My bedside shotgun

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  1. .38 Special

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    Just a few pics, apropos of nothing...

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    It is a Taylor's "Wyatt Earp" model made by Pedersoli, thankfully without the obnoxious engraving. It probably is an odd choice for home defense, but I wanted a gun which could safely be stored loaded without worrying about springs and safeties and what have you. I practice with it daily and it is not terribly slow, although rapid and repeated cocking of the hammers can be a bit rough on the hand.

    It is chambered for 3" 12 gauge, but 2 3/4" shells give all the recoil I can manage! In point of fact I am using 2 1/2" inch paper shells loaded with 00 buck. They pattern well, cut down on recoil a bit, and come out of the chambers with a sharp jerk of the gun over the shoulder.

    It was a bit pricy for what it is, but double guns with functional hammers have always been a little hard to come by. Overall it is quite well made. If I had my way it would have come with a splinter forend, and the tang safety is kind of dumb on a hammer gun. And of course it came with the requisite 15 pound trigger pulls, which the local gunsmith fixed right away.

    I hope I never have to fight with it, but I won't feel completely unarmed if I ever do.
     
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  2. tark

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    Fantastic looking shotgun! I am a sucker for outside hammers on side by side doubles. That shell holder is equally awesome. I want one!
     
  3. Ironicaintit

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    That’s sweet. I love that style. Should work just fine!
     
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  4. ApacheCoTodd

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    Well, at least you have the endorsement of he-on-high.

    Double barrel is the last gun to cause offense should it come to ever using it.:thumbup:

    Too, I would think about some sort of sling. Some will get all tacti-weird and tell ghosty tales of snagging it on things & stuff.

    But - and here's where direct experience pays - should one be addressing bumps in the night, the opportunity to have to otherwise engage one's hands and NOT want to set the shotgun down is FAR more likely than a terminally debilitating interaction between the sling and things like bannisters, doorknobs and the like.

    A short way to look at this is that you are far more likely to have need to temporarily not be holding it (before putting it away) and not want to set it down than to regret having a sling.


    Todd.
     
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  5. .38 Special

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    I practice shooting it into the air from my porch. :D
     
  6. ApacheCoTodd

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    Don't forget to practice blowing holes in junk yard front doors too... I mean *patterning* it.:evil:

    For real service too, you might think about brass screws for the stock leather like on a Garand or M-14.

    Todd.
     
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  7. .38 Special

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    As an aside, I note that you started a previous post with "Well," and I now am wondering what it is that you do not want us to know. :neener:
     
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    Yeah - I knew that would bite me in the rear.:D

    Todd.
     
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  9. Skeptic13

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    Nice gun but what is it doing on the kitchen table. Don't you have a kitchen gun?
     
  10. mnrivrat

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    I bought an old side by side with hammers and not Damascus when I was 12 or 13 years old for $5 . Didn't really get to liking it much so I sold it for $10. Good profit , good old days, but then one has to remember I also worked for local farmers pitching a lot of poop for 50 cents an hour. Borrowed my brothers Remington Model 10 and liked it a lot better. Then found a well used Remington Model 870 that served me well through a number of years.
    OP has a very nice looking coach gun. No doubt it should do what is expected of it.
     
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  11. entropy

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    When they come to the door, you are required to say, "listen up, you primitive screwheads, this is my BOOM stick!"
     
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  12. JCooperfan1911

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    A side by side without rabbit ears just isn't right. Beautiful gun.
     
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  13. Speedo66

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    Very nice!

    People get all excited about the noise of racking a pump shotgun. I'd say cocking those hammers has a lot going for it, too.
     
  14. .38 Special

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    In truth I also keep a Mossberg 590 AT on hand, if the fight starts in a different room. I am not sure how I feel about the "Rack it to scare 'em away" business; competent men have varying opinions and I don't know who to believe.

    I also am not as thoroughly competent with the pump as I would like to be. The hammer double probably is a good shotgun for a revolver man!
     
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  15. Dibbs

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    Shotgun inside a small building ? Got "bedside earplugs" ?
     
  16. JCooperfan1911

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    As opposed to? All guns are loud indoors,
     
  17. Dibbs

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    Ever fired a shotgun, inside a house? Seriously, ear protection may be in order.
     
  18. entropy

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    I've fired (and heard others fire) 9mm, 45 ACP, and .223 in a house, (a shoot house) both with and without ear protection. I have been inside a cabin where a 12 ga. was fired at a raccoon from inside the the cabin, and not just at the door either. Yes, they are loud. But I'm not going to sleep with ear plugs in or muffs on. (Even though SWMBO snores almost as bad as me.) Someone breaking into my house isn't going to wait for me to don them. The temporary hearing loss and slight permanent loss will be the least of my problems at that point.
     
  19. Leon tP

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    I admit it, I'm jealous. :D

    Good lookin gun. Wish I had one.
     
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  20. I6turbo

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    It's been a long time since I shot guns without hearing protection, but a shotgun never struck me as the same kind of sharp, ear-ringing, loud as handguns and centerfire rifles. If I were shooting one of those indoors without ear protection, I think I'd prefer it be a shotgun.
     
  21. Cvans

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    Do you really think for one minute that I'm going to fumble around in the dark for ear plugs for me and the wife before picking up the gun to investigate a possible intruder? After putting in the ear plugs how do I determine where the sounds are coming from? Maybe yell "who's there and where are you"?
    Your kidding right?
     
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  22. .38 Special

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    My daily practice sessions include not only shooting blindly through doors and into the air, but also indoors - I prefer the shower enclosure - to acclimate myself to the noise. It appears to be working, as the gun does not seem nearly as loud any more.
     
  23. George P

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    I beg to differ:
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    The wife and I keep a pair of active noise reduction ear muffs next to the bedside long guns. The dogs alert and give enough notice for the wife and we have time to grab them before arming ourselves. I have enough hearing loss and don't need any more. I have fired my 12 gauge indoors and even with muffs it still wasn't pleasant.
     
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  25. .38 Special

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    Purdey did occasionally make a proper shotgun, though. :neener:
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