Red Dot Type Scopes On Home Defense Shotguns

Red Dot Type Scopes On Home Defense Shotguns

This is a discussion on Red Dot Type Scopes On Home Defense Shotguns within the Defensive Rifles & Shotgun Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; I was just wondering how many of you guys used quick acquisition scopes on your home defense shotguns. If so, what type and brands are ...

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    Red Dot Type Scopes On Home Defense Shotguns

    I was just wondering how many of you guys used quick acquisition scopes on your home defense shotguns. If so, what type and brands are you using. Any recoil issues? Any information and or pics would be great! Thanks!
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    Not here, because "home defense" for me means inside my house. The longest shot is thus maybe 25-30 feet, and at that distance any shoulder-fired gun in this house is a natural pointer, with muzzle being the visual index.
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    Never understood why anyone needs more than a bead on a shotgun. Not much quicker than that.
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    No I agree with both of them 25 or 30 feet maybe a light
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    Same here... light, but no optics. I did toy with the idea briefly, but decided it was not necessary on a shotgun dedicated to home defense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    Not here, because "home defense" for me means inside my house. The longest shot is thus maybe 25-30 feet, and at that distance any shoulder-fired gun in this house is a natural pointer, with muzzle being the visual index.
    That' was my thinking but then I read an article about the top 7 military and police shotguns and all but two of the seven had reflex sights on them. Two out of seven for the military and the police? You have to think they would know something. There must be some kind of advantage to having them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brad426 View Post
    Same here... light, but no optics. I did toy with the idea briefly, but decided it was not necessary on a shotgun dedicated to home defense.
    My home defense shotgun would become my primary weapon should the SHTF.
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    Quote Originally Posted by luckydog View Post
    That' was my thinking but then I read an article about the top 7 military and police shotguns and all but two of the seven had reflex sights on them. Two out of seven for the military and the police? You have to think they would know something. There must be some kind of advantage to having them.
    They aren't using theirs for home defense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brad426 View Post
    They aren't using theirs for home defense.


    My home defense shotgun would become my primary weapon should the SHTF.
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    Quote Originally Posted by luckydog View Post
    My home defense shotgun would become my primary weapon should the SHTF.
    You didn't say that. So if your talking about SHTF I'll lay that down and get a AR I want distance for that
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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    Not here, because "home defense" for me means inside my house. The longest shot is thus maybe 25-30 feet, and at that distance any shoulder-fired gun in this house is a natural pointer, with muzzle being the visual index.
    My feelings exactly. I keep the Ithaca 37lw m+p 9 shot loaded with none in the chamber [ #4 buck ] in the bedroom. At home defense ranges, and even considering taking the fight outside, I need no light or dot/sighting system to engage effectively. In fact, the dot on a hd shottie may just slow some people down in their response.
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    I put an expensive red dot on my social shotgun. I was running a "house clearing drill' one night and went down the basement stairs. My red dot suddenly turned off! It seems, that when the plastic cap is installed, it's designed to turn off to save battery-life. The plastic cap covers a light-sensor. So, when the stairwell went dark, the Red Dot "thought" the cover was on and WENT DARK. I no longer have an optic on my social shotgun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by luckydog View Post
    That' was my thinking but then I read an article about the top 7 military and police shotguns and all but two of the seven had reflex sights on them. Two out of seven for the military and the police? You have to think they would know something. There must be some kind of advantage to having them.
    Those guns are not guaranteed to be used in a single family home.
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    I no longer rely on a shotgun as my primary HD weapon, but rather now employ a 14 1/2" AR with WML and Aimpoint micro red dot. Sometimes home invaders wear body armor and come in packs. 30 rounds of M855 provides a certain level of comfort should that scenario be encountered.
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