12 GA Pump Action for Home Defense

Enochwel

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Mar 15, 2015
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For the purpose of home defense when the wife and baby are home alone, what should the barrel length be for a small apartment and no experience? Buck shot? Or is there a home defense load that won't blow a hole through the wall and kill 5 neighbors :beat:

Specifically Pump action to deter altercation.

Off topic is welcome if it deals with home defense.
 

Savage20

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Shortest barrel possible, which would be 18.5in for factory barrels without going to an SBS (short barreled shotgun) which requires the NFA stamp.

Ammo type will be argued to death. I load mine with 00buck, but #4buck would work fine as well. Lots of folks in apartments like birdshot (field/target loads) to reduce the risk of overpenetration. While I do load 00buck in mine, I certainly would not feel undergunned with a 12ga with birdshot. At realistic in-home defense distances of about 15ft, even birdshot will completely f*ck up a perp.

I do not at all agree with the strategy of pumping the action loudly to "deter altercation." Mine is locked and loaded.

Here's mine. 590A1 18.5in
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Savage20

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He shot him at 30-40yds with birdshot. If you want to stand at opposite ends of the largest room in your apartment, and let me shoot you in the face with 12ga birdshot, it will kill you.
 

Hoji

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Shortest barrel possible, which would be 18.5in for factory barrels without going to an SBS (short barreled shotgun) which requires the NFA stamp.

Ammo type will be argued to death. I load mine with 00buck, but #4buck would work fine as well. Lots of folks in apartments like birdshot (field/target loads) to reduce the risk of overpenetration. While I do load 00buck in mine, I certainly would not feel undergunned with a 12ga with birdshot. At realistic in-home defense distances of about 15ft, even birdshot will completely f*ck up a perp.

I do not at all agree with the strategy of pumping the action loudly to "deter altercation." Mine is locked and loaded.

Here's mine. 590A1 18.5in
16333453485_1ef4cd66c0_b.jpg
Actually, 18 " is legal. Anything under is NFA territory. And as for bird shot, I suggest you check out "Box o Truth
 

Enochwel

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I mostly shot at trees and birds with bird shot. Even close range. I did shoot my dads truck one time on accident. I don't remember ever doing much damage to anything with that, but I don't have a good reference I guess for in home use. I agree it probably would kill me, so I'll pass on the invite.
 

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