xmlns:og='http://ogp.me/ns#' Preppers firearms recommendation Pt. 4 ~ The Prepared Guy

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Preppers firearms recommendation Pt. 4

Next comes the shotgun. I know, I know. Some of you would have put this higher on your list. It is a very versatile weapon and some would say the best for home defense. A single round from a 12 gauge shotgun will stop a home intruder in their tracks. You can shoot bird shot, buck shot, slugs and many other variations of ammunition in between including specific defense rounds. Many shotguns have the ability to switch barrels from a short 18” home defense barrel that is better for close quarters situations or 26” barrels which are best for hunting. 

The problem, for me and my family, with a 12 gauge shotgun is that I have teenage daughters and a petite wife. The recoil from a 12 gauge is heavy and not friendly for people of small stature. If you choose a shotgun specifically for home defense you may want to consider a youth 20 gauge version. With a shorter stock and much less recoil it will be considerably easier and enjoyable to shoot.

All things considered, my recommendation is a pump action 12 gauge shotgun with an 16” barrel that also has the option to switch barrels for a longer 24”-28” barrel for hunting. Semi-automatics are more expensive and slightly less reliable than pumps although still an excellent choice if you have the budget. I will not give my personal choice of shotgun brand as again there are many excellent choices. Many will say that the Remington is the best. Many other say Mossberg is the best (there are many different versions of each). Each looks feels and works somewhat different but both are highly reliable and a great value. Choose whichever one you like best and you can’t go wrong. My general opinion on most everything that I buy is not to buy the most expensive and not to buy the cheapest. Do your research and get your hands wrapped around the guns you are considering. If you get the chance to shoot them, even better. If you like the way it looks, the way it feels and fits in your hands, the way it works and, if it has great reviews, then it’s probably going to be a good choice for you.


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