This is a discussion on Home Defense Shotguns within the Ruger Shotguns forums, part of the Rifle & Shotgun Forum category; I, too, saw..but didn't buy...one of the Marlin .410's...coulda put th' thing on layaway fer cryin' out loud! And that was last fall...BUT I didn't...gotta ...
I, too, saw..but didn't buy...one of the Marlin .410's...coulda put th' thing on layaway fer cryin' out loud! And that was last fall...BUT I didn't...gotta rank as one of th' dumbest things I've done, at least gun-wise, in a while!! Got a feelin' that those things are gonna end up bein' kinda' collectable someday. I believe Marlin made one many years ago and if ya' find one of them it'll cost an arm n' both legs, I'd think.
It never hurts to be ready... look at New Orleans. The last thing I would want to do in an urban crisis is go to Wal-Mart to buy a gun and ammunition. Plus, Home Defense is 25% of my reasons, 25% Deer Slug gun, and 25% Turkey gun... That leaves the 25% for "just plain ol' fun to shoot"...
If you waited, you couldn't get in---too many wait for the last minute...I was in Shreveport in the 60's when it was planned for all hell to break loose-worked in a hardware store and you couldn't imagine the nice clean decent people who wouldn't hurt a fly who rushed in wanting to buy anything that would make a big hole-we sold more guns in 4 days than we had in 4 years...when you hear the bump in the night-it's too late...as far as the 25% for fun-it's so hard to shoot over here without land, I've forgotten how to just burn up a few shells playing---in La. you could shoot anywhere-but that was a few generations ago, now that I think of it
Sheepdog, I lived in Shreveport until '68 when I joined up with the USN. During Katrina aftermath no gun shop in the area had any personal defense handguns, bbls under 4". There were people in all day long looking for something to have at home. It was downright scary when you thought of all these people, most having never or seldom shot a gun, suddenly being armed.
Now it's hard to find anywhere to go just to shoot for fun. That's one thing I miss about CA. So much open area especially in SoCal where we would go dissappear in the Imperial Valley desert. Now in La. you have to own land, lease land, or have a friend that does because there just isn't anyplace that isn't fenced in with no trespassing signs.
On the topic of home defense shotguns, I use to have a Mossberg 600AT with field and slug barrels. Was a good multipurpose gun and kept it near to hand at night. Now with the g-kids I have either the SP101 or Security Six way up high where nobody can see or touch it but me. I guess that will have to do until the danger of 2 & 4 year olds around guns goes away.
HD gun "BIG POPPA" is a Mossberg 500A 12ga with 18.5 loaded with 1 #6 shot as a warner and stinger followed by 2 #4 for a little more bite and 2 slugs to kick off all out war, if they are still fool enough to be around. Had this gun close to 30 years and it was the best 149.95 I've ever spent from old Service Merchandise. It came with a 18.5" and a 28" barrel and additional pistol grip. I have added a scoped out 24" cantilevered rifled barrel for deer and big game hunting. Racking the slide sometimes scares me too. KA SHACK ALACK will sober ya' up real fast
What do you guys use for your "go to" shotgun and loads at 3:00 AM with a Bad Guy coming through the back door?
I have a Remington 870 Express Magnum 12ga with 3" Magnum #00 Buckshot(15 X .33)... I'm glad I'm not the bad guy!
Mossberg 500A, short, pistol grips, ext mag. Single-purpose weapon. One blank, one 00 buck, rest slugs. Figure I can warn them, hurt them, then get crazy. I'm sure none of it will ever be necessary.
first time girlfriend saw my house - "Why do you keep that shotgun by your bed?"
"Because I sleep with my contacts out."
Since moving to town I live in, I have found out I am pretty much the only guy with guns. Damn hippies here.
This is the latest addition to my shotgun family. It's a Benelli Super Nova. The mag extension holds 11 2 3/4" shells + 1 in the chamber The sights are from Tru-Glow & clamp onto the vent rib. It is kinda' heavy when fully loaded, but it dosen't take long for it to loose weight!
sheepdog. It's made by DMW. I ordered it through my gunsmith. If you want, I can fnd out how to get in touch with them, or let me know what you want & I'll get one ordered for you. They make extensions for just about any shotgun on the market. I tried the gun on a shotgun course that my shootin' buddy has yesterday. He is getting ready for a 3-gun match in Missouri this coming weekend, so I went over & timed him trough the course. Then I ran through a few times. The thing worked really good. I think DMW makes the mag extensions for STI, but don't hold me to that. They have other sizes, this one is a 10 shot extension, but it will hold 11 2 3/4" shels. It comes with the spring & the red plug for the end of the tube. Bottom line is, it works very well!
I ordered my new Synthetic Stock and Forend for my 870 Express Magnum last Thursday... I am going to stay with the Remington furniture, but I'll be adding the magazine extension soon... By the way, what does the sling attach to on the barrel, with the extended magazine?