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The shotgun is the best firearm to protect your home and family.

This is true for several reasons:

  • A shotgun is extremely powerful at short ranges
  • It is difficult to miss with a shotgun
  • Shotgun shells do not penetate well through walls, decreasing the chance of injuring a friendly person by accident

The defensive shotgun should be 12ga, and should have a capacity of at least 6 shells.

You should practice with your shotgun to ensure that you can use it competently. You should have a sufficient quantity of shotgun shells on hand to be able to use your shotgun effectively during a conflict.

Shotgun Technology

Shotgun Gauge

An explanation of shotgun gauges.

Shotgun Choke

An explanation of shotgun chokes.

Shot Sizes

An explanation of shotgun shot sizes.

Shotgun Models

Benelli M4

When the U.S Marine Corps went shopping for a combat shotgun they bought a Benelli. Auto Regulating Gas-Operated System - ARGO The super dependable Inertia Driven system was a natural choice, but to fully equip a combat shotgun with night-vision scopes and other specialized equipment would add a lot of weight and could compromise the Inertia Driven system. To ensure reliability, Benelli engineers developed the ARGO system. With the ARGO system dual stainless steel, self-cleaning pistons mounted just in front of the chamber drive the action. It's a simple and dependable system that eliminates the complex linkage, springs and heavy parts most other semi-autos depend on. The M4 comes standard with a Picatinny rail for optics, a ghost ring fully adjustable rear sight and fixed blade front sight; there is also a collapsible stock available as an accessory. The M4 is combat proven and U.S. Marine Corps tough; why would you depend on anything less?

Benelli M3

The M3 Convertible Auto/Pump is a fast cycling auto for slugs or buckshot or a pump gun for rubber ball or gas loads.

Benelli M2

The Benelli M2 Inertia Driven semi-auto is a no-nonsense shotgun that police and military the world over reach for when the chips are down. The M2 is available with a matte black synthetic stock, fully adjustable ghost-ring aperture rear sight and a military style fixed-blade front sight. In addition, the M2 is now available with a tactical ComforTech stock that reduces felt recoil by as much as 48% and more importantly lets you get back on target over 50% faster than other comparable shotguns for a quick second shot.

Winchester Model 1300 Defender

The Defender 8-Shot allows you to be prepared for any unseen obstacle that might come your way while in the backcountry. It's easy to pack and carry, and handles both buckshot and rifled slugs easily. The rugged Defender 8-Shot features an eight-shot magazine capacity, 18" cylinder bore barrel, non-glare metal surfaces and a lightweight composite stock and forearm. Choose from the full stock version with a removable front TRUGLO fiber optic sight, the pistol grip model, or the combo version with both pistol grip and full stock included.

Remington 870

The worlds most popular pump action shotgun.

Remington 11-87

Autoloading shotgun from Remington.

Remington 1100

Classic autoloading shotgun from Remington.

Mossberg 500

Mossberg 500 Persuader, Cruiser, and Mariner shotguns.

Maverick Model 88 Security

Maverck Model 88 8-Shot Security model features a 3" chamber, 20" Cylinder Bore fixed choke and a non-ported barrel. A rugged black synthetic stock and forearm, blued metal finish and a brass front sight bead are also included.

Browning Superposed

The first successful Over/Under shotgun.

Browning Cynergy

Browning's "high-tech" Over/Under shotgun.

Shotgun Manufacturers


A division of Beretta which makes some of the worlds finest defense and military shotguns.


Manufacturer of the Mossberg 590 series of shotguns, including the Persuader, Cruiser, and Mariner.


Manufacturer of the Maverick 88 line of quality value-priced shotguns.


Manufacturer of the Remington 870 line of shotguns.


Manufacturer of the Winchester 1300 series of shotguns, including the Model 1300 Defender.


Manufacturer of fine sporting shotguns, including the Superposed and the Cynergy.


The worlds oldest firearms manufacturer.


Maker of quality over/under, side-by-side, and semi-auto shotguns.

Shotgun Fan Sites

HK's Benelli M1 Super 90

Awesome semi-auto shotgun


The Saiga-12 self-loading smooth bored shotgun is intended for professional and sport hunting of small-and medium-size game under any climatic conditions. This shotgun is built on the famous AK-47 action that has been proven by years of very reliable combat action!


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