The Mossberg 500 Tactical is the best home defense shotgun on the market when you are on a tight budget with a family to protect. If you opt for this gun, you get a reliable, name brand shotgun that will perform for years to come. Furthermore, this is a gun that is affordable and gives you everything you would expect from a home-defense shotgun.
There are a few different things that make this tactical shotgun so appealing as a home defender. Unfortunately, some gun owners get the wrong idea when they look at a pistol grip on a shotgun, not realizing the potential it has in a defensive situation. Some think it “looks cool” or, “tactical” while others see it as a pointless addition to a great gun. In reality, the purpose of the pistol grip is to give the shooter freedom.
When your shotgun has a pistol grip and butt-stock, it allows you to retain control of your gun in the “ready” position with only one hand should you need to tend to family, open doors or grab a slice of pizza. This “ready” position is easier to hold with a pistol grip, and even allows Mossberg’s 18.5 inch barrel to be maneuvered around the hallways that much easier.
I would feel careless at this point if I didn’t tell you that you should always try to defend yourself with two hands on your gun, no matter what type of gun it actually is. But, if you can’t, the pistol grip helps.
Another good thing about having a pistol grip shotgun is reducing the amount of felt recoil in your shoulder because the hand helps redirect it better.
Because the butt stock is adjustable, it won’t matter if you’re a giant or just a little dude (or dudette) because there is likely a position for you to be comfortable in. Just don’t be like the multitude of homeowners who buy a home-defense shotgun and never run any buck shot through it to see how it performs first. Trust me when I say, you’ll want to feel the recoil so you’re not surprised by it.
Being that the 500 tactical is a pump action shotgun, it holds more than one round – six to be exact. This is great for times when there is more than one bad guy looking to harm you. Or, if you have so much sleep in your eyes that you just can’t see straight. Either way, more shells = more protection.
Most important, this Mossberg is affordable. Brand new, they MSRP for right around $600. However, you can often find a used one for a lot less than that. Just make sure you’re getting a gun that is in good working order. I actually bought my Mossberg for $200 a couple of years ago. It works great.
The Mossberg 500 Tactical is one of the best shotguns for home-defense. This gun is affordable, reliable and devastating right out of the box. Plus, it offers options like the adjustable stock and pistol grip which may not be featured on other shotguns. Do you own one of these home defenders? If so, let us know what you think about it in the comments below. Also, make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel so you don’t miss my review of the Mossberg 500 Flex, coming soon.