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Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by JolietGunner, Mar 19, 2013.
What do you think about a 20 gauge shotgun for home defense?
Depends on what load you are using and for what gun. Better than a baseball bat or a goldfish. Whatever works for you is the best option to go with. As long as you have good shot placement, I don't see a problem. Same thing goes with a .22 LR firearms. Size doesn't mean anything if you can't connect to your target in a kill group.
A 20 ga. shotgun is just fine for home defense. The issue is in the proper selection of the shells. I would suggest #2 or BB Shot or something in that range. 00 Buck and Rifled Slugs are not a good choice for inside work. This due to the fact of penetration especially in sheet rock walls. 00 can penetrate up to 6 layers of normal drywall material. And a slug also has an issue regarding this. Of course, anytime when defending ones self in an indoor environment the location of other people and family members is critical. No matter if a pistol, shotgun, rifle or any other weapon is used. The #2 or BB Shot energy will dissipate much sooner than the 00 or Slugs. But the #2s or BB Shot at close range the wad will not open quickly and with most all shot still in the Shot Cup as one unit. It will look like q slug if you shoot it at a target. If you do not believe it go set a piece of cardboard up at 3-5 yards and shoot the cardboard even with #6s. Pretty impressive! You will get the impression that it is very effective as a protection gun. And being vindictive! Should the aggressor/burglar or what ever not expire which likely they will with a center mass strike. They will carry the pellets as a reminder for life since it will be nearly impossible to get all of them out of body!
So "YES" the 20 Ga. will work just fine with the correct selection of ammunition.!
A shotgun does not much room for the shot to spread out in a normal house.
Penetration is still there, but it still has to be "aimed" to do the job efficiently.
There is a school of thought that says the best weapon for home defense is a shotgun. While my first choice is a handgun (because it is the firearm I am most familar with), there is a lot to be said for a shotgun as the primary defensive weapon, not the least being the psychological effect. Other advantages are reduced penetration and the shot spread. 20 gauge would have less recoil, therefore potentially faster and easier handling than a 12 gauge.
Sounds like a good choice to me.
I recently saw a segment on this very topic on Shooting USA. He indeed recommend a 20 gauge pump 1st round shot, 2 nd round buck and ball, 3rd shot slug. I 'd imagine after that use the shotgun for a club (lol)
But the VP said that a double barrel would work.
While I don't recommend using a 12g shotgun for home defense, I believe a pistol allows for more ammo capacity and greater surprise. People say including my dad, that "ill scare them off with the sound of the action on the pump" Well what if there's 4 armed guys then your just telling them where you are at. Not saying that's you. But I keep my hand gun a ruger sr40c locked and loaded on my night stand with the 15 round mag at night. So i can surprise them. So while I'd recommend a pistol or even high cap 22 or over a shot gun some will disagree. Don't get me wrong i think a shot gun still would scare me off and if that works for you go for it just not what I would recommend.
I was also considering a .22 semi-auto rifle.
If your new to guns I wouldn't recommend it but if not check out a tactical 22 I just got my mp5 22 on Saturday and I love same aproxx weight as the 9mm version same action as well a actual upper and lower receiver I'd feel pretty safe with it locked and loaded
if there was more than one invader, i am pretty sure the blood and carnage of the first BG being torn apart from a shotgun shell would be a pretty good deterent to the others!
while a shotgun does still need to be aimed, it does not require the same amount of precision a pistol does.
though i do keep a pistol very near my bed while asleep, asdoes my wife, a shotgun would still be my primary firearm for things that go bump in the night.
I wish I could subscribe to the shotgun defense theory. It sounds good for sure, seems logical enough, were it me being a bad guy, but BGs don't think the same. No logic other then what fills their pockets. No telling what drugs they're on or craving and what that will do for their will. I will never trust my life to a shotgun. Handguns are the only thing I trust. I'm not okay with having to switch guns during an altercation. I'm not okay with only 4 shots from any gun. I'm not okay with something so long I can't as easily maneuver as I could with something handheld in small spaces which homes are filled with.
But that's just me.
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Four intruders will be scrambling over themselves getting away from the sound of a pump shotgun racking a shell, I hope. The defense plan is to grab the pistols, secure the room, lock the door and barricade, set up security behind the bed with the shotgun and at least two 1911's, call 911 and let them handle it. That's at night, of course, with us in bed. Other situations call for different responses. My pump is filled with military grade 00. Worked great at clearing rooms and popping doors in the sandbox. Take down BG lickety split. I don't know. Best laid plans only work until the SHTF.
I have two children cant barricade myself in the bedroom got to go out and protect!
Well, in that case, might I recommend a guard panther?
love that idea...Sweet!Not so good for my sheltie...
Only thing I don't like about any long gun for home defense is that your maneuver and reaction time to target is going to be reduced, doesn't matter who you are. So I'd always grab my handgun first but if what I had was a 20 gauge it would certainly get the job done
Shotguns have advantages . So do pistols .
Shotguns have much more stopping power and are easier to shoot accurately .
Pistols are easier to move around with, harder to snatch out of your hands , hold more rounds and are easier to operate with one hand . Pistols can easily be worn holstered around the house if desired .
If you have both, you can use the pistol when you can't get to your shotgun or use the pistol as a back-up in the event your shotgun goes dry .
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