This is a discussion on Shotgun for Home Defense within the Defensive Rifles & Shotgun Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; I have two shotguns I use for home defense and night shift police patrol. One is minimalist, indeed, an 870P, with the only substantial changes ...
I have two shotguns I use for home defense and night shift police patrol. One is minimalist, indeed, an 870P, with the only substantial changes being a Vang safety, and a Speedfeed "LE" forend, which is nice and slim; my fingers are not long. It usually wears a Vang-Comped barrel, for tight patterns, but that is for streetfighting, when I want tight patterns. Home defense does not require tight patterns. The sight is a simple bead, which is fast, and works well for sighting from either shoulder.
My other shotgun is quite a custom weapon, an 870 that was given a package treatment by Scattergun Technologies, including a ghost-ring rear sight and tritium front sight. This sight set-up is not as fast, for me, as a simple bead, and works well only from my left shoulder, as I am left-eye dominant. I bought this mostly as a slug gun, for longer-range use. It is not my favored in-home weapon, though it would be quite fine for sitting and waiting for a bad guy, when I will not be switching shoulders, as I do while hunting a bad guy indoors.
Excellent post(s), Rexster.
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get a second barrel for the gun and she will make a great home gun. no need to do any thing else. just a box of 00 buck.
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I found a sale on the short 18.5 barrel for my Mossy 500. Takes about 3 minutes to change from it to the long barrel. I've put lots of rounds thru this gun as a hunter and a shorty. The only thing I don't like about this set-up is the short magazine. I recently saw one for sale similar to mine for $240 with the short barrel, I'd go this route and leave your gun original.
Lots of nice info here guys....Thanks
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Great choice for defending a safe room. Poor choice for navigating the house. If you do navigate the house and you have to remove the gun from firing position at the shoulder remember to use the low ready position with the barrel pointed to the floor. That way if someone attempts to disarm you by grabbing the barrel you might get a shot at their feet and legs allowing you to maintain control of the weapon. If it's pointed up a shot at the ceiling won't do much.
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Just interested to know your thoughts about slings on a HD shotgun since you mentioned shotgun retention.