Question of the Day: Do You Have a Shotgun for Home Defense? by Robert Farago | Jun 04, 2011 | 69 comments facebook twitter linkedin email I keep a Benelli M2 as a gun to fight my way to. You? comments Jake says: June 4, 2011 at 08:21 870 Reply Jake says: June 4, 2011 at 13:55 After reading all this, I’ll add that other than the NatGear Camo Clad, and front sight, both added for Spring Toms, everything about my SuperMag is out of the box. I also make sure that anything in it, or coming out of it, is made for feathers first. As mentioned below, anybody foolish enough to force their way into my realm, won’t feel the difference and, I feel, could help out legally if it ever comes to that. Reply CUJO THE DOG OF WAR says: June 4, 2011 at 08:36 Stoeger 12 ga. coach gun, Ithaca 37 12 ga. entry gun, Ithaca 37 12 ga riot gun, Remington 1100 12 ga-chopped to 20” with extension tube and tactical flashlight, Remington 870 12 ga with copstock,folding, and 10 shot extension tube, Beretta auto 12 ga-formerly a skeet gun-cujofied and tactical. I only use 2 3/4 slugs and 00 buck and flechettes. Reply Robert Farago says: June 4, 2011 at 08:50 So that’s a yes, then. Reply Derek says: June 4, 2011 at 12:35 Those are just his shower guns… Reply Tony says: June 4, 2011 at 09:10 Mossberg 500 full of slug and 00 buck with a 25 shell bandolier at hand also. Reply Jason says: June 4, 2011 at 09:47 1897 Riot. Disconnectors are for commies. Reply Lance says: June 4, 2011 at 21:21 Amen. What’s the barrel length on that? Reply JOHN TRUBY says: June 4, 2011 at 09:59 Mossberg 500 with 00 buck. To fight my way to Cujo’s house. Reply CUJO THE DOG OF WAR says: June 4, 2011 at 11:20 Skoal Brother! Reply John Fritz says: June 4, 2011 at 12:02 I’m right behind you. Share! Reply Buuurr says: June 4, 2011 at 12:04 I’ll bring food for a week, my family and The Pacific on Blu-ray. Reply JOE MATAFOME says: June 4, 2011 at 10:32 I have my Saiga with five and nine round mags, and I’m waiting for my 20 round drum to arrive. Reply Travis Leibold says: June 4, 2011 at 17:56 Lemme guess… Its loaded with .50 cal sabot slugs…. Reply KW says: June 4, 2011 at 10:43 Why yes I do… Thanks for posting. That was my favorite shot of the day. It’s a Mossy 500A with a great recoil reducing Spec Ops stock. It has a pad on the cheek piece I added for comfort and a Surefire weapon light. Reply nika tamm says: June 4, 2011 at 10:48 hellbilly verona mo 590 mossberg 12 00buck @1.5 mag slug Reply Chaz says: June 4, 2011 at 10:49 Mossberg 930 “Home Security” model 12ga. Gas operated auto because (a) might have to operate with one hand; (b) gas action immune to ‘limp wrist’ jamming. Reply Sevesteen says: June 4, 2011 at 11:00 No, I rely on my carry gun. If home defense was all I was worried about I’d use a shotgun, but my risk isn’t enough to justify the increase in utility over a handgun and an armed wife. Reply Kat says: January 6, 2013 at 10:42 I am also an armed wife with Mossberg 500 20 gauge, Predator pistol grip and pink camouflage forend. House carry is Ruger .38 LCR with std XS Sight or Rhino Revolver .57 2″ SA/DA. Mossberg 500 20 gauge (actually “belongs” to the husband) with shell holder. He’s not wild about a loaded shotgun in the house. My shotgun resides behind door in bedroom, fully loaded with safety on. Go to gun range twice a month, put 100/150 rounds down range each time guess who is the better shot. Reply Chris Dumm says: June 4, 2011 at 11:04 Call me a rebel, but I keep birdshot in the magazine for inside-the-home defense. The sidesaddle carrier is full of low-recoil 00 Buck. At seven yards or less, a soft target can’t tell the difference. Reply Buuurr says: June 4, 2011 at 12:06 lol… birdshot. Looking to skin a man? I don’t know about knockdown but I am sure your problem will go away. Reply David says: June 4, 2011 at 13:00 870 Tactical w/a Choate pistol grip stock. I have birdshot in mine as well. Though I do have a box of the PDX slug and buck home defense ammo as well. I guess I feel like the