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Firearms

The Shotgun for Home Defense

Not long ago, the conversation turned to shotguns at the gun shop. While even the folks that are not the ones we call “gunny” know the merits of a shotgun for home defense, there are many opinions on the proper load and the best shotgun. However, the shotgun is only the launcher, it is the load that does the damage.

Angled pistol grip of the Magpul SGA stock

Gun Gear

Review: Magpul SGA Stock — A Shotgun’s Best Upgrade

There are three firearms used for personal defense—the pistol, rifle, and shotgun. The shotgun is sometimes shied away from due to its recoil. The proper technique, leaning into the shotgun and controlling recoil, goes a long way, and so does extensive practice with light recoiling birdshot loads. When that isn’t enough, turn to Magpul’s SGA stock for a custom recoil taming fit.

Stevens 320 Security 12 gauge shotgun black pump with pistol grip

Firearms

5 Home Defense Shotguns for the Budget-Minded

When it comes to personal safety, it is always good policy to buy the best you can afford. After all, if you were preparing to jump out of a plane, would you be comforted to know you were wearing the cheapest parachute on the market? Fortunately, parachutes are not shotguns. In fact, you do not have to break the bank or your budget to get a home defense shotgun worthy of relying on to protect you and your castle. Here are five top shotgun choices that will not break the bank.

youth wearing orange safety vest and shotgun

Competitive Shooting

Choosing a First Shotgun

A shotgun is the most versatile firearm you’ll ever own. Contrary to what you might see on TV, shotguns do not magically hit every target, and the recoil is not so brutal that it will knock you off your feet. Likewise, not every shotgun is equally suited to every shooter or situation. With a little research and forethought, you’ll be ready to choose a shotgun that will perform when needed and be comfortable to shoot.

4 GI type 1911 pistols

Camping & Survival

Preppers: Choose Your Weapons

The question is, when the man says to choose your weapons, what is the choice? The real question must be what is the threat. I think most of us realize we need a handgun to always be with us and a long gun to even the odds and provide real protection. For a long term prepper to cover the needs and situation from a fixed base, the list is longer.

Assortment of 12 gauge shotguns shells with a shotgun and camo clothing

Firearms

New Shotguns for 2018 — SHOT Show Edition

Shotguns are the ultimate all-purpose firearm. With your favorite shotgun, you can head to the range to bust a few clays, clear a doorway when defending the homestead, or down a deer with slugs buckshot. Therefore, it is no surprise that shotguns are anything but a sideshow. Here are 20+ top scatterguns to fit every shooter’s high demands.

Bob Campbell shooting a pump shotgun

General

Thoughts on Home Defense Preparation

The most dangerous places are outside the home. Inside the home, we have barriers including outer doors, glass, and hard interior doors. Hopefully, the family has your back, and you have a plan. If not, you have more problems than even this article can address.

Remington 870 black pump-action shotgun laying on some wood logs

Safety and Training

5 Home-Defense Shotgun Tips and Accessories

For those considering a shotgun, there is no shortage of arguments in your favor. Since its invention, the shotgun has served a defensive and offensive role in law enforcement, military duty, personal defense, and hunting. It is truly a multipurpose weapon. In the hands of a seasoned shotgunner, it offers a level of precision whether breaking clays or on the tactical shotgun course. However, in the home it can be the difference between life and death.