Home def recomendations for mom

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by waxman895, Apr 27, 2010.

  1. waxman895

    waxman895 New Member

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    My mom is 5'4 and 135 lbs she's not a big woman and I finally convinced her to go to a ccw class where she decided she wants a shotgun instead of a pistol. I know to get her a heavier one but would putting pistol grips be better then a stock? Also keep in mind she's only shot twice now and still fears guns bc she doesnt know how to use them but because of our lovely gov't she wants to learn how to defend her home any help would be appreciated thanks
     
  2. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    If she's firm on a shotgun, then go with a 20 gauge. Pistol grips aren't the best way to go. If you can find a pistol grip stock, that would be much better than the pistol grip alone.
     

  3. m72law

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    +1 to what CA357 said...also another good thing for her or both of you to do is get as much range time ya can together...a great way for mom-n-son bonding time:)...let her get use to recoil,shot placment on targets,control,safty,load,unload,ect...familiarize her with what ever shotgun you or she chooses and wouldnt hurt to show her how to break down,clean the firearm...;)i was in the same boat as to showing my mother how to shoot her 38spl. snubbie i gave her...of course she did pretty good...but when it came time to let her try and reload the revolver,she didnt have a clue...of course now she does and she likes her HKS speed loaders:D
     
  4. skullcrusher

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    I second and third the above statements. If she is that little, maybe a youth model 20 ga with recoil pad. And for goodness sakes, get her into a safety class. She might even enjoy shooting some clays as that is a really fun way to get shooting time in and destroying stuff. :D
     
  5. jpattersonnh

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    Yep, a 20ga will work fine. There is alot to be said for a load of #5 lead at 0 to 35 yards.
     
  6. willshoum

    willshoum New Member

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    Momma's Packing Heat......

    Will that be Pump Or Semi auto? :)
     
  7. ta1588

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    At the Dick's sporting goods in my area they have a very nice Youth/compact model Remington 870 20ga. with a wood stock and I believe a 20 inch barrel. I can't think of a better choice, honestly. It's beautiful and it'll get the job done.
     
  8. waxman895

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    mommas packing heat i like that hahaha....... but alright ill look around for a pistol stock grip i just thought since shes older if i could get her pistol grips on the pump and the stock it would not hurt her shoulder, that and itd be a bamf gun.
    but im definatly getting her a pump because as she said, usually the cachug of jacking in a round will stop most any guy cold in his tracks. I would love to take her to the range and teach her how to shoot, ive been shooting for over 8 years, i started with the hunters safety course and i just completed my ccw training(i cant apply for my permit till im 21 in 6 months though) so i could teach her how to strip it, clean it, load it, shoot it, be safe with it. She doesnt have time to take aformal class but i still have all my reading material on gun safety which i could get her to read. it would be some good bonding time though!
    is 20 gauge really good for home defense? my motto is bigger is usally better, thus i have my 12 gauge mossberg, then agian im 6ft and 200 lbs haha and last ironically i was at dicks yesterday to and i was looking at not a remmington 870 but it has the same action with short stock and 20 in barrel? i unfortuantly cant remeber the name of it though, i liked it though but its only 219 soo i may have to go back for that and a youth remmington 20 gauge like you mentioned above, sounds like itd fit her perfectly
     
  9. waxman895

    waxman895 New Member

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    ooooooooooooooooooooooooooo and btw thank yall very very much haha
     
  10. Uchahi

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    Def. 20 gauge try and go tactical stock. Best of both worlds.
     
  11. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    If you push her into getting a 12 gauge and she tries it out, She may not like shooting at all. A 20 may not have the knock down power of a 12, but at least she might practice more. Practice is the best thing she can do to gain confidence.
     
  12. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Inside a house or apartment, a 20 gauge will stop anything other than a rhino on crack. Believe me, 20 gauge is plenty with the right loads.

    Your Mom is small. She'll be able to handle a 20 much better than a 12. Don't let your preferences get in the way. She'll likely practice with the 20ga., whereas the 12ga. will just beat her up and she won't want to shoot.
     
