Question of the Day: What Shotgun Do You Use for Home Defense, What Ammo Do You Load and What Mods Have You Made?

Weatherby shotguns (courtesy The Truth About Guns)

The AR is America’s rifle but the shotgun remains America’s go-to home defense firearm. And why not? If there is such a thing as a one-shot man-stopper, the 12-gauge shotgun is it. While the Remington 870 and Mossberg 500 continue to dominate the home defense shotgun market, today’s buyers can choose from a wide range of scatterguns, from inexpensive Turkish smooth-bores to high-end Benellis and magazine-fed Russian guns. So what’s your home defense shotgun? What caliber and which ammo do you load? If you don’t rock a shotgun to protect home and hearth, what gun do you run and why not a shotgun?

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Defensive Gun Use Of The Day: Inferior Firepower Edition

Image courtesy Cherokee County Sheriff's office

The first rule of gunfighting is — we all know this, right? — have a gun. Once you have a gun, conventional wisdom suggests your choice of caliber is not of primary importance. There are, of course, limits to this conventional wisdom. A 23-year-old Georgia man discovered that no legitimate defensive caliber begins with “point one seven seven” . . .

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Win a Kel-Tec KSG!

KSG Giveaway TTAG

You know you want one. You’ve been intrigued since Kel-Tec announced the KSG. But like most new Kel-Tecs, you figured you’d be old and grey before you actually ran across one in the wild. And that may still be the case. But here’s your chance. Click here to enter from your laptop or here from your mobile device, and you could be taking home your very own desert tan KSG. How cool is that?

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Win a Kel-Tec KSG!

KSG Giveaway TTAG

You know you want one. You’ve been intrigued since Kel-Tec announced the KSG. But like most new Kel-Tecs, you figured you’d be old and grey before you actually ran across one in the wild. And that may still be the case. But here’s your chance. Click here to enter from your laptop or here from your mobile device, and you could be taking home your very own desert tan KSG. How cool is that?

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Irresponsible Gun Owner Of The Day: Terry Thacker [Not Shown]

Courtesy Chris Dumm for The Truth About Guns

Five women were attending the meeting of a home prayer group at a duplex apartment in Marion, Ohio last Thursday when the heavens opened up above them. Technically it was the ceiling that opened up above them, when the upstairs neighbor (not our very own Nick Leghorn, above) negligently fired a load of buckshot through his floor . . .

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George Zimmerman’s “Deadly Gun Stash” Revealed

Part of George Zimmerman's "chilling arsenal" (courtesy radar.com)

The “stash” itself isn’t news; tmz.com released George Zimmerman’s firearms inventory back in November. But radar.com‘s just released ACTUAL IMAGES of the guns found in GZ’s possession during his last and hopefully final run-in with the law. The pics are blurred and heavily watermarked but it’s the headline’s ballistic bombast that’s so beguiling. radar.com’s reckons the former Floridian’s got a “chilling arsenal.” (Not to be outdone, The Daily Mail, reckons Mr. Zimmerman was “armed to the teeth.”) Here’s the list of “deadly weapons” Herr Zimmerman was “hiding” inside his Florida home . . .

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Incendiary Image of the Day: Marines’ “Wield the Shield” Riot Control Training

Yes, yes: United States Marines need to train for riot control. These days, the Few, the Proud are “peacekeepers” keeping the peace in territories prone to civil unrest. Unrest that’s occasionally sparked by the presence of U.S. Marines. Where was I? Oh right. Obviously this riot control training has nothing to do with peacekeeping on U.S. soil. That’s the job of the National Guard. I mean, the police. Unless it’s a big thing or a federal emergency of some sort. Then it’s down to the DHS. FBI? ATF? I can’t keep track. Someone non-military – in command structure if not weapons and tactics. The incendiary part of this video comes at the tail end, as the vid fades out. Is that standard practice for riot control?

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OMG! Shotguns for Sale to 19-Year-Olds! OMG!

Mossberg 500 (courtesy baltimoresun.com)

“When Darion Marcus Aguilar of College Park fatally shot two store employees at The Mall in Columbia and then killed himself, authorities said he did so with a Mossberg 500, a Connecticut-made pump-action shotgun that has been on the U.S. market since 1961,” baltimoresun.com reports, factually enough. “A 19-year-old with no criminal record, Aguilar bought the weapon in a legal December transaction from a Montgomery County gun store. The incident has caused some to take second look at the effectiveness of the high-profile gun control measures the state passed last year.” As Ronald Reagan used to say, “there you go again” . . .

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Question of the Day: Which is More Deadly, Shotgun or AR?

Mossberg 500 (courtesy shotgunworld.com)

“[Darion Marcus Aguilar] passed a state-mandated FBI criminal background check within minutes, paid $430 and walked out of the store Dec. 10 with the shotgun,” baltimoresun.com reports, “which authorities say he used Saturday to kill two employees at a skate shop in The Mall in Columbia before taking his own life . . . Maryland law does not place the same restrictions on hunting weapons such as shotguns as those that govern other weapons. A law passed last year banned the sale of assault rifles and high-capacity magazines, and some said that change may have prevented Saturday’s shooting from being even more deadly.” True story?

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Why Outdoor Life Sucks

Outdoor Life prefers the Mossberg - because it's a better boat paddle. And no, I didn't make that up.  (courtesy outdoorlife.com)

This website’s reviews don’t pull any punches. Why would we? Firearms are a matter of life or death. Equally, our name is a promise to our readers. A promise to tell the truth about guns that our dead tree competitors do not share. Most of the time you have to read between the lines of the gun mags turgid prose to see their editors’ pathological aversion to biting the advertiser hand that feeds. But not always. Sometimes you happen upon gems like this headline at outdoorlife.comMossberg 500 vs. Remington 870: We Settle the Debate Once and For All. Wow! Once and for all? That’s like, forever! The photo caption sets the stage for this battle of the ages . . .

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New from Rhino Arms: Semi-Auto AR-10 Based Shotgun

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My boss at the day job is going to be heartbroken. He thought that he was the first person to think of doing an AR-10 based 12-gauge shotgun, but apparently Rhino Arms has beaten him to the punch. Their new AR-10 based shotgun is a “hot swappable” upper receiver, meaning all you need to do is change the upper and slap in a new magazine and you’re running 12 gauge roounds. No fiddling with recoil springs, no messing with internal parts — nothing.

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Mossberg Announces FLEX Everything…Well, Almost

Look closely at the receiver which that FLEX buttstock is (mostly) attached to. That’s not your grandfather’s Mossberg 500: it’s an MVP bolt-action rifle in .308 Winchester. It also takes M-14 mags (which is awesome BTW) but it’s not the only Mossberg model that’s getting the FLEX treatment . . .

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