Whats the best shotgun to buy for home defense?
There is an inherent problem with shotguns for home defense. They are way too long. If you have to go after a family member on the other side of your dwelling and round a corner, most of the shotgun makes it into the room before you do. That would allow a perp to grab the barrel and then you’d be grappling with them. Personally IF you are going to get one for that purpose get the 20 gauge. If they allow it in your state, get one with a folding stock or pistol grip. I had one for a while that was a legal 30.5 inches. Very handy, very quick, and with a little practice I could empty the 6 rounds in about 2 or 3 seconds. Honestly you don’t need a 12 gauge with 3 inch magnums to shoot someone less than 10 feet from you. Plus if there are women in the house, a 20 is MUCH easier to learn to shoot without bruising shoulders.
Dhyan, that’s not a Shotgun. But the best reasonable shotgun for home defense would have to be the Mossberg 500. It’s every bit as dependable as an 870, but the feed ramp won’t bite your fingers when you need to reload fast, it’s easier to ****, a similar configuration will be lighter, and the dual extractor claws almost guarantee perfect extraction. I’ve seen Remington’s have some serous extraction issues before, not the kind of thing that I want to deal with when someone’s trying to attack your home. Granted, some of the higher end police models do have better feeding, but they’re still just not as good as a $150 500. An above poster said that everybody uses an 870, and he’s partially right. The 870 was adopted for military service back in Vietnam, and soldiers who returned generally did join the police department, so when it came to buy shotguns, their departments got the familiar 870s. Mossberg won the combat shotgun contract after Remington declined to submit a test model for cont
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