View Full Version : Good Home Defense Shotgun?

Doug S
July 21, 2002, 04:34 PM
I've been considering the purchase of a home defense pump shotgun for some time. I've found Mossberg's relatively cheap at the local hardware store and Walmart. What would be a good economical shotgun for home defense? I would prefer 12 gauge, but wonder if a 20 gauge might be more controllable for the wife. I would appreciate any opinions on brand, gauge, action type, etc. Thank in advance.

July 21, 2002, 05:32 PM
This question is one that has been around the block a few times. I always respond that I like my Mossberg 590, my Mossy Cruiser 500C 20 ga, and my old Stevens double 16. I think any of those would do as a HD shotgun.

July 21, 2002, 05:45 PM
Check this out. Remington 870 Express Youth 20 gauge, 8+1 extended mag tube, 4 rnd Tacstar sidesaddle. $325. total.


July 21, 2002, 06:18 PM
I own a S&W 12 ga. pump police trade in. I got it with an extended tube magazine for 175.00. Mechanically sound and reliable. You can spend multi-bucks for a new shotty,but there are bargains to be had in police turnovers. Many of them have had few rounds thru them. Shop wisely.

July 21, 2002, 08:45 PM



Dave McC
July 22, 2002, 05:00 AM
This has been covered more than once, check the archives for info. A few fast points, tho...

Practically any reliable shotgun holding two or more shells will do an excellent job IN TRAINED HANDS. The software is much more important than the hardware.

Any of the Big 4 pumps will work very well, and so will some autos and doubles.

Some 20 gauges will kick harder than some 12s. It's a combo of fit,ammo, action, and technique.

Some folks do not shoot a shotgun well, ever. I suggest you make some alternate arrangements for your wife. Mrs McC doesn't like or shoot shotguns, neither does Daughter. They have other tools available, mostly in 38 Special. The HD 870 is mine alone.

Finally, after you've obtained a shotgun, resist the siren lure and spend your money on ammo, lessons, and range fees instead of bellsnwhistles. Those MAY come in handy later. And shoot the thing, at clays, landfill rats or whatever. The shotgun's its own best learning aid.

Good luck and good shooting...

July 22, 2002, 04:51 PM
I just got a Mossberg model 88 pump. I LOVE it. Can't go wrong for about $200. Came with a full stock and a separate pistol-grip only attachment. Can't wait to get it to the range! From what I've read here, you can't go wrong with a mossi. I agree to spend your time and money wisely; on ammo and PRACTICE/training.


July 24, 2002, 02:38 PM
I suggest get a 12 gauge. It's more versatile and you can use it for the clay games if you get into that.


July 24, 2002, 05:10 PM
If the gun is only for home defense. Buy the cheapest gun you can find. If you have to use it the local constabulary will take it as evidence.

You don't want to be givin them a Purdy or Parker :D

July 24, 2002, 05:15 PM
Buy the cheapest gun you can find.

I understand your point, but I would much rather the cops take it as evidence than the coroner have to come and take me because I bought a cheap piece of crap.

Inexpensive and cheap are two different things IMO. Get a decent pump, they can be had brand new for less than $300. At that price you could afford to have one taken and still go buy another.