Social Justice Galliard
Shotguns ARE pretty great. As in some fiction I recently shared with my Patreon backers...I've discovered the trick to surviving the west - shoot everyone who draws on you with your shotgun. More than once. And if you're in the swamps, shoot them even after they stop moving just on principle.
I figure this trick will last until I run out of shotgun shells.
"Between then – my first kill – and now – my most recent – I had only ever solidified in my certainty that a good side-by-side scattergun was not terribly unlike the Fist of God. There are, I had discovered time and again in those intervening years, a great many of life’s problems that can be solved with certainty and alacrity in equal measure by the generous application of a handful of buckshot moving at speed and placed well. Saying nothing of the weapon’s utility in matters of the hunt, and concerning ourselves solely with the effects on two-legged beasts instead of on fowl, fauna, and other targets, there is simple just no damned denying that a good messenger’s gun, fired with zeal and at the earliest opportunity, will absolutely ruin one poor sumbitch’s day for damned sure, and that the presence of a second barrel, loaded and ready to go, will make at least one other poor sumbitch think twice about the idiot goddamned life choices that put him at the wrong end of it."