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Pics of Tactical/Defensive Shotguns

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by giggitygiggity, Mar 25, 2012.

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  1. giggitygiggity

    giggitygiggity Member

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    I'm looking to build a tactical/defensive shotgun and would love to see pics or suggestions that you might have. Please include barrel length, accessories, descriptions of modifications, and prices for all these items if possible. Thanks.
     
  2. Dave McCracken

    Dave McCracken Moderator In Memoriam

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    Here's a suggestion.....

    Know your shotgun of choice the way your tongue knows your teeth.

    Then, you'll know what it and you need to upgrade performance and what's bling.

    Here's a hint.

    Most shotguns that really go in harm's way do not look like the ones in the catalogs.

    They run plain, unadorned and unencumbered by gadgetry and nigh universally have a good set of wear marks.....
     
  3. armoredman

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    Mine is the exact opposite of what Dave said. Why? It's my first and I asked for a couple of goodies. It is a CZ 712 Utility shotgun, usable for all kinds of duties. I added the ALS adjustable length stock by ATI, so all three family members can use it comfortably, and the Nordic 5 round magazine extension. I did forget the barrel clamp, which is on the way - I also didn't expect it to sit quite that far out :)
    Shotgun works perfectly so far, with heavy and medium loads. First semi-auto shotgun I've ever used, very easy to shoot.

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    I think it will work.

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  4. USAF_Vet

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    No pics of it in its current config, but my HD 12 gauge is a Mav 88, 5+1 rounds, 18.5" bbl. Factory standard polymer stock, old school Mossy action rails with a tri-rail fore grip wearing a Streamlight TL-2 and a Barska red dot mounted on the receiver. It also has a heat shield with back up ghost rings, but it's kinda pointless and it's probably coming off next time I swap the barrel.

    However, the HD shotgun I have at arms reach as I'm typing this is my Ever Best single shot 20 gauge.

    The key to any decent HD shotgun is not what it looks like or has bolted onto it, but how well you can handle it and how much you train with it.
     
  5. 451 Detonics

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    My two...

    Remington 1100, Hastings Wadlock 26 inch barrel, Choate 10+1 magazine extension tube, Speedfeed stock that holds 4 rounds. This gun is ultra-reliable and has been my go to HD/SD and combat competition gun for 20+ years.

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    My other combat shotgun is an HK/Benelli 121M. 7+1 capacity. I have one barreled receiver with choke tubes, scope mount, and Pro-Porting and one left original with rifle sights.

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  6. snooperman

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    I have 4 short barreled shotguns ..

    with no pictures , but they are plain-old shotguns with 18.5" barrels loaded with buckshot. The one in the barn is an old Rem. 870 12ga and the one in the feed shed is an old Ithaca 37 12 ga. Both have been used many times to kill varmints and coyotes around the hen house and farm. Many years ago I had to kill a problem black bear with one, so I know the ones in the house will do the job if needed. Nothing fancy, just plain walnut and blued steel is what I like. Snoop
     
  7. Rshooter

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    This started out when my stock cracked. It uses a mesa stock adapter, magpul CTR stock, and houge grip. The recoil can be pretty stiff since there is not that weight to soak it up. I am considering putting on a endline recoil buffer.

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  8. Fred Fuller

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    Pictures? Let's see...

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    This is Louis Awerbuck. You can find more about him, and his training, at http://www.yfainc.com/ . As far as I'm concerned, there's no better instructor on the planet currently teaching the defensive use of the shotgun. There are others as good, but none better that I know of.

    But you wanted pictures of shotguns, right? OK... go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhJ-p-72p8Y . That's Clint Smith, with several different shotguns and some of the best advice you'll find on the web.

    Simple... just shoot shotgun shells, not pictures of shotguns :D.
     
  9. ForumSurfer

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    Good stuff. :)
     
  10. jl1288

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    Here are some of my nicer by-gone era tactical shotguns. They really don't make em like this anymore.
     

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  11. Boxhead

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    How's this old JC Higgins?;)

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  12. Ari3sgr3gg0

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    That Higgins reminds me of mine I have :) Great gun, especially since the price of them is usually below $100. My go to home defense shotgun is a Browning Bps 10 gauge, I've had to make quite a few of the parts for it and I'll probably be making a thread for it shortly. It has a 20" barrel, +2 extension(made by me) giving it 6+1 shot capacity, the stock was shortened by me to bring the lop to my liking, it has dual +6 side saddles held on with industrial strength velcro(they stood 25 rounds of continuous turkey loads) and it has another 5 shells held onto the stock with a simple elastic shell carrier. I've also fashioned an adapter so it can use Remington 870 stocks so I'll be changing out the stock for something that can absorb more recoil. It's loaded with 00 buck(20 pellets) and packs some serious punch. On the side saddles I have light 1oz slugs with a deep hollow cavity for maximum expansion and the elastic pad I have more 00 buck. It's a mean gun.
     
