How do self loading shotguns deal with neglect? An owner who's not going to lubricate it routinely as it sits in a dusty environment (ie under the bed)?
For average Joe Gun Owner, clearing rooms in their home, alone, with an AR or shotgun is ridiculously stupid at best, downright dangerous at worst.
Long guns serve the purpose of barricaded defensive shooting in my HD plan. If my wife thinks she heard a noise, I'm not going to check the kids room with an AR and a 1000 lumen surefire WML. If all my layers of security have alerted me that someone is in my home, the plan is to retrieve the kids with handheld light and pistol, move kids to safe area, call 911, and wait for the cavalry. While barricaded a long gun would be trained on the possible entry point and used if someone attempts to gain access. I have to believe that a used 870p, 500/590, Benelli M4 or any AR would work equally well in this scenario.
If you want to buy an AR and take carbine classes and shoot 3 gun DO IT. It is awesome. It is fun. Quality ARs are way more expensive than quality shotguns and pistols. That's just a fact. They are not necessarily better for actual HD use than a shotgun or pistol. If money is a concern and AR is the absolute last thing I would recommend. If you want to defend your home, read all you can about home security. Get a security system, get a big nasty dog, harden your house, buy better locks, film your windows, get better interior doors and locks, get a gun that you can afford to become very proficient with, get a good quality handheld light and keep it by your bed, and lastly build all these things into a plan that makes sense to you and your family and practice it. If an 870 in a safe in your closet makes sense then by all means do it, don't buy an AR or a shotgun or a pistol because it's what the cool kids have. Guns are not magic. If you don't know someone is in your house it doesn't matter what kind of gun you have. You cannot plan for everything, but sticking a cheap shotgun it pistol under your bed should not make you feel safe. Guns are a part of any well thought out home security plan unless you plan to be a victim, but they don't warn you of anything. If money is limited, spend your money where it makes sense.
If you decide a shotgun makes sense buy the best one you can afford. I like the tang safety on the Mossberg 500/590/930 due to handedness. They are very reasonable and even a 930 Jm pro semi auto is cheaper than a Colt 6920 AR. Used 870s can be found very cheap. Benelli semi autos have a very good reputation for reliability but are very expensive. I hope this helps.
Both are reliable and durable and will not allow the user to lock them up via short stroking the action. Pump guns take a shitton of practice to "be as reliable" as an auto because of this. For example, my Benelli have literally never jammed. Ever. Unless I was running 1145fps trap loads from the hip or goofing off, but with any field birdshot, etc fired from the shoulder, never a jam. That's 5 guns over almost 10 years. How many of you can say that you haven't short stroked a pump gun once during your first 10 years of shooting them?
Last edited by Unobtanium; 01-12-2017 at 05:18 AM.
I'd also like to say, in a post all its own...because I feel that strongly about it...
Unless you are clearing through a structure to get to and protect a loved one...you're full of Dunning Kruger if you're doing it by yourself.
Back on topic, the 1301 does seem awesome and would be another worthy of consideration for me.
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Last edited by NerdAlert; 01-12-2017 at 05:37 AM.
Last time this came up the Benelli Super Nova had high remarks for a solid pump gun, but I've got no personal experience myself.
I would choose a 590 over a 590A1. That thick barrel is heavy. Then again, that would help with felt recoil. Mossberg makes or made a 20" defensive 20ga with ghost rings but to my knowledge good 20 gauge defensive loads are hard to come by.
That all is, of course, if your friend is dead set on a $750-or-less shotgun and is willing to put in the time to get good with a pump. And even then is more likely to muck it up than an auto choking( if its a good auto)
Last edited by Bigghoss; 01-12-2017 at 06:50 AM.
Thanks for all the inputs. I passed along the link to this thread, he has a friend who owns a gunstore and he has the weekend off. When I see him monday I expect he will probably have bought something. This all came about because we started discussing his home gun a J Frame loaded with unknown ammo. So I had the opportunity to share knowledge I have gleaned from here concerning J Frame ammo. That led to a conversation about home defense and was a JFrame only the best option. Then I started sharing info from this thread
and he decided a JFrame was insufficient for home defense.
So thanks Tom for this Forum and thanks all for the input.
uneducated and low information
I'll wager you a PF dollar..
He needed a healthy dose of bonded bullets. LSP552