  13. m72law

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    amen to that CA357....The 20 gauge Buckhammer load has a MV of 1500 fps and ME of 2236 ft. lbs. The 100 yard figures are 995 fps and 1074 ft. lbs. sounds like an easy man stopper to me...within 20ft. or less a 20ga slug,buckshot,or birdshot will be way more then enough stopping power for a two legged crackhead!:D
     
  14. willshoum

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    Momma's Packing Heat

    20 ga. pump desert storm camo, tactical grips, laser site, 2 rds 00, 3 rds of slugs. Mom, do dat sound good to you. Don't stop shooting till you hear CLICK. In da Swamp In La. Have a Nice Day!
     
  15. Dzscubie

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    I will probably catch a little flack from this post but I feel I need to put this out to the forum as this thread is dealing with a mother and a shotgun.

    My mother a couple of years ago moved into a mother-in-laws house right next to my brother in North Myrtle Beach, SC. Mom and my brother live in the country and are pretty isolated. My Mother wanted a gun to protect her self so she went out and bought a little 25 auto that would jam every time when you try to load it. I tried to get her to get a shotgun but she flatly refused.

    Well, to make a long story short I gave her my Taurus 2 inch 38 and took her out to practice. She handled it pretty well but the more she talked and shot with me the more concerned I became. My Mom is 85 years old and her concentration is not the best. So now I’m in a dilemma as I want Mom to feel safe in her home but don’t want her to shoot my brother, his truck or family or friends stopping buy for a visit.

    I solved the problem this way…… I loaded my Mom’s pistol and placed it in her night stand and told her “If you hear anything that is unusual you get the gun and fire two rounds wherever the sound is coming from, then you yell out that your going to kill the son of a bit*c and fire the other three rounds.” At the same time I told her to call the Sheriffs department and my brother. Now before you jump up and down and scream about shooting before seeing what you’re shooting at I want you to know that I loaded Mom’s gun with the blanks we use to train our police dogs with. They are a lot louder than normal blanks and make a hell of a sound. I figure if Mom is screaming she is going to kill the SOB and shooting the hell out of the house any bad guy is not going to hang around. Also I knew my brother would hear the blanks and come running with his backup.

    I’m glad I did this as a few weeks later Mom heard something on the porch outside her bedroom window and did exactly what I told her to…. I think my brother is still trying to pull his underwear out of his butt and he is glad that they have sand around the porch because when she started shooting he did a flying leap over the rail and 8 feet down. I guess I forgot to tell him I loaded Mom's gun with blanks, oops. :cool: :D

    This worked for us it may not work for y'all.
     
  16. howquig

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    I have a youth model rem 870 20 ga. and my old lady is about the same size as your mom and she loves it with a good recoil pad on it she says she can hardly feel a thing and if you want to get the pistol grip stock check with cheaper than dirt I got one from them for my 12 ga. and I am very pleased with it. ok just my 2 cents
     
  17. waxman895

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    wellll thank goodness ca357 that they ran the cracked out rhionos out of wv a few years ago soooo it should be safe enough in the burbs for her to have a 20 gauge :D but im def going to shop around for a youth 20 gauge with a tactical stock and possibly a pump that has a flashlight in it..... let her go swat style. but dz just so you know.... your mother and my mother are slightly differnt by about ohh 30 years so hopefully she wont have the same problem your mom did because id really hate to get shot even by a 20 gauge i have a strange feeling that it just may ruin my day
     
  18. DrumJunkie

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    A no more true statement can be made on this subject. The full stock with a pistol grip might aid some but the pistol grip only would not help at all.
     
  19. ta1588

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    was the other gun a pardner pump? those are pretty heavy but I love em.
     
  20. waxman895

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    yes thats exactly what it was! Thats why i liked it, it being nice and heavy itd have less recoil and it looks and feels like a pretty good home defense gun for me..... not that i need two of them but who has ever not wanted to get another gun?