Top Tactical Shotguns For Home Defense

Pro Tip

Between 1887-1900, John Joseph Browning designed the first lever action and pump action shotgun that was also autoloading. Modern shotguns are based on this design.

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What makes a shotgun a “bullpup”?

For a shotgun to be considered a “bullpup” the action and magazine must be located behind the trigger. This configuration allows the barrel length to remain longer despite an overall shorter weapon length.


How do you clean a shotgun?

You will need to purchase a cleaning kit for your shotgun. If you already own a universal gun cleaning kit then you probably have all the tools you need. Hoppes #9 Bore Cleaner and some gun oil may need to be purchased separately.Check out this post at Shotgun World for complete instructions on how to clean your shotgun..

Are sawed off shotguns illegal? How short of a barrel is allowed?

Sawed off shotguns with barrels that measure less than 18” are considered illegal in the USA. Total overall length of a shotgun must be 26” or more. If you want to legally own a shorter shotgun you can apply to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Requirements for owning a sawed off shotgun include a background check and a $200 tax-paid registration or $5 tax for a transfer of the firearm if you have already met some requirements. Gun laws can change over time so it is always best to check current ATF rules and regulations to make sure you are in compliance.

Does a shotgun have a lot of recoil? Can a smaller person comfortably shoot a shotgun?

Recoil can be reduced with a good recoil pad. The more powerful the shotgun shell and the bigger the caliber is are the major factors that contribute to recoil. A 12g shotgun has less recoil than a 10g. A 20g has the least recoil but if you shoot it enough, it can still leave you sore at the end of a long day of shooting at the range or practicing skeet. Wearing padded shirts or using an extra shoulder pad can help.

MEET Samantha Biggers

Samantha is Ready To Go Survival's lead editor, a life-long outdoorswoman with a Bachelors in Environmental Studies. She learned the foundation of preparedness from her father who saw heavy combat in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive. An avid outdoors woman and survivalist, her articles have appeared in various homesteading magazines such as GRIT, Back Home, Backwoods Home, and Countryside.

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