For many people, the shotgun is the preferred weapon for home defense. A rifle or pistol can serve this purpose too, but in many cases a shotgun is a more versatile and effective home defense weapon.
One oft-cited advantage of a shotgun for home defense is the element of intimidation. The sheer size of the barrel can instill fear in an intrudor. There is a story circulating over the web that an invader literally soiled his pants upon the sight of a double barrel shotgun. This firearm is so powerful that injuries are almost impossible to recover from completely, that is if the burglar or attacker survives. However, do not go fall for the notion that the sound of reloading scares the perp. It is the sight of the gun and not so much the sound of a loading shotgun that they are afraid of. In any home defense situation, you have to act quickly. Unlike the movies, your enemy will not wait for you to reload before shooting, much less take the time to listen to the sound.
The Ultimate Ammo for Your Home-defense Shotgun
Whether you’re using your shotgun for home defense or some other purchase, it’s important to carefully consider which ammo you use. In fact, the type of ammo is almost as important as the firearm itself.
Hunting calls for a certain type of ammo, while self and home defense calls for another. When a disaster strikes you want to be armed with the right ammo, and plenty of it.
But how do you choose? Read on to learn more about choosing the best ammo for home defense.
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Ammunition Demystified: The Best Shotgun Ammo for Home Defense
If you’ve chosen a shotgun for your home defense needs, a good grasp on the size and type of available ammunition is essential to your survival plan. Because they are such versatile firearms, the ammo produced for shotguns comes in a wide variety of sizes, power and styles. Here’s a crash course on what your ammunition is trying to tell you, along with a comparison of different types widely available for home defense.
GaugeA shotgun’s “gauge” is the term used to refer to the diameter of its bore–the internal diameter of the gun’s barrel. Unlike the term “caliber,” which works similarly for rifles and handguns, the larger the number of the shotgun gauge, the smaller the bore. In other words, a 20-gauge round is going to be smaller than a 12-gauge, which in turn is smaller than a 10 gauge. Whenever shopping for shotgun ammunition, the gauge on the box must match the gauge on your firearm. There are several different gauges of shotguns and shotgun ammo available, but the most often recommended for home defense are probably the 12 gauge and the 20 gauge.
The shell, or outer casing, of shotgun ammunition comes in three basic types. Active shells are created almost entirely of plastic, save for the tiny metal piece that holds the primer at the very center of the case head. Active shells are best for hunters and outdoor shooters, because they are nearly impervious to elemental damage, including rust.
Low and high brass shells, on the other hand, work better for home defense situations. High brass shells have a brass base that extends up the body of the shell by just under an inch, while low brass versions have a much narrower band of metal at the base of the shell. Low brass shells generally pack a less powerful punch than the high brass ones, but either will work well.
Shotguns are quite versatile, especially when it comes to ammunition. You can choose from different shells, lengths, stopping power, as well as the pellets inside the ammo – all depending on whether you intend to use your shotgun for home defense, hunting, or some other purpose.
Because of the wide selection of ammunition, you need to be informed when choosing ammo for your home defense shotgun. And remember to practice your shooting stance, aim and other skills that are essential for self and home defense.