by AWR Hawkins, Breitbart
When out and about in our daily routines, concealed carry is a critical facet of personal safety and civic responsibility. And I’ve written on a number of great handguns for that purpose, and plan to write on many more.
But when we look at home defense, it’s difficult to beat a pump shotgun. Don’t get me wrong, a handgun will work and is used by many for home defense every day and night. However, a pump shotgun in the hands of someone who’s well acquainted with it provides overwhelming force.
In large part, this is because a handgun shoots one bullet at a time–a single projectile–while a shotgun blasts out numerous lead pellets, called “shot,” all at once. The amount of force expended to blow the shot out of the barrel is what gives the shotgun its classic kick, or recoil. It’s also what literally drops intruders in their tracks.
Two classic, dependable shotguns I will consider here are the Mossberg 500 and the Remington 870.
Both are 12 gauge weapons, and before demand went through the roof following Obama’s re-election and all the gun control talk, you could purchase either of them in the $400 to $600 range. I’m sure those prices have risen as the guns have become scarce in places.