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Shotgun for home defense

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10 Responses to “Shotgun for home defense”

  1. Stranger Says:

    Pretty good suggestion. I use a first year of production 870 with a slug barrel myself. The only time I needed to use it, the guy who broke into my neighbors house soiled his panties and laid down when I cycled the action, but a semi-auto would do just as well.

    Stranger

  2. Dave Says:

    Anything from a reputable manufacturer that is at least 20 gauge would be very useful in that situation. Even a single shot shotgun would be fairly respectable.

  3. Fred Says:

    Yeah, Mossbergs are pretty affordable, and they work. It’s really a pretty good suggestion.

  4. Weer'd Beard Says:

    I prefer a pump for reliability reasons. Granted I’m sure that one will eat defensive loads like candy, a 590 offers me a bit more confidence.

  5. Hypnagogue Says:

    I recommend a shotgun for home defense, but only in the lowest common denominator “yes, you can, Grandma” sense where physical, emotional, or financial barriers exist. A $200 pump action is easily the most accessible defensive tool available.

    The Mossberg 930 doesn’t fit that bill at all. Pricey, complicated, it’s a gun-owner’s shotgun. At the $500 price point, a pistol is a better choice all around. The idea that a long gun is best for close quarters is facially absurd — for a novice, a pistol is easier to control when walking through a darkened home.

  6. Bruce Says:

    Call me old-fashioned, but I always fall back on whatever gun you can comfortably, confidently, accurately, and safely load, operate, store and maintain.

  7. tjbbpgobIII Says:

    Why do people think a sight on a shotgun is necessary? I’ve hunted for years with just the bead on the front and it has worked out well and I don’t see it as a problem for home defense. I have both a pump 12 and 16 ga. for a home defence round.

  8. RC Says:

    Why do people think a sight on a shotgun is necessary? Iíve hunted for years with just the bead on the front and it has worked out well and I donít see it as a problem for home defense. I have both a pump 12 and 16 ga. for a home defence round.

    It’s not necessary…so long as you can be sure you’ll be able to mount it to your shoulder exactly the same way every single time.

    In a self defense situation, when your adrenalin is flowing, you’re shaking like a leaf, and your fine motor skills are suffering (and hence possibly your mounting as well), a sight can help make sure you’re going to hit what you’re aiming at. Also, a shotgun in a self defense situation is used more like a rifle than a shotgun.

  9. TheOtherLarry Says:

    There’s nothing like the sound of a 12 ga. pump being cycled to put the fear of God in an unwanted guest – everyone knows what that distinctive sound means. Sometimes that alone will get the intruder scampering toward the nearest exit.

  10. Rick Randall Says:

    RC —

    The Marines found the utility of “rifle type” sights on shotguns effectively by accident.

    They stuck ’em there, primarily so teh kids would have a consistant sighting system, instead of having their brains pop out of gear when faced with a gun “you don;t have to use sights with”. (Keep in mind how much KD and bullseye type practice the Marines do with rifles — Classic rifle technique is almost a religion to them.)

    What the Green Machine found was that EVERYONE — new Marines to old gunnies, was shooting better, even with the honestly crappy sights they first installed.

    Sights help. ESPECIALLY when you aren’t restricting yourself to wing shooting.