Something I have always wondered...
Why aren't pump action rifles more popular?
I mean think about it. We all know how to work a pump shotgun, so how come we all have pump shotguns but no pump rifles? Good heavens my Mossberg 500 was the second gun I ever had. I've had it since I was 15 years old. I used to fire it out in the woods in the summer.
And obviously the 870 is suitable for serious, heavy duty, combat use. It boggles the mind that the 7600 sees no such use.
Honestly can someone point out a big difference between using a 12 gauge loaded with slugs and a pump action rifle? I understand you can't treat a shotgun like a rifle when it comes to hunting or shooting clays, but if your purpose is defending the ranch I think you'd do just fine.
I think it could be a great idea. I don't see why you couldn't take one of those tactical shotgun courses and use much of what you learn with such a rifle.
Honestly, how many people here honestly feel a good lever action rifle would defend your family nicely? That's another manual of arms we all know and like. Why not the pump?
Just pie in the sky folks... I understand autoloaders are advantageous and reloading a pump rifle may not be exactly fast, but given the number of firearms successfully used in service that aren't autoloaders, it just blows my mind this market doesn't exist at all.
There IS A Reason For Not Many Pump Rifles
And that is that autoloaders were invented and they work really well and why wash the dishes by hand when you can chuck them into a high quality dishwasher and they get cleaner than if you washed them all by hand? :confused:
I mean what was wrong with the Model "T" Ford?
It was well built and reliable...it got you where you wanted to go (eventually) :biggrin: ...& it didn't eat up too much gas.
That's exactly what happened to the idea of modern pump rifles.
Actually, many auto~loading shotguns are amazingly reliable these days. They are flawless...SO...why do folks stay with the pump shotgun...beats me?...but, I'm one of them.
I GUESS the pump action is something that (at this point in time) we're all still willing to put up with to have a bigger defensive BOOM with more "perceived" reliability.!
For a serious defensive SUPER reliable rifle ~ give me something with an AK action in .223 & a few 50 round mags in a rifle that goes "Lightning Fast Bang" every single time & I'll be a happy camper. :biggrin:
ALSO DON'T FORGET that with any rifle style that uses a tubular bullet storage system ~ modern "pointed nose" rifle bullet configurations cannot be used....because a sharp bullet point contacting the PRIMER of the cartridge in front of it is never such a good idea. :eek:
With regards to pump shotguns
I guess really the only reason you'd make a pump shotgun is that it's cheaper than an autoloader.
I for one am not much of a shotgunner, which is perhaps unfortunate, but when I do require a shotgun my pump is more than adequate.
The only reason I might use a shotgun in the near future is if I happen to have to accompany my father on a father son hunting trip or some other similar circumstance. The pump shotgun just seems like a better way to go.
I keep meaning to take it to a clay pit just so I can embarass myself in front of a bunch of women... :biggrin:
But seriously a 12 gauge pump shotgun has got to be one of the best values in firearms. There's lots of good specimens at all price ranges and it's so versatile. It makes me wonder even more why pump rifles aren't nearly as popular.