2 Best Shotguns for Home Defense
Good Day to all of you guys and gals out there in Ready Nutrition Reader-land! Today we’re going to review JJ’s favorite shotguns to recommend for our prepper community. What good are all of your supplies if you can’t protect them from bears, burglars, or would-be marauders when a collapse occurs? The two models for discussion are able to be used for home defense and also to put meat on your table as hunting weapons.
The first thing I wish to do is clear up any misconceptions that shotguns are too powerful to be used by the ladies. On the contrary: a shotgun is exactly what the lady of the house needs when “homey the clown” and his gang want to climb in through the window. My wife weighs about “a buck twenty,” and you should see her with a 12 gauge!
The shotgun’s versatility lies in the fact that it is a smoothbore firearm that can take either shells (with lead or steel shot), or slugs (basically a big lead bullet). The shotgun gives home defense a whole new meaning and adds heavy firepower to the prepper’s arsenal. I recommend 12 gauges only. The reason for this is because you can use smaller shot shells for small game, such as pheasant, waterfowl, or quail while not sacrificing size when “homey” visits.
The Remington Model 870 is one of the finest slide action shotguns ever produced in the United States. The 870 was introduced in the early 1950’s. Now it is available both in 12 and 20 gauges. The tubular magazine capacity is (3) 3″ Magnum shells or (4) 2 3/4″ shells. A magazine extension can be employed to give you a higher capacity, and there is a Special Riot-gun model for law enforcement available.
The 870 breaks down very easily for cleaning and servicing, and both of these functions can be accomplished with no difficulty. Rugged, reliable, and easy to use, the 870 saw service with our troops in the Vietnam War and yielded excellent results especially in CQB (close quarters battle). The shotgun is readily available with a polymer/synthetic stock, although JJ’s preference is the older models with wooden stocks.
Number 2 on the list (but JJ’s personal favorite) is the Mossberg Model 500 Series. The 500 was first produced in 1962, and all of the major branches of the United States Armed Forces adopted it for general issue in 1979. Later an offshoot, the Model 590 back in the late 1980’s, replaced it. Yes, the 500 is that good; in this author’s opinion, it is the finest shotgun dollar-for-dollar and performance wise that has ever been made. Barrels for the Model 500 are interchangeable. Isn’t that a nifty little fact that may help you make a decision?