So many of us are on a tight budget. Every week visits to the grocery store bring back memories of when food costs so much less. Now I can feel the strain on my wallet to get the food my family needs as well as extra to put back. Although gas prices are way down costs on most everything continues to inch up while wages remain stagnant. The point is there are many people out there concerned with the ability to protect their families but cannot afford to go out and pay $600 or more on a firearm.
So – what do I recommend?
Buy a shotgun.
Sure there are many guns out there to choose from and many that will serve their owners well. In my opinion the shotgun is the #1 choice for those on a budget looking to get a home defense firearm. A quality shotgun can be had for around $300 give or take new and even less if buying used. Quality models from Mossberg and Remington which have proven track records are readily available most everywhere guns are sold.
The shotgun is an extremely powerful weapon and is extremely versatile. The nature of the 12 gauge shell allows a variety of different loads to be chosen from including bird shot, buck shot, and slugs. Even special “defensive” loads are available. This flexibility provides for the home owner to choose what they want depending on the layout of the home as well as the location of occupants. Myself ? I like bird shot for home defense.
Shotguns such as the Mossberg 500 and Remington 870 are extremely reliable, simple to operate, and effective. Aftermarket companies have flooded the market with pretty much any accessory you can think of to customize your shotgun to fit your needs. Need to mount a flashlight? No problem. Rather have a pistol grip stock than traditional? Order it up. Want a front bead sight that glows in that dark. Yup – you can get it. Want a shotgun that auto-detects sound and will automatically locate target? Well….I guess you can’t get everything.
The shotgun is certainly not perfect. Many models are on the heavy side for some women. Recoil can be intimidating thus training is really required. Though five 12 gauge rounds should be all that is needed limited capacity can be an issue in some models(some hold up to 8 rounds).
By the way – don’t be fooled by what you see on TV. A shotgun must be aimed. Although any type of non-slug loads spread as it travels further away from the shooter, in typical household distances the spread is not much more than 12″ across.
There are certainly lots of choices for a budget home defense firearm. The shotgun is a great one.