Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Nine Pellets of OO Justice Edition

A Saturday morning home invasion ended the way all such things should: with a shotgun blast and two scum-suckers running off into the first light of a new day. “The homeowner on Franklin-Madison Road in Franklin Township [OH] tells FOX19 he was sleeping on the couch at 6:45 Saturday morning when he woke up to find a man holding a hand over his mouth and saying ‘don’t talk; we just want your money.’ A second man had gone upstairs where the man’s wife and daughter were sleeping.” But the couch-sleeper had his smoothbore nearby. After a struggle with invader number one, he was able to retrieve it and send a volley of lead in his general direction. Alarmed by the armed response, the two beat feet, trailing blood as they bid the homeowner a good day. Josh Horwitz wasn’t available for comment.


  1. avatar great unknown says:

    00 buck, at close range, and the perp managed to escape? and the house wasn’t ripped to shreds by the pellets that missed? much more likely birdshot.

  2. avatar jwm says:

    Picture looks like my home defense shotgun. A mossberg 500. No rails or lasers or doohickeys. Just 6 rounds of 00 backed up by a .38 or a 9mm.

    1. avatar S.Crock says:

      same here, but a maverick 88 (made by mossberg, just a cheeper 500) and 7+1 of 00, backed by a 9mm

      1. avatar Aharon says:

        Me too. However, my shotgun (to be bought soon) will probably be a Winchester Super X Defender: 6 rounds plus five rounds of .38+ special in my revolver.

  3. avatar Gregolas says:

    This points out the need for an alarm system, even if it’s a $12.00 Radio Shack cheapie or a field-goal ready but loyal, yappy, chihuahua. All the arms and expertise in the world count for little if you wake up with a knife at your throat. Webster’s defines” alarm” as: 1. A warning 2. A c
    all to arms.
    Congrats to Mr. Horwitz that his bravery turned the tide, but let’s all learn from such incidents.

  4. avatar Joseph says:

    It’s easy to miss or partially miss with buck shot at room distance if you’re not careful.

    1. avatar AlphaGeek says:

      At in-home combat distances it’s not, practically speaking, significantly easier to hit man-sized targets with a shotgun than with a rifle. At 15-20 feet the #2 buckshot pattern thrown by my Weatherby 20ga is just a few inches across.

      I’m starting to warm to the idea of laser modules on home defense shotguns. Don’t even need a fancy dot-in-ring projected reticle or anything, just a nice bright dot to show me where the center of the shot cloud is going to hit.

  5. avatar Sammy says:

    Double ott is my 1st home defense choice. I found some 6 pill 2″ 00 shells. My 590 (20″) holds 10 rounds and my 16″ 500 holds 7 and that doesn’t count the 1 in the tube for both pieces. I guess having 1 in the tube eliminates the questionable use of the “racking” sound as a fear factor deterrent, but oh well, the “bang” will have to do.

    1. avatar jwm says:

      Do your Mossberg’s reliably cycle the shorter shells, Sammy? I’ve been hesitant to try them in my 500 because I’ve heard they can be a problem.

      1. avatar Rambeast says:

        I tried out some aguilla mini slugs, and yes, the shells either don’t eject or have a tendency to dangle through the feed ramp under the receiver. 2 3/4-3″ or bust.

        1. avatar Alan says:

          How about low brass compared to high brass? I find that my 500 Mossberg 20 ga. jams with low brass!

    2. avatar TSgt B says:

      Well, Sammy, I hope that’s an 18″ 500, unless you have a BATFE tax stamp.

  6. avatar Silver says:

    Good thing this happened to him now while he still has the right to arms and self-defense. Won’t be so in a few months, when Dear Leader and his legions of lemmings institute all their wonderful, feel-good despot policies that result in countless innocent deaths at the hands of savages.

    For our own good, of course.

    1. avatar AlphaGeek says:

      Feel free to make some concrete predictions. I’d like to have something to refer to in, say, March 2013 to evaluate your claims.

      1. avatar Alan says:

        Me too but I’m afraid that Silver will be right! Anyone know of any new possible ammendments being added from the comm’s, oh, I mean Dems?

  7. avatar percynjpn says:

    “trailing blood” – just icing on the cake!

  8. avatar AlphaGeek says:

    What’s up with all of the homeowners sleeping on couches? Definite trend in the DGU stories of late.

    1. Probably because America is pussified and women now try to act like men. Way to go libs.

  9. avatar mikeb302000 says:

    “Josh Horwitz wasn’t available for comment.”

    That’s pretty funny. But, he’d probably say what I would. This might have been one of the relatively few legitimate DGUs. They do happen from time to time.

    1. avatar TSgt B says:

      “one of the relatively few DGUs”. Glad to see you’re consistent FLAME DELETED

    2. avatar jwm says:

      Same tired drumbeat mikeyb, no facts or proof. Where are all the arrests for these non legitimate DGU’s? All the ccw holders being arressted and their permits pulled for misconduct with their guns?

      You shoulda been a snake oil salesman Mikeyb, or at least a TV preacher.

      1. avatar mikeb302000 says:

        Well, you remember the Oklahoma pharmacist, don’t you. He had a frigging security camera on him otherwise he would have been another “legitimate” gun owner who killed a black thief. How many get away with murder in similar circumstances where there happens to be no surveillance equipment?

    3. avatar Jarhead1982 says:

      Too bad mikeb, you dont have any innocent victims for you to dance and splash their blood all over your hobnail boots and brown shirt. Maybe next time, we suggest you hang around Cinemark Theatres.

    4. avatar Alan says:

      Excuse me for my ignorance, I’m new here and not sure what DGU’s are! (Something gun users)?! lol

    5. avatar pat says:

      And thats all it takes Mike b.

  10. avatar Tim says:

    Mine too. Mossberg 500, changed the stock to a pistol grip. Loaded with 00 for home protection.

    1. avatar jwm says:

      I have thought about a pistol grip just for in the house. It makes a shorter and handier gun and at the ranges in a residence I can’t see it being less accurate than a handgun. I wonder if you can get a mossberg 500 persuader in 20 ga.?

  11. avatar warren says:

    Dose anybody out there read the NRA mag. Read last months issue, what our NEW less, plans 2 do about guns & ammos, want be long & no 1 will be able 2 defend themselves anymore.

  12. avatar bob jones says:

    nt one better hurry ,obama has banned the import of russian guns but still some avail able

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