Chris Costa Interview: Shotgun or Handgun for Home Defense?
Required listening on HD shotguns
Synchronizor posted information about ProArms podcast on Remington 870 Forum, highly recommended.
Remington 870 with Home Defense and SHTF Mods
Tactical Browncoat posted photos of his Remington 870 Tactical Model with mods for HD and SHTF on Remington 870 Forum.
Remington 870 Barrels
The two most common Remington 870 barrels are either the rifled barrel or the smoothbore. Rifled barrels are good for shooting sabot slugs like Premier Accutip Slug, Copper Solid Slug etc. These are the kind of barrels you would use if you are aiming to kill someone or something on a longer distance. Perhaps you want to looking to kill a big predator in the woods. These barrels help you have more stability and accuracy with your shots in order to do this kind of damage. If you are looking for a long range shotgun then rifled barrels would be your best option as well. As for smoothbore barrels, these are more suitable for rifled slugs, birdshot and buckshot. In other words, if you are looking to hunt small ducks or birds hen you would be better off using smoothbore.
To Use A Sling or Not With Your Home Defense Weapon
There is a debate and there always will be a debate about whether you should have a sling on your home defense weapon. Some believe a sling on a home defense shotgun or rifle is akin to having a holster for your handgun believing no gun should be without either one. Then others believe a sling will snag on door handles and furniture while you rush to the sound of smashing doors or glass. Before deciding, you should consider what a sling’s actual purpose is and how it may be used in a tactical situation. To be less confusing this article will purposely leave out the uses for slings in a hunting situation.
Remington 870 Express Tactical/Home Defense Upgrades and Accessories
spsreef has posted photos of his Remington 870 Express built for home defense. The setup is very interesting. There are a lot of different upgrades and accessories.
10 Best Home Defense Upgrades for Remington 870
Remington 870 is one of the most popular shotguns for home defense. It is reliable, it is easily customizable. Shotgun shot sound is so loud and powerful that will stop threat immediately. Remington 870 is good for home defense out of the box but there are several important upgrades that will make it even more efficient.
What is the best shotgun ammunition for home defense? (Poll)
What is the best shotgun ammunition for home defense?
Shotgun Shooting Drills
Practice is what makes anyone proficient in anything. You have to have training to the point where movements become natural, where your hands, fingers and eyes will know what to do without hesitation.
Shotgun for Survival, Hunting and Home Defense
When deciding on a weapon, and in particular, a shotgun for home defense there are several things to consider. One major consideration of course is the ability to secure the weapon, while still maintaining accessibility. The balancing act can be a fine one when you must decide on how accessible the weapon will be yet still keeps it out of inexperienced hands.
Keep in mind there is a distinction between shotguns for home defense and hunting. There are laws that prohibit the number of shells one can load in a pump shotgun when hunting waterfowl. Shotguns will have a plug that prevents you from loading more than three shells in most cases. The number can however, vary by what type of migratory birds you are hunting.