Defensive Tools- The Defensive Shotgun

These weapons posts I wrote for another blog and I’m reposting them here
7 Sept, 2012
The shotgun, in its basic form, is one of the most versatile firearms an individual can own. As shown in this video, it can be made to fire object not intended for firearms, using propellants that are antiquated, and are difficult be use in modern firearms of the non-shotgun variety. This entry is about a specific type of shotgun, the riotgun. We will discuss shotguns for sustainment survival in another entry. The riot, or as I like to call it now, the flashmobgun, is one of the most intimidating and useful firearms available to the average civilian.  The two primary types available for this use are the pump/slide action, and the semi-automatic. Of these two types, the primary feeding method is the tube fed magazine under the barrel, with a few available, which have a box magazine feeding system. The pump shotgun is known for utter reliability with any type of ammunition, but the semi auto has made a lot of headway in that department, and all things being equal, there is no reason to not get a semi auto, unless funds are limited. There are so many defensive shotguns out there, you would need a book to cover them all, so we’re going to cover the ones I’ve had experience with, which covers the majority. As to the chambering of your shotgun, go with 12 or 20 Gauge, 12 is more available, 20 works better for small framed people, and they are both manstoppers.
Mossberg– There is a reason the military adopted the Mossberg 590 back in the ‘80’s. It was more reliable than the others in the competition. A 9 shot, M16 bayonet mounted shotgun, that has ghost ring peep sights, and an excellent record of reliability, is hard to beat in a serious defensive situation. Mossberg offers two pump series, and one semi auto series. In the pumps, you have the 500 series, and the 590 series. Both series have a variety of models available from the manufacturer, In semi auto, Mossberg has the 930 series, which has a number of models available as well. The Mossberg shotgun is known for being an economic, reliable option, no matter what model you choose, but keep in mind, semi auto’s of equal quality rarely are close in price. Usually semi auto’s are about a third more or higher in price, when compared to a similar pump shotgun. Mossberg would be my first choice, I have owned a number of them, and they have never let me down. I have a 590 purchased in ’88, that has had over 15,000 rounds through it, and is still going strong. I carried a short 590 in Iraq, and never had a problem with it. In short I have trusted my life to a Mossberg shotgun, and it never let me down. BTW, one of the best features I have found about Mossberg shotguns is the ambidextrous safety located on the rear top of the receiver, if you’re a lefty, you will really appreciate this feature. Accessories abound for the 500/590 guns.
Remington– The first shotgun I ever used hunting, was a Remington, and I used them in a law enforcement setting for years. Remington is known for putting out a solid, economical workhorse of a shotgun, and have probably sold more than any other. Models available include pumps in the 870, and the new 887, and auto’s in the 1100, 11-87, and the Versa Max. I have never been impressed with the reliability record of Remington Semi auto shotguns, the pumps, on the other hand, I have never seen malfunction. As with the Mossberg, accessories abound for the 870/1100 guns, and this is an important consideration, when looking for a firearm.
Winchester– I used a Winchester 1200 for a couple years, and never had any issues with it. It was a reliable, economical gun, and the only reason I got rid of it, was a logistics one, I decided to stock parts for only Mossberg pumps. The 1200/1300 series were great guns, and if the new models, the SXP pump, SX2, and SX3 semi’s are any reflection of former Winchester guns, they should be fine. I have not used the newer guns, except to handle them, but Winchester has a reputation of reliability in it’s shotguns, that can’t be ignored. Most of the accessories available for the Mossberg and Remington guns are available for the Winchester 1200/1300 series, but the newer guns don’t have that luxury.
For reference, prices on the Mossberg/Remington/Winchester pumps, start around $200 and go up from there. Semi auto’s usually start around $500 and go up.
Kel Tec– I have listed Kel Tec next, mainly because of the unique shotgun they offer. If you can’t find one you like from the Mossberg/Remington/Winchester group, and are looking on compact, without sacrificing a shoulder stock, the KelTec KSG is for you. I’m a huge fan of Keltec, and the innovative products they have been putting out for some time now. The KSG is a reliable, compact, high capacity pump shotgun, that really has no equal.  The KSG costs around $800 or more, when you can find it, but it is well worth looking for if a compact, high capacity shotgun is what you need. The KSG is a bullpup pump action, feeding from side by side selective 7 round magazines. This means you can load one magazine with slugs for vehicle stops, and one magazine with buckshot, for personnel issues, and be able to select what type of ammo you need at a moments notice. This shotgun is only 26.1 inches long, which is the length of most shotguns with just a pistol grip and no stock. The rail on top of the barrel, means you can mount a scope, red dot sight, or iron sight, depending what you prefer. This is the only shotgun I would consider spending more than $500 dollars on, as I’ve own some of the more expensive ones, and they didn’t fill the roll any better than the $400 pump did. The KSG is everything you need in a flashmob gun, and nothing you don’t.
Benelli– The name Benelli usually invokes two thoughts in knowledgeable people, expensive, and reliable. Benelli’s  M1, M2, M3 convertible, and M4/1040 autoloaders are all good guns, but except for the M3 convertible (you can use it as a pump if it won’t cycle the ammo semi automatically) they don’t come close to offering economically what the cheaper quality pumps do. The only reason I include the M3 is due to it’s convertible versatility, but I still do not advocate spending well over $1000 on a shotgun, period. The Supernova pumps are ok, and I’ve used them in a law enforcement setting, along with an M1, but your going to start price wise, where most of the other good quality pumps stop, around $500. Like I said, I’ve used the Benelli’s, even owned an M4 for a while, but for the money, they’re nothing special, especially when the only real advantage of the semi, is shooting from the prone, as compared to a pump. BTW, accessories are expensive, just like the guns.
FN– I’m a huge fan of FN, I’ve owned a number of their firearms, and always considered them to be quality. The P-12 pump, from what I’ve heard (which isn’t much), is a reliable, quality shotgun, but the price is about $700 and up, and not worth it, in my view. The SLP is their semi auto offering, and from what I’ve seen, is probably the most reliable semi auto shotgun on the market. From all I’ve see, it will cycle everything from light game loads, to heavy magnums, with no problems, and this is a huge feat for any semi auto shotgun. Price is starting around $1000 and up, and I’ve already told you what I think about that. But hey, it’s your money, and the SLP has an awesome reputation. Not to many accessories available yet, but that will probably change.
Saiga– In the box magazine fed shotgun category, there is only one that stands out, and that is the Saiga 12. The Saiga 12 is an shotgun adaptation of the AK rifle action, and has a reputation for reliability, not unlike the AK. Mags are available from 5 round, to 7,8,10, and 12, and there is also a 20 round drum available. Prices for the basic no frills straight stock model is in the $600 range, but can go over $1000 very easily, depending on the model you get. Mags are pretty expensive, and you need to keep that in mind, since, unlike the tube fed shotguns, you need extra mags for this gun. On the other hand, the Saiga 12 has a huge firepower advantage over the tube fed models,so pick you poison.
JCD
American by BIRTH, Infidel by CHOICE

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