I use a Mossy 500. It had a pistol grip, which I swapped out for a 12" LOP (length of pull) stock. The 12" LOP is basically a kids stock, which makes the overall length of the gun a little shorter, easier to maneuver around the house with.
Just curious,What makes a shotgun "Tactical"?
I agree with most people in this thread. A good pump or a reliable semi with a shorter barrel and high cap tube and a fixed stock is the way to go.
However, a couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to shoot a 12 gauge pistol grip remington (over the top folding stock - but didn't use it). It was accurate, didn't have the muzzle flip that I hear everyone freaking out about, had very manageable recoil, and could be fired extremely quickly from the hip. It was a blast. One person I was with even shot a clay pigeon with it from the hip. Although, I would rather have a stock for defense, I wouldn't shy away from a pistol grip while indoors. They aren't nearly as tough to manage as people make them out to be.
I'm pretty much torn between the Mossberg 500 and the Remington 870. I have used and carried both on duty, and like them to be pretty much stock. You really don't need all the "customized" add on's to make one functional. I do prefer shorter barrels for interior work, MAYBE a side saddle carrier, but other than that not much else.
I know a Mossberg 500 is a very popular choice, I think they're a decent price too.
Saiga 12 or 20 detachable mag,piston action, very customizable.
As noted above, lots of folks like the pump 12 gauge. I own a Mossberg 590 and it works great, though any of the majors would serve just as well. I also own an old Remington 48 semi auto that I played with a bit. Picture is below. After many years, I find that I go with it more often than the pump for one reason:
Even though I practice with both regularly, I can depend on the semi auto to unload all of its' ten rounds in just over 5 seconds, all day, every day. I don't have to work an action and risk a partial stroke in the heat of the panic that would likely ensue in the middle of a bad situation. It's ported, so the recoil is completely manageable, and my wife can shoot it just as fast as I can (maybe faster....she's fun to watch!), so I'm totally comfortable with it.
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Having said all that, I should note that I am waiting for my Kel-Tec KSG to arrive. The balance may shift....
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I do like the the 870 but I guess I've been hunting so much with the Mossy 500 that I do think the safety placement is better for me personally. The safety always goes off when it's needed to and back on when needed to and I don't even consciously realize I'm doing it. I have nothing fancy on mine. It sits ready for HD just like it is when I take it hunting every year. I have the 20 and 12 and love them both but I actually like my 20 better. You can get a ton of stuff for them though, just like for the 870. Take your pick of stuff you want to throw on there. Game warden probably wouldn't be able to stop laughing if he saw me out hunting dove with this thing...
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