lawyers are less likely to go after me for being an inhumane psycho who was using evil/inhumane ammo if I just pepper the guy with a round or two of birdshot. Reply CUJO THE DOG OF WAR says: June 4, 2011 at 19:30 you say ‘psycho’ like it’s a bad thing… Reply Buuurr says: June 4, 2011 at 11:41 Mossberg 930 pistol grip loaded with PDX-1 slug and buck combo. Red dot sight. Reply Buuurr says: June 4, 2011 at 12:02 I should mention that the reload is three inch magnums. Why? Cause if they can take the PDX-1, I actually have just realized a case of ‘The Zombies’. Reply John Fritz says: June 4, 2011 at 12:13 CZ 712 Utility with 6+1 rounds of double-zero goodness stuffed down the tube. The bedroom blaster (so to speak). Reply Derek says: June 4, 2011 at 12:41 Mossberg 930 SPX loaded with Hornady 00 Buck TAP FPD. Except I hacked off the atrocious front sight and took off the rear rail, so really it’s the home defense model with a 7 round tube. Reply Paul says: June 4, 2011 at 13:11 H&R Pardner Protector pump. Holds 6+1 rounds of Hornady TAP 00buck with 5 more in the side saddle. I added a simple sling as well. A great setup that’s simple, reliable, and inexpensive. Reply Clf28264 says: June 4, 2011 at 13:18 Mossberg 500 with 5 3inch buckshot loads and an 18 inch barrel. Quick, light, and easy to use! Reply Big John says: June 4, 2011 at 14:01 Bought a Maverick 88 security a few years back. I was broke and had meth head downstairs neighbors. Thought about a pistol, but there is something comforting about eight rounds of 00 buck in an easy to handle, easy to aim package. I’ve since extensively expanded my collection, but the mossberg knockoff still lives next to the bed. Reply Pauley says: June 4, 2011 at 14:20 Ok. Maybe there’s a subtle inside joke I am missing here. Every post is about shot guns and no one has acknowledged that THIS CHICK IS FRIGGIN HOT. Reply Derek says: June 4, 2011 at 16:42 There’s a girl in that picture? Reply Big John says: June 4, 2011 at 15:13 Chick? Reply Bob H says: June 4, 2011 at 15:47 I don’t have a shotgun. Could I use my carbines to make it to the model’s house? I’m sure she could protect me. Reply Lee says: June 4, 2011 at 16:01 A pair of 870’s. The one in the bedroom is loaded with number 4 buck. The one stashed in the front of the house is loaded with three 00 buck rounds followed by slugs. Reply Sean says: June 4, 2011 at 16:40 870 Police(actual police trade in). Wood stock. 7rnd magazine,flashlight. 8rnds of #4 buck. Reply ExurbanKevin says: June 4, 2011 at 17:18 Mossberg 590 with #4’s in it and an Insight weapon light on it. I’ve got a sidesaddle with 4 00 shells and a couple of slugs for reloading or in case the first 8 rounds weren’t persuasive enough. Reply Gunner442 says: June 4, 2011 at 21:09 Mossberg 590 A1( with tacticool heat shield)with Birdshot, with a bandoleer of 00 and slugs if things go long… Also a Winchester 1300 with same basic load. Reply CUJO THE DOG OF WAR says: June 4, 2011 at 21:37 How about my dream shotgun? I’ll take an M 79 with buckshot rounds or flechettes, or an Atchisson full auto. Reply Cavepilot says: June 4, 2011 at 22:16 Mossberg 590 with 8 rnds of #2 shot. Reply tom swift says: June 4, 2011 at 22:53 Nothing exotic, Mossberg 500 riot gun I’ve had for decades. Though oddly enough, the only time I’d have had use for it for real, when I cleared a house which definitely had burglars in it, I carried a Makarov. (Didn’t find anyone, so no real firepower tests were conducted; the perps skedadled when they heard me clattering around.) Reply Ben Eli says: June 5, 2011 at 00:50 I actually have a question for you guys. I’m interested in buying my first shotgun for home defense and I don’t know where to start. All I know is that I want to be able to mount a light and that money is relevant. Whoever gives the best advice will be the namesake. Reply Buuurr says: June 5, 2011 at 01:31 Mossberg has a good name and I believe recently that a gun of theirs has become a gun to be used in the military… 590a1 