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 which makes it an effective home 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 include the Remington 870 Express Tactical, Remington 887 Nitro Mag, Mossberg 500, Mossberg 590, Mossberg 590A1, Mossberg 835 and the H&R Pardner.  The ideal defensive shotgun should be a 12 Gauge Pump Action Shotgun with a short 18.5″ smoothbore barrel.  My personal favorite is the Mossberg 590A1 although I have used all of the above referenced shotguns extensively. 

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.  Being prepared is of the utmost importance; and remember to stay safe. 

Check out the following fiction books I’ve written which are all available at Amazon.com.  You can also get a free preview by clicking on the book cover images to the left of my blog posts on my blog page which will take you to the Amazon.com free preview area.  I write in a variety of different fiction generes including post apocalyptic, zombie and horror.  If you like what you see consider purchasing my books.

Post Apocalyptic Fiction Book I’ve Written

  • American Rebellion Book 1 of the Revolution
  • American Rebellion Book 2 of the Revolution
  • American Rebellion Book 3 of the Revolution
  • American Rebellion Book 4 of the Revolution
  • American Rebellion Book 5 of the Revolution

Zombie Fiction Books I’ve Written

  • Biohazard Redacted Book 1 of the Zombie Apocalypse
  • Biohazard Redacted Book 2 of the Zombie Apocalypse

Horror Fiction Books I’ve Written 

  • Anthology of Horror

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Comments
  1. TamrahJo says:

    Hmm – saw the words ‘defense, home, shotgun’
    but no
    “broad side of the barn” ?
    What’s up with that?

    LOL

    😀

  2. Bob says:

    The Maverick 88 is a great alternative to the Mossberg 500 and its also made by a subsidiary of Mossberg.. The Maverick 88 is very low cost and has tons of add ons such as rails lights, grips, 10 round clips, lasers and heat shield. I love mine.

    • rmactsc says:

      For the price the Maverick 88 does offer many good features and I have heard many good things about them. I currently own Mossberg 500’s and 590A1’s, Remington 870’s and 887’s, and H&R Pardners. If the opportunity arises I’ll give the Mavericks a spin.

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