Attn Gun People 11 replies, 6388 views

Dan Conner
7/30/2011 2:45:00 PM
I'm looking for a good yet affordable home defense shotgun. I know that the shorter the barrel the better from a tactical perspective, easier to maneuver in tight quarters like hallways. 18 inches is the shortest allowed in California. I also know that the fit of the gun is important, but unfortunately there is nowhere around here I can test-fire one. I figure at 5'10" and 150 that a standard 18" barrel, with an overall length of 26-28" would be easily controlled.

I've got my eye on the Mossberg 500 Special Purpose. 12 gauge, 18.5", 6-shot. They cost right around 300.


click here for link

Any thoughts, tips, or advice?
smorgasgeorge
7/30/2011 4:06:00 PM
I'm not a shotgun aficionado, but anything Mossberg makes is going to be extremely affordable and reliable. You don't need a Benelli or a Remington, just something that won't fail.

My first rifle was a Mossberg and when I go back home and fire it....fires every time and deadly accurate.
Peter SteeleyDan
7/30/2011 4:41:00 PM
I had one of them. Pretty standard and affordable.
jim-truth-
7/30/2011 7:44:00 PM
i have a remington 12 gauge 870 with a pistol grip for home defense.

good description i found online for it.

An ideal 12-gauge utility gun featuring an 18" fixed Cylinder choke barrel, single front bead sight, non-glare matte finish, and 7-shot capacity. The pistol grip stock is specially designed to help control the heavy recoil of 12-gauge shotguns. The angle of the grip provides a stronger wrist position, while the finger grooves and raised checkering help improve grip and control.

America's best selling shotgun for over 50 years, the Model 870's dependability is legendary. The receiver is milled from a solid billet of steel for strength and durability, and the twin action bars ensure smooth, reliable non-binding action.


i got it as a gift. i checked them out and they retail for about $350 - $375.
Joe Titty
7/30/2011 8:21:00 PM
Any pump shotgun will get the job done. I personally have a Remington 870 with a pistol grip loaded with 2 3/4" #1 buckshot for HD. You really can't go wrong with either a Mossberg or Remington. Both will go bang every time you pull the trigger. Best bet would be to go to a gun shop and handle different shotguns and see which one feels best for you.
LEATHERFACE
7/31/2011 8:35:00 AM
Originally posted by: Dan Conner

I'm looking for a good yet affordable home defense shotgun. I know that the shorter the barrel the better from a tactical perspective, easier to maneuver in tight quarters like hallways. 18 inches is the shortest allowed in California. I also know that the fit of the gun is important, but unfortunately there is nowhere around here I can test-fire one. I figure at 5'10" and 150 that a standard 18" barrel, with an overall length of 26-28" would be easily controlled.

I've got my eye on the Mossberg 500 Special Purpose. 12 gauge, 18.5", 6-shot. They cost right around 300.

click here for link

Any thoughts, tips, or advice?

For home defense it's best to keep things simple. Tactical shotguns are great, but pistol grips have a nasty habit of getting snagged on things when retrieved and a jam could prove fatal. What you really need is an old school, double-barrel 12 gauge with overall barrel length around 20". Fast, easy to maintain, no jamming, and effective. For non-lethal defense you can load your shells with rock salt.
LEATHERFACE
7/31/2011 12:36:00 PM
Originally posted by: Blame Game

rock salt is deadly.

thats why no one has used it for less lethal in like 40 years.

Ok, ok, skip the salt and fill the shells with human shit, cayenne pepper, and maple syrup.
Bad Decisions
7/31/2011 8:55:00 PM


side note: ever fire a shotgun in a small room before? Hope you don't like hearing.

For home defense I would go with


its cheap and a has recoil like a pistol
jim-truth-
7/31/2011 9:39:00 PM
Originally posted by: Bad Decisions



side note: ever fire a shotgun in a small room before? Hope you don't like hearing.

For home defense I would go with


its cheap and a has recoil like a pistol


yeah but if i hear someone downstairs and they hear me rack a shotgun upstairs. chances are he'll shit his pants while running out the front door.
Ian G.
7/31/2011 10:31:00 PM
i got my mossberg 500 for a good price...its pretty similar to the remington 870 just cheaper overall. never saw the use for the short barrel pistol grips....but i would like to rationalize getting one. the sound of the pump action on the 500 or 870 is all you need for home defense in my opinion...
Dan Conner
8/1/2011 2:22:00 AM
Originally posted by: Blame Game

you shoot any gun in a house your going to lose hearing for a week. I keep ear muff next to my vest incase the fight comes to me . Never clear your house like you see in movies. Stay in one place and defend that area . Unless you have to move from one room to another to gather kids or family members.

GET A GOOD FLASH LIGHT.

take into account you are buying a gun because you have realized there is a potential you are going to get into a possible gun fight . 1 shot stops almost never happen , robbers almost always come in pairs or groups and are armed one way or another . A flashlight can ID , disorient and even scare off a would be robber . Also proper ammo is key . all the gun is , is a device that throws the bullet , what the bullet does when it hits a person is what matters . I reccomend either #1 or number #4 buckshot . 00 has to much mass and over penetrates.

I use #4 buckshot and it put 24 pellets of .27 caliber on target at 15 yards that size of a fist . It is of a superior quality ammo with reduced recoil and a special flash powder that burns more thoroughly to preserve night vision .

buy good ammo , train regularly .

I'm already planning on putting a tactical light onto whatever I end up buying. That's part of the reason I'm shopping in the affordable range, because I can already plan on adding at least 100 to the price tag for the light and assembly. Considering that most of the time a home defense situation arises will be in low level lighting, it would be a good idea to have the light and not need it than need it and not have it. I'm also considering a weapon light with a strobe function.
AtWarWithAmeliaLOL
8/1/2011 5:08:00 AM
Get a sniper rifle lmao