What options do you have, if any, on your home defense shotgun?

What options do you have, if any, on your home defense shotgun?

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  • Red dot optic

    2 3.85%
  • Weapon mounted light

    24 46.15%
  • Sling

    20 38.46%
  • Side saddle shell (ammo) holder

    32 61.54%
  • Magazine tube extension

    19 36.54%
  • Barrel clamp

    5 9.62%
  • Other

    14 26.92%
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    What options do you have, if any, on your home defense shotgun?

    My research on putting together a home defense shotgun "system" also includes the accessories that might be mounted on it. I know a side saddle shell holder seems to be something I would probably want, as well as a weapon mounted light. Probably a sling, too. I'm not sure how essential a red dot is if you have ghost ring sights, or the necessity of a barrel clamp or magazine extension tube?

    I'm curious to see what accessories others here find helpful or essential. I will probably be outfitting a Mossberg 930 Tactical SPX.
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    Side saddle, light and mag extension. Just a bead for a sight as that is what I am used to in the woods and fields.
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    Quote Originally Posted by G26Raven View Post
    My research on putting together a home defense shotgun "system" also includes the accessories that might be mounted on it. I know a side saddle shell holder seems to be something I would probably want, as well as a weapon mounted light. Probably a sling, too. I'm not sure how essential a red dot is if you have ghost ring sights, or the necessity of a barrel clamp or magazine extension tube?

    I'm curious to see what accessories others here find helpful or essential.
    I'm possibly looking to get a light mounted onto my Remington 870 Express with 18.5" barrel. This is the standard wooden stock/fore-end version of their "Tactical" model and doesn't have any picatinny rails. The kind of light I want clamps down on the barrel itself. There is one at my LGS in their 40% off bin I've been looking at but not sure if it's a good light or not.
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    My home-defense shotgun is a stock Mossberg 500. The only accessory is ammo.
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    For what this may be worth as Iím sharing personal opinions relevant to my home defense shotgun.

    The Mossberg 930 SPX you mentioned in another shotgun post holds 7+1, 9 total if you decide to ghost load.

    Again, this is personal opinion but if 9 rounds of OO Buck donít get the job done I doubt Iíd have time to double load more shells from a saddle shell holder unless I was John Wick.

    The SPX comes with a tube extension so I donít need one of those

    I spent around $17 and bought a tube clamp. Too bad for me that Iím overly particular about marring up the finish on my guns so the barrel clamp found a home in the back of the bottom dresser drawer. Since Iím not going to be out in the woods playing Rambo with the shotgun it really wonít serve the purpose of protecting the tube extension from getting bent and Iíd have to take it on and off every time I clean the weapon

    I had an extra Vortex red dot sight that I put on it. Works great for the range but Iím rather hoping I never have the need to see how well it works at night on a home intrusion

    Anyhow, just sharing some random thoughts on your question
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    Quote Originally Posted by Erich1B View Post
    I spent around $17 and bought a tube clamp. Too bad for me that Iím overly particular about marring up the finish on my guns so the barrel clamp found a home in the back of the bottom dresser drawer.
    I too am picky about keeping my firearms in nice condition and I thought about the clamp on the light I was looking at possibly marring up the finish on my barrel. However, it does have some nice, thick, rubber padding on the clamps but I don't how long these will hold up.
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    I read that some people used electrical tape around the barrel and tube extension where the clamp would go to protect the finish but I didnít want to fool with anything like that.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Fraime View Post
    I too am picky about keeping my firearms in nice condition and I thought about the clamp on the light I was looking at possibly marring up the finish on my barrel. However, it does have some nice, thick, rubber padding on the clamps but I don't how long these will hold up.
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    I voted light and mag tube extension, but technically I just have a long mag tube. Greatly prefer an AR platform for home defense.
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    Light, side saddle, extended tube, ghost ring sights, adjustable stock.
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    Most of the duty shotguns around here have slings, and our Bloop Gun (plain old $79 H&R Walmart 12 ga single shot) has a shortened LOP, Kick-Ezz pad, 18.5" barrel and a tritium front bead.
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    Only thing I have is a magazine tube extension.
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    For a home defense shotgun, I feel a light is important. If you want to keep a wood forend and not mount a rail on it... there are options like this.

    https://www.midwayusa.com/product/100531033?pid=667570

    There is another one that fits between the barrel and extension/barrel nut, that gives a short rail for a pistol mount... but forget who puts it out. Want to say Streamlight, but they may have dropped it when they put out their light forends.

    On my 870P and TAC-14... Magpul forend with rail and TLR-1.

    Side saddle is big, as is a sling. I donít usually add extensions, but try to get them on the gun when I buy. Exception being my TAC-14... added a +1 to that. But sort of debating on AOWing it, so I can do a side-folding brace again. Or SBR it and just do a folding Minimalist stock.
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    The poll does not have no accessories as an option.
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    I voted sling , my home defense shotguns pull double duty as hunting guns .
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    I have a light mounted and side saddle ammo carrier.
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