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Need help with 1st tactical shotgun

Discussion in 'Tactical Shotguns' started by jkalantzis, Apr 15, 2010.

  1. jkalantzis


    Jan 16, 2010
    I've never owned a tactical shotgun, or any shotgun for that matter. I would like some feedback on what you guys think is the perfect 1st shotgun for someone. It will be used for home defense and if shtf. Thanks in advance gt. I see the remington 870 seems to be pretty popular, is this the one?
  2. curriek


    Feb 13, 2008
    Grand Rapids, MI
    Remington 870, Mossberg 500/590 are the popular ones.

  3. Joshhtn

    Joshhtn The eBay Guy Silver Member

    Mar 31, 2009
    Middle Tennessee
    ^^^^ Good HD Shotguns!
  4. jkalantzis


    Jan 16, 2010
    What about the mossberg 930 spx? Vs the rem 870
  5. I’ve got both the 930 SPX and the Remington 870 (25077) . I love my 930 SPX with over 600 shells fired mostly low brass target loads with no malefactions. But there is something about a pump. I have five 00 buck in my extended magazine tube.
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2010
  6. All good suggestions so far.If you are on a tight budget get a Maverick.tom.:cool:
  7. TECH51


    Mar 28, 2010
    That is a good answer. That way if you don't like the .73 rifle your not out a lot of $$
  8. The 870 seems to be the most popular, with the Mossberg coming in second. The Maverick is invariably mentioned as a cheaper alternative. However the NEF Pardner is another option . Those that don't own one will bash it, but those that do own one are fond of them.

    I like mine.

    I am 200+ shells into it and I have yet to have a malfunction of any kind.
  9. dc2integra


    Oct 3, 2009
    mossberg 500 if u got the extra cash get the 870 its a solid gun
  10. I have got to ask. If you have never owned a shotgun, why are you selecting that weapon for HD? If it is to fill out a battery I understand, but if this is your HD starting point I'd sure look at things. The shotgun is the toughest platform to learn to use well.
  11. kabob983

    kabob983 "Mostly" Dead

    Jun 27, 2005
    Birmingham, AL
    I dunno about the toughest to use well but it's the easiest to use period. Pump, click, pump, click while aiming in the general proximity beats anything else.
  12. Having trained a lot of folks on a lot of different platforms I'd have to disagree with that.
    That statement is an excellent example of why people need to get some training in shotguns. Almost anything beats "pump, click while aiming in the general proximity."
  13. GAFinch


    Feb 23, 2009
    Everyone hears that, then can't understand why their shoulder gets bruised up so bad: bad posture and not keeping the gun pressed firmly into their shoulder while shooting.
  14. dc2integra


    Oct 3, 2009
    the hardest plaform to learn to shoot well is a handgun hands down.a shotgun is fairly easy operate
  15. jkalantzis


    Jan 16, 2010
    It would not be my only HD gun, I have several others. It is just what I can imagine using it for. Thanks for all the suggestions.
  16. N/Apower


    Jan 17, 2010
    My first tactical shotgun was an M4. I skipped all the intermediate steps working up to it. However, I think perhapse I will add an 870 at some point.
  17. mitchshrader

    mitchshrader Deceased

    Jun 14, 2005
    the easiest gun to shoot for a novice is a double action revolver.

    the pump shotgun doesn't matter, but it's good to have choke tubes, or a second barrel, for hunting purposes. Literally doesn't matter, be it Winchester, Ithaca 37, recyled riot gun, or two credit cards worth of the latest and greatest.

    Shotguns are deadly AT CLOSE RANGE WITH HEAVY LOADS.. Don't hunt folks with birdshot, stay under 40 yards with buck and 75 with slugs until you're darn well sure your skill matches or exceeds your expectations. The gun is cheap, the training & necessary ammo isn't.
  18. I've always been an 870 man. I have a Mossberg, but I like 870's.
    870's are solid, reliable, and there seems to be more parts out
    there to customize with.
    Go to JD's site, and read some of the information
    he as there about 870's and defensive shotguns in general.
    It may give you some more insight and help you make up your mind.
    Good luck on your choice.
  19. mixflip


    Mar 4, 2009
    Everybody knows you have a higher hit probability with one trigger pull of a shoulder fired shotgun vs one trigger pull of a handgun (1 bullet vs 9 shots of 00-buck)

    It doesnt take rocket science and ninja tactical shotgun combat skills to learn to use a pump shotgun for home defense "effectively". Key word is effectively not LEO or soldier combat proficiently just simple home defense effective.

    It takes training but basically its simple, my wife locks the bedroom door, grabs the 12 gauge, calls 911, takes cover behind the bed to make herself a small target and uses the bed as a bench to aim the shotgun at the fatal funnel (the door way) and yells out I have a gun, go away I called 911.

    If he still breaks in, BANG! 9 shots of 00-buck all at once...vs 1 shot of 40 cal which could be harder for my wife to hit COM while scared, pumped up full of adrenaline and stressed.

    She aint gonna be doing a building search, or pieing corners or breaching doors ect ect...

    This is not everyones mindset and I dont loose sleep worrying about it because my wife is handy with her G19 also.
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2010
  20. Yes, as is a handgun. Both are hard to learn to operate well.

    I think one can make a pretty good case that LEO effectiveness level is the MINIMUM needed for "home defense effective".

    Great. As part of a battery it makes good sense, as the start of the battery maybe not so much.
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2010