I’ve been fortunate over the years to have had the opportunity to try most of the major pump action 12 gauge shotguns on the market today.  Many are well made, some not so much.  While many pump action shotguns will do an excellent job for home defense my overall selection for best 12 gauge pump action shotgun based on durability, reliability, accuracy, and ease of adding mission specific accessories goes to the Mossberg 590A1.

  • 590A1 12 gauge pump action shotgun  –  8+1 rounds, parkerized 20 inch barrel and receiver, topped with ghost-ring sights to get on target fast, easy to add sidesaddles to both the stock and opposite the ejector port if so desired, easy to add light and light mount, easy to add heat shield.

So what 12 gauge pump action shotgun do you prefer for your primary home defense shotgun?

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  1. H&R Pardner Tactical Shotgun 12 gauge 5+1

  2. DNB says:

    The Mossberg is a good shotgun. The pump is a tried and proven action that will handle all types of ammunition. I have had a Mossberg 500 and the Remington 870. Both have their good and bad points. It all comes down to what you want in a shotgun and what accessories you want to put on them. The Mossberg is a light gun and easy to carry but its down side is that the safety is located on the top of the receiver and if you use a pistol grip or a pistol grip stock it is very cumbersome to operate. The 870 is heavy to carry around but because the safety is located on the back of the trigger guard it is a lot easier to engage. If you like the conventional stock like is shown in the picture the Mossberg is fine. Both shotguns have many accessories that you can customize to the way you want them. I do like the Mossberg 590 and almost bought one, I should have, now that I look back. Right now I have my 870 with rifle sights, 18″ barrel, extended mag., SureFire light on pump, collapsible (M4 type) stock with pistol grip and a sidesaddle.
    Whichever shotgun you choose, use it and be able to incorporate it into you home defense plan.


  3. Reblogged this on WolfsGain and commented:
    Defense Shotgun awesome

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