Modern Tactical Shotguns or Gimmick?
I am telling you upfront. These are NOT traditional tactical shotguns.
These are modern solutions to the age-old shotgun problems:
- Capacity – A shotgun normally doesn’t hold many rounds.
- Reloading – It’s too slow.
These are tactical flaws in most modern pump-action shotguns and semi automatic shotguns for sale.
What is a Tactical Shotgun?
For our purposes here, it is a weapon that beats these problems, either with a massive capacity or a quick reload system.
That’s a defensive shotgun in our eyes, because five or six rounds might not be enough. It’s just cutting it too tight and that means that most people now pick up an AR-15 in some form or another as their first home defense firearm.
So the best home-defense shotgun can beat the capacity problem, it’s a winner. It’s really that simple. The rails for lamps and lasers, they’re less important today. We will do that list of combat ready semi-automatic shotguns another day.
2018 is definitely the year of mag-fed shotguns, but we wanted to show you ALL the high-capacity shotguns and show you different solutions to a common problem.
We have just one traditional tactical shotgun It’s a Benelli M4, and it’s down the list, even though we’d have one in a heartbeat. This is a day when we dare to dream that this new breed works perfectly, failure to feed isn’t a thing and we’re holding the future assault shotgun in our hands.
With a few small improvements, I think that’s the case.
So, what are the best home-defense shotguns for sale right now? And why?
1. Remington 870 Tac-14 DM
- Price: $453.33
- Barrel Length: 14 inch
- Total Length: 26.3 inch
- Capacity: 6 + 1
The Mossberg 590M was winning this fight and was number one for a long time, but then our partner put the Remington 870 Tac-14 DM shotgun for sale for a full $200 less. Yeah that will do it.
This isn’t just a cheap mag fed shotgun. It’s a cheap shotgun, with some killer features.
It isn’t just the money. There’s just something so wonderfully balanced and cohesive about this discount shotgun. It isn’t just cheaper. It might be better as a home defense proposition
That six-round magazine capacity is actually pretty small, but it pops out relatively quickly and you can reload and let fly again in about half a second with a little practice. By the time you have got one round into a traditional tac shotgun, you’ve got six more shells or slugs ready to go.
Think about that for a second and maybe you’ll be converted to the world of mag-fed shotguns too.
This guy shows it in action and it’s a pretty slick process.
The Shockwave design isn’t quite as accurate as a full tactical set-up, thanks to the shorter barrel and that bird’s head grip. Any pump shotgun tends not to be the last word in accuracy, but that’s not a dealbreaker here.
The wider spread of the shot that comes with a shorter barrel is actually going to serve you in a home invasion and make this pump-action shotgun for sale even more of a no brainer at this price.
At short distances, a good spread of buckshot can turn a very bad situation around in a hurry and this could easily take over as your main bedside weapon.
You lose long distance accuracy with the shorter barrel, but the differences make this a better suited weapon for home defense in confined spaces. If you’re going long distance, grab your AR pistol or rifle instead.
But you can fit an AR-style stock and pistol grip if that’s what you want to do and make your Remington look a little like this, with a mag…
Check out the full range of Remington 870 parts and accessories here, pretty much all of them will fit your pump-action shotgun.
You might want to keep your shotgun, sorry firearm, light and lean though. This set-up can get into every nook and cranny and you can manoeuvre it like a handgun, while keeping complete control.
You can also hang it on a sling on your hip and carry an AR pistol on your other shoulder as part of a two or even three or four gun home defense kit.
You can start with a cheap shotgun and turn it into an absolute tacti-cool beast covered in lights and lasers. Turn it into a zombia apocalypse gun if that’s what you want to do. The simple fact is that the Remington’s pricing, as well as the ease of use and slick mag change, give it the edge here.
We expect a mag with a bigger capacity to follow down the line. As it is, this is still the best home-defense shotgun we can see on this list. The fact it is also one of the cheapest kind of blows our mind.
Remington’s Shotgun Magazine Is The Best
The mag is quick to switch out. It’s a good system and Remington has worked hard on this one. It isn’t just a poorly thought out conversion.
The shotgun is based on the most ubiquitous shotgun in the world. The Remington 870 is part of American history, and now it just got better.
The company swears this mag will eat any ammo, 3 inch or 2 and ¾ inch shells, slugs and anything else you care to put through it. You can also drop the mag fast, slot another one home and you’re good to go.
That means you can have an ammo bag full of color coded mags containing buckshot, slugs and even birdshot.
A More Versatile Shotgun
This one gun and a selection of mags can give you so many different options that it’s an arsenal in itself. It’s also so portable that you could have this on one shoulder and one of the best AR pistols for sale on the other. That is the way to greet an intruder…
It’s a more complete weapon in some respects than the Mossberg, then, but it does lose out in terms of pure capacity. A third-party magazine could fix that right now, so we have to say this is the better all-round gun, especially at this price.
Is it the ultimate home-defense shotgun? It’s certainly close and we can’t see why you’d want a Mossberg Tactical or even a Benelli M4 over this piece of compact violence.
