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The Best Shotgun Ammo for Home Defense

Best Shotgun Ammo for Home DefenseShotguns have always been the go to weapon for home defense. In a close range scenario like home defense the shotgun absolutely rules. The shotgun is a weapon for those who love options.

A shotgun offers a variety of different options that most weapons cannot come close to comparing to. These options range from ammo selection, action, accessories, stocks, sights, and calibers.

Shotguns can be adapted for a number of different duties while simply switching ammo. Want to hunt squirrels or dove with your twelve gauge? Throw in some bird shot or small games loads and go at it.

You see a buck while squirrel hunting – throw in some buckshot or a slug. Are you a police officer who needs a less than lethal option? Rubber buckshot or rubber slugs work perfectly. Are you a Marine who needs to breech a door? A shotgun can do it, and do it damn well.

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Semi Auto Shotguns vs Pump Action Shotguns

Semi Auto Shotgun vs Pump ShotgunShotguns are inexplicably American. They weren’t invented here, and were of course European imports, but the shotgun has distinguished itself as American in nature.

Two of the most successful shotguns, the Mossberg 500 and the Remington 870, are American designed and American built. The phrase riding shotgun comes from Stage Coach drivers armed with double barreled shotguns protected cargo and passengers across the American west. Shotguns serve en mass with our police forces and still have a place in the military.

Across the country the shotgun is one of the most popular firearms for everything from home defense to hunting. The shotgun has carved its own path in American culture and that is why the shotgun is distinctly American.

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Getting Started – Beginner’s Basics for Buying a Gun

Buying a Gun in Firearms StoreGetting your first gun is a big step. The first thing you need is to be sure you are getting it for the right reasons and that you feel ready to take on this kind of responsibility. Owning a gun also means:

  • Keeping it locked away from others who should not be able to gain easy access.
  • Learning how to fire it and use it properly.
  • Cleaning it and maintaining it regularly so that it will work correctly when you want and need it.

Truthfully, the first step towards getting your first gun or any gun is making the choice for yourself that you want to own a gun and are ready for the responsibility. Some of this also means understanding your intentions for getting a gun.

One of the most common reasons for getting your first gun is for protection and self-defense. For others, buying a gun could be for sport or to become a collector, or various other possible reasons. Make sure you are aware of your reasons to own firearms, and if you are ready, you can move on to the next step.

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What to Do When Someone Breaks Into Your Home

Burglar in Window PicEXPERIENCING A BREAK IN when you’re not home is a traumatic situation in and of itself.

The feeling you get seeing your things strewn about, your window broken, or your door hanging off its hinges makes you feel just plain violated.

Experiencing a break in when you are in your home however, is a life threatening emergency that needs to be dealt with immediately, but in a calm, cool, and prepared manner.

IntruderIs the Intruder a Thief, or a Murderer?

The fact is, you don’t know, but you must assume the latter. The overwhelming volume of break-ins come from thieves who have no interest in confronting a homeowner.

They go out of their way to break into your home when you are not there “ during the work day, mainly.

The goal is a quick snatch and grab where they punch into the house, steal the most portable items with the highest values such as home electronics, jewelry, DVDs, etc, and then disappear.

These sorts of break-ins happen all the time and the thieves are usually unarmed or lightly armed.

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What Kind of Gun or Weapon Should I Buy?

Guns and Weapons of all kinds have existed for many centuries, and for many centuries have been evolving. You may be new to the gun scene, or you maybe an old pro, but the weapons available seem to be part of an ever expanding, and at times, confusing sea of guns and weapons which need some sorting out.

There are self defense, home defense, and military weapons; shotguns, rifles, and handguns. But which rifle, which shotgun, which handgun do you choose?

It depends on who you are and what the intended expectations for using the weapon are…  Is the gun for self defense?  Is the gun for Home Defense?  Do you plan of using it in your vehicle?  Is it a long range tool meant for deterring closer conflict?  Will you use it for concealed carry?  Is its primary usage for hunting or range shooting or fun, instead of protection?

Before these questions get an answer, you should explore the main varieties of guns and weapons:

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Ammunition – Things to Consider When Buying Ammo

AR15 5.56 Ammunition

AR15 5.56 Ammunition

Buying ammunition really isn’t all that difficult, is it? I mean, don’t you just buy ammo that is compatible with the particular gun you have? That is correct. However, there are many different intended uses for firearms and you want to make sure you have the right tools (ammunition) for the job.

For example, if you want to buy ammo for a handgun, what caliber does it hold? Even beyond that, is the ammo you are looking at going to be used at the range, or is its purpose for home defense? There are different types of ammunition that are best for each.

Same goes with a rifle or shotgun. There are different types of ammo that are best depending on if you’re hunting vs. target shooting vs. the ammo you would use if the weapon were your primary weapon for home defense.

Below are some things to consider when buying ammunition:


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