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So in another review we already gave you a history on the Mossberg 500 series of shotguns so we wonít rehash whatís already been posted.
This particular shotgun is my home defense gun. She rests nightly in a bed side saddle and when Iím not home is put away in my safe.
The first round in this shotgun is a magnum rubber 00 buck. Trust me, you will not be getting back up anytime soon after being hit with that. But if you are the Incredible Hulk, all her sisters right behind her are steel 00 buck. Why the rubber 00 buck first? I just want to stop the threat, I donít need to be killing anyone.
Am I giving away the secrets of my home defense? Sure, if in the next paragraph I write down my address and work schedule.
Home defense has always been a priority for me. Once upon a time I had a job which made me the enemy of a lot of bad guys. As a matter of fact, the only thing between jail and freedom was me, not the best way to make friends.
In the years I did that job many of those people were released for one reason or another and many more knew I was looking for them. So the defense of my home became a priority.
When it comes to my house first you have to get past the cameras and motion detectors outside, be quiet enough not to alert my dog, bypass the 3 alarms, break through a window or door and then still break down my locked bedroom door without me waking up.
See the truth is itís not so easy to defend yourself with a gun.
There were many occasions where I kicked in a door of a subjects house, and he was sitting there on his couch with a gun in his lap or right next to him. Even with a gun in his lap he never had a chance to grab it, had he I would have had a lot more paperwork to do.
The trick is you need to be alerted to the presence of an intruder. You need time to wake upÖregain your sensesÖand prepare yourself.
Inside my house are cameras feeding into my bedroom, this way if an intruder did somehow manage to bypass everything and gain entry I can see where they are in the house. That is crucial. The last thing you want to do is to open your bedroom door and start walking around your house with your shotgun and the weapon light on. Letís just announce where we are and when we are coming.
This shotgun is outfitted with a side saddle and EOtech forend flashlight.
If you do use a pistol grip you really need to go to the range and get some practice with it. They are very easy to use and control with just a little practice.
Also itís a good idea to test some different rounds for home defense and see which type gives you the best or worst spread pattern.
Remember that some shells donít start to spread until about 10-14 feet. Up to then it stays in a tight group.
Itís easier to miss with a shotgun than you might think.
Have fun and keep shooting!
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By: Brandon Gonzales