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Old 02-08-2011, 07:47 PM   #1
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Hey all.
I just got my yearly company bonus, and it's enough to put toward an inexpensive shotgun. I've got my Ruger 10-22, and want to expand the collection to include a shotgun, and one handgun.
I've always wanted a coach gun, ever since the first time I saw Steve McQueen in "The Magnificent Seven."
My main intent for such a purchase would be home defense, but I'd also like to be able to fire it from time to time recreationally. I don't know a ton about shotgun sports, but I do know that trap and skeet require a minimum barrel length, correct? My coach gun would be far below that minimum.
What, if anything, can one do recreationally with a coach gun?

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Find an outdoor range that is fine with you shooting up hard targets and destroy just about anything you can get your hands on.

Practically they aren't much use, but if time is not of an issue and you are just having fun, they are a blast to shoot and they certainly can make a mess out of some pumpkins and watermelons....LOL

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You could get into SASS shooting. The Single Action Shooting Society uses pre 1900 type firearms for wild west themed competition. WARNING...you can spend a butt load of $ once you have been biten by this kind of shooting sport.

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Maybe some dove hunting; might want to be solo the first few times.

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I've wanted one too just because they're cool. However, for home/self defense, an inexpensive pump action will serve you better.

Not to rain on your parade here, but you may want to acquire the self defense part of your arsenal first before you branch out to the "toys".

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I've wanted one too just because they're cool. However, for home/self defense, an inexpensive pump action will serve you better.
Purely based on rate of fire, yes? There is a Legacy Sports Escort 12ga pump with an 18.5" barrel available at the shop I've been doing my browsing at, for $250 at 90% condition. Not a bad gun, but is it a reliable brand?

To be honest, part of my decision-making has to factor in my wife, who doesn't want a loaded weapon in the house for whatever reason. No kids in the house, but she's cautious. I'm not oging to attempt to plumb the depths of female thinking here (lol), but in order to help her feel safer about the gun, I was thinking that a coach gun with empty chambers and a stock band with rounds in would be better than an unloaded pump with the same stock band. i may be 100% wrong, though. Any opinions on this?

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Not to rain on your parade here, but you may want to acquire the self defense part of your arsenal first before you branch out to the "toys".
Could you refine that statement for me? Do you mean "buy a solid pump gun first", or "get your handgun first", or something else entirely?

Thanks for all the help and feedback, everyone. Keep it coming!
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You have your own philosophy in mind and I'm not a mind reader, so I was assuming that you are interested in self defense as well as the more fun aspects of firearms. Maybe I shouldn't have assumed anything at all.

I was thinking about something like a Mossberg 500A with two barrels. That's what I have and it's an excellent combination. A long vent ribbed barrel for game or skeet/trap and an 18.5" barrel for defense.

Here's a link to something close to what I'm talking about on Gunbroker: Mossberg 500 3 in 1 Home/Hunting/Cruiser 12 GA 3" : Pump at GunBroker.com

Mine didn't come with a pistol grip and since I bought it years ago, it was cheaper too. If there's a Big 5 sporting goods near you, they have them on sale all the time. It's a sensible and solid choice.

There are other quality and reasonably priced shotguns as well. Maverick is the budget line from Mossberg and they're good guns. Winchester makes great shotguns, but they cost more than a Mossberg for an entry level gun.

I hope this clarifies things for you.

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You assumed right .
I am just trying to stretch my dollar and combine the fun with the utility. Of ocurse, stretching ones dollar across those two realms might be a bad idea.
That is a solid packge you linked. No Big 5 around here, but Cabela's is local (though not my first choice) and sells the package for about the same price.
I hadn't even thought about buying multiple barrels. /headsmack.

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Purely based on rate of fire, yes? There is a Legacy Sports Escort 12ga pump with an 18.5" barrel available at the shop I've been doing my browsing at, for $250 at 90% condition. Not a bad gun, but is it a reliable brand?

To be honest, part of my decision-making has to factor in my wife, who doesn't want a loaded weapon in the house for whatever reason. No kids in the house, but she's cautious. I'm not oging to attempt to plumb the depths of female thinking here (lol), but in order to help her feel safer about the gun, I was thinking that a coach gun with empty chambers and a stock band with rounds in would be better than an unloaded pump with the same stock band. i may be 100% wrong, though. Any opinions on this?
Yep, it will only take you a heartbeat to load the coach gun while your body is dumping adrenaline by the bucket full’s honing your fine motor skills to a comfortably numb state.

Albeit, it’ll probably be your last heartbeat.

Sorry to be so ruthless but I don’t plan on being found dead with an empty gun in my hands unless I’m standing in ankle-deep brass.

I don’t dumb down my EDC to be safe, I carry it in Condition One and only.
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That sounds about right rhino. I don't know if there are any discount sporting goods stores in your vicinity, but you will likely find it cheaper at one of those.

I didn't recommend a used shotgun because if you're not sure what you're looking at, you can wind up with a bad one.

Good luck with your search and if I can help in any way, you can always send me a PM. There are no dumb questions.

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