Monday, May 12, 2014

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Shotguns, a Must Have

Every now and then, I B.S. with one of the guys at work about a grid down/pandemic situation.

One time we were talking about the two legged vermin banding together and attacking people. He made some comment and I replied "And all you're sitting there with is a 12 gauge"

His reply "Not a 12 gauge a 20".

Go ahead....fill in the blank, what was I thinking but didn't say?

Have a shotgun and make it a 12 gauge.

At different times, militaries have used shotguns for the point man. It's a 12 gauge not a 20.

The 20 gauge is used by women and youth for starter shotguns. (and some guys that shoot trap and skeet, OW! OW! the 12 gauge hurts too much)

Now, there may be special situations where a 20 gauge is needed. Examples would be older people, some women and teenagers. Like Boston says "almost any gun is better than a jagged rock"

Besides making it a 12, also make it a pump action, for increased reliability.

Mossberg, Savage and Remington are all good choices. In the latest sale from Fleet Farm they had the Savage with ghost ring sites selling for $200. I've also see it on sale at Gander Mountain frequently for the same price.

Put glow in the dark ghost ring sights on it, if it doesn't already have them. And a sling.

Have at least 250 rounds of mixed buck and hunting loads. Also have a few slugs for it.

Shells are usually the last to sell out during a buying frenzy.

One of the disadvantages of this weapon is the limited magazine capacity. (even with the extension) Maybe a little practice reloading before it's empty would be a useful TEOTWAWKI skill.

Don't forget to get one or more of the chamber adapter inserts.

I can't think of anything better to be holding than a 12 gauge when being confronted by dangerous people at close range.


  1. If you need to reload a tactical shotgun, you are probably better off reaching for your sidearm anyhow. Maybe even reach for a machete.

    1. Exactly. The old single shot long arm, multiple shot sidearm combo. It SHOULD be enough for my critics but is just seems only a plastic poodle shooter will calm the nerves of survivalists.

  2. Amen. Also add a 20 gauge chamber adapter for those 12 single shots, in case 12 gauge is gone and there is still some 20 gauge to be had. Versatility is the name of the game.

    Those barrel sleeves really come to their own in the break open single shots, especially when the barrel has iron sights mounted to them.

  3. I agree, the 12ga is the most common out there. And with the chamber adapters, you've made them even more versatile. I love my Stevens single shot, but at a disadvantage to be sure if facing a crowd. Fortunately, my fathers friend, many years ago left his old (As in from the 1960's old) Remington 870 at our house, and we still have it to this day.

  4. There's also the school of thought (and I subscribe to it) that an ejector double barrel can throw more lead down range than a pump. Once you've had you 5 or 8 in the mag, I'm still Bang Bang, break/eject, 2 more cartridges out the bandolier, load and a further bang bang and repeat whilst the guy with the pump is still reloading getting his fingers/gloves trapped in the gate.

    Give it a go, time yourself over a minute or so and see how many shots you can get down range.

  5. None of the deer I've killed with my 20 ga. are any less dead. It still puts big holes in things and my wife and daughter could shoot it if need be.

  6. Here we go again, same old argument. I would ask anyone who had to have a 12ga over a 20ga why he doesn't have a 10ga? Love the one you're with.