, the wood forearm moves back and forth to operate the action.

Pump action shotguns use a single barrel, but store multiple shot shells in a tube under the barrel. With most models, you load the magazine tube by pushing a number of shells forward against an internal spring in the magazine.

Loading a shell into the chamber is a manual operation completed by “pumping” the fore grip backwards towards the stock, then pushing it forward again. The pulling action allows one shell to move into the receiver, and then the forward motion raises the shell to the barrel and pushes it into the chamber. After firing, the reverse pump withdraws that shell and repeats the loading sequence with the next shell in the magazine.

With a pump gun, you control all ejection and feeding. Pump shotguns are popular for hunting as you can load more than two shot shells in the magazine. You won’t see them as frequently on the competition fields due to the need to pump the action between shots. However, in sports like trap shooting where you shoot once per turn, you’ll see plenty of folks using a pump shotgun.


The “automatic” part of this action means that the ejection of the spent shot shell and loading of a new one into the chamber is automated. There is no need for the operator to work a pump, lever or bolt between shots.

Most semi-automatic shotguns take advantage of gas operation. When you fire a shot shell, a huge volume of rapidly expanding gas expels the shot down the barrel. It’s like a politician in front of a microphone except a lot more productive. Part of the gas is bled off through a small hole in the barrel. The gas pressure operates levers, ejectors and lifters that fling the spent shell out and push a new one from the magazine into place. It’s like a pump shotgun that operates itself, except nothing moves on the outside. Like a pump shotgun, most semi-automatic shotguns have a tubular magazine under the barrel for extra shot shells.

Some innovative designs don’t use gas to perform the ejection and loading, they use inertia. Borrowing from that brilliant Newton guy’s principles, the equal and opposite reaction forces are captured and leveraged to operate the shotgun.


Nothing ever falls into neat little categories, nor do shotgun designs. You’ll see some that operate with a bolt action, just like that old family hunting rifle. Sometimes, you might even see one that operates with a lever action, just like the cowboy rifles on Bonanza. Most of the time, shotguns will fall into the three categories we discussed.


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