The Best Shotguns for Home Defense

Those who choose a shotgun for home defense do so because of the “manstopper” power of a shotgun shell. Shotgun ammunition has been around for over 100 years, and it is the most common form of ammunition used for home defense. Unlike handgun ammunition, shotgun ammo is designed to shred its target, not to pass right through. When choosing a shotgun for home defense, it is important to find one that is “personality-compatible” with you. Here is a list of some of the best shotguns for home defense.

Shotguns are among the most effective home defense weapons. They put an enormous amount of lead down-range in a hurry, and they can be used to breach doors and walls. But not all shotguns are created equal. Some models are better for home defense than others. Here are five of the best shotguns for home defense.

Derrek Sigler 19.05.21 Almost all of us have a gun or three in our safe. This versatile firearm is suitable for many situations and is an excellent tool for home defense and hunting. We all have our own favorite weapons, and the reasons we love them are even more varied. While there are many specialty rifles on the market, including rifles for competitions and home defense, I stick to shotguns because they can be used in almost any situation. Opinions on the best rifle for home defense are as varied as those on the best pickup truck. I will return to this topic in the near future. Just know that the shotguns I listed have a lot of experience and if your shotgun isn’t listed, it’s not because it’s bad. It just means he’s not right for me, or that I haven’t spent enough time with him to get to know him. Based on that, here are the best home hunting rifles you can buy. The shotguns listed below can currently be purchased online, which means, like any online firearms sale, they must be sent to your local FFL dealer for transfer documents and NICS verification. If you don’t know how this works, send us an email or contact an online firearms dealer who will be happy to guide you through the process of becoming a legal gun owner. Photo cover: Shutterstock/SolidMaks Table of contents

1. Benelli M1014 Limited Edition –Home Defense Pickup

If you’re looking for the perfect rifle for home defense, you can’t go wrong with the Benelli M1014. This weapon is currently used by the United States Marine Corps. If he’s strong enough to join the marines, I’ll trust him with my life. This semi-automatic 12-gauge can hold 5+1 rounds of 2-3/4 or 3-inch ammunition. It can be easily disassembled in the field without tools and can be adapted to your needs thanks to the availability of additional bars and handles. Admittedly, I’ve always been skeptical of self-loading rifles for defense, while shotguns are more reliable. In fact, we recommend the use of a shotgun for home defense. But, uh… It’s something else entirely. The M1014 rifle uses Benelli’s ARGO (Automatic Gas Control) system with two stainless, self-cleaning gas pistons located in front of the chamber and acting directly on its own rotary bolt. This system eliminates many of the moving parts that can clog a semi-automatic shotgun, making it easy to clean and keep clean. If price is not an issue for you, buy the M1014. For / No blocking like some other semi-automatic shotguns. Against/ Only the price holds him back The best rifle for home defense – tested and approved by the US Marines.

2. Beretta A400 Xtreme Plus KO – Editor’s Choice Hunting

word-image-7185 I admit I had a hard time choosing between the two weapons. I’ll talk about another gun later, but I ended up choosing the Beretta A400 because that’s the gun I carry most often when I go goose or duck hunting. It is a semi-automatic gas gun that fires cartridges of up to 3½ inches caliber. It’s equipped with all sorts of gadgets that improve accuracy and durability, and also reduce noticeable recoil – something to consider when shooting heavy loads at geese and turkeys. The stock is made of both a synthetic material that glides smoothly over your skin so you don’t feel the powerful recoil of the weapon, and a specially designed hydraulic recoil reduction system that reduces the felt recoil by 44%. The new Steelium barrels are stronger and more stable than ever, and their design improves cartridge evenness and reduces recoil even more. I’ve been using a version of this gun for a few years now, and although the price is higher, I feel more comfortable with it and am a better shooter because of it. It means a lot to me. For / The recoil reduction is enormous, the processing quality and haptics are excellent. Disadvantages/costs and additional cleaning effort Bottom Line / This shotgun is not good value for money, but in my opinion it is worth it.

