Combat shotgun for when the zombies arrive

Combat shotgun for when the zombies arrive

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    Combat shotgun for when the zombies arrive

    So I was thinking I am underarmed for not having a reliable combat shotgun. I have seen some Saigas and do like them but wanted to see what my options were. I prefer a barrel that isn't too long and semi-auto, of course. I also want a gun that can shoot combat loads (slugs) and buckshot. Reliability is very very important. A folding stock would be nice so I can carry it in a bag, but it may not be easy to get so fixed is fine.

    What are my options? Help this shotgun newbie out please. When the zombies arrive, I need this not just for them but for the disenchanted Tea Party type and unbalanced extreme Lefties. I'll have plenty of handguns and machetes. I may even have a broad sword and a machete or two by then...never know when stealth is needed. Thanks!

    EDIT: Sorry, I posted this in the wrong forum. Mods, please feel free to move it to the Combat Shotgun/Rifles forum.


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    How about a nice Mossberg 500? Relatively inexpensive ($200), 7 round mag, robust design. I prefer the standard stock for shooting comfort and to retain the ability to deliver a nice butt-stroke to some deserving trespasser, but my brother has the same model all tricked out with folding stock, pistol grip forearm, etc. I also don't subscribe to the "wait till they hear you rack it and scare 'em" philosophy. Mine is stoked with two 00 buckshots up front, two slugs, and three more 00's. The light has a pressure pad.I dremmelled out the forearm for the pad and then use a drop of hot glue to keep it in place. Just permanent enough, but pretty easy to pry off if need be. If I could only have one weapon, this is it.


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    I like the Saiga 12

    Sorry I gotta get my camera out and get you a photo but it is made just like an AK only 12 gauge or 20 gauge.
    Piston operated and had a detachable magazine.

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    First of all, aside from the Saiga, you may have trouble finding a semi-auto shotgun that can sport a folding stock. A lot of the semi's have part of the recoil system that extends into the buttstock, and so you won't be able to put a folding stock on.

    I think one of the better bangs for the buck in this area is the Mossberg 930 SPX. I have one, and so far through probably 800-1000 rounds it has been reliable, with high or low brass target loads, buckshot and slugs. The sights on this model are pretty good, and the rear LPA sight is adjustable for windage and elevation. You just need to make sure the front sight isn't canted when you buy it. 7+1 capacity and an 18.5" barrel, doesn't hurt either, and I like the location of the safety on Mossberg shotguns.

    Give them a look, new they can be found for around or under $600, which is significantly less than the FN or Benelli models, and the sights are a big advantage over basic semi-auto models.
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    You may want to check out the Remington 11-87P. It is the police version of their 11-87 shotgun. You may also wish to check out the Beretta 1201 or the Benelli line of police shotguns. Personally since you want it for home and personal defense my advice would be to try to keep things simple and check out the pump action shotguns. In the police line you have the Mossberg 500 series as well as the Remington 870P. Also the sporting versions of each are available with shorter barrels just for this purpose. There are so many out there that choosing one may be difficult. At home I was lucky enough to locate 2 Remington 870 Wingmasters with 20 inch barrels with rifle sights. One other advantage the pump action may have is it is more forgiving with light loads that may not fuction well in semi-auto shotguns. Good luck in finding the one that works for you.

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    If you get a pump gun you need to get used to it. A semi-auto like the Moss 930 SPX is a very nice gun with a point and shoot. Aiming with a pump especially when the zombies are coming fast and furious may trip you up. I can shoot a pump just fine but can stay on target better with a semi. Go shoot doubles skeet and see witch one is faster.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrBuckwheat View Post
    I like the Saiga 12

    Sorry I gotta get my camera out and get you a photo but it is made just like an AK only 12 gauge or 20 gauge.
    Piston operated and had a detachable magazine.
    Im with Mrbuckwheat on the saiga 12 ga


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    Oh man, my head is full. The Saigas look really good. The folding stock is not a must. I have used a pump at the skeet field and I don't stay on target very well with them. It's just me, of course....my buddy shoots them incredibly well.

    So I will start doing more and more research on the Saigas and the Remingtons, Mossbergs, etc. Please keep the comments coming...info and knowledge from the forum is how many of us learn and do things the right way the first time. I did not think about the location of the safety...I do like that on the Mossberg.

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    Mossberg 500, sling, 280 lumen tac lite, side saddle, Butler Creek folding stock, Vang Comp aluminum safety. Run it until you can rock and roll.
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    I tried a folding stock on my 870 Express and was very unhappy with it. I switched over to the Knoxx Recoil Reducing AR style stock and have thoroughly enjoyed it.

    The only problem with buying one of these HD shotguns is you'll want to keep buying stuff for them.
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    I'd recommend the 20 gauge Saiga

    The lightness and low-recoil makes a huge difference if you're running in terror.

    (Again, ET is more likely than zombies, simple math proclaims. And the 7.62x51 is the best common round vs. ET.)
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    I don't know of any semi-auto other than Saiga that is going to fit what your looking for. Now if you want to go with a pump, the 870 or Mossberg 500 would work.
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    Rem 870 12 ga here, 18-1/2" bbl, 6 round tube and another 5 on the adjustable stock with pistol grip, adjustable stock so it fits everyone in the house. Loaded up with 00. Parkarized fininsh for durability. I think it was around $450 a couple years ago. Nice solid shotgun and every accessory you could want will can be found for it.
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    Good info on this thread. I am also in the market for a 12ga. A question I have is about Canadas laws pertaining to bringing a shotgun across thier borders. I know we can't bring in handguns but would like to armed going thru to Alaska. I also like the idea of a a semi auto I think its easy to panic and forget to rack a round when a bear is charging.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sid1 View Post
    Im with Mrbuckwheat on the saiga 12 ga

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