Shotgun: The Home Defense Weapon of Choice

Tips on selecting the right shotgun for home defense.

Misconceptions surrounding the defensive weapon can fertilize Imperial Valley of California for months, even years. Statements such as “The use of a shotgun – you can not lose” or “My 12-gauge that covers the wall” are clear BS. Hollywood takes things even more misleading. For the record, you can easily miss with a shotgun, and the model covers only very small walls in the short film. Scatterguns film grown men can lift completely off his feet or stop large vehicles on their way, but the Royals do not do anything like that. However, the shotgun is still a great choice of weapons for use in the home, farm field or the defense – any place of concealment is not a problem. 

Shotguns have a long history in combat positions. They have demonstrated effectiveness in the launch of multiple missiles. When the athlete changes his long-barreled Browning Auto-5 in leading a high-flying wedge Cañadas, which is using the concept of multiple projectiles to increase the likelihood of a coup. But when shooting the same gun at an armed intruder in his house, which is effectively trying to end – a shot focused on the intruder, where all the pellets strike vital areas. 

The point is simple – proper selection of a combat shotgun and ammunition effective, combined with training, giving the shooter defensive firearms as devastating. In this article we will hang out of ammunition, but mostly look at the choice of an appropriate weapon for home defense. 

Meters, pellets, shock 
What criteria for choosing an indicator? I think there are at least some use for anything from a size 10 to size 20. That means 10, 12, 16 and 20 gauge, all of whom have some type of load of pellets available. The best option, by a wide margin, 12, who has shot dozens of different options. The 10 gauge is usually large, heavy and prone to back so strong as to be intimidating. Going down the scale, 16 and 20 are fine, but options are limited weapons and ammunition. That leaves 12, where, again, the choice of ammunition is very broad. 

In addition, during the last 10 years, the U.S. munitions industry has responded to a request from law enforcement for shotgun loads with less recoil. At the same time, has made the most of these 12-gauge loads, so that firing patterns also much stricter. 

Let us consider the size of pellet. Shooting usually works from No. 12 to the end to 000 pellets. The odds-on favorite for the fight (read: anti-personal) use is 00 Buck. Pellets are approximately double to 0.33 caliber and weigh about 52 to 54 grains each. You can get up 12 of them by 2 3/4-inch “short magnum” shell, but the standard loads and low recoil use eight or nine pellets. This is probably the best all-around choice. However, there is a low recoil load from Federal that uses eight 000 pills I find the best possible compromise. But to be honest, this is an area where there is a lot of leeway. In “indoors” ranges from 10 to 12 meters is a long shot, and shot size is not critical. Even No. 8 shot is standard for a period of six to eight inches in circumference at these distances. And you’ll do much damage, too. 

What kind of barrel you want in your struggle against dispersed? First, you want the shortest possible tube. This is not due to a short-barreled shotgun, ballistics has some advantage, but rather because it handles better in tight spaces such as corridors. The legal minimum is 18 inches (provided that the term does not lead to a firearm with a total length less than 26 inches). Shotguns are now made and sold 18-inch barrels, which are not difficult to find. You may have a shorter barrel, if you live in a state that allows it, you may qualify for transfer and are willing to pay the $ 200 mark from federal taxes. I’m kind of gun nut, so I have a Remington 870 14-inch, and I guarantee it handles much better than a gun almost identical to that of a 18-inch barrel. 

When it comes to guns, the topic always comes strangulation. Choke is the degree of constriction of machining at the end of the muzzle. It’s a way to control the size of the pattern in a given range. For many years, most of the guns fight occurred in the cylinder. But we have come to understand that even with loads of buckshot, a certain amount of strangulation is a good idea. Improved cylinder chokes or modified work well with pellets, the stiffening of the patterns a bit and expanding the effective range of the weapon. So if you can get your spread with a choke (improved cylinder or modified) in its short barrel, by all means do so. 

What you need, what you do not 
If you watch movies or read gun magazines over, you may be surprised by what the typical weapon of Hollywood seems to struggle against the plain JC Higgins pump his grandfather gave him on his birthday number 13. Actually, it may not be much real difference. Warriors now have convinced themselves that they have to have all these things all the weapon to be “the real world effectively.” I have a contrary opinion and my own guns have very little in the way of extras bolted. 

