Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Scottsdale & Pinetop AZ
A shotgun is a great tool for home defense. Personally I carry a Remington 870 that is pretty much stock except for a minor action job, speed feed shorty stock, and 12" barrel. There are no fancy gizmos or crap hanging from it. With the 870, or any quality pump shotgun they are very simple to use and clear should a malfunction occur.
Whatever you decide to buy, I would suggest going down to the range and try them out first. Once you have decided which one you are comfortable with and can manipulate smoothly, then sign up for the basic firearm class and then they basic shotgun class. You will actually find these to be quite enjoyable and will most likely continue going to the more advanced classes.
Another thing I would suggest to keep with the weapon is a high quality flashlight. Whether it is a weapon mount or not, you will need to be able to identify you target at night.
Once you learn the operation of the weapon and become comfortable with it, KEEP PRACTICING!!!
People have this misconception that you can just point a shotgun and spray out a huge amount of lead and cover a wide area. This is not true! At distance across the room shots, the spread might be 2-3 inches tops. So, well place accurate shots are still a must.
As for ammo selection, I would use #4 shot to minimize over penetration should you ever need it.