My paranoia levels have reached new heights in the past few years. More so since starting a blog. (And my crazy f***ing neighbor.) So that got me thinking about home defense shotguns. Yeah there a couple in the house, but one is an early 1900'’s breach loader and the other is an uber-expensive 16-gauge Browning automatic. I remember this was covered extensively in the 49th Carnival of Cordite. (and no COC #52 isn't up yet.) So I started looking at what was said.
Say Uncle has some info here and here. (Pistol Camp)
Ten Ring is also in the pistol camp.
Southpark Pundit is a pistol/shotgun guy.
Toys in the Attic is whatever he finds.
Xavier prefers shouguns. He also has a little test.
I am looking for something in the 12 gauge camp. I have a few picked out which I'll go over shortly. I know Cheaper Than Dirt and Cabelas have tons of options for shotguns, including tactical lights, adjustable stocks, bandoleers, grips, and a lot more stuff.
My choices are... (i'd have pictures but blogger will not cooperate.)
Mossberg 500 Persuader
It is listed at $366, but locally it can be had for $287.
Charles Daly Field Tactical
Hey, it's $185 (Nickel for $203)
Norinco Model 982
It is a pound heavier for $234.
Norinco Model 981
Doesn't have the ghost sights for the same price.
Maverick Arms Model 88
High capacity for a stock shotgun
Remington 870 Express
Tons of options available.
Just what do you look for in a home defense shotgun? I know I want a shorter barrel in the 18''’ to 20'' zone and a lighter weight 6-7 pounds. That turns out to be every gun on this list.
The Mossberg, Remington, Winchester, Maverick, and Norinco have the most aftermarket options. And one would assume they would have the most readily available parts.
Also, AnarchAngel has something new on pistol grips and stocks.
I may know some things about firearms but other than those few thing I'm a moron. I need help and suggestions.
Update: I guess I'm looking for recommendations. What has been your choice in this arena?