I’m packing up guns and I thought I’d share a picture of my primary home defense shotgun.
It’s a Mossberg 500 youth in .410 gauge.
I had a gunsmith cut the barrel to 19 inches and crown it.
I added an adult size stock.
The shell holder on the stock is for rifle rounds and holds 10 spare shells. Six are 3 in 000 buck and four are Brenneke 2.5 in slugs.
The gun holds five total 3 in or six 2.5 in shells.
The 000 buck is five pellets at 1,200 fps so just over half the payload of a 12 gauge.
The slugs are 110 grains as 1,500 fps, so similar to a light bullet 357 magnum or 9mm +p+ load (580 ft-lbs).
True, it doesn’t have the knockdown of a 12 gauge but it also has half the recoil of a 12 gauge.
That is appealing for two reasons:
One, my wife can use it. In a pinch I can give her the 410 and break out with another gun for myself. My wife isn’t much of a shooter but she knows how to use a pump action shotgun.
Two, at dark o’clock in the morning, I don’t want to deal the recoil of a 12.
It’s plenty of knockdown for what I need and half the recoil.