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The Practical, Tactical Self-Defense Shotgun

buckshot-jugs-photoSure, some “tac” guy behind the counter told you buckshot was the only way to go in your self-defense shotgun. He was only part right.

“Remember, the load is called ‘buckshot’ because it was originally used for killing large animals, like buck deer … . It is powerful stuff … the shotgun round that people fear the most. Most criminals are too dense to realize that they face an equal amount of damage, maybe even more, due to the shredding effect of all those little pellets from  from a close range load of AA Trap or Skeet as they do from 00.”—Scott W. Wagner, Gun Digest Tactical Shotgun

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About Jennifer L.S. Pearsall

Jennifer L.S. Pearsall joined Gun Digest in summer 2011 as a books editor. She began her career selling guns in a retail gun shop and handgun range in Northern Virginia in the early 1990s. Recruited by the NRA to join its editorial staff in 1999, she then went on to succeed as a freelance writer and photographer. She's been a competitive shooter in many disciplines, including sporting clays, IPSC, and metallic blackpowder cartridge silhouette, and she has been an avid hunter for many years.

One thought on “The Practical, Tactical Self-Defense Shotgun

  1. SmithKoWitz

    When I bought my first shotgun for Home D, the shop owner recommended #7 out of the 12gauge. Today I keep a 20gauge with alternating 3″ #2 and #4 at the ready, in addition to a .410 with 3″ #4 buck. Both are pistol grip 18 1/2″ barrel models. Often mentioned: the sound of the pump action will scare them away without firing a shot. How are they going to here the sound of the pump action unless I fired the first round? Loaded with Safety on is my motto.

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