Remington 870 loaded with 00
This is a discussion on Best Home Defense Shotgun within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; Originally Posted by medmunds21 Owning four handguns, I'm considering what shotgun to purchase for the home especially when I'm away & the wife needs to ...
Rem 870 with reduced recoil shot from TDSUS. You'll need to drill and train your wife to be effective with what you leave at home in your absence. Remember.....if your loved ones can't make a stand without you then you've failed in some way. Make things easy on them and you'll be making things easier on yourself worrying about it when you're gone. Let your backup choose the weapon they are most likely to use in order to defend what you cannot at the time.
Semi autos are less work and less recoil IMO. Shotguns as the ultimate home defense strategy may be questioned. My personal tastes have been intentionally left out.
I would go the 20ga route over 12g reduced recoil for the missus' if there was any chance that she'd ever use it. The Ruger Camp Carbine 9mm is the weapon I will next introduce her to in hopes that she'll adopt it as her own.
ETA: Your better half isn't recoil but shotgun shy. Sorry I confused the comments from some one else about their wife with yours. Still, I don't think a pistol grip model is a good choice. Firing buckshot from the hip may look cool in TV shows but when danger is imminent and a real life threat is in the house, hip shots from a novice shooter is not likely to carry the day. I hope your wife has the wrist strength to wield that monster.
The advantage is that you CAN mix your loads. Low-recoil first. More aggressive second.
In my opinion, the so-called tactical shotgun is just a marketing gimmic for fantasy ninja's.
The best shotgun for home defense is one that you shoot regularly -- at clay birds or for actual hunting. One which with you are familiar and comfortable. You are very unlikely to need an attached flashlight, bayonet, or 8-round magazine. I keep a hunting SxS loaded with #4 birdshot and feel quite safe.
don't forget to pattern your chosen ammo.
My shotgun shoots some better than others. Do a search in the shotgun subform for all posts by member 'janq'. He is a wealth of info when it comes to shotguns.
Trust in God and keep your powder dry
"A heavily armed citizenry is not about overthrowing the government; it is about preventing the government from overthrowing liberty. A people stripped of their right of self defense is defenseless against their own government." -source
No matter which shotgun you pick, get an experienced gunfitter to "fit" it to your body. He/she will make sure that the butt fits correctly on your shoulder and that your reach to the forend is comfortable. A shotgun is more of a pointing weapon rather than an aiming weapon so good fit equals accurate pointing.
"Engage your brain before you engage your weapon" - James "Mad Dawg" Mattis
I've actually never heard of an SD instructor recommending a pistol-grip shotgun for HD. A short barrel is a must, but the number of positions from which a pistol-grip can be fired seems lower than that of a normal stock grip. As well, wrestling away a pistol-grip long-gun is much easier than wrestling away a normal long-gun
ymmv, obviously. The HD gun is going to be used 1000x more at the range than in a 'real' situation, so if you're more likely to enjoy the pistol grip at the range, then it's a good idea (because it will boost your ability to practice).
My Mossberg Persuader trips my trigger; is it the best, I don't know, but IMO it'll do the job easily and it didn't cost me an arm or a leg.