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    Talking Home Defense Shotgun :)

    Well I've been considering the Mossberg 500 Mariner 12GA. It has a 18" Barrel opposed to the Mossberg 590 in which has a 20" barrel now my question in A Home Defense Situation does the extra 2" come in handy? or would it be more of a burden in a CQC scenario?

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    Two extra inches always comes in handy
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    Quote Originally Posted by SUPERCHEFNICK View Post
    Well I've been considering the Mossberg 500 Mariner 12GA. It has a 18" Barrel opposed to the Mossberg 590 in which has a 20" barrel now my question in A Home Defense Situation does the extra 2" come in handy? or would it be more of a burden in a CQC scenario?

    No need for that two inches inside close quarters. That is just two more inches to get snagged on a corner or something else. Longer is not better inside a home. . . . firearms wise that is.
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    Hmm very true I figured that much so you think I should go with the 18" huh?

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    I used a Remington 870 in the Marines, 18", and that is what I have now. Not saying it is better than what you are looking at, but it worked very hard for me then, so that is what I bought.

    For home defense, go shorter, maybe a folding stock, either a grip extension, grip loop, or something similar on the front (for shooting it with the stock folded).

    For me, I use it as is out of the box, but I may get the folding stock just to make it easier to pack way, get in and out of where it is stored, etc.

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    Yep. For HD, the shorter barrel is better.
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    Go with a Remington 870. I have three of them: a 26" Wingmaster for hunting/sporting clays; a Classic Trap; and a Police Magnum with a Streamlight PolyTac light mounted below the mag tube. I used to have a Benelli M2, but I gave that to my 16-year-old son because I actually like the 870s better!
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    i have a mossberg 500 that i chopped off at 20", mainly because that's where the support for the rib on top of the barrel fell. with a pistol grip it seems plenty maneuverable. 18" would be even better though.
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    I do favor my 870 Police Magnum.

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    I dont think the two inches will make a difference either way. But unless I had a specific need for the mariner version, I'd go with the standard 590.
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    I agree with the phantom poster above.
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    I agree that the poster above agrees with the phantom poster above that.
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    A 20" barrel is just fine for defense inside your home. If the 590 is what you want get it... It is an awesome gun for home defense.

    Edit: After reading the OP again 18" or 20" inside your home really doesn't" matter much either will serve you well.
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    I would go with a Rem 870 or Mossberg 500 in the cheapest HD one they have, don't need all the extras, most of that is just cool factor..
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    I'll throw in a twist or two.......on the Mossberg, the extra money paid for the nickle finish on the Mariner model is a waste for a home gun that will never see the elements. If you like the Mossberg, just buy the Model 500 and save some $$$. When you start talking about a new 870, let me encourage you to also look at the Benelli Nova Tactical. This is one of my favorite tactical shotguns in the sense of feel and the smooth Benelli action. A SuperNova Tactical with extended mag and ghost ring sights is actually my duty shotgun.....love it. The Nova Tactical can be had for a very comparable price to the 870 Tactical and IMO is superior. Not that the 870 isn't a fine shotgun, but my money's on the Nova or SuperNova. The Benelli Tacticals have 18.5" barrels on both models.
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