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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″

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The following, in no particular order, are my recommendations for the best 12 gauge pump action shotguns.  I’ve been fortunate enough to try many makes and models and these are my personal favorites.

  • Mossberg 590A1
  • Mossberg 500
  • Mossberg 835
  • Remington 870 Express Tactical
  • Remington 887
  • H&R Pardner (Remington Clone)

When it comes to  12 gauge pump action shotguns look for one that holds the quantity of shotshells that you need, is comfortable to hold and use, and works for its intended purpose.   Accessories are plentiful and the accessories I recommend are as follows.

  • Ghost Ring Sights (Mossberg, Remington or homemade)
  • Extra shell holders on both the buttstock and the opposite side of the ejection port (TacStar or ATI)
  • Clamp Flashlight holder (Tacstar or ATI)
  • Flashlight (Surefire)
  • Heatshield when needed (Tacstar or ATI)
  • Single Point Sling Adapter (Blackhawk)
  • Single Point Sling (Many good quality makes for this.  Use the one you prefer)
  • Full stock on most models is preferable, folding stock is a secondary option (either ATI or Knoxx for folding stocks), no buttstock is not recommended.
  • Slip On Recoil Pad (Pachmayr)

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                                                 The following are my favorite 12 Gauge pump action shotguns.

 
 Above is the Remington 870 Express Tactical 
 Above is the Remington 887 Nitro Mag
Above is the Mossberg 500 Defender
Above is the Mossberg 590A1
         Above is the Mossberg 835
  Above is the H&R Pardner
 
 The following are my favorite shotgun accessories. 
 Above is the Pachmeyer Decelerator Medium Slip On Recoil Pad
 Above is the ATI Sidesaddle which can be mounted on the stock 
Above is the Tac Star Side Saddle which can be mounted on the receiver
           Above is the Blackhawk Single Point Sling Adapter
Above is the Blackhawk Single Point Quick Detach Sling
Above is the ATI Heatshield  which can be mounted on the barrel
                                                                                  
                                                                                
                   Above is the ATI Flashlight Holder which can be mounted on the tube
                                                                               
                   Above is the Surefire G2 Flashlight
          Above is a box of Olin Winchester Military Grade 12 GA 2 3/4″ 00 Buckshot

                     

                  Above is a Molle Saw Pouch for Shotgun Shells

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Above is a 25 round Condor 12 gauge shot shell pouch.

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Above is a 12 round Voodoo Tactical shot shell pouch.

You can get a free preview of my first three post apocalyptic fiction books by clicking on the book cover images to the left of this blog post, on my blog page, which will take you to the Amazon.com website. Then you can click on the look inside option which will give you a free preview.  If my survival fiction books interest you; then consider purchasing them.  Book titles include American Rebellion Book 1 of the Revolution, American Rebellion Book 2 of the Revolution and American Rebellion Book 3 of the Revolution.

I’ve been fortunate to have tried almost every tactical 12 gauge pump action shotgun on the market today; and I own many as well including Mossberg 500’s and 590’s, Remington 870’s and 887’s, H&R Pardners, etc., etc.  While they are all well made, quality firearms, if I only had time to grab one for the zombie apocalypse; for me the choice is clear.

The shotgun I would choose must have 8+1 shotshell capabilities within the tube; using 00 buckshot in 2 3/4″ length.  It must hold an additional 5 shells on the folding ATI stock and hold an additional 4 shells on the aftermarket shot shell carrier which mounts opposite the ejection port. 

The shotgun I would choose can be used with the stock folded in confined spaces; or unfolded for proper cheek weld and shoulder support.  It must be rugged, durable, dependable and most of all, be as close to 100% reliable as possible.  If the zombie apocalypse happens; my choice of shotgun; for the reasons stated above is my Mossberg 590 12 gauge pump action shotgun.  

You can get a free preview of my first three post apocalyptic fiction books by clicking on the book cover images to the left of this blog post, on my blog page, which will take you to the Amazon.com website. Then you can click on the look inside option which will give you a free preview.  If my survival fiction books interest you; then consider purchasing them.  Book titles include American Rebellion Book 1 of the Revolution, American Rebellion Book 2 of the Revolution and American Rebellion Book 3 of the Revolution.

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″

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Folks often ask me what weapon do you use based on different distances in defensive scenarios.  Here are the primary weapons I trust and the distances for which they are utilized.

