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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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A good quality revolver is an essential piece of survival gear which can be used in survival situations where a semi automatic handgun might not be the best option.  My choice for best survival revolver goes to the Ruger GP 100, chambered in 357/38, in stainless steel, with a 4 inch barrel, fixed sights, and a combination wood and rubber handgrip.


The Mossberg 590A1 Pump Action Shotgun (12 gauge) currently serves as my primary home defense shotgun.  This shotgun can hold 8+1 rounds of 12 gauge 2 3/4″ shells and can stand up to a variety of adverse weather conditions.  The barrel of this shotgun is a 20″ heavy profile barrel and the weapon itself is durable, solid, well built, operates smoothly and cycles shells effectively.

This combat ready shotgun can accomodate 12 gauge 2 3/4″ shells and 12 gauge 3″ shells and works well with both buckshot and birdshot loads.  The trigger pull is comfortable and the pump mechanism is smooth and reliable.  The safety is located on the top of the receiver and is thumb operated. 

The safety, when the red indicator is showing equals ready to fire and with the red indicator covered equals on safe.  On my particular 590A1 I have the breacher barrel fore-end, a flashlight mount with flashlight, ghost ring sights, and two additional side saddles, one opposite the ejection port and one on the stock.  Overall I find the Mossberg 590A1 to be the finest home defense shotgun currently on the market.

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When it comes to the subject of favorite handguns for personal defense everybody has their own personal likes, dislikes, and opinions.  My selection was based on years and years of trying different makes and models, factoring in reliability, durability, accuracy, mechanical issues if there were any, as well as fit, feel, and function.  Of course appearance has to factor in somewhat as well.  So what is my favorite personal defense handgun?  It would have to be the full size Smith & Wesson M&P 45 in two tone finish.   


With so many different home defense firearms choices; I’d be interested in knowing what specific firearm my readers are using for home defense purposes and why that particular firearm was selected.  I ask because I keep going back and forth between a Mossberg 590A1 shotgun for home defense, a S&W M&P45 semi auto handgun for home defense, or a Taurus Tracker 357 Magnum revolver for home defense.  It seems that on a fairly regular basis I’m routinely swapping out my primary home defense weapons thinking that I can gain that much more of an advantage in defensive capabilities by doing so.  With that said I’d like to see what others are doing in this regard.  


I’ve been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to use tactical shotguns from Mossberg, Remington, Winchester, CZ, Weatherby, Benelli, H&R, etc. With the myriad of shotgun choices available today; here are my reasons for preferring the Mossberg 590A1 12 gauge pump action shotgun to all others.

  1. The shell tube holds 8 + 1 rounds of 2 3/4″ 00 buckshot.
  2. It’s a combat ready shotgun, solidly built with a heavy, firm feel.
  3. It is smooth operating and has a good fit and durable finish.
  4. In many range session uses; I have never experienced any malfunctions such as a double feed or failure to eject.
  5. Shotgun was designed to function in extreme environments and can take some knocking about.
  6. Can easily accomodate a wide range of accessories such as side saddles, heat shields, flashlight holders, breacher barrels, etc.
  7. Comes standard with a good quality adjustable ghost ring rear sight and a fiber optic front sight.
  8. The heavy weight of the shotgun helps with recoil control.
  9. Can be used with a 1 point, 2 point or 3 point sling.
  10. Trigger group and safety are metal instead of plastic and the safety is well positioned on the top of the weapon,
  11. The barrel finish is parkerized.
  12. Weight empty is 7.5 pounds, barrel length is 20″ and overall length is 41″


Some of us; myself included enjoy target shooting with AR’s with the scope mounted above the carry handle.  This allows transition between the iron sights below and the scope mounted above.  The problem is the scope generally sits about 4 inches above the barrel which can, at times, make the elevation settings on the scope run out before the scope is on target.  My fix for this is as follows.

1 – To protect the scope where the rings will clamp down, wrap that portion of the scope in black, cloth hockey tape.

2 – Shim the back scope ring by folding up a small, thin piece of aluminum foil and securing it inside the back scope ring with electrical tape.

3 – Place the scope inside the rings and using allen wrench screws that are one size wider and longer than the existing scope ring screws, fasten them down in a criss cross pattern making sure the crosshairs of the scope remain properly aligned.

4 – Use a quick adjust cheek rest attachment on your stock which folded down allows the iron sights to be used and snapped up allows good cheek weld on the high mounted scope during transition.

Your scope is now mounted and the cloth around the scope allows the rings to bite down on it without movement.  The oversize screws when tightened reformat the original scope ring holes and allow for a firmer grip without having to use loctite, and the shim allows for a slight downward slant to the scope which will now give you enough elevation adjustment to hit the target center without running out of elevation adjustment options.

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