Time To Talk 12 Gauge Pump Action Shotguns

Posted: November 7, 2013 in Weapons
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The 12 gauge pump action shotgun is one of the most versatile home defense weapons ever made. At ranges of 25 yards or less using 00 buckshot; the ability to stop an attacker is significant. 12 gauge pump action shotguns are versitile, reliable, and robust; and can accomodate buckshot, birdshot, slugs, etc.  For self defense you should consider using buckshot; want to feed your family during a post apocalyptic period, consider switching to birdshot.  

Accessories are abundant and its always interesting to see the various configurations people come up with.  Remember mission dictates weapons selection and also dictates weapons modifications. For tactical/defensive applications an 18 to 20 inch barrel is ideal.  For food procurement or skeet shooting, a 28 inch barrel gets the job done.

So whether you enjoy skeet shooting, or need a self defense weapon in your home, or need a weapon if a post apocalyptic scenario strikes; or even if zombies become a reality, then the 12 gauge pump action shotgun is an excellent addition to your weapons locker.  Mossberg, Remington and H&R Pardner make some excellent 12 gauge pump action shotguns and are available both new and used from reputable dealers.

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  1. algorithmist says:

    My M 500 build has an 18″ barrel and I’ve found Firequest triple-deckers to be very effective out to nearly 50 yards. And, btw, check out book 1 of the American Rebellion Book 1 of the Revolution series – you’ll probably like it 🙂

  2. Think over penetration, think backdrop.
    What’s an average engagement in a home environment?
    20 feet at the most?
    With 12g 00 buck at that range you’ve punched a 1-2 inch hole through a body and into the stud partition wall behind it.
    Too much gun at close range can kill and thats great but just make sure it’s what you want dead and not your kid in their bed behind that.

    • rmactsc says:

      The debate over whether its better to use buckshot for home defense or birdshot is almost as old as the what’s better; the AR or the AK debate 🙂 With that said overpenetration can be a factor; so it really comes down to being aware of what’s around and possibly behind your target in a self defense situation.

  3. conelrad says:

    We all know Joe Biden likes them, lol

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