3. Mossberg Maverick 88 Security – BudgetPistol

word-image-7186 If you want to buy a home defense rifle, you don’t have to spend a lot of money. After all, the gun is only used for training and hopefully not for real defense. This makes the Mossberg Maverick 88 Security a nearly perfect rifle for home defense. This is a 12 gauge, 8-shot rifle that is similar (but not quite) to the inside Mossberg 500. It’s a Mossberg, so reliability is not an issue. It is available in 2.4 and 3 inch calibers with an 18.5 or 20 inch barrel. The Maverick 88 Security has a cylindrical wedge for maximum dispersion. And for less than $400, you can’t go wrong. For / Reliable 8-shot rifle for home defense Contra/No for this price range and intended use Bottom Line / If you are looking for an affordable and reliable shotgun for home defense, check out the Mossberg

4. Benelli Super Black Eagle II – Editor’s Choice Part II

word-image-7187 Yes, I know there is a Super Black Eagle III on the market. I’ve shot with it and I think it’s REALLY good, but I haven’t spent as much time with it as I have with the SBEII, and the SBEII is $400-500 cheaper. Unlike the Beretta, the Benelli is an inertial system, meaning that the recoil of the fired cartridge triggers the rifling mechanism. It does several things. First, it reduces the number of internal parts of the weapon. This also reduces recoil, and for a shotgun that uses 3½ inch shells, this is very important. Does it reduce as much as the Beretta KO system? No, not for me anyway. I don’t mind the recoil so much, especially for hunting. If a flock of geese falls on my head in a mowed cornfield, I can guarantee I won’t feel the blows. Durability is a big advantage of Benelli. I’ve seen them fall in mud and water and they still work fine. Benelli provides the butt with Gel-Tek for recoil protection, and the barrels are treated with Crio technology for stability and accuracy. Is the SBEIII worth the extra price? Honestly, I can’t tell yet. I can’t wait to try something like this in the fall, I’ll be sure to let you know then. Cheers! Every time! Cons/Recoil is longer and light patterns don’t disperse as well. Conclusion/If you need a gun that you can row a boat with while hunting, try the Benelli.

5. Stoeger M3000 is thebudget hunting choice

word-image-7188 The Stoeger is in fact the little brother of the Benelli. Things get out of hand and they can’t even play on the same field. In reality, the Stoegers are made to the same design as the parent company Benelli, only they are made in Turkey and not in Italy. This is good news for those looking for an inexpensive semi-automatic pistol. The M3000 is a bolt-action rifle (where we’ve seen it before) that shares a common design with the Benelli M2 and SBE. Is that the same thing? No, but they are similar enough to see how these weapons work. The biggest difference is the run-in period. You take a Benelli and shoot straight out of the box with a smooth stroke. Stowers tend to use one or two boxes of cartridges and clean well once or twice before they get the best performance. Don’t overlook the SToeger if you’re looking for a cheap shotgun. Pro/ Works great and shares many Benelli parts Cons/ Requires a good break-in period for optimal performance. In short, this is one of the best guns in this price range.

6. STANDARD MFG DP12 – Incorrect house selection

word-image-7189 The intimidation factor is high. The standard MFG DP-12 is one of the most intimidating defensive shotguns you can find. Why? This is a double-barreled bullpup shotgun with a capacity of 14+2 rounds of 12 caliber. It is a serious hunting rifle, capable of firing a large amount of buckshot in a short period of time. The double barrel is equipped with the characteristic spread coils that create a brutal shooting pattern at 25 yards.  The entire weapon is only 29.5 inches long with two barrels of 18.78 inches. A full-length Picatinny rail is available for mounting optics, as well as slots for mounting additional accessories such as flashlights and lasers. It’s a defensive gun that screams: You picked the wrong house, punk. Front / 12 gauge double barrel with 16 bullets Cons / The price is a little high Conclusion/ If you want to deposit a large amount of lead, you can.

