Lots of folks think that the so called Scatter Gun doesn't need to be aimed in a home defense situation. That shot pattern, even with an open choke won't spread THAT much along the distance of your average home hallway. IOW, you've still gotta AIM! Also, think if you have family members elsewhere in the home and of the type of building materials used on the interior of the home. If you use 0-0 Buck, you might wind up with an overpenetration problem and kill a family member or penetrate a wall and kill your neighbor if you live in an apt. Careful attention needs to be paid to ammo type inside for HD.Quote:
Originally Posted by Shotgun Willie
As has been mentioned, there is a problem negotiating the tight areas inside the home with a shotgun. What do you do, hold low ready or high ready when you go up the stairs or into the kitchen from a hallway? IF your BG is there, will you signal your presence and offer your weapon to a disarming barrel grab by leading with your barrel first? This is why most SWAT cops use the stubby barrel H&KMP5 for the room clearing role. You can bring a handgun in close to the chest in a "retention grip" but you can't do so with a shotgun. BTW there is a simple solution to a barrel grab. Just STEP BACK. If the BG hangs on, the move to the rear has the effect of pulling the barrel into center mass at point blank range. Get a buddy and try this with a pool cue as the weapon. Buddy graps tip of the cue and shoves it to the side. Just step back and pull the cue to you. See where the tip "points."
Having said all of that, the point of a HD is to survive until help arrives, not do the cops jobs for them. I won't go playing John Wayne unless I absolutely have to insure the safety of a family member. I keep a Benelli M121 (forerunner of the famous Super 90) AND one of those old fashioned double barrel "exposed hammer" guns referred to as a "Stage Coach" gun. That's for my wife, for ease of use and so she can instantly ascertain the cocked status of the gun. The Benelli is MY baby and represents the most serious "firepower" for a very serious situation.
Optimum use of the shotguns is behind barricade in the bedroom (aka The Alamo) where adversary must squeeze through the chokepoint (the only door) with no cover for them and facing a shotgun crossfire. If help is not imminent, as happened in New Orleans, then I clear the home with the shotgun and go offensive with my Mini14 for those close to my home and my M1A for those looting my neighbors down the block.
My next door neighbor is also a former US Army Captain. He flew Cobra Gunships, but he's a big hunter and shooter, too. We have a defense agreement and have set up fields of fire that interlock. I watch his back, he watches mine. Wives keep preimeter watch, kids load mags and keep down. We both went thru the lawlessness of Hurricane Andrew.
New Orleans is not gonna happen in our neighborhood!