  • Close range, 25 yards or less single attacker – Smith @ Wesson M&P45 semi automatic handgun chambered for 45ACP.
  • Close range 25 yards or less multiple attackers – Mossberg 590A1 12 gauge pump action shotgun with ghost ring sights chambered for 2 3/4″ 00 buckshot.
  • Close quarters defense with adversaries out to 250 yards – DPMS AP4 Panther Carbine (AR15) semi automatic rifle using iron sights chambered for .223
  • Medium range defense with adversaries from 250 yards – 500 yards – Modified SKS with replacement stock and shell deflector and 3-9 x 40 scope chambered for 7.62 x 39
  • Long range defense with adversaries from 500 – 1000 yards – FAL L1A1 with 3-9 x 40 scope chambered for .308

Everything Shotgun will be an ongoing compilation of defensive shotgun tips and techniques. 

The 12 Gauge pump action shotgun is the most formidible and effective weapon available for close range personal defense. 

Recommended 12 Gauge Pump Action Home Defense Shotguns listed below.  (Make sure whichever make and model you choose is dependable and reliable and that you are fully trained in the proper use and operation of your weapon.  Short barreled smoothbore models 18 to 22 inches in length are the preferred option)

  • Mossberg 590A1, Mossberg 590 and Mossberg 500
  • Remington 887 and Remington 870
  • H&R Pardner

Recommended Buckshot and Birdshot listed below.  (Make sure you factor in overpenetration possibilities and what is around your target and behind your target as both buckshot and birdshot can penetrate sheetrock walls)  Pellets or balls within the shotgun shell when fired, will expand rapidly with the distance traveled and will produce a shotguns pattern.

  • 00 Buck 2 3/4″ OD green hull manufactured by Olin Winchester (Each pull of the trigger will put nine, 00 buck  33 caliber pellets into a target.  At close range can produce target penetration of up to 12 inches)
  • #6 Bird 2 3/4 “  Black hull manufactured by Remington (Each pull of the trigger will put a significant quantity of small diameter pellets into a target.  At close range can produce target penetration of  up to 6 inches)

Shotgun Accessories to consider listed below.  (Mission dictates weapons selection and accessory choices.  Not all accessories are needed for all shotguns)

  • Full Buttstock or Folding Buttstock (Avoid pistol grip only with no buttstock)
  • Pachmeyer slip on Recoil Pad 
  • ATI Buttstock Shotshell Holder
  • Blackhawk Single Point Sling Adapter
  • Blackhawk Single Point Sling
  • Front and Rear Sling Attachment Points (If not using single point sling)
  • Outdoor Connections 2 Point Military Sling (If not using single point sling)
  • Ghost Ring Rear Sight
  • TacStar Shotshell Holder (For mounting opposite of the Ejection Port)
  • ATI Heat Shield
  • ATI Clamp On Flashlight Holder
  • Surefire G2 Flashlight
  • Breacher Barrel Screw In Adapter
  • Improved Cylinder or Modified Choke (These chokes will give you a 15 to 20 inch spread pattern at 10 yards)
  • Mil-Spec Molle Saw Pouch (For carrying spare shotgun shells)

A choke is a screw in device which constricts the bore end of the barrel and its purpose is to decrease the spread of shot.  A choke will effect the tightness of the shot pattern.  Tighter patterns will contribute to better accuracy and wider patterns contribute to more area coverage. 

Defensive Shotgun Tips

  • The shotgun for defensive purposes should be used only when you are in immediate fear for your life or the lives of your family.  It is not for bluffing.  If  and when you pull it out you need to have the mindset that you may need to use it to protect your life or your families life.
  • Shotguns offer devestating close range stopping power.
  • At typical home defense distances the shot pattern is going to be very tight so you must aim or you will miss.
  • Racking a shotgun does not scare an intruder away.  Human predators frequently do not feel fear or compassion and racking will not stop an attacker.  Shotshells properly aimed and fired when your life is in danger will.
  • The primary objective in home defense is to hit the criminal who is threatening your life without overpenetrating and hitting unintended victims.
  • A weapon is not about bluffing; it’s about surviving.
  • Make sure you have a workable understanding of weapons manipulation, sight picture, sight alignment and trigger control.

Rules of Firearms Safety

  • Treat all guns as if they are loaded.
  • Never let the muzzle cover anything or anyone you are not willing to destroy.
  • Keep your fingers off the trigger until your sights are on the target.
  • Be sure of your target and what is around it and beyond it.

Principles

  • People of principle, you and I and other Americans who seek to defend themselves and not be victims are what keeps the thugs from winning.
  • Everyone has the right and responsibility to protect their homes and families from criminal attack.