Posts Tagged ‘Shotgun’

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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Here is June’s question of the month.  What is your absolute all time favorite firearm and why?  I look forward to your responses.  Mine happens to be the Mossberg 590A1 12 gauge shotgun.  Why?  Because I have a tremendous admiration for 12 gauge shotguns and this one happens to be easy to add accessories to and is reliable every single time 🙂

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At any time our normal, peaceful lives can be interrupted by the violent actions of others.  You never want to be in a position of helplessness if a violent attack in your home by a criminal is imminent.  The defensive use of firearms in properly trained hands goes a long way towards stopping a violent criminal attack.

The 12 Gauge pump action shotgun is by many, considered to be the most formidable and effective close range firearm for short range defensive applications.  This weapon can devestate and instantly stop an aggressor when the proper shot shells are used. (00 buckshot is my preferred choice).

The handguns small size makes it both concealable and portable and most folks with proper practice and or proper training will become proficient enough to hit a man sized target at 25 yards.  Accuracy tends to decrease beyond that range. (9mm and 45ACP are my preferred calibers).

Generally speaking, for most home, self defense situations, certain rifles may be too long for quick deployment.  Shorter rifles such as the AR-15 would be required for instant deployment when danger appears.  Rifles are generally used for longer range applications and in some instances, are not the best home, self defense choices for people who live in areas where houses are extremely close together.

As with any firearms choice, you want to avoid overpenetration and you need to be constantly aware of what is around and behind your target.  Make sure you choose the right weapon for your specific home defense scenario so that you are ready to deal with any home defense situation which may occur.

Remember that all criminals prefer unarmed victims.  Being armed is one of the best ways to make sure that you have a fighting chance of survival should a thug be foolish enough to try and invade your home and do you harm.

You can get a free preview of my first five post apocalyptic fiction survival 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, American Rebellion Book 3 of the Revolution, American Rebellion Book 4 of the Revolution and American Rebellion Book 5 of the Revolution.

The 12 Gauge pump action shotgun is an extremely effective home defense weapon.  The following are 10 reasons why.

  1. It is the most powerful home defense weapon available at ranges of 10 yards or less.
  2. An attacker shot with 12 gauge 00 buckshot equals the equivilant mass of 4.5 rounds of 9mm ammo.
  3. Shotguns can be relatively inexpensive, are widely available and are lightly regulated.
  4. The basic sights are simple and easy to use.
  5. It blends simplicity, effectiveness and close range firepower.
  6. It offers one of the best one stop shot potentials when dealing with a hostile attacker.
  7. It is accurate, easy to use and can be safely loaded, operated, stored and maintained.
  8. It is mechanically reliable even in adverse conditions.
  9. It is best suited for short range, short duration conflicts.
  10. Many exterior components can be added or modified for mission specific use without any gunsmithing.

You can get a free preview of my first four post apocalyptic fiction survival 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, American Rebellion Book 3 of the Revolution and American Rebellion Book 4 of the Revolution.  My newest release American Rebellion Book 5 of the Revolution will be available tomorrow.

America is still the greatest nation on planet Earth.  We seem as a nation, however, to be losing our way.  In light of that here are my proposed solutions to making America great again right now.

  1. Laws need to be fair, simplified and easy to understand.
  2. Laws must be Constitutional.
  3. People need to work for a living and stop receiving “lifetime” government handouts.
  4. Government is too large and needs to be reduced in size.
  5. Government and business corruption needs to be severely punished.
  6. Government needs to stop sticking their noses into every facet of people’s lives and stop trying to regulate everything.
  7. Proper morals and values need to be taught.  There is a right and there is a wrong.
  8. People need to take personal responsibility for their actions.
  9. Criminals need to receive harsher punishment for brutal crimes and should serve out their full sentences.
  10. Criminals convicted of rape, murder, carjacking, etc., should automatically receive life sentences with no chance of parole or the death penalty which should be carried out promptly.
  11. No restrictions or laws should ever be placed on law abiding citizen’s when it comes to owning guns or using them for self defense.
  12. The right to protect your home and family from thugs and criminals should always be the law of the land.
  13. Any politician proposing an unconstitutional law should immediately be fired from their elected position.
  14. Any district attorney who attempts to prosecute a home defense shooting when the shooting is justified should immediately be removed from their position.
  15. If you are anti-any part of the Constitution and Bill of Rights you should be banned from running for public office.

