Best Home Defense Shotgun

Posted: September 4, 2012 in Weapons
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I’ve tried them all……..Mossbergs, Remingtons, H&R’s, Benellis, etc., and in my estimation there is one shotgun that stands out above all the rest when it comes to home defense applications.  My selection for the best home defense shotgun is the Mossberg 590A1, 12 gauge 9 shot.  The following are the specs for this weapon.

590A1 – 9 Shot – 12 Gauge
– Barrel Length: 20″
– Sights: Ghost Ring
– Choke: Cylinder Bore
– Overall Length: 41″
– Finish: Parkerized
– Stock: Synthetic
– Weight: 7-1/4 lbs
– Origin: Made in the USA

Additional options to add include a barrel mounted flashlight, single point sling adapter, and two side saddle ammo carriers; one on the side of the stock and the other on the opposite side of the ejection port.


  1. That’s a pleasingly mean looking weapon 🙂 Sounds very versatile too.

  2. rmactsc says:

    It’s my absolute favorite shotgun 🙂

  3. gunluvr says:

    What makes it so much more appealing to u over the others that are listed?

    • rmactsc says:

      Excellent question. Here are the main reasons that I prefer it over the others. 9 shot capability in the chamber and tube also on my setup I carry an additional 6 on the side saddle opposite the ejection port and an additional 5 on the side saddle on the stock for a grand total of 20 available rounds. Also it has a more robust barrel which can handle being banged around although always better not to bang them. I also find the ghost ring sights to be first rate as sights go. I have never experienced any feeding problems or jams ever with this particular model so that goes a long way as well 🙂

  4. gunluvr says:

    Is that 9 shot standard or is a magazine extension added?

    • rmactsc says:

      They make different versions of this particular shotgun model; but on mine it is an 8+1 shot with no magazine extension. That particular model in that configuration comes from the factory with 8+1 capability.

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