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How to Choose the Best Tactical and Survival Shotgun

Choosing the proper shotgun isn’t always as easy as determining what can do the most damage to bad guys. Sometimes it is good to consider guns that have more than one purpose.

Author: Amanda Richter

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So you think you’re ready for the catastrophe that will send everything spiraling out of control. The civil unrest that will cause riots and bank runs. You’re ready for natural disasters that will cause panic and citizen uprising. So what shotgun do you have in your arsenal? Grandpa’s old duck gun? The .410 that you used to hunt rabbits down by the old abandoned warehouse? You can do better, and if you want to do everything you can to make certain that you and your family are taken care of in the event that society becomes unruly and dangerous, you have to do better.

Choosing the proper shotgun isn’t always as easy as determining what can do the most damage to bad guys. Sometimes it is good to consider guns that have more than one purpose.

Remington 870

The 870 has sold millions of models since it was introduced in the 1950s. The 870 can be loaded with shells that can put down anyone who is interested in hurting you or your family, while at the same time it can be loaded with slugs to kill deer, or bird shot to kill quail or turkeys.

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Benelli M4 shotgun

The M4 is useful because it can be loaded with up to 9 rounds of ammunition. When family or personal protection are at stake, the number of rounds a person has in their arsenal can be very important. To that end, a person should consider whether to get an automatic or a pump shotgun. This may come down to personal choice, but the automatic is faster shooting while the pump has fewer moving parts to go wrong in the heat of the moment.

Mossburg 500 Persuader

The Persuader is low on maintenance and high on reliability. One of the great things about the Persuader is that the barrel is fully interchangeable, the safety is on top, and it comes with an anti-jam elevator. The Persuader comes with an optional pistol grip to give the user even more control.

Semiautomatic shotguns can be either gas or recoil operated. When using a gas operated shotgun, it would be wise to have access to new rubber o-rings to replace worn rings so the shotgun will be reliable in operation. When someone is approaching a member of the family with evil intent is not the time to discover that the shotgun you have has a worn or cracked ring. Having replacement rings doesn’t take a lot of space, and they are relatively easy to replace and worth the effort to ensure that the gun will work the way it was intended. It can be easy to select the right O-ring by using a simple o-ring size chart.

No one wants to have to fire a weapon to save themselves, but sometimes circumstances leave few options. By choosing the best tactical shotguns, by being prepared with spare parts like o-rings, and by having enough ammunition, you can be the survivalist who lives to fight another day. Preparation is more than half the battle, and you can’t wait until the bad things happen to become prepared.



 

Amanda is a social media enthusiast and blogger. She loves learning about science, technology and taking her rescued dachshund to the park. Twitter: @AmandaRichter7

This article was originally published at Ready Nutrition™ on October 29th, 2013

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