Re: New to Firearm Ownership, Need Advice
Originally Posted by Midnight Raver
Some great advice here, thanks.
I'd been leaning towards a shotgun, and reading your posts here strengthens my interest in them.
Would you suggest a pistol grip?
I personally like a full shoulder stock on a shotgun (better control), but some full stocks have a pistol grip as well, and they are fine. The standard in self-defense shotguns is the Remington model 870 pump action in 12 gauge. But Mossberg and others make quality shotguns as well. Semi-autos are just as good, and maybe better in some's opinion as a pump action. If home/self defense is the ONLY function of the shotgun, get one with a 18-20" barrel. If you also plan on hunting with it, then get the appropriate length for your hunting needs. Also if a 12 gauge is too much recoil, then a 20 gauge or .410 can also be adequate for home defense. I prefer 00 buck or slugs, but again, there are other choices that may be more suitable to you.
This is what I bought for home defense;
But there are many other choices that are just as good and maybe better.
Laws that forbid the carrying of arms... disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes... Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man. Jefferson's "Commonplace Book," 1774_1776, quoting from On Crimes and Punishment, by criminologist Cesare Beccaria, 1764
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