Only one gun: 12 gauge shotgun or 9mm carbine?

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  1. flatovercrest

    flatovercrest

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    Only one because of budget reasons: would you pick a 12 gauge shotgun or a 9mm carbine?
    Budget is approx $400, so the choice is Mossberg 12G or Keltec Sub2000 (or similar ones).
    Personal defense and outdoor range use.
    TIA.
     
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    Shotgun.
    Its good for birds to bears and everything in between. Just select your loads properly.
     

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    IMHO a normal 12g shotgun or a 12g "firearm" such as the Mossberg Shockwave or Remington TAC-14 would be much more useful when compared to a 9mm carbine thanks to a multitude of different 12g loads available for a wider range of uses.
     
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    For that price, I would get a G19.
     
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    Because of budget reasons, I would go with the carbine. A shotgun is a lot more expensive to train with and the 9mm ammo is inexpensive and can be shared with a pistol as well. The Keltec will also share commonality with a Glock pistol for magazines...which is another expense. You can train at an indoor range with the carbine as well.
     
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    I have both, but if I had to keep one itd be the shotgun.
     
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    When you wrote outdoor range use that ruled out the shotgun.After a box of #71/2 it becomes no more fun.The Kel-Tec is an okay carbine,but not one I would stake my life on.Buy a used 9m/m Glock,at your $400.00 that is plenty to get a good used one.This of course IMHO.
     
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    For what you stated, and assuming the 9mm is reliable, I would choose that.

    Ammo to practice with would be very inexpensive and I would have more fun at the range with it.
     
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    How does outdoor range use rule out a shotgun? A few rounds of skeet or sporting clays is a lot of fun. I'll typically shoot between 100 to 200 shells depending on if we shoot skeet or clays. Much more fun than shooting paper.
     
  11. jame

    jame I don't even know....what I'm doing here....

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    From sport to raw survival, the shotgun wins hands down.

    I’m more of an 870/1100 guy, but the Mossberg is a winner as well, so pick your flavor.
     
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    Depends. If I didn't have to travel with it (bugout), it would be the shotgun, an 870. I love my 870.

    If I had to travel on foot, it would be the 9mm carbine, a Hi-Point 995TS. Weight of ammo is a real consideration.

    I have the 4595TS, and it's a beast. The 995TS should do just fine.
     
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    Forgive me, I know it wasn't an option, but I'd choose a .556 carbine.


    I'll concede you might have to up your budget just a little, but not by much. Either way, nothing wrong with a 12 guage, but I rarely shoot mine, generally with slugs (blasting away with birdshot is cheap, but not very interesting).
     
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    Easy. 12 ga shotgun. Waaay More versatility.
     
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    I'll take the shotgun for the versatility.
     
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    Remington 870 ... A nice used one is great because the ones built in the 1950s, 60s, 70s were built like tanks. The last 20 years or so, not so much. :fred:
     
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    Been shooting 870 and 1100 Remington shotguns for most of my life and can repair most problems on them.

    I'd select two barrels for my shotgun and a wide variety of loads from birdshot to slugs. Those would cover any two or four legged targets.

    Flash
     
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    ^ This.
     
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    If that's all the money you got then I'd say get a 22 lr.

    LCP II 22 lr pistol. Cheap to shoot and you will keep it forever.
     
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    If its soul purpose is mainly just a house gun for Personal defense for most of its life, 12ga would be my choice. Buy the combo barrels with it. Mossberg, Remington, Winchester. Dont matter much.

    Now if you think you`re going to do a bunch of range shooting all the time, that 9m gonna be more fun shooting vs the 12ga, and cheaper by far.

    The main question is, how much time are you going to spend shooting it at the range. Just my opinion, if i personally had to choose, i`m still gonna go with the 12ga. Its far more versatile.
     
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