You can get a free preview of my first four post apocalyptic fiction survival 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, American Rebellion Book 3 of the Revolution and American Rebellion Book 4 of the Revolution.

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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.  If your home is invaded and your life and families lives are on the line; the 12 Gauge Shotgun is a formidible self 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 for home defense include the Remington 870 Express Tactical, Remington 887 Nitro Mag, Mossberg 500, Mossberg 590, Mossberg 590A1, and the H&R Pardner.  The ideal defensive shotgun should be a 12 Gauge Pump Action Shotgun with a short 18.5″ smoothbore barrel. 

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.  Be aware of what is in front of your target, behind your target and to the sides of your target and factor in the possibilities of over penetration accordingly. 

You can get a free preview of my first four post apocalyptic fiction survival 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, American Rebellion Book 3 of the Revolution and American Rebellion Book 4 of the Revolution.

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I’d like to pose the following question.  In regards to your primary home defense handgun and shotgun selection; what are your choices for home defense?   I’ll start by stating my primary home defense handgun is a Smith & Wesson M&P 45 and my primary home defense shotgun is a Mossberg 590A1.  For me; these selections come down to one critical factor, reliability.

In all the range time I’ve put in with these two particular weapons; they have a 100% reliability rating , which makes them my primary go to weapons for personal home defense.  What about the rest of you?  What is  your primary home defense handgun and shotgun?  Looking forward to your responses.

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There are two bags you always need to have at the ready.  1- Your Bug Out Bag and 2 – Your Armed Response Bag.  Your Bug Out Bag should contain your survival gear, extra food, water, clothing, first aid kit, etc., while your armed response bag should contain your shotgun shells and rifle ammo with magazines for defensive purposes. 

My armed response bag is the Voodoo Tactical extended deployment extra large bag in woodland camo;  which is a shoulder, sling mounted bag with 4 separate compartments.  I have made some changes in what I carry as follows.  In the front compartment I keep 24, 00 Buck shotgun shells in a Condor molle shotgun shell pouch, In the rear compartment I keep 4 P-Mag 30 round magazines; and in each of the side compartments I keep 12 additional 00 Buck shotgun shells in Voodoo Tactical molle shotgun shell pouches.  Total available rounds for quick deployment equals 48 shotgun shells and 120 rifle cartridges.

Your armed response bag is for when you need immediate, quick access to your ammo in the event of a defensive scenario where your life or your families life is on the line.  The reason I keep both shotgun and rifle ammo with mags available; is depending on the scenario, it will make a difference whether I go to my 12 gauge shotgun or my rifle as my primary defensive weapon.  In either event I have everything handy in the event an armed self defense response is necessary.

You can get a free preview of my first four post apocalyptic fiction survival 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, American Rebellion Book 3 of the Revolution and American Rebellion Book 4 of the Revolution.

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I have tried almost every method there is of carrying shotgun shells including 6 and 12 round molle shot shell pouches, saw molle pouches, large jacket pocket carry and shotgun shell belts to name just a few; but by far the best I’ve come across recently is the Condor 25 round shot shell holder with a Molle attachment configuration.  This pouch will hold 25 of the 2 3/4″ shot shells in a quick, convenient manner, although I prefer to only keep 24 of them per pouch.  And because the pouch is molle and somewhat flat when closed it can be worn on a pack, a belt, a drag bag, a tactical vest, a shotgun scabbard or placed in a large jacket pocket or inside an armed response bag.

You can get a free preview of my first three post apocalyptic fiction survival 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.

                                                 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.