Best Shotgun for Home Defense

I like the Mossberg 590A1, myself. 00 buck with 4 slugs in the stock. Honestly, if I was gonna pick up a long gun for a bump in the night, I’d pick up my AR.

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Presently a Rock Island M5 with some Bird shot in consideration of or neighbors, its not my first choice, my pistol is.

However, this Monday. Ive already confirmed and placed on hold to trade in my M5 and get a VR80 with a couple 9rd mags for 9+1. Might double the mag either the 9rd or the standard depending on weight and get some bigger lead. 48383056_2925317667494236_6706442736641245184_o-660x345

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The only down side to being in this Community is I want to buy more guns. How is that a downside? My wallet doesn’t allow me to buy all of the guns I want. :frowning:

Fun factoid to use when talking about shotguns for home defense for those new to guns or those who are trying to explain shotguns for home defense:

A typical 000 load will contain the near equivalent of six to eight .380 ACP pistol rounds, all delivered in a five to six inch pattern.

From Concealed Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals 2nd Edition

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@Dawn then you need to convince USCCA to have a gun range if you dont already, purchase these popular firearms, and have your employees test them out so that the employees can speak personally (not professionally or officially) about what they liked or did not like about said firearm and personal take aways grips too big or small. Gun too heavy or light, easy to maneuver with, etc. Employees could share personal experience about the firearms we are all talking about which may hemp members in deciding what route to go.

Don’t get me wrong, @Orpackrat! I’ve shot a lot of the guns we talk about here - but there are soooo many! It’s like potato chips, you can’t have just one! And once you have one you want more! :slight_smile:

And we do have the opportunity to rent guns at the Range of Richfield to try out a bunch of guns. The only problem there is once I shoot one I usually want to buy it!

I’m sure a lot of you have heard the term “house poor” after buying a home? Well, I’m trying not to be “gun poor” :laughing:

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@Dawn that when the time comes for me to buy. It will be acreage and off grid to start with personal range and savings to buy more.

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X+1=How many guns you need. X being the number you own.

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Easy way to afford more guns, buy one less box of ammo and put that money in a 5 gallon water jug (hard to take money out of without long nose pliers and time).

If you commonly go out for coffee. Skip it snd put the money for it in the jug, if you cant skip it, get a size smaller and put the difference in the jug.

Pay with cash, budget depending, when break a bill, put the change in the jug whether its the 1s or 5s or even the loose change. Buy the store brand vs the name brand and the calculated savings go in the jug. It will add up quickly.

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I’ve turned down going to the grocery store for buying a gun and ammo before. You know how you have loose cans of whatever soup or sauces in the pantry that just sit there for a couple years, and no imagination for what to make for supper after a while? Buying a gun and ammo and finishing off your pantry for 2 weeks makes you come up with some wonderful crock pot meals, and makes you not let canned goods hit their expiration date.

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Ramen noodles and a grilled cheese are hard to beat.

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Grilled cheese and tomato soup!

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I have an idea for a USCCA product, “you just bought a new gun and are flat broke cookbook.” Sorry for getting off topic here.

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That’s after you bought the new gun. Grilled cheese, tomato soup with oyster crackers in it. :grin:

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My first gun is a 44 special revolver but for my lady friend I had a 12 ga pump. She is only about 100 pounds and just 2 weeks ago I bought a Mossberg 500 pump in 410
She seems much happier with the weight and recoil of the 410 and I know #4 shot will get any bad guys attention, if they get by me…

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There’s a great blog post on home defense shotgun accessories. You can see more here: Home-Defense Shotgun Accessories

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I currently have a Mossberg 535 and its loaded with 5 00 buck rounds with a game load as the last round. This shotgun is not the first choice I go with as I have 3 other pistols I will use first. Pistols provide for me better maneuverability over than the shotgun.

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Check this barrel out for that 535. 22 inches, fiber optic sights, and its ported. Would cut the length down, give you good sights, and help with the recoil. The 535 does handle it well, but, it’s still a 12 gauge.
https://www.mossberg.com/store/535-ats-12-gauge-vent-rib-barrel-fo-adjustable-sights-22-mo-obsession-17366ob.html

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Here is my 535 ATS. This has the 20 inch barrel

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That is were my fun money comes from!

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A pump or semi-auto that fits you. Many people that buy long guns fail to make alterations to the firearm to ensure it fits properly. There is a formula for that and its not difficult for follow, A well fitted long gun makes all the difference in the world when you bring it up to your shoulder and it involves installing a proper size butt pad. The movement of bringing a long gun up is that it should be in one fluid and fast motion without having to make adjustments. My own personal view on firearms for home defense is that you shoot it well, its reliable, and not expensive because if your involved in a self defense shooting, the police will take your firearm as evidence. It doesn’t hurt as much if they take a $200 shotgun vs. a $1,200 gun.

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