or something? They do have a civvy version. Pretty much any newer Mossberg is nice, affordable and has the pic-rail for mounting. Some of the guns I would consider for home defense are on here and have an acceptable price/quality margin in my opinion. See link… for pumps http://www.mossberg.com/products/default.asp?id=5&display=specs Link for semi http://www.mossberg.com/products/default.asp?id=32&display=specs Reply Buuurr says: June 5, 2011 at 01:51 I should also add that the pumps have much more kick. My shooting buddy has the Mossberg 500 and it kicks like a mule using the same ammo I use in my semi-auto. The semi action reduces the recoil a lot from what I have seen (and felt). Also the semi versions do tend to come with some nice features with a rise in price point. For me in a home defense situation I would go with these basics: short barrel (18.5″), full load (7+1 if possible), ghost sights (at least) and a pistol grip. The grip makes it much harder to take the gun from you or re-direct it – not to mention the third solid point from which to control the recoil. Pump or semi is your choice. Some swear by pumps saying the semi could jam or not feed or eject the shell casing right. I say someone is more likely to short stroke a pump in a time of crisis. Reply CUJO THE DOG OF WAR says: June 5, 2011 at 13:07 My first shotgun was a 20 gauge Remington 870 pump. I was a kid, but the lighter recoil, than the 12 gauge, helped me learn the pump easier. All I ever fed it was buckshot. Money wise, your best deal on a new one is a Mossberg pump, 590 or 500. Used, there are many out there. Remington has one disadvantage-if you short stroke or fail to completely put a shell in the magazine tube, a shell can jam the action. That requires taking the barrel off to fix-unless you cut a center slot on the shell carrier, like I have. Aren’t you near Orangeburg? I love used market shopping-that’s the only way you can get the old Ithaca pumps that I love most. The new ones aren’t the same. In other words, Ben, I’d be glad to help you-I’m in Goose Creek. Ben Eli says: June 5, 2011 at 16:31 Thanks Guys! I looked at the different specs and the Mossbergs look really great, but I didn’t see anything about rails for mounting. I check out Remington, Cujo, and I liked what I saw. The 887 Nitro Mag looks great, and the price is right. Do you guys know anything about those particular models. Also I flipped through a magazine i picked up at the NRA convention and I saw two companies I’m not familiar with, Stoeger and Escort. Anyone know anything about these guys? CUJO THE DOG OF WAR says: June 5, 2011 at 17:19 Stoeger has good double barrel shotguns. I have a 12 ga coach gun and momma Cujo has a tactical 20 ga side by side with a rail light. Escort-I have no experience. For the 887, I’d go with the 887 Tactical model. It should be around $500 max, and the reviews I’ve read are good. You can get bolt on bands with rails for anything though. My favorite is the old Ithaca 37 riot guns. They have no disconnector, so once you’re used to it, you can rapid fire by pumping as you hold the trigger. I’ve learned to do it accurately. The new Ithacas have a disconnector. Reply Buuurr says: June 5, 2011 at 18:51 I think I know the gun you are talking about, Ben. Did that mag happen to have the Mossberg chainsaw as the gun on the front page photo? Anyway that 887 I read about takes 3.5″ shells… lol… it has plenty firepower but make sure the kick is good for you. Reply CUJO THE DOG OF WAR says: June 5, 2011 at 19:12 Yes, you can get the reduced recoil/low recoil 00 buck. It’s pretty easy to find. I recall Remington. Winchester and Federal make it, but they’re not the only ones. I have more flechette rounds on the way-darts, I wish I could find more Dragon’s Breath shells. It’s awesome shooting flame out of your shotgun-not recommended for indoor shooting. Although, it would make one hell of an impression on a thief coming through the door. Ben Eli says: June 5, 2011 at 20:23 @ Buuur, yea