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Isn't the word “shotgun” a self-redundancy?

I was googling the reason for why it's called "shotgun" to ride beside the driver when it suddenly hit me - why on Earth is the firearm called "shotgun"?! Is there any other kind of a gun than one ...
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Would the word “tween” be considered a portmanteau or is it just a truncation?

Is it the word "between", but truncated, or a portmanteau of "in between" and "teen"?
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Brainstorm: a pun on rainstorm?

The Online Etymology Dictionary unsurprisingly says brainstorm is from the combination of brain and storm. What I want to know is whether or not this neologism was an intentional pun on the word ...