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I have three Glocks for CCW. I am not a shotgun guy but I am trying to convince myself I should buy a home defense shotgun.

I have read about the Mossberg 500 or 590 and the Remington 870. I have also read articles and reviews about both and as usual the Mossberg and Remington have various advantages and disadvantages.

Does anyone have experience or opinions with these shotguns that you can share?

Also with the current gun buying frenzy I would be surprised if I could find a new shotgun. I have looked on Armslist and Gunbroker. I have never bought a used firearm and I have never used a firearms "auction" site. Any thoughts or recommendations on this?

Thanks very much, Bill
 
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I own a Remington 870 pump with an 18” barrel. I can shoot quickly and accurately. Pretty basic but solid.

Heard good things about the Mossberg as well.
 

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Have an 870 that’s over 25 years old. Bought it for under $200.00, with chokes and a 28’ barrel. Solid shotgun. I’d like to find a short barrel for home defense. I believe it holds 9 shells.


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The good news is: You can’t go wrong.

My preference is toward the Moss 500. My absolute favorite. I like the tang safety (long guns are left handed, for me) and the weight/balance. I was issued one and went through the Academy with it.

I was issued a 590, at my second agency. Solid shotgun. Heavy, but will last forever.

The 870 just isn’t my favorite. Probably because the controls are not in the same place as the Mossbergs I’ve used and trained on. I have a H&R Pardner (870 clone, very inexpensive) I bought new, a few months ago. It works.
 

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I shoot lefty sometimes, shotty gotta have a tang safety.
Thanks for mentioning you shoot left handed. I shoot my Glocks with my left hand as my strong hand and I focus on the front sight with my left eye. When I pick up a rifle or shotgun I naturally shoot with my right hand trigger finger on the trigger. It is hard for me to move my left eye over the sights. This might be a problem shooting a shotgun.

I have been told you just have to point the shotgun in the general direction of the bad guy and shoot with no sighting, etc. I don't know if I believe that.
 

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Thank for mentioning you shoot left handed. I shoot my Glocks with my left hand as my strong hand and I focus on the front sight with my left eye. When I pick up a rifle or shotgun I naturally shoot with my right hand trigger finger on the trigger. It is hard for me to move my left eye over the sights. This might be a problem shooting a shotgun.

I have been told you just have to point the shotgun in the general direction of the bad guy and shoot with no sighting, etc. I don't know if that is true or not.
Not really- always aim at what you’re shooting at, never simply point in a general direction, shotgun or not.

If buying new, go with Mossberg, but I like older pre-Freedom Group 870s (prior time 2006 mfg).
 

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Both are good quality firearms, but being left handed I prefer the Mossberg 500 and/or 590 due to placement of the safety. The Tang safety, for me, is much faster and easier to get the firearm ready to TCOB than the Cross-Bolt safety on the 870.
 

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I have been told you just have to point the shotgun in the general direction of the bad guy and shoot with no sighting, etc. I don't know if I believe that.
Watch some YouTube videos on how much shotguns spread with different rounds. You need to aim, same as a pistol. Yes, you can point shoot up very close. No, you can’t just shoot in the general direction, any other time.

I’m left eye dominant and shoot all long guns left-handed, when possible.
 
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Ford vs Chevy. Go to a gun shop and handle both to see which fits you better. Both have pros and cons but are solid choices.
Good advice but I'll doubt he can find either in a in a gun store now.
 

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I'm not much help when it comes to pump shotguns because I don't have much experience with one. When I decided to buy a home defense shotgun I went the semi-auto route. I was concerned with short stroking a pump.

This is like my Beretta 1201FP (6+1+1) w/20" barrel. I shot several steel plate side matches with it so I would be proficient with it. It's a very reliable and quick cycling gun (inertia action).

 

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Shoot them both and buy the one you like better. Short of that, play with some in the store, and pick the one you like better. Maybe it isn't a popular opinion, but beyond personal preference for where controls are, they are identical in function for home defense. Their primary requirements are to sit there indefinitely in a climate controlled American home, and never get used except at the range... until the unlikely day they are asked to fire 0 to 8 rounds without jamming. Both are easily capable of that, and both are endlessly customizable. Buy whichever you like more. There's no "better" or "worse" choice here.
 

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They do expand. I’m hoping next gun show to exchange 2 870s. I just don’t care for them as much. 1 is un-fired. Useful tool. L started on Mossberg safety. But the 870 is easy to learn, I have a bit more trust in the 870.
 

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I like my 590a1 a whole lot. I've had a lot of issues with newer Remington firearms so I avoid them like the plague. The old ones were fantastic I just prefer the 500 series over the 870.
 
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