  13. Inebriated

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    870, Mesa Tactical 6-round side saddle, Mesa Tactical Urbino stock, and a GG&G sling mount at the front. 6 Federal XM12700 in the tube, one in the chamber, and three on the saddle, along with 3 Brenneke HD slugs. As soon as it's out, I'll throw the Magpul forend on there and maybe an AFG or something. Make it a little more ergonomic (I hope).

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  14. jl1288

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    Box, that old JC Higgins looks like it means to give anyone in its way the business. Very nice.
     
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    jl1288, Boxhead ,and MC gunner,

    thanks, for sharing the pictures of your HD shotguns. That's how I like them. Snoop
     
  17. bubba in ca

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    Get a mossberg or maverick vent rib and whack the barrel down to just more than 18 '', and a cleaning kit, and a copy of the owners manual, and lots of bird shot for practice.
    For accessories, get an elastic butt cuff to conveniently have ammo you will probably never need. For show, add an over-sized white bead or fiber-optic sight to your liking.
    When you get some more cash, get some training.
     
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    Stoeger 2000 Defense.

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  20. ElToro

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    Maybe I can figure a way to upload a pic. Mines an old A5 I got for $200 barrel was already cut but it was a 30 in full choke anyway. Lots of good wear. To prevent further cracking in the forearm I went to a black plastic stock set. Priced out A5 wood lately ? Anyway. It functions with birdshot and buck I keep it set on the lite setting just in case. Yeah it only holds 5 but I'm ok with that. If you don't have it in you to cut an A5 do a rem 11. Supposedly the threads on the magazine cap will work with modern rem mag extenders if u need it. I can shoot skeet with mine although its not as easy and then throw it back in the trunk. I also take it camping with me. I'm partial to the auto as I have gotten excited before and short stroked a pump while hunting and skeet shooting (doubles). Its frustrating in the field. Could really suck in a life or death situation. The upside is the pump is probly b it easier to clear. But both still not easy

    I just missed a model 12 win for 350 by a few hours. That gun, like the ithaca has no disconnect so you can slam fire. They made millions of them mostly with long barrels and full chokes. They are all take downs and can hold 6 in the magazine. Most are in good shape but have cosmetic issues. I wouldn't have a problem cutting one down to 18 or 20 for a dedicated house or truck gun. You don't need all kinds of doodads hanging on that shotgun. Maybe an elastic or leather butt cuff shell holder but that's about it. Maybe a sling for a truck gun if u felt it necessary to leave your vehicle and hoof it.

    I could endorse a good old 18-20 inch 870. Get an old wingmaster or pd gun in blue with the chromne bolt and metal trigger group 4+1 in 2 3/4 chamber. All you need and nothing you dont. If you want a light get a integral forened that has a light. You don't need 1k. Spend a few hundred used and the rest on range time

    Edited to add. Check the birdshot shelf at wally closely often 4 boxes of 25 is cheaper than their 100 pak of rem or win #8. Get lots, shoot the hell out if to learn your gun. Then buy the bulk paks of buck shot to get the feel of the recoil.

    not my gun, but if lived in free america i'd do this in about 2 minutes. note the $200 fun sticker... but i can get to within about 2 inches of this.
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    eventualy i will find some wood to cut down.
     
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  21. jl1288

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    Hey Toro I know exactly what you mean, I've been looking for wood for an 1973 Rem model 11 20ga. It's like looking for a needle in a haystack. Hell I can't even scrounge a fiber cushion for the 20ga. Anyone out there got a source? I've tried all the usual sorces, no luck yet.
     
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    Mossberg 500 with SureFire light and Spec Ops stock. "Cha-Ching!" was that chambering a round or the cash register.
     

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  23. EMDII

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    1980 vintage Remington 1100 that has evolved slowly over years.
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    Choate furniture
    big safety
    improved follower and spring in extension
    Black Aces rail
    MagPul BUS
    Silly @$$ FH-like thingie. Ah well.
     
  24. Girodin

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    Hows the cheek weld on that. Those sights look unuseably high with that stock.
     
  25. SouthernWake

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    Cuttin down an a5 like that should be a crime. Get a good fittin shouldering gun and learn to shoot well with it. Don't worry if it's painted black if it was the same as you saw out of a video game. It's the same shell regardless of the gun it came out of. Contrary to why I seem to see very one at the range "training" for I doubt there will ever be in an extended firefight inside of your home 4+1 rounds should be more than enough. But then again maybe I'm just a grumpy kid who never latched onto the "tactical" side of things.
     
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