There will be traditionalists fighting for the Remington 870 Express and other pump-action shotguns from the Hall of Fame. They were great, they made their mark and they changed the nation. But their time is done and a new breed is here.
2. Mossberg 590M 12-Gauge
- Price: $649.99 (On Sale)
- Barrel Length: 18 inch
- Total Length: 39.5 inch
- Capacity: 10 + 1 / 20+1 Optional.
It’s a mag-fed pump action shotgun with a 10+1 magazine capacity. And they will sell you a 20-round double stack magazine as an accessory.
These mags never drop out quite as cleanly as an AR-15, but it’s close enough. You really can reload on the go and suddenly you’ve got as many shells as you can pack in advance. Basically you need an ammo bag, and your shotgun will never run dry.
This pump-action shotgun could be the equalizer in a home invasion. It’s a different approach to the Kel-Tec KSG and Tavor, but it’s simpler and that can be a good thing. This is the gun you can reload in a second. If a mag fails to feed, you can have a back-up.
That gives this otherwise traditional pump shotgun a competitive advantage.
Is This The Mag-Fed Shotgun We Have Waited For?
We like this gun a lot. It might be the best mag-fed shotgun on the market right now, although it is slightly picky on the ammo it will take and you need to find a good match for the mag-feed system. Longer ammo shells can block it up, so stick religiously to quality 2 and ¾ inch ammo and you should be good.
The capacity of that mag makes its slightly picky appetite bearable and there will be one brand of shells that it just eats up all day. So that’s a job for the range. It does take a wide range of slugs and buckshot, too, so you could have this one weapon and a mag belt with different solutions to your particular problem.
If you want to switch to slugs then this becomes an absolutely devastating weapon at greater distances and it can double up as a basic hunter. That’s when you need to think about optics and lasers to go for the full tactical style.
It weighs 7.75lb and it’s a kickass gun that might just have made the shotgun relevant again. As a defensive tool, it’s hard to fault too as it gives you so many different options in terms of slugs, buck and birdshot. You can even opt for light loads to scare animals off, and having those mags loaded and ready to go adds a layer of protection to almost any home.
Mossberg Parts Are Easy To Find
Mag aside, it’s a standard Mossberg 590, too, which means you can buy an arsenal of furniture, AR-15 style stocks, advanced optics and more for this little shotgun. It works perfectly in this form, though, so you can just buy it and shoot it.
The only issue with mag-fed shotguns is cartridges settling, developing flat spots and failing to feed. Cycling your mags every few days should fix that, either by shooting them or just emptying and reloading. Consider it part of the maintenance schedule because, apart from that, the Mossberg really won’t need much.
If you like the idea of a mag-fed shotgun then the Mossberg or the Remington are proper, functional weapons you can buy today. Mossberg wins the magazine capacity war for now, and that might be enough to swing it for you.
Either way, it’s time to take the plunge and get your next-level pump-action shotgun and pack the old six-shot special away in your memories box.
3. IWI Tavor TS12
- Price: $1539.99
- Barrel Length: 18.5 inch
- Total Length: 28.4 inch
- Capacity: 15 + 1
This gun is fascinating, like the dangerous looking girl at the end of the bar. You kind of know it’s bad news, you know something will go wrong, and yet that doesn’t stop you going for it.
That’s the Tavor TS-12 shotgun in a sentence. It might not be the semi-automatic shotgun you end up relying upon, but it will be an awful lot of fun.
It’s a complex looking, sci-fi movie shotgun that you can buy today. Yes all those moving parts might make for an interesting experience along the way, but that’s part of the charm and there is simply nothing else like this on the market.
It shoots 15+1 rounds of basic 2 3/4” shotgun shells thanks to rotating tubes that hold the rounds at the front. The loading tube is basically a carousel and you get five rounds in each tube and one in the chamber.
When some brave soul puts minishells in there to test the theory, there’s no reason why we can”t have 21 or even 24 rounds in this one weapon. That would make it the first choice for home defense in more or less anybody’s house, if it’s 100% reliable…
Buckshot in a bigass shotgun like this is good old-fashioned shock and awe that would make any intruder think twice. It’s a big, intimidating gun that you can dress up with lasers and lights if you want.
A Real Tactical Shotgun With Ammo Choice
You can run different ammo in each of the three tubes. You can then select between slugs, buckshot and minishells, to give you the best option at any given time.
It’s a bullpup design and 8.85lb without shells, but it’s also an engineering masterpiece from IWI in Israel. All you need to do is push a button and rotate the tube. When the gun finds a shell lined up then it feeds it automatically. So this is as semi-automatic as shotguns tend to get.
We love it. It”s expensive, it’s complex and we don’t care. The IWI Tavor TS12 is one of the best shotguns for sale in the world right now.
The Mossberg just feels that little bit less complicated and that little bit more versatile. But it’s close.
It is reasonably fast to reload through a rear-facing tube. But you will have to fish out loose shells and feed them in, so you’ll probably be feeding five and shooting after the first onslaught.
It has to be said, then, that after the initial onslaught then this big bullpup isn’t that much more useful than a standard shotgun. It’s an impressive initial onslaught, but the mag-fed shotgun seems like the more practical option for a few simple reasons.