I think the magazine does. @Cujo, glad to hear you know about Stoeger. I have an uneasy feeling about side by sides in general, but I’m a novice so what do I know. Do you know anything about their Model 2000? I think that is what I may look into the most. CUJO THE DOG OF WAR says: June 5, 2011 at 20:33 I don’t have personal experience with the Stoeger auto, reviews I’ve seen are 50/50. For auto I’d go Mossberg or Remington, for the lower to middle area of prices. mikeb302000 says: June 5, 2011 at 04:16 No, I don’t. I don’t live in a fantasy world in which one day I expect to kill or be killed. It sound’s like a lot of fun though. Reply Buuurr says: June 5, 2011 at 11:01 The blind leading the stupid… always ends in reality. Reply CUJO THE DOG OF WAR says: June 5, 2011 at 12:56 But it seemed so real when I was there. Reply Magoo says: June 5, 2011 at 06:34 The woman’s trigger discipline is acceptable but she is not wearing eye and ear protection. Reply Robert Farago says: June 5, 2011 at 09:39 Good point. Reply Buuurr says: June 5, 2011 at 11:02 She probably has no intention of shooting the gun. In fact it looks like she is modeling to me. I could be wrong though. Reply Magoo says: June 5, 2011 at 12:26 And I thought I was kidding. Reply Buuurr says: June 5, 2011 at 15:51 And I thought I was too! Weird! Ralph says: June 5, 2011 at 12:19 No eyes? No ears? Maybe she’s FPSRussia’s girlfriend. Reply revjen45 says: June 5, 2011 at 12:46 Mossberg Persuader – 1st rd 3″Mag #000 followed by 7 rds 2 3/4″ S&B with 12 #00 in each one. For variety alternate choice of WASR carbine with folding stock, 30 rd mag. Mouse ears next to the bed, as either one would be real LOUD inside the house. Mileb302000, you DO live in a fantasy world if you think 1) There is some cosmic guarantee that you will never have to defend your life 2) The police can protect you If by chance you ever do have to deal with malevolent intruders my suggestion would be to 1) Pull the covers over your head 2) Hug your Teddy bear 3) Beg them to take anything they want, but please don’t hurt you 4) Wait to find out what they decide to do. Good luck. Reply Van says: June 6, 2011 at 15:05 Mossberg 500. It came with the pistol grip but I changed it out for a synthetic stock. I added a 5 shell holder to the stock. I keep 00 Buck in it. When at the range I shoot slug, which is the only thing they will allow. Reply MUNCHKIN says: June 6, 2011 at 21:20 CUJO, EVER WONDER HOW MANY PEOPLE KNOW WHAT AN M79 IS, LET ALONE FLECHETTE ROUNDS!!LOL ONE OF OUR LITTLE PEOPLE FLAMED AN UNLUCKY FELLOW IN THE CHEST WITH A GREEN STAR CLUSTER. YUK!!!!! Reply CUJO THE DOG OF WAR says: June 6, 2011 at 22:55 That’ll give you heartburn! Reply Buuurr says: June 6, 2011 at 23:18 I thought flechettes were banned. Were used with limited success in Nam as far as I know. Reply CUJO THE DOG OF WAR says: June 6, 2011 at 23:27 I know where to get some. On my m60 tank, we had Beehive (flechettes) available for anti personnel. They just don’t have great range. As for banned now, I don’t know, but special units have a way of getting hold of some things…I just wish my source of dragon’s breath shells hadn’t dried up. TZH says: April 6, 2012 at 15:11 A P3AT is what I carry on me during the day. its small enough to fit the back pocket of my walking shorts w/o telling anybody at home that I’m armed. At night time, I’ve got a Para-Ordnance P16.40 (18+1 because of base plate extension) that I compete with in IPSC is the 1st thing I reach for when things go bump in the dark. My Benelli M3T (folding stock) under the bed in my range bag with a flashlight connected to it. comes with 7 rounds in the tube, and one in the shell carrier. Chamber is empty, safety is off. I need to pull the charging handle and leave the gun in semi-auto mode. my ammo is “00” buck all the way, and I’ve got a few slugs in the side saddle. my wife has an Armscor M206 .38 special snub nose in her safe place to back me up. 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