A common thread with lots of comments at forums all over the net is “If you could only have one gun….what would it be?” I try to stay away from discussions like that because they tend to end up with bickering and displays of juvenile antics.
The truth is most of us do not have to have only one gun – so the discussions are somewhat fruitless. However – for those on a budget, reality sets in and a “one gun arsenal” may be all that can be afforded. So – for them – the discussion of a one gun arsenal is very important.
Everyone has different needs and situations they may find themselves in. So – what one may choose as a one gun arsenal may not work so well for someone else. A popular concept is the good ole shotgun as a “go to” gun.
Not a bad choice in my opinion.
The shotgun is a good consideration for numerous reasons:
- several quality models available at relatively inexpensive prices
- generally very reliable and durable
- lots of accessories to modify the shotgun to fit your own needs
- diverse selection of ammunition to meet varying needs
- single models can change barrels to meet varying needs
- ammunition availability at publication time excellent
- firearms can be modified to meet the needs of many missions
Shotgun shells can be purchased with different loads from small bird shot to powerful slugs and can reach distances from point blank to over 100 yards. The shotgun is truly one of the most versatile firearms out there. With a single gun small game can be taken close up, a home can be defended at varying distances (depending on loads used), and a deer can be dropped at 100 yards.
I have a Remington 870 Tactical Express. Great shotgun and purchased for well under $400. I am now looking at getting a semi-auto shotgun added to my system.
If you are on a budget – a good shotgun is an excellent choice.