Shooting Illustrated | 6 Great Home Defense Shotguns for Less

R.The latest smartphone is now $ 1,000. I think truck prices have gone up every year since Mr. Ford invented them. Even a top-end bow (with no arrows) can cost $ 1,500 while one cost $ 999 5 years ago. However, some weapons – namely shotguns – are getting cheaper and cheaper. Here’s a round-up of some notable central defense shotguns for those who don’t want to part with a lot of jingle.

Hatfield Arms SGL


Hatfield Arms SGL 12 gauge

The Hatfield SGL is a 12 or 20 gauge breakable single shot hammer pistol that’s about as Spartan as the cannons. You can buy it at Walmart for around $ 99. Its hinge pin and a recess in the front end allow it to be broken open to around 330 degrees, so that it can be folded up much more compactly than other opening openings such as H & Rs or Stevens’ single shots.

Its 28-inch barrel isn’t ideal for home defense, but you can have a knowledgeable gunsmith cut almost a foot off it so it stows neatly in a backpack and still doesn’t require NFA papers. Its disadvantage? It doesn’t have a buttpad or sling rivets, but you can add these cheaply and easily. And while its trigger is heavier than a lake record bass – about 15 pounds – what can you expect from a shotgun that pops, prints its pattern where you show it, and costs less than a Benjamin?

Mossberg Maverick 88

Mossberg Maverick 88


Mossberg Maverick 88

If you’re looking for a pump-action shotgun, this is one of the most affordable, yet effective, guns on this list. The Maverick line differs from Mossberg’s regular models in that parts are made in Mexico, but the shotgun is assembled in the United States. The Maverick line is reliable, but costs a few hundred less than Mossberg’s branded merchandise because it’s a bare-bones model.

If I wanted a specialty home defense shotgun for less than $ 300, it would be the Maverick 88 Security, as the barrel with extended magazine holds 8 cartridges – but this gun only costs $ 250. It is designed according to the classic Mossberg 500 with its deeply ribbed front end. However, the safety lies more on the trigger guard than on the pin.

Savage / Stevens 320 safety pump

Savage / Stevens 320 safety pump


Savage / Stevens 320 safety pump

The excellent 320 Security pump features an 18.5-inch barrel, pivot head, double-acting rods, no-nonsense bulge visor, and a full-size Benelli M4-like shaft so you actually use it, but also have a real pistol grip for extra control. It also has a noose bolt on the side so the gun can be thrown flat against the chest or back. Its barrel holds five cartridges for a total capacity of six cartridges and is easy to load. Best of all, it’s as reliable as taxes. All in all, if you want to defend your lock but only need to spend about $ 209, the 320 Security Pump is high on the world’s best stats list.

Black Aces Tactical Pro Series S max

Black Aces Tactical Pro Series S max


Black Aces Tactical Pro Series S max

Black Aces Tactical is the company that first introduced the shotgun that led to the Mossberg Shockwave craze. It continues to innovate, but with a new focus on low-cost tactical shotguns. The company’s S Max is a semi-automatic gas-action machine that has everything a home defender needs, including 6 + 1 capacity, a full-length / full-contour shaft, 18.5-inch barrel, risers and a no-nonsense front sight and a nickel-plated screw for smoothness.

At just 6.4 pounds and 39 inches in total, it’s perfect for the home. Although I didn’t fire this gun, Black Aces is a small Florida company that takes great pride in their stuff. Of all the semi-cars on the list, this is probably the best bang for the buck. And if you prefer a lever shotgun, the company also offers one for $ 399.

Hatsan Escort SDX12

Hatsan Escort SDX12


Hatsan Escort SDX12

Made in Turkey, this AR-style shotgun has the advantages of a detachable 5-round magazine, M16-style top handle, fully adjustable buttocks, and more rails than a skateboard park. The strength of the SDX is that its controls and feel are similar to those of AR carbines, so even people who don’t have shotguns can perform it without much difficulty. However, you will find that with its A2-style peep sight and no-nonsense feel, it works like a gun.

While I didn’t spend much time with this particular shotgun, some similarly crafted offerings had reliability issues. However, if you break it in properly, use grenades with more power than the lightest target loads and keep it clean. You should have few problems. Most notably, it costs less than $ 500 on store shelves (so when there are firearms on store shelves).

TriStar KRX Tactical

TriStar KRX Tactical


TriStar KRX Tactical

The KRX is an AR-15-like look that, like the SDX12 and others, is suitable for people who want a shotgun but are better at handling a modern sporting rifle. That’s because loading and recording the KRX is like an MSR. Regardless of what many online reviewers say, the KRX has significant recoil, largely thanks to its lively 6.8-pound weight, straight buttock, and cheek piece that is harder than a steel bleacher seat after 10 innings .

I’m just saying you know you are shooting something, especially with heavy loads of slugs and shot. Reliability is like most box-magazine gas-powered guns, which means they don’t stand out thanks to the square design of a shotshell that doesn’t really like being fed from a box-magazine. That said, for around $ 500, it’s a pretty cool shotgun if you search enough online.

Note: Real prices are listed, and in normal times, consumers can expect to actually purchase these shotguns at or near these prices. However, under current market conditions, demand for firearms exceeds production capacity, resulting in supply shortages. Hence, the actual prices may be much higher than the ones advertised – if you can even find the guns.

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