I bought an H&R Pardner Pump with an 18" barrel only because it was cheap (about $160 @ a large outdoors outlet.)
I was going to buy another "state-of-the-art" combat shotgun later on, when I could decide which was the best for home defense.
That was a few years ago. I still have the Pardner Pump. I still have not found a shotgun which fulfills my needs better than the $160 Chinese gun.
I have owned a number of other SD shotguns, i.e. Mossbergs, Winchesters, et al. But I still prefer the Pardner Pump (P&P).
The P&P is ALL STEEL, unlike Winchester, Mossbergs and the Maverick (I would not have a Maverick if you gave me one!). They all have alloy receivers, and that turns me off. I want all steel - like my AK-47s. In fact, I think of my P&P as the AK47 of shotguns. They are pretty much unbreakable. And I like a heavy shotgun because I shoot 12-pellet, 00 buck in a 2-3/4 hull. Yes, it kicks like a mule, but that's the best shotgun round IMO for SD use.
The short 18" P&P handles like a handgun, is easy to hit with and reload, has a great safety and costs less than half of what a Remington 870 costs. Yes, it's heavy - but if your weapon is too heavy, you are too damn weak! Start hitting the kettlebells!
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