Originally Posted by heritage1909
What would be the ideal Shotgun for Home Defense?
Not sure if I want to get the stamp to get a shorter barrel than the 18" regular barrel? Would it really be better to move around in a house with a 14" barrel or not? Money is not an object for defending my loved ones. Any information would be appreciated.
Hmmm... personally I'm a fan of the Mossberg 500 and the Rem 870 and their many incarnations. Both are proven reliable and painfully simple to operate and strip.
How you outfit your shotgun would be up to you: clearing a house with a long barrel means that if a bad guy is inside he is likely to see the gun come around a corner before you see him, so I guess it would depend on how confident you are of your mobility. On the flip side, nobody knows your house better than you do, so that would be to your advantage... Personally, I wouldn't mind paying extra to have the shorter barrel purely for mobility's sake. The confines of the house and the distances you'd be shooting would make up for the lost velocity.
The choice of stock is very important. I used to have a pistol grip on my Mossy 500, until I took it to the range and realized I couldn't hit anything with it
It now sports a full synthetic stock and its primary purpose is home defense.