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Old 03-24-2013, 12:53 AM   #81
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In two words, versatility and intimidation. With a shotgun you have a wider selection when it come to what you want to load it with for HD. you can use anything from birdshot to slugs depending on the threat. Intimidation factor, consider this. The bore of a 12 gauge is close to 3/4 of an inch in diameter. IMO, something that big, that close to any part of your body, would go a long way towards making anyone decide to comply with the home owner's orders.

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The shotgun is better for home defence because you don't have to actually aim the gun you can point it and it'd goons hit your Target I believe that to be the number one reason
100% Myth!!!
At the range you engage for home defense the pattern is so small it REQUIRES the same amount of accuracy as a rifle or a hand gun!
The shot gun is a good choice if you stay in a 'fixed' position, but not advisable if you go mobile. The shot gun, if you use shot size #4 buckshot to #2 bird shot, will reduce the problem with over penetration which can be a issue if you have other 'friendly's' in the house and/or live in an in close urban area.
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100% Myth!!!
At the range you engage for home defense the pattern is so small it REQUIRES the same amount of accuracy as a rifle or a hand gun!
The shot gun is a good choice if you stay in a 'fixed' position, but advisable in you go mobile. The shot gun, if you use shot size #4 buckshot to #2 bird shot, will reduce the problem with over penetration which can be a issue if you have other 'friendly's' in the house and/or live in an in close urban area.
i have to agree and disagree. the reason i say that is, yes a shotgun does still need to be aimed for it to be an effective tool used for defensive purposes, but IMO doen't require the level of precision a rifle or pistol needs to be effective. a hit with a 12 at very close range, say in the confines of the home, yes the pattern is much smaller but still much larger than a pistol or rifle. os the degree of precision required is much smaller IMO.

if the invader takes a any shotgun blast to any of his upper torso area, even if it didn't kill him, more than likely will at least incapicitate him from massive blood loss.

i still say, what ever a person chooses to use for SD/HD usage needs to be practiced with to know what it can or can't do. practice at distances practical to your usage. if using a shotgun, pattern it to know it's spread and at what distances. if it patterns 4-5" at 20 feet, this is information you need to know. information is a powerful tool.
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Things that are great about a shotgun:
-fairly affordable
-wide variety of ammo for different purposes
-politically correct
-multi projectile loads create multiple wound tracks for faster blood loss
-Shoulder fired, it provides better hit probability on target

Detractors:
-not as portable as a handgun
-ammo capacity is somewhat limited
-ammo is heavy per round and bulky
-reloading to capacity is often not as simple as pushing a button to drop a mag and insert another mag to full capacity.
-can be intimidating to the user due to recoil.
-many myths to overcome

Neutral factors:
Some shotguns can be very simple to operate while others can be more complex
Adding all the different types of loadings to the mix can confuse the user and may result in the selection if ineffective ammo. Or the wrong type if ammo may be onboard at the time the shotgun is needed, and an ammo swap is not the fastest thing to accomplish with some shotgun types.

Training, or at least serious study and understanding of the shotgun at hand is very important if being used as a defensive tool. Know how your shotgun operates, clears jams, facilitates ammo swaps, reloads fastest and especially how it patterns with the load you choose for defense.

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