If you are thinking of buying a tactical shotgun for home defense, you really need to get the best and most suitable weapon you can afford. Let’s face it, there is no point in pussy-footing around – you want that bad guy down and down quick.
Certainly I have heard the argument that simply racking a pump action is enough to scare an intruder anyway, but that is simply not the case. He’s probably expecting you to be armed when he breaks in, and all that does is confirming his suspicions. In any event, as a firearm expert once said, the only time intruder should hear that is after you’ve fired the first shot.
If someone is breaking into my home, I don’t want to take any chances. I want something that I KNOW is going to do the job, not keep my fingers crossed that I “might” scare him. In any case, he might well be armed too.
There are a lot of guns to choose from out there, but there are certain criteria that we should stick to. Not the least of these is barrel length. Maneuverability is key here. You need something with a barrel that’s short enough to swing around in a small space. You are not out hunting deer. If you can’t get the barrel through the doorway quickly, you can be in a lot of trouble. So you really need something 20″ or less. Most of the home defense shotguns are this kind of length anyway, but it is a point to bear in mind.
Next, for a tactical home defense shotgun you want a pump action or semi-auto. Why? Because they are easy to load and easy to use. And they hold more than two shells. This is extremely important; suppose it isn’t a bad guy breaking into your home, suppose it’s two bad guys?
You want a gun that has a stock. Sure, there are fans of the pistol grip, and in a very small apartment it might be an option that’s better than nothing at all, but only just. With a pistol grip, you just don’t have the same degree of accuracy that you have with a stock, or if you’re still using sights then you might just need a visit to the dentist afterwards. The stock of a shotgun is there to ensure that you remain in control and hit your target accurately.
You also want a shotgun that has several rounds. As mentioned above, it might just be two bad guys breaking into your home; it could even be more. You need to be sure that you’ve got enough shots to deal with any situation that might arise. If you had three intruders and only two shots and you were spot on target both times, you still have a problem. Let’s have as many rounds as possible.
So what are the ten best tactical home defense shotguns?
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It’s an old favorite, but it’s a favorite for a reason. It is tried and tested in many a bad situation.
It’s a 12 gauge and has an 18.5″ barrel and pump action with a capacity of 6 (+1). Not that it matters much for home defense purposes, but it has Cerakote weather resistant coating. It has a fully adjustable XS Ghost ring sight rain with a removable white bead front sight. SuperCell pad reduces the felt recoil by more than 50%. Yes, it costs a few dollars more, but then it’s a Remington.
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#3. Mossberg 930 SPX
This 12 gauge sports an 18.5″ barrel with a capacity of 7 (+1). It’s a bit more pricey being a semi-auto, but the beauty of that is that you just put the shells in and keep firing until you run out. In addition, it has a rail on top so you can fit a scope or a red dot or holographic sight. Useful if you look out of the window and see the bad guy coming from a distance.
#4. Benelli M4
Probably the granddaddy of shotguns, this is the same one used by the Marines. It’s a 12 gauge with a barrel length of 18.5″ and is a semi-auto. It comes with ghost ring sights. Capacity is 5 (+1), and as the man said, it’s designed to work the first time and every time which is important when it comes to home defense, and there’s no time to play around. Not an inexpensive piece of kit by any means.
This Russian built model is a 12 gauge and is another semi-auto with a detachable magazine holding 5 rounds. It comes with the bolt hold open feature, which allows for quicker changing of magazines. Barrel length is 19″ and it weighs in at 6.85 lbs.
#6. Mossberg 590A1.
This is a 12 gauge with a barrel length at our maximum of 20″. An affordable pump action with ghost ring sights and a whopping 9 rounds. Should be enough to deal with most intruders.
#7. Interstate Arms 12 Gauge Defender
Another pump action model that has a barrel length of 18.5 ” and a capacity of 5 (+1). It also has ghost ring sights, but the big thing with this is that it is cheap. An inexpensive way to defend your family.
#8. Mossberg Maverick 88 Security
This is another inexpensive way to defend your home. Maverick is part of Mossberg, so you know it’s going to be quality. It’s another 12 gauge pump action but doesn’t have ghost ring sights. What it does have is a 7 (+1) capacity.
#9. Interstate Arms Hawk Model 982
Another pump action 12 gauge with a 3″ chamber. It has an adjustable ghost ring sight and an 18.5″ barrel. It’s fitted with a polymer stock with recoil pad and has a capacity of 5 rounds.
#10. Remington 887 Nitro Mag Tactical
This is a pump action with an 18.5″ barrel and a capacity of 4 (+1). It has a top rail for optics, forend rails for lighting accessories and a ported, extended Rem Choke. Capable of blowing a hole through your own front door.
So there you have our selection of the TOP 10 shotguns for home defense (Did You Share With Your Friends Yet? I Hope You Did, Which Means A Lot To Me, and I Really Appreciate That). Before you rush out to buy the one that you think is the best tactical shotgun, there’s one more thing you need to bear in mind.
BONUS: Your Mind!
Two things you really need to be absolutely sure about.
1. The first is that you are fully prepared if the worst should happen. You need to think where you will keep the weapon so that it is to hand if you ever need it.
2. You also need to make sure that if push comes to shove you will use it. There’s precious little point in owning a tactical shotgun for home defense if you stop to worry about using it when faced with an intruder.
Get yourself into the mindset where you know that you WILL shoot to kill if you have to. But I’m totally aware that there are lots of people have little exposure to this aspect, so even if you get the best home defense shotgun, for the sake of your family and the ones that you care, make sure you check out this information about tactical shotgun. Your whole family’s safety is counting on you now.
Thanks to everyone who read this far, I appreciate your time. If I’ve missed out your own personal favorite, or you have some insights to share with the rest of community, please leave your comments below.