Posts Tagged ‘Shotguns’

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 close range.
  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 gunsmithing.

As always proper training and practice are essential when using any firearm.  Practice regularly and practice often. 


When the SHTF, weapons for defensive applications will be an absolute necessity.  Disaster scenarios can bring out the worst in some folks and if people start resorting to a criminal mentality you have to be able to protect yourself and those that you love.  So in order to choose the proper weapons, it is best to have a general understanding of what each weapon is generally used for.

  • Rifle – The purpose of the rifle, depending on caliber, is to engage targets from 0 to 1000 yards using either single or rapid rates of fire.  The rifles ability to cover extended ranges makes it an excellent and effective distance weapon.  For distances 0 – 200 yards I prefer to use the .223 remington cartridge in my semi-automatic AR-15 rifle chambered for the .223 cartridge and for distances 200 to 1000 yards I prefer to use the .308 cartridge in my bolt action rifle chambered for the .308 cartridge.
  • Shotgun – The purpose of the pump action shotgun is to engage targets from 0 to 25 yards using 00 buckshot when overpenetration is not an issue and using 6 or 7.5 birdshot at closer ranges when overpenetration is an issue.  The pump action shotgun is the most devestating of the close range weapons and is both easy to operate and highly effective at close ranges.  I prefer to use my 12 gauge pump action shotgun using 2 3/4″ 00 buck, 2 3/4″ 6 bird or 2 3/4″ 7.5 bird depending on distance and whether overpenetration will or will not be an issue.
  • Pistol – The purpose of the pistol is to engage targets from 0 – 50 yards.  The pistol’s concealability makes it the best choice for concealed carry applications.  I prefer to use the .45ACP cartridge in my semi-automatic handgun chambered  for the .45ACP or the 9mm cartridge in my semi- automatic handgun chambered for the 9mm cartridge. 
  • Knife – The purpose of the knife, either fixed blade or folding is to engage targets at close range where silence is a necessity.  Your knife is an important piece of survival gear and must be kept sharp and ready for use at all times.
  • Compound Bow – The purpose of the compound bow is to engage targets outside the range of the knife where maintaining silence is a necessity.  The flat trajectory which the compound bow shoots arrows results in accurate shots out to about 50 yards.

                                                  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 box of Remington 12 GA 2 3/4″  7.5 Birdshot

                  Above is a Molle Saw Pouch for Shotgun Shells

While there are many types of defensive shotgun ammo; what I find to work  best for my particular defensive applications are 12 Gauge 2 3/4″  6 or 7.5 birdshot, 12 Gauge 2 3/4″ 00 buckshot and 12 Gauge 2 3/4″ rifled slugs.

12 Gauge 2 3/4″  6 or 7.5 Birdshot can be used in strict indoor home defense situations where over penetration can be an issue and the distance to your target is very close.  12 Gauge 2 3/4″ 00 Buckshot can be used anytime the shotgun is defensively used outdoors or indoors where over penetration is not an issue.  12 Gauge 2 3/4″ Rifled slugs are for use in smoothbore barrels when the defensive fight outdoors goes well beyond the 25 yard effective range of buckshot.  A rifled shotgun slug can increase the effective range out to approximately 100 yards.

Sheetrock can generally absorb birdshot but buckshot will sail right through sheet rock walls.  For general purpose defensive deployment buckshot is generally the preferred choice to birdshot.  Each type of shotgun ammunition is defensive mission specific so it is best to match the ammunition type to the mission type.