A little over a year ago, we wrote about the YouTube channel called Kjaskaar which host replicated the sawn-off shotgun from the “Killing Them Softly” movie. Kjaskaar calls this firearm “The Littlest Shotgun”. He has recently published a part two video where he does ballistic gel testing of this gun. To keep up with the storyline let’s watch the first video once more.
Made of a Stoeger side by side shotgun, the Littlest Shotgun has ridiculously short barrels which make it look like a subcompact Lupara. As Kjaskaar mentioned in the video, the barrels are cut at three inches from the breech, right where the chambers end. Interestingly, as seen in the video, it is still possible to cock the hammers of this shotgun by pivoting the barrels despite such an extreme modification and exposed cocking limbs. Now, let’s watch the second part and see how different loads fired from the Littlest Shotgun will perform in a ballistic gel.
Honestly, before watching the video I was sure that the performance will be really poor with the slugs and buckshot getting stuck in the gel block at a depth of a couple of inches. Well, I was wrong. Surprisingly, the buckshot and slugs performed quite well for such short barrels. Particularly, many of the 00 buckshot pellets fired from the mini shells penetrated the 16″ gel block all the way through.
Interesting to note that the mini shell and 3″ shell slugs performed almost identically managing to travel about 14″ in the gel block and bouncing back to about 10″ mark. The 2 3/4″ 1oz slug barely made it out of the gel block.
Of course, this is probably not the most practical shotgun in the world but, nevertheless, it was really interesting and entertaining to watch this experiment and see the performance of the Littlest Shotgun.