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pistol grip shotgun wanted #4106421 05/25/16 04:14 PM
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Hi I am interested and getting a shotgun to add to my home defense gear. I am on the smaller side at five foot seven and 150 pounds so I'm looking towards a 20 gauge. I was wondering if a pistol grip would be a feasible choice or if the recoil would be too much of a problem. Thanks


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Re: pistol grip shotgun wanted [Re: FirstNissan] #4106431 05/25/16 04:23 PM
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A reduced recoil 12 gauge load should have less felt recoil if you can handle guns length to your body.

20 gauge shotguns are lighter so there's less mass to absorb the recoil. The round itself maybe have less recoil but you'll feel it just as much.

I would prefer reduced recoil 12 gauge buck. The defensive ammo choices for 12 gauge are much greater.


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Re: pistol grip shotgun wanted [Re: FirstNissan] #4106444 05/25/16 04:35 PM
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The pistol grip and recoil are unrelated.

Shoot a 20ga and see how you feel about it. If it's manageable, buy one.

If you want a pistol grip, buy one from a retailer that accepts returns. Try it out. Return it if you prefer the original stock.

Lower-recoil buckshot and slugs are also available.


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Re: pistol grip shotgun wanted [Re: FirstNissan] #4106462 05/25/16 04:52 PM
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you don't want a shotgun with just a pistol grip. (see youtube video linked below) You can't really aim with just a pistol grip and contrary to what people say you still need to aim a shotgun. On my Remington 870 I replaced the factory stock with an adjustable tactical style. I can extend it out for me 5'10" or adjust it in for my wife 5'1" in about 2 seconds.

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Re: pistol grip shotgun wanted [Re: FirstNissan] #4106484 05/25/16 05:09 PM
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If the police and military don't use them you should consider following their example.

I have a double barrel coach gun for my wife because she's not quite 5' tall. She handles it very well. It think accuracy and speed with the first shot is very important. The weapon you use must be very easy to use. You must practice until you get everything right. The next stage is to practice until you can't get it wrong.

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A Mossy 500 or a Remmy 870 with a short barrel in 20 or 12, I have a 12. You don't need a pistol grip, as others have noted.


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Re: pistol grip shotgun wanted [Re: FirstNissan] #4106540 05/25/16 06:26 PM
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Don't listen to these guys. You need a pistol grip shotgun and back holster for it too. That way you can sling that puppy over your shoulder, after a few twirls and all the bad guys are running. Check Apocalypse.com. That's where I got spike hub caps for my car at.



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Re: pistol grip shotgun wanted [Re: FirstNissan] #4106608 05/25/16 07:32 PM
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Originally Posted By: FirstNissan
Hi I am interested and getting a shotgun to add to my home defense gear. I am on the smaller side at five foot seven and 150 pounds so I'm looking towards a 20 gauge. I was wondering if a pistol grip would be a feasible choice or if the recoil would be too much of a problem. Thanks

Home defense as in the house? I would recommend a .410 with 00Buckshot. Powerful light to blind the intruder. 20 Gauge gonna kick if your recoil sensitive (that's OK)......410 will/does make a mess out of flesh. 2 legged or 4. Look at Mossbergs. They are easily converted from a stock to a pistol grip and lots of light attachments available. Get the gun your comfortable with. Dont get caught up in what others feel comfortable with.

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Get a Mossberg Maverick 88 12 ga for <$300. You can shoot it no problem. I was at my range and there was a 98lb chick shooting a Mav88

Get some 3" Magnum 00buck loads too....thats 15 .30 cal pellets hitting the perp. Basically one shot per customer. Guaranteed it hurts the shootee more than the shooter....... shoot

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Have you ever shot skeet, trap, or sporting clays? Try some shotgun games then decide.

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I have owned a pistol grip 12ga. Trust me when I say get a full stocked 18" barrel. You can thank me later. Doog has the right idea.


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If you want low recoil use a low brass (the actual amount that the brass comes up the side of the shell) load. Not a magnum that has high brass. For home defense, you want a double ott 00 buck shot, but if you can't find it in a low brass use a low brass in the lowest number shot size you can find such as #2, not a high number like 7.

A semi-automatic will have enough weight that it will kick less, especially compared something lite weight like a single shot. Most semi-automatics will hold 5 shells.

Years ago a friend of mine bought a single shot 12 gauge 3-inch magnum and a box of three-inch magnum shells for home defense. He went out with us to a shooting range, and that [censored] thing kicked like a mule. Later, he showed his wife how to use that gun for home defense but he never let her fire it. He said if she ever fired that thing once, she would never fire it again. That gun was the exact wrong combination, lite weight, and magnum shells.

If you do go with a 12 Ga. you can fire 2 and 3/4 inch low brass shells out of a 12 Ga. 3-inch gun.

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Learn with a regular stock and grips and move up the hokey paramilitary stuff after you learn how to shoot.

A 20 gauge is more than capable of laying waste to whatever is on the other end.

I could easily handle my 12 gauge as a youngster but I was pretty athletic- your call.

Lots of good choices in 20 or 12 Mossberg, Ithaca, browning-

my fav design is the 870 wingmaster pump- It has websites devoted to it.
I believe all the 12 gauge accessories fit on it so there is a TON of aftermarket parts for it.

The cops and generations of shooters are not wrong about it.

Mine came from dad to me and will go to my son.

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I have both the Mossberg 12 and 20 gauge. I have no issues with either, but the 20 ga is lighter and easier to swing around in tight quarters. Kick is irrelevant in a home defense situation as you will be pumping so much adrenaline you won't even feel it (until later).


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