The 12 Gauge Pump Action Shotgun is best suited for close range, short duration, defensive conflicts that do not require a significant amount of rounds per target.  In terms of close range stopping power, the 12 Gauge Pump Action Shotgun using 2 3/4″ 00 buckshot is one of the best available small arms to defensively end hostilities at an effective range of 0 – 25 yards.  If your home is invaded and your life and families lives are on the line; the 12 Gauge Shotgun is a formidible self defense weapon.

Proficiency with a 12 Gauge shotgun is only one part of an overall defensive solution.  It is just as important to have the right mindset and the right attitude.  You should practice defensive shotgun techniques at reasonable intervals, but also remember it is not only the shotgun which can save your life but the skill and determination of the person defensively using the shotgun.

Recommended 12 Gauge Pump Action Shotguns for home defense include the Remington 870 Express Tactical, Remington 887 Nitro Mag, Mossberg 500, Mossberg 590, Mossberg 590A1, and the H&R Pardner.  The ideal defensive shotgun should be a 12 Gauge Pump Action Shotgun with a short 18.5″ smoothbore barrel. 

The shotgun is a tool which is designed for a mission so any modification which enhances the mission should be considered worthwhile.  Recommended shotgun accessories include a Pachmeyer recoil pad, ATI heatshield, ATI side saddle for stock mounting,  TacStar side saddle for receiver mounting, Surefire or UTG light, Blackhawk single point sling with single point sling adapter, Molle ammo pouches and a sufficient supply of 12 Gauge 2 3/4″ 00 buckshot ammunition.

Train with your shotgun and make sure you know how to handle it properly.  Fundamentals should include safe handling, loading, unloading, clearing malfunctions, target acquisition and proper shot placement.  When used at close range, hitting an attacker with a well placed round of 00 buckshot = the equivilant mass of 4.5 rounds of 9mm ammo. 

Remember that using your shotguns sights is essential at all but the closest of ranges.  The more distant the enemy, the more refined and precise your sight alignment must be.  Be aware of what is in front of your target, behind your target and to the sides of your target and factor in the possibilities of over penetration accordingly. 

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  1. jessemathewson says:

    Reblogged this on Jesse Talks Back and commented:
    I enjoy a good shotgun, both 20 and 12 have adequate energy and ability within the confines of a house. However, I prefer my AR for defense, after extensive testing I have come to the conclusion that a polymer tipped 55 grain round is quite effective, the AR is easier to control for myself and my wife. And I have 30-60 rounds depending on magazine size.

    Obviously I will will keep my shotguns…I am simply transitioning to AR as a home defense tool. 🙂

  2. midatlanticcooking says:

    What about an AA-12, the price tag kept me away, but it has little to no recoil and can hold around 30 rounds. I would love that one if I could afford it.

    • rmactsc says:

      I’ve had the good fortune to try a lot of weapons at the range; but the AA-12 is one I’ve never used, so I have no first hand experience to share regarding how it performs.

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