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  1. #41
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    My sweet loving wife bought me a Mossberg 500 in 410 bore. It is a pump-action. It holds 5-6 depending if 3 inchers or 2 and a half. Many think the 410 isnt very powerful but the slugs deliver 800 pounds of muzzle energy which is better than a 357 magnum. There is a suprising variety of loads available. Even 000buckshot. Winchester makes a self defence load that has 3 projectiles and 12 BBs and is advertised "stop the threat". IT WILL. The 410 has little recoil and mine cost only $235. It has a standard rifle stock. The recoil in important in that with the light recoil recovery time after a shot is nil meaning you can rapid fire accurately. Also if you are recoil sensitive a 410 is perfect. Even 'light loads are lethal(100ft) and will not go through multiple walls thereby decreasing the chances of an innocent person being injured. Slugs have a longer range. Remember in comparing 410 with larger gauges, 'bigger is not always better'. Besides wife loves it and knows how to use it.

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  3. Franchi shotguns are a bit strange when it comes to after market accessories. Check with the folks over at the Franchi Forum at Bennelli USA at Franchi - Benelli USA Forums. I remember seeing some questions asked over there about tricking out Franchi shotguns for self defense use but don't remember the details.

  4. #43
    Yes, as I said, I contacted them, I asked on their blogs, and even contacted some retailers of mag extensions. No one knows.
    I guess it is because they are not that popular. Then again they are a bit pricy. But I felt very good looking. I have my Mossberg for 'special purposes' what I consider my Mossberg is was said in that old '70's song, Evil Wicked Mean and Nasty, and the Franchi is for fun.

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  5. #44
    Quote Originally Posted by santa View Post
    ...Many think the 410 isnt very powerful but the slugs deliver 800 pounds of muzzle energy which is better than a 357 magnum. There is a suprising variety of loads available. Even 000buckshot. Winchester makes a self defence load that has 3 projectiles and 12 BBs and is advertised "stop the threat". IT WILL. The 410 has little recoil and mine cost only $235. It has a standard rifle stock. The recoil in important in that with the light recoil recovery time after a shot is nil meaning you can rapid fire accurately. Also if you are recoil sensitive a 410 is perfect. Even 'light loads are lethal(100ft) and will not go through multiple walls thereby decreasing the chances of an innocent person being injured. Slugs have a longer range. Remember in comparing 410 with larger gauges, 'bigger is not always better'. Besides wife loves it and knows how to use it.
    A couple of months back I jumped on an opportunity to purchase a Saiga .410 to go with my other Saigas (a 12 and 2 5.56s... they are getting to be a habit I think). As one who has a lot of firearm experience but very little experience with .410, I was happily surprised at the damage it can do. My wife also likes it and it has joined our little "bedroom arsenal" of available weapons when I (or she, if I am away) choose to investigate a "bump in the night" or our 4-legged alarm systems giving a sustained notice...i have one mag filled with the "Stop The Threat" rounds of which you speak after seeing what a mag full did to a 4X8 plywood sheet :)

  6. #45
    I'm surprised nobody's mentioned the Stoeger Double Defense 12ga. It is a 20inch barrel side by side with dual picitiny rails. One on the receiver and one below the barrels. All for under $400

  7. #46
    Great Quote.

  8. Remington 870 is a real good shotgun. It's the most popular LE shotgun. Another one is the Mossberg 500.

  9. #48
    All good things come to an end. I had to sell mine for car repairs. Maybe later.

  10. #49
    HD shotguns are an easy "first project" for building your own gun. My primary HD gun is below. It started as a very pathetic hulk of a Mossberg 500A (12 Gauge)hunting shotgun picked up in a cornfield after a tornado. The gun had ridden the funnel to quite a ways from home. We never did find the original owner and gun was found by a friend in his field. Stock and forearm were both splintered (Rails were OK) and the barrel was twisted. I took the gun apart, cleaned it and was able to salvage frame, mechanisms and slide frame with rails.

    After cleaning the assemblies, I steel wooled and cold blued them. I repainted the receiver with a semi gloss black paint. I replaced all of the springs , rusted or not. I polished the very rusted (gun was recovered three months after tornado, during rainy season!) bolt assembly with fine emery cloth and then Mother's Mag polish. I replaced the barrel with a stock Mossberg 18 1/2" barrel (Midway USA) and put a Trijicon bead (glow in the dark) on it (Midway USA). The stock and forend are Hogue Overmold (Midway USA). The "gummy" grips give excellent grip for sweaty or wet hands . The shell holder and LimbSaver Recoil Pad are from WALMART. I am an armorer but not a gunsmith and it didn't take any special skills to complete this project.

    The old warrior is now the shotgun that I want, with all of the features I want. If you haven't had a rush of tornadoes lately, you might try local pawnshops and gun shows. You can pick up a decent used Mossberg 500 pretty reasonable during the off season for hunting.


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    Well, to be as simple as possible... I'd suggest a 12ga "tactical" pump. That could be with/with-out a pistol grip, that's up to you. I own both. Being "tactical" the shotgun will have a shorter barrel, compared to your hunting shotguns. I like my 18 1/4 inch barrels. I like to think that 5-6 in the tube is more than I'll need... but, I've added shell carriers to both my home defense shotguns.

    One, has two... my Mossberg 500 with a pistol grip/M4 6-position stock has a carrier on the left side of the receiver and one on the right side of the stock. My Remington 870 Tactical just has a nylon one slid onto the butt stock. I like both.

    So, the point is... a "tactical" 12ga pump is all you need to start with. The rest is preference.
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