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Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by Thomas, Jan 14, 2014.

  1. Thomas

    Thomas Decent Shooter

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    There has been a local increase in the use of mind altering drugs. I have been thinking; perhaps a pistol round would not be completely effective at defending against drug induced invaders. A shotgun seems to be a good answer to my problem. I do not however, have very much experience.

    What would you recommend? I'm looking for a .12 gauge; auto loader; 5 to 7 round capacity, with night sights. I would like a solid stock and pistol grip, but I am open to suggestions.
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    I've never used a semi-auto shotgun myself. From my understanding, they run extremely dirty and require maintenance way too often to maintain reliability.

    That being said, if I could legally own a Saiga-12 in Canada, I would have one already. ;) It can be set up to meet your criteria.

    For a reliable home defense gun though, I'd probably stick with the standard pump actions.
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    Really? I have never heard that about semi-auto shotguns. Thank you for the advice. Maybe a pump action is the way to go. It's unlikely I would need more then 1 shot on target anyways.
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    There's a short article here about semi-auto shotguns: http://www.chuckhawks.com/wrong_with_autoloading_shotguns.htm

    Some of the key points:
    I'm not bashing semi-auto shotguns or anything in fact I love them and think they're awesome. I'm just saying that from a home defense standpoint where reliability is the difference between life and death, I personally stick with a pump action.
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    Our HD/SD shotguns are pumps, but with those parameters, I'd go with the Saiga with the modifications you wanted. There is also the MKA 1919, but I don't know much about them at this point.
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    It makes sense that manually cycling the rounds is more reliable then reliance on auto loading. The only way to jam a revolver is blocking the cylinder from spinning, so they are inherently more reliable than pistols. However; there are some pistols that are reliable when filthy, but I guess there is always a small chance they will jam.
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    I would check out the french SPAS-12 it is an easy gun to use, with little recoil and a semi automatic capacity good grip and solid stock, not to mention very accurate from close to mid range.
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    I think a simple Remington 870 or Maverick 88 pump action would fit the bill for you. Keep in mind that if someone breaks into your house and you shoot them with a shotgun, you're probably only gonna get one shot. The reason I say this is because you will be instantly-deafened by the incredibly loud pop, especially from a 12 gauge. That being said, I wouldn't worry too much about pump vs. semi, as you'll probably only get one round off. Plus, the CHICK-CHICK of a pump action may be enough to make some burglars pucker up :)
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    This is exactly why I want a HD shotty. Psychological effects of hearing that distinctive sound when you aren't expecting it can lead to not needing to shoot at all. Although I didn't realize that autoloaders were as maintenance intensive as some have claimed in this thread. It is interesting to find out.
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    Hahahahaha, I bet the pumping sound would stop anyone of sound mind in their tracks. Should you have to shoot them, a shotgun is just about the best choice....no drugs will save you from a coffee lid sized hole in your chest.

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