Let’s look at some of these devices and modifications. On the one hand, a blue-steel and walnut gun works as well as one that is tactical black everywhere. If your daily activity is kicking in the doors of crack-house, you may have need for shots, but the extra-long extensions bolted to the front of the magazine tube probably will not be used. Other forms of supply of ammunition – sidesaddle carriers, cuffs back or feed speed action – certainly have some extra rounds on hand, but they are also questionable. A dedicated combat shotgun ghost ring needs sights so the gunner can take full advantage of the bullet loads, but a weapon designed only to meet the invaders at home, probably not. Nor need any laser or red dot sighting system. It is unlikely that you have to carry the gun on a patrol 13 miles of recognition, so you probably will not have a sling. 

You, however, needs a head. Pistol grip, the shares are sold widely to turn a decent shotgun useless piece of garbage. Shotguns are incredibly easy to miss with under the best circumstances, but by cutting or slashing the target simply removes your ability to aim the weapon, as it was meant to be pointed out. 

Another element that can be added to shotguns today with relative ease is a strong, simple to operate weaponlight. SureFire seems that the only game in town here. A powerful light mounted on the gun not only gives a kind of light shield behind which you can work, but also allows you to be sure of your target. Basically, I am against any modification or attachment that lengthens, widens, imbalances, compounded, adds weight, requires a battery (well, except for a light), creates additional edges and corners or otherwise adversely affect its ability to quickly use your shotgun. In a simple way. 

Double pump, or car? 
Let’s move on to selecting a type of real action at home for defense needs. It should be obvious that the choice must be completely reliable. It has to work. By the same reasoning, the gun has to be quick and easy to use. Finally, a bonus would be great if the whole affair led to a modest price. The vast majority of guns struggle is not anything other than hunting weapons with short barrels. And, yes, it is possible to reduce an existing firearm as to meet its defense needs at home. Just make sure the work is reduced to a gunsmith who has the ability and equipment necessary to do well. 

For our purposes, there are three types of guns that fit the profile – bombs, cars and double side by side. A double-short is incredibly effective fighting weapon, limited only by capacity of two strokes. It is fast to the shoulders, balances well and turn around easily. The inherent difficulty of the design – there is a long repetition mechanism – makes a short and effective tool. Unfortunately, the nature of a double does not lend itself to mass production, making reliable weapons of this type tend to be expensive. There is a ray of light on that side by side are often a part of cowboy action shooting, and a large amount of relatively cheap imports are available. 

Some of the firearms imported from Cowboy Action have a feature that suits them and to defend home – external hammers must be manually cocked. No security as efficient as a great big cock right in front of your nose. Colonel Jeff Cooper has written approval of such a weapon. Known as a bang stick (the traditional Sicilian shepherd wolf gun), this weapon can be safely left with two loaded guns and hammers rebound type safely. I have problems with the quality of many imported a large double, but I recently discovered a new model that is of excellent quality. Imported from China by imports Alex, the Model 1878 pistol is a replica coach Frontera well represented with a double hammer of the frontier era. It works very well, either as an arm of the SASS competition or shotgun home defense. Both EAA and Stoeger hammerless models have also enjoyed a solid reputation. 

Cars have an undeniable appeal. Throw one on his shoulder, and you have up to six rounds of buckshot – 54 caliber pellets 0.33 – ready to make its offer with a small amount of trigger pressure. Of these weapons, the best energy armsmakers come from Italy. Beretta makes the car excellent 1200 in a format of short barrel, and has several models Benelli M4 as the military style that some U.S. troops currently used in Iraq. FN Herstal Tactical offers a car with special features. Most of these weapons are of very high quality, but are primarily designed for the rigors of military and police use. In addition, the nature of an automobile requires a level of quality that raises the cost of the gun. 

Best bet-cars, if that’s what you have are probably the ones offered by Remington and Winchester. Remington 11-87 Respected matte finish and a 18-inch barrel is a great weapon that will be useful as an example. 

It is, however, to our last category of shotgun to provide the best balance between cost and performance – the classic shotgun. 

The pump action, slide or trombone is easy to handle and easier to manufacture – so the cost of some local-defense completely reliable samples to attractive levels. Again, companies Fabarms Italian Benelli and police / military weapons that are very good, especially the new Benelli Nova. FN Herstal has a weapon that seems to be derived from the Winchester 1300. Household pumps include the series Mossberg 500, Winchester Defender 1300 and several versions of the Remington 870. 

The best balance of quality, reliability and price it is tottering between 500 Mossberg Remington shotguns or specifications 590 and 870 of long standing. The Remington has been manufactured for 55 years. There are literally millions of them in circulation, most of which are 12 gauge. They are not willing to carry out the honest use, but takes abuse dedicated to a job down. If you already have a sports 870, you can get a short barrel, interchangeable outside the Midway catalog for just $ 99.99. A quick barrel swap back to your weapon of birds in a short home defense tool. 

My personal choice? The classic Remington 870 12 gauge.

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