When an unknown bump wakes you up at 3:00 a.m. there are few things as comforting as a good shotgun. Most criminals will stop in their tracks when faced with the gaping muzzle of a scattergun. A pumpgun has several things going for it as a home defense tool, including its effectiveness, its simplicity and its well-known intimidation factor. Read on to learn more about the top 6 shotguns for home security.
Mossberg 500 HS410
Although it looks like an odd duck in profile, Mossberg has been quietly selling a genuine U.S.-made .410 pump built for defensive applications for a while now, and it’s mostly flown under the radar. The Model 500 Home Security is very mild-mannered and a great candidate for a wide range of ages. Built on a lightweight alloy frame, the 18.5-inch-barreled shotgun uses a standard under-barrel magazine tube, loads from the bottom and ejects from the right side in traditional fashion. It also comes with lightweight black synthetic furniture, includes a ventilated hard rubber recoil pad, features a lightweight polymer triggerguard assembly, and shoots through a 3.13-inch oversized, three-slotted “spreader choke” compensator at the muzzle. The Mossberg 500 HS410’s overall weight unloaded is 5.5 pounds. Magazine capacity with 2½-inch shells is five, giving a chambered capacity of six shells. This little .410 is very light and handy to maneuver, and not at all unpleasant to shoot.
For more information, visit http://www.mossberg.com
Wilson Combat Border Patrol
The Border Patrol Model has a well-earned reputation as the workhorse of Wilson Combat / Scattergun Technologies shotguns. The U.S. Border Patrol uses thousands for daily service, in some of the harshest conditions. Unequaled quality and relentless reliability are the minimum requirements – and the Border Patrol Model has met the expectations.
For more information, visit http://www.wilsoncombat.com
Beretta A400 Xplor Action
The A400 Xplor Action from Beretta expands on all of the features that made the A400 series such a success. Starting out at a lightweight five pounds, it boasts enhanced pointability, balance and ease of swing. The receiver also comes with scope mount grooves to accept optics and other aiming systems, making it one versatile home defense shotgun.
For more information, visit http://www.beretta.com
Benelli’s Nova Pump Field Shotgun
The Nova Pump field shotgun has a compact configuration that makes it an excellent personal and home defense choice for women and older children. It also offers unsurpassed strength with a steel skeletal framework over-molded with high-tech polymer and a stock and receiver that are formed as one solid unit.
For more information, visit http://www.benelliusa.com
Legacy Sports International Escort Gladius
Legacy Sports International’s Escort Gladius 20 gauge shotgun offers all the same great features as its 12 gauge cousins, plus a few added advantages for the home defense gun owner. With a capacity of 5+1 rounds, and weighing in at 6.8 pounds, including tri-rails on the forend, and a ghost ring, the Gladius is easy to handle.
For more information, visit http://www.legacysports.com
Remington 870 Express Compact
Engineered with small-frame shooters in mind, the 870 Express Compact Shotgun packs all the reliability of its full-sized counterparts. The pump action’s receiver is milled from a solid steel billet, while the smooth-cycling twin action bars for reliable operation. Includes an adjustable length-of-pull system so that the shotgun can be tailored to meet anyone’s need.
For more information, visit http://www.remington.com