HD Shotgun use (too much bang?)

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    HD Shotgun use (too much bang?)

    Alright guys, I want to up my HD and I am thinking 870 but I have to wonder what firing one of these beast indoors, in the dark would be like. I fear that the first shot would leave me deaf and blind and useless to follow up if needed. Does anyone have experience or advise in the use of shotguns indoors?

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    it will be loud, but it wont make a difference. You wont hear it anyway.
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    What Sixto said, mostly.

    I was in a late night firefight and my hearing was heightened. But the adrenaline and perhaps a little shock at the situation kept me from feeling any pain or hearing any ringing in my ears until afterwards.

    So, like Sixto said (only slightly different), it will be loud but it won't matter when the SHTF in your house.

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    You will notice your ears ringing for a few days, and the Cops will have to speak loudly to you as the remove the BG from the floor.

    But you really won't remember a bang
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    Invest in some electronic earmuffs...Then you'll be fine and he'll be dead.
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    Dont forget your safety glasses and shooting gloves!
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    Ive used them entering and clearing houses. The flash isnt that bad even with NVG's
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    A home defense shotgun's place is inside the home. Yes, it's louder than outside. Yes, you'd still wish you had ear protection, but it's nothing like the sharp report of a rifle shot. You can also go with "detuned" rounds, for example 2-3/4" 0 buckshot instead of 3" magnum 00 buckshot. It'll be a lesser round, sure, but in 12ga still fairly devastating at close distances.

    As a test, head to any shotgun range and run a couple rounds of trap shooting with a 12ga defensive shotgun. While I don't exactly recommend this, you can try a round or two without ear protection, to see what it's like. 'Cause, we can describe it for days, but you won't really know until you experience it.

    For me, 12ga loads aren't really much of a problem (noise-wise), even with the heavier magnum loads. But then, I came through the 1970's with its loud rock music being the norm, so I don't count.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    Dont forget your safety glasses and shooting gloves!


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    It also sounds a lot louder when your not the one shooting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    Dont forget your safety glasses and shooting gloves!
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    Thanks guys, I know that if I'm forced to shoot a weapon indoors in the dark regardless of the caliber or type of weapon I'm not going to hear so well after words, I just didn't want the flash/bang to be so much as to disorient myself and slow my follow up re-action time.
    I know, I should just sleep in my electronic ear muphs then I could hear the bg and not go deaf while shooting him, I should also probably just wear my yellow range glasses, you know for better night vision and all, maybe sleep standing up with my back against the wall and the shottie proped up to my shoulder.
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    Any weapon indoors without hearing protection is loud and may damage your hearing, but you won't really notice the noise while you are doing it.

    From outside a shoot house M-16's sound really loud, when you are in running it (not that you should run it without hearing protection) it doesn't seem nearly as loud.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gdalton View Post
    Alright guys, I want to up my HD and I am thinking 870 but I have to wonder what firing one of these beast indoors, in the dark would be like. I fear that the first shot would leave me deaf and blind and useless to follow up if needed. Does anyone have experience or advise in the use of shotguns indoors?
    Thanks.

    Check out the "tactical" loads; they're loaded down to handle easier at moderate ranges/indoors, etc. For my SxS I have some Aguilla Mini-Shells, but they're not quite long enough to cycle reliably in my Mossy 500 (short enough that about every second or third "rolls" end-over-end while cycling the action). YMMV, however, so you may try them for yourself. I seriously doubt they would cause any auto to cycle. The ones I have are a mix of #4 and #1 buck for pattern density, but I can still carry a half-dozen or more in my regular jeans pocket comfortably.
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