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Definition of Rabbit Ear Shotgun

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Empire Arms double barrel

Empire Arms double barrel "rabbit ear" shotgun, showing the two exposed hammers that give it the "rabbit-ear" name.

Photo copyright Russ Chastain
Definition: The term "rabbit ear shotgun" refers to a double-barrel side-by-side shotgun which features exposed hammers. Each hammer has a spur that projects upward, to allow the operator of the gun to cock each hammer using his or her thumb. These twin hammer spurs stick up noticeably from the gun, as a rabbit's long ears stick up from its head.

Each hammer may be cocked individually, and there is usually one trigger per hammer.

Pronunciation: rab-it ear
Also Known As: Exposed-Hammer Double Barrel Shotgun
Examples:
The old scattergun was of the rabbit-ear type, with its twin hammer spurs being its most noticeable feature.
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