Magazine article The New American

Shotgun for Self-Defense?

Magazine article The New American

Shotgun for Self-Defense?

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Terry Nelson, writing at OutdoorHub on August 20, advised his readers to choose a shotgun when it comes to picking a firearm for self-defense. Nelson wrote that shotguns are "reliable and effectively intimidating" when it comes to armed self-defense. "Everyone has their own ideas as to what will work best for them in a self-defense shotgun. Because I carried and used one extensively during my career in law enforcement and for more years than I care to remember in a hunting capacity, the pump action in 12 gauge has to be my top pick. A primary reason for me, is the pump action being fairly simple and rugged, making it generally reliable and easy to use. As I mentioned earlier, 12-gauge ammunition is the most readily available of all the gauges listed--a critical consideration when making a 'one-gun-does-all' selection."

While Nelson most assuredly is correct that a shotgun blast at close quarters would be extremely effective in incapacitating any would-be attacker and that the appearance of a shotgun or the sound of a shotgun slide being racked might be enough to get a criminal to halt in his tracks, he didn't acknowledge the downsides of its use as a self-defense weapon. …

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