Magazine article The New American

Pros and Cons of Shotguns for Self-Defense

Magazine article The New American

Pros and Cons of Shotguns for Self-Defense

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Outdoor Hub ran an informative article on the benefits, and drawbacks, of using a shotgun for self-defense. The article, which was written by Jim Grant and published on June 29, reviewed seven things that are mandatory to know about using shotguns for self-defense. Grant argued that "the shotgun is a remarkably effective tool for taking game and defending one's home" but that it's a requirement that the "shooter understands the intricacies behind doing so."

Grant dismissed the notion that you don't need to aim a shotgun very well in close quarters because it launches multiple projectiles at a time. Grant explained that the "diameter of the shot's pattern is actually relatively small, especially at the ranges encountered in home defense scenarios. Even when fired from relatively short barrels, most pellets will land inside of a 5-inch circle at indoor ranges." Grant stressed that, even with shotguns, shooters "need to carefully aim their firearm to ensure the maximum amount of rounds on target."

Grant advised that shooters regularly "practice before loading it up and setting [a shotgun] beside their bed at night." Grant further explained that reloading can be difficult, so shooters should practice "vigorously reloading their shotgun" regularly as well.

He advised using a shotgun loaded with double-ought buckshot, not birdshot, because birdshot will most likely not incapacitate an intruder. Grant also recommended that the recoil on shotguns be adjusted so that the gun can be used effectively by the shooter and, even "if after the shotgun is modified to suit a shooter, its kick still proves too much, there are other options to further reduce felt recoil. …

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