Home Defense Handgun?

LanceR

Six Pointer
Contributor
How much difference in recoil is the 12 ga SW vs the 20 ga? i have a 12 ga and wife don't like it but i don't own any 20's except my Savage 220 Slug, thought about getting a 20 ga SW.
There are a lot of lower recoil 12 ga choices out there. Simply picking a lower weight shot charge, lower velocity etc will go a long way to reducing felt recoil. I suspect that pretty much any size shot will get the job done as the shot pattern is going to be pretty tight at any likely indoor distance.....think softball sized pattern.....

Personally, back when we still had kids at home and wall penetration was more of an issue I used a combination of frangible .45 loads in the pistol and a Mossberg 835 with the first few shots being #4 shot followed by a couple of 3.5" Hevi-Shot #2s.


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Mr.Gadget

Old Mossy Horns
How much difference in recoil is the 12 ga SW vs the 20 ga? i have a 12 ga and wife don't like it but i don't own any 20's except my Savage 220 Slug, thought about getting a 20 ga SW.
Same rounds there is a good difference.
The weight of the gun is about the same.
For the 12 ga have her shoot the short 12ga rounds. They are fun but still will get the job done. The are an easy one hander for snake shooting.
1544800132459-49216427.jpgfirst is bird, second buck, third is slug then a normal 2 3/4 slug.
They work.
 

sky hawk

Old Mossy Horns
Contributor
I would choose an 870, extended tube. But if it's got to be a handgun, I would go with a full size Glock or 1911.

I think the operating concerns are overblown, especially at home. I would argue it's more about the individual, both personality and level of training. Some guys can operate under pressure, and some can't. I know the studies, but not all gun users (homeowners or LEO) become bumbling idiots the instant a threat arises.
 

gpduxbak

Six Pointer
Same rounds there is a good difference.
The weight of the gun is about the same.
For the 12 ga have her shoot the short 12ga rounds. They are fun but still will get the job done. The are an easy one hander for snake shooting.
View attachment 23375first is bird, second buck, third is slug then a normal 2 3/4 slug.
They work.
I know it requires an adapter but otherwise do you know of any feeding issues with the mini shells?
 

hunthard2

Ten Pointer
It was a shield 40 cal for me. Until last weekend I had back to back failure to feed issues after not firing the gun in nearly 6 months. Keep the sp101 357 beside me now


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Mr.Gadget

Old Mossy Horns
I know it requires an adapter but otherwise do you know of any feeding issues with the mini shells?
Mine would shoot without the adapter just fine. Not sure it is really needed.
I got it as it helps with loading some and have not had a fail to feed or function.
Cheap insurance I guess.
 
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