Summary of a Twitter Exchange

Gun Control Activist: “Universal Background Checks now!”
Me: “Excuse me. Can you tell me the percentage of drop in violent crime with UBC?”
Gun Control Activist: [crickets]
Me:  “Hello? Anybody home?”
Gun Control Activist: “I can’t predict the future.”
Me: Gimme an approximation w/ a 20% margin of error.
Gun Control Activist: YOU ARE AN ASSHOLE!


Where I disagree with Grant Cunningham.

I’m no longer willing to deal with the downsides of the shotgun, especially when there are other ways to achieve the same ends. My AR-15, for instance, is shorter, lighter, has a significantly rearward weight bias in comparison to just about any shotgun, recoils less, is easier to get back on target for followup shots, and frankly is a lot more fun to practice with. It’s also extremely effective, particularly at the distances one is likely to find in a home.

(A lever-action rifle isn’t quite as easy to use as an AR-15, but it still beats the shotgun as far as I’m concerned!)

For me, the advantages of the shotgun are few and are outweighed by the disadvantages I’ve noted. The trouble is that too many people buy into an idea (“the shotgun is the ultimate home defense gun!”) without honestly assessing their own needs and capabilities.

via I don’t care what Joe Biden says, the shotgun isn’t all it’s cracked up to be! | Rifles, Home security.

At least partially. Yes, a good rifle will do what a shotgun can and with less apparent disadvantages but… only if you can afford it.

Here is where I have a problem with the rifle concept: A decent M4-type weapon is gonna cost you and that is before accessorizing with a red dot and even a light. And then you need the ammo and the extra mags and the sling…and by then you are broke doing the tactical Barbie thing and shelling up to $2,000.

Now, our objective is defense and even if we do so with less than the “perfect” tools, it beats waving the feather duster against a bad guy. Take for example the  Hawk Model 982,  a Chinese clone of the Remington 870 that has had decent reviews and can be bought for under $200 and in many cases in the $150 to $160 range. Or you can go the used shotgun way with prices slightly above the Hawk and still leaves you with enough money to buy shells and get some basic training.

Is it the universal long gun for home defense? Of course not. My petite wife may take one or two shots with it and call it a day so her training level will be zero. But if the person can deal with the recoil, why not?

So basically that is my humble opinion. The shotgun is still a viable long gun for home defense depending on the circumstances.