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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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Whenever I take my handguns and shotguns to the range for practice; my range bag comes along as an essential piece of shooting gear.  Its purpose; to keep all my gear safely stored and together in one convenient, organized gear bag.  I’ve used a lot of range bags over the years but the one I find works best for my needs is the 511 Tactical Patrol Ready Bag.  It has convenient storage pockets for almost anything you need to bring with you and is sized properly to store whatever you need to ensure a proper and enjoyable range session.

Here’s what I keep in the various internal and external pockets.  Two water bottles, 9mm ammo in a molle pouch, 45ACP ammo in a separate molle pouch, pistol rugs, holsters, spare magazines, ear protection, gun cleaning equipment, first aid kit, targets, tape, 00 buck shotgun shells in molle pouches, shooting gloves, flashlight, spare batteries, fixed blade knife, bandanna, ball cap and a few other miscellaneous odds and ends.  

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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.

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.

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 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. 

What is a truck gun you ask?  A truck gun is a weapon, in my case a shotgun, that remains at all times in my SUV.  Why?  Its intended purpose is if you are away from home and caught in a SHTF situation, a riot, civil unrest, etc., it provides a way to defend yourself if needed.  Now in all the years of carrying a truck gun have I ever had to use it……..no.  Does it give me peace of mind in case I need it to save my life…….yes.  There are all sorts of ways to cleverly conceal your truck gun yet keep it quickly accessible.  I’ll leave it up to you to come up with the best concealment/ease of access method for your particular situation.  Until the next post; stay safe.

I’ve tried them all……..Mossbergs, Remingtons, H&R’s, Benellis, etc., and in my estimation there is one shotgun that stands out above all the rest when it comes to home defense applications.  My selection for the best home defense shotgun is the Mossberg 590A1, 12 gauge 9 shot.  The following are the specs for this weapon.

590A1 – 9 Shot – 12 Gauge
– Barrel Length: 20″
– Sights: Ghost Ring
– Choke: Cylinder Bore
– Overall Length: 41″
– Finish: Parkerized
– Stock: Synthetic
– Weight: 7-1/4 lbs
– Origin: Made in the USA

Additional options to add include a barrel mounted flashlight, single point sling adapter, and two side saddle ammo carriers; one on the side of the stock and the other on the opposite side of the ejection port.

                                                                                                                                                                                   

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.