7. Savage Renegauge – New choice

word-image-7190 Fans of Stevens shotguns know that Savage knows how to make good working shotguns. When they introduced us to the Renegauge, which is made in the United States, we were really impressed with the way they make quality firearms. Based on Savage’s patented D.R.I.V. gas system. (Dual Regulating Inline Valve), the Renegauge quickly gained a reputation for being able to handle any load up to 3 inches and still run surprisingly smooth and fast. I was very impressed with the high turnover rate and the way the gun felt in my hands. It’s different than any other semi-automatic rifle I’ve tried, in the way it fits and feels, but it really works. This is one of those cases where you can believe the hype. Pro/Super fast and good feeling Cons/ Fairly new, so it’s harder to find a replacement choke now. Conclusion. If you want to buy one, do it.

8. Weatherby Orion – top/bottom Choice

word-image-7191 Hand loaded guns are where the money is. You can find them for over $10,000, and for as little as $400 or less. The O/U is a versatile rifle that is a personal favorite for hunting with a wading dog and for match shooting. They are also, in my opinion, the most visually appealing shotguns. How do you find a balance between aesthetics, functionality, quality and cost? A good place to do this is Weatherby Orion. The receiver is forged steel and the stock is A-grade walnut. The walnut makes a big difference to me. I love the look of walnut, whatever it’s used for, and with my fancy guns it’s a must. This rifle comes with replacement spools and is a pleasure to shoot. The price is also very reasonable. It’s not the most economical option, but it can’t hurt either. Pro/Class A nut plates, the pots are excellent Cons / I wish it came with more choke tubes for more applications. The end result is a great example of a quality O/U rifle that shoots well and is something to be proud of. word-image-7192

Missing rifles

I’m sure some of you are laughing at this article right now because the list doesn’t include some extremely popular shotguns. Believe me, I understand. As you know, there has been a rush for firearms and ammunition in recent months, so it can be difficult to find what you want to stock up on. That’s what I started doing when I started making this list. I selected 15 shotguns that I consider the best and looked at how many of them could be found on special offers. The list quickly got shorter. You will certainly find more Mossbergs, a few Brownings, at least one Winchester, a Franchi and others on my list of the best hunting and defense rifles, and if they come back on the market for more than a few minutes, I will update and add to them. I don’t want you to read this and say this: He’s an idiot for not including the Mossberg 500. I didn’t mean to tell you that you have to have it and that it can’t be done. I’m not that bad.

Types of shotguns

With shotguns, you can choose from different types of action (how the gun works). Whether it’s semi-automatic rifles, single rifles, single shotguns, double shotguns or side-by-side double shotguns, you’ll have no shortage of choices when it comes to choosing a shotgun for home defense. The most popular choice and our selection of the best shotgun for home defense is a shotgun like the Benelli Nova Tactical. There are three main reasons why we prefer a shotgun over any other shotgun. Hopefully they will be available again soon.

  • Reliability – the pumps run smoothly and are easy to operate.
  • Number of cartridges – Compared to other types of shotguns, a shotgun can often hold more ammunition, so you can have more ammunition at your disposal.
  • Fear Factor – It may be a cliché, but the sound of a shotgun quickly deters burglars; it’s almost a universal language.

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Rifle connection

The fit is critical to the performance of the weapon. If it doesn’t suit you, you won’t hit as much as you want. Let’s look at some common areas. The length of the trigger is the distance from the top of the trigger to the center of the butt. If the length is too long, the weapon will not reach the shoulder pocket, or the balance of the weapon will be shifted too far forward to shoot accurately. Many shotguns come with spacers to improve draw length, and it works great if you have someone watch you put the gun on your shoulder to see if it works. The fall is another element of the landing. To determine the drop height, fire several shots, preferably at a consistent target. If you shoot high, the buttress of your weapon, where the cheek rests on the stock (comb), is also too high. If you keep sinking, you have to lift your comb. One way to tell is to pay attention to how your eye aligns with the bead at the end of the barrel. It sounds daunting, but it takes time and patience to get to that point. If you need help, a good gunsmith can help you shoot your bird in no time.

