One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The smallest size of shot for sporting rifles or other guns.
- ‘Police have used rubber bullets and birdshot against strikers.’
- ‘Among the injured police, 10 were hurt by youths firing fine-grain birdshot in a late-night clash in the southern Paris suburb of Grigny, police spokesman Patrick Hamon said.’
- ‘To this end it was shot extensively with birdshot, buckshot and slugs on both static and moving targets.’
- ‘The boss took a 16 gauge, pump shotgun loaded with birdshot outside and fired thrice into the tree.’
- ‘Beware the old shibboleth of using birdshot for home defense because ‘it won't go through walls and hurt your kids’.’
- ‘You can decide, ‘I'll use a very low penetration round, like tiny birdshot.’’
- ‘Police said rubber bullets were fired, while the union claimed that birdshot had been used.’
- ‘I would have been shocked if we had because he was using an air gun with an enormous piece of slug instead of birdshot.’
- ‘It happened the only ammunition I could find at home was 12-gauge birdshot.’
- ‘We found both medium caliber projectiles which appear to be 9mm and we found birdshot from a shotgun.’
- ‘Despite being summer, the temperature was below 10 and the intermittent rain stung like birdshot.’
- ‘Guns gave hunters an advantage, particularly in the use of birdshot to kill waterfowl and small mammals, but guns were costly and men were reluctant to lend them or dispose of them as grave goods.’
- ‘It is almost as uncommon as locating a wild turkey or jackrabbit running around Texas without a load of birdshot under its hide.’
- ‘The old wisdom used to be to load a nightstand shotgun with birdshot.’
- ‘But his weapon carried special cartridges filled with birdshot rather than soft-tipped lead bullets.’
- ‘They are available in birdshot, buckshot and a slug load.’
- ‘The birdshot loads have already accounted for a respectable number of venomous Mississippi snakes and I even bagged a beaver with a well-placed charge of buckshot.’
- ‘The possible confusion is that No.4 buckshot and No.4 birdshot differ considerably in size.’
- ‘In shotgun ammo, stock standard birdshot in 12 gauge.’
- ‘Many questions about the affair remain unanswered, chief among them being why a crack team of garda marksmen, the army and an additional 60 gardai were brought in to deal with a man armed with a gun with birdshot pellets.’
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