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Shotguns: The Best Home Intruder Killing Tool Ever Made

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Shotguns: The Best Home Intruder Killing Tool Ever Made

I was serving in the Persian Gulf during the L.A. Riots in the early ‘90s. I called home on a MARS station (Military Auxiliary Radio System) to see if everyone was safe and out of danger. My mother answered the phone and said she could see fires burning from three different directions. From 8,000 miles away, I instructed her to get a pump shotgun from the spare room and made sure she knew how to load it.

She was worried. I assured her the sound of chambering a round was very distinctive, and if she was really worried about shooting someone to touch a round off into the ceiling—no one would likely stick around to see if she got more accurate with the second shot. She assured me if came to that, I would not have to worry about patching a hole in her ceiling. That’s my mom…

I think she grabbed the well-suited Mossberg 500 back then. I am from the school that believes the bigger the bore, the better the boom in a home defense situation. But by no means is that statement meant to discourage someone from using a 20-gauge or a .410. I would prefer something bigger and feel most anyone can handle one, but in the end, a small gun you can wield is better than no gun or the one you are afraid of handling.

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