Types of shotgun shells and recommendations for home defense

There is also a lot of debate about which type of ammo is best for home defense. There’s birdshot, heavy rifle and bullets that are solid pieces of lead/copper designed primarily for big game hunting. I have to say that Bird or Shiver is by far the best option. And even that is highly controversial. Discover the different options for shotgun ammunition here. Will the slug have more SDL energy? Yes, but there’s a big downside to not hitting your target. They could shoot through drywall or doors and possibly injure loved ones. There’s also a lot of recoil, which can throw you off target if you need to take a follow-up shot. Buckshot or birdshot is the best option. At close range, both weapons do serious damage to anyone stupid enough to let you pull the trigger. If you need proof, take a light picture yourself, for example. B. a shot with the number 8, and shoot it at a target from a distance of 10-15 feet. Cartridge, such as B. No. 2 or 00, has a similar effect to firing a pistol 5 to 7 times at a time, but with more energy. There are also .410 defense cartridges that use disc-shaped sprinkles. If you want to use the 410 meters, you should take a closer look at them. They are insanely destructive. Which is better to choose – buckshot or birdshot? There are different opinions, even in our offices. Some have shotguns loaded with buckshot, some with buckshot. The new ammo for short rifles, such as the latest Federal ammo, gives you more options and capacity because you can put many more rounds in your rifle’s magazine. Any type of shot will be very effective, especially at close range. The new short 12 gauge patterns for home defense may be just what you need. word-image-7194

Shotgun accessories

There is no shortage of accessories to add to your defensive rifle. There are interchangeable forearms with tactical flashlights and laser pads that add an extra element to your shotgun for home defense. You can add bullet holders to keep ammo within easy reach. A good option is the Monstrum side mount for the Mossberg 500/590 and Shockwave. It’s cheap, allows you to have extra ammo on hand, and adds a picatinny rail for mounting optics. If space does not permit, you can replace the stock with a pistol grip. Not only does the flashlight let you know who is rummaging in your fridge at three in the morning – a burglar or your drunk but loving neighbor – but it can also act as a deterrent. Not all villains are brave. If they hear a CLICK-KLICK, followed by a flashlight and/or laser beam in the hallway, chances are they will quickly take cover. Remember, the best solution to any conflict or intrusion is prevention or de-escalation. No one wants to get hurt, and the use of a firearm should be a last resort. As soon as you pull the trigger, everything changes. A flashlight can be useful, especially if you are holding the weapon with both hands, but it has a serious drawback. Whatever you aim the flashlight at, you also aim the barrel of a loaded gun. What if it’s a drunk neighbor? Or your own child? One of the first and most important rules of gun safety is: Never point the barrel of the gun at anything you don’t want to destroy. Most officers we know advise dropping the flashlight and not revealing your location until you know who/what you are dealing with. However, it’s all a matter of personal choice, so add the accessories you think will meet your home security needs.

How much should I spend on a gun?

Spend as much as you want, but make sure the gun you buy works well and is safe.

What is the best caliber or size of gun for home defense?

The rifles range in caliber from .410 to the mighty .10, but we do not recommend the latter calibers. In a defensive situation, the .10 would be pretty brutal to deal with. If you want to know what we recommend, the answer is: what you like to record. And that goes for everyone, men and women. One of the things that really annoys us is when a woman goes to buy a gun and gets the stereotypical attitude of a salesperson. I’ll show you something you’ll like, little lady. Get experience and try as much as you can before making a decision. word-image-7195 If you are wondering if a 12 caliber is appropriate for home defense, the answer is simple. The larger the caliber, the greater the payload and the more destructive energy is transferred to the target. This leads some to say that more is always better. But is the 20 gauge suitable for home defense? Absolutely. The same goes for the 410 caliber. The .410 caliber revolver has recently experienced a resurgence in popularity with the release of Taurus’ Judge revolver, which fires .410 or .45 Long Colt ammunition. This has led to significant development of .410 loads for home defense. Anything you can shoot comfortably and work well with will work. Even the lightest .410 bullets will make a burglar reconsider his life plans, even if they are shorter at the time.

Can bullets be fired from any weapon?

No. You need to make sure your rifle’s barrel is suitable for bullets, and then follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for chokes and bullet type. You get the best performance with a barrel designed for the bullet.

Can you have too many guns?

Stupid question. No, of course not, you can never have too much.

About the author

word-image-7196 Derrek Siegler. Derrek Sigler has been writing professionally about the natural world for over twenty years, ever since he earned his master’s degree in creative writing with an essay on fishing humor. But if you ask anyone who knows him, he’s been telling fishing stories since he was old enough to hold a fishing pole. He has written for Cabela’s and was editorial director of Gun Digest books. Over the years he has also written for Petersen’s Hunting, North American Whitetail Magazine, Wildfowl, Grand View Media, and worked with Bass Pro Shops, Hard Core Brands, and Bone Collector. Successful Farming invited him to write an article for their magazine, and he appeared several times on their television show to talk about hunting and ATVs. He writes about what he loves – hunting, fishing, camping, trucks, ATVs, boats, snowmobiles, and the outdoor life he leads with his family in their home state of Michigan, as well as his adventures across North America. We are committed to finding, researching and recommending the best products. We receive commissions for purchases you make through the links in our product reviews. Learn more about how it works.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best shotgun load for home defense?

The shotgun is an excellent weapon for home defense, being able to deliver multiple projectiles simultaneously to stop an attacker. It also produces the psychological effect of spreading a wider area of projectiles in a target area than most handguns. Shotguns come in several different forms, but the two most common are pump or semi-automatic. Semi-automatic shotguns are easier to use, but pump models are more durable, generally holding up better with thousands of rounds fired. They also tend to be cheaper and more readily available in a wider range of models and finishes. The shotgun is a versatile and powerful tool that can be used for a variety of purposes, and it’s no surprise that many people choose it as their primary home defense weapon. The fact is, the shotgun fires a wide, spread shot of pellets that can quickly disable an intruder, while keeping the risk of collateral damage to a minimum, especially when you consider that you can load slugs in for a one-shot stop if needed. Shells can be carried in a box of 14 or more, so you can easily reload if needed.

What is the best 12 gauge shot for home defense?

In the world of shotgun ammunition, Federal Premium® is known for its innovative lineup of high-performance shotshell products, from high-velocity turkey loads to the powerful 2-1/2-Inch Magnum, which delivers a devastating payload. (The company has been making these since 1964, when the first 2-1/2-Inch Magnum was developed for waterfowl hunters.) Over the years, Federal has also expanded its offerings to include 3-Inch Magnum loads for birds, deer and other medium-sized game. This year, the company released its latest innovation: The 2-Inch #4 Buckshot loads, designed specifically for home defense. Shot size has always been a topic of contention for bird hunters and sportsmen. On the one hand the bigger the shot the more damage it causes to the bird, but on the other hand, the bigger the shot the more energy it loses. As a result, choosing the best 12 gauge shot for home defense can seem like a difficult decision. Fortunately, the answer is much easier than you may think.

Which is better for home defense 12 gauge or 20 gauge?

The shotgun is one of the most versatile firearms available to civilians in the United States. Because of its size, there are no state restrictions on owning or carrying a shotgun. The shotgun has the power to take down large game or stop the threat of a home invader. 20 gauge shotguns are generally easier to handle and have a lighter felt recoil than 12 gauge shotguns. However, 12 gauge shotguns carry more shells and provide more power. (Note: This may be a better example for a blog post intro, rather than a paragraph. We’ll have to think about it.) When it comes to home defense, the first thing that comes to mind is what kind or weapon (if any) you should have. This is an issue that has been discussed many times on the internet. Some websites and forums will claim that shotguns are the best home defense weapons, while others will argue that handguns are the best. (more…)

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