This gun, though, is for the sci-fi nerd in all of us. It’s the future, or a gimmick, but it’s an awful lot of gadget-based fun.
Mag-fed shotguns have it beat for practicality, but this gun is about want, rather than need.
Despite its compact size, this gun does come with an 18.5″ barrel as well. So, even though it would look a bit weird, there’s no reason you couldn’t take one of these clay pigeon shooting or hunting. You’d feel the weight if you were chasing clays through the sky, but the Tavor could prove to be a solid boar hunter, or even a turkey blaster. Put a reflex sight on it and take it hunting if that’s what you want to do.
What do you do with your Tavor TS-12? We think this could be more than a home-defense shotgun.
4. Saiga KS-12T Tactical Shotgun
- Price: $800
- Barrel Length: 18 inch
- Total Length: 26.3 inch
- Capacity: 10 + 1
This is about as pure an AK-47-style semi-auto shotgun as you can find, and while the AK style is a little dated, the gun works to perfection.
This is a variation of the much-vaunted Saiga 12.
You get a 10-round magazine that drops out easily and you can punch in the next mag and be firing again within a second. It’s an 18.25″ barrel and an 8.86lb firearm, but this is every bit as competent as the American muscle and will send slugs, buckshot and more on your behalf.
It’s a Hell of a weapon and when you look at the price, you might understand why it has become a bit of a cult hero.
You can strap a drum mag to this right now and it will function more or less like a hella powerful AK-47, depending on your ammo, with up to 20 rounds magazine capacity. It’s a slick gun and every collector should have one. If you have a backyard range, something is missing in your life.
People hunt with these, shoot for fun and base their home defense set-up around this tough as old boots Russian shotgun. To have one is to love it.
5. Remington 870 DM Tactical
- Price: $609.69
- Barrel Length: 18 inch
- Total Length: 38.5 inch
- Capacity: 6 + 1
The 6-round mag on this Remington 870 DM does put it right back into the limited world of normal shotguns. But let’s be honest here, it’s the stellar price of the Tac-14 version that has driven the Remington 870 DM Tactical down the pecking order.
You can’t get a bigger mag, yet, but we guess that’s coming. Until then you can carry spare mags and turn your Remington 870 DM into your main home defense weapon. It’s also just a badass shotgun that will be a lot of fun to shoot.
Right now, it makes sense to use 6-round mags anyway, just in case one fails to feed. More than 6 shells is a lot of weight, too, and the more shells you have in the mag, the harder it is to rack the pump-action.
So, in the real world, this might be the best solution. It’s just more expensive than the short-barrel Tac-14 that has its own perverse appeal.
6. Remington Versa Max Extended Capacity Tactical Shotgun
- Price: $1299.99
- Barrel Length: 22 inch
- Total Length: 44 inch
- Capacity: 10 + 1
The Remington Versa Max started out as a great semi-automatic tactical shotgun in the traditional sense, but then the competitive 3 Gun community got on Remington’s case.
They wanted the same thing we do right here: a high-capacity shotgun that’s a total tack driver. It’s also semi-automatic and there’s no pump-action required. It’s seriously slick and it’s the basis of a badass home defense gun.
Youtubers have claimed to hit targets at 300 yards with slugs, which is kinda insane. It’s a seriously accurate shotgun, then, and competitive 3 Gunners absolutely love it.
This is more typical Youtube fare, showing how quickly you could unload an entire 11 rounds of 12 gauge.
Now we can’t ignore the length of this gun. It’s long and that hurts it when it comes to swinging it round your house. That 22″ barrel contributes to a 44″ overall length. But the high capacity comes from a real simple approach, a carbon-fiber extension tube.
You can fit a lamp or a laser on the front, or an optic. Seriously,
It’s a supreme general purpose shotgun and it turns your shotgun into a truly flexible weapon. It might be overkill, but this is a Hell of turkey hunting gun, you can hunt game with it if that’s your thing and you can even take it into competition.
If you have land, this gun is a seriously good investment, for a good few different reason. Self-defense might actually be the last thing you want this gun to do, it might just be too good for the dirty work. But look how fast you can empty 12 rounds of buckshot or devastating slugs into a target in that video above and you might just find that you keep this one locked and loaded in your gun safe.
7. Kel-Tec KSG
- Price: $719.99
- Barrel Length: 18.5 inch
- Total Length: 26.1 inch
- Capacity: 14 + 1
Honestly, pound for pound, and certainly in terms of bang for buck, the Kel Tec KSG could still be the best ‘assault shotgun’ in the world.
But it’s another weapon where the reliability is suspect and that means you can’t quite rely on it as your last line of defense. As a fun gun, though, it’s hard to beat this little bullpup shotgun.
The Tavor TS-12 is new and exciting, and just that little bit better. So that is winning the novelty shotgun war.
But if you’re on a budget then forget it, the Kel-Tec will give you almost the same firepower for half the money.
It’s much smaller, too, which could actually be handy. Again the KSG is a bullpup, but it’s just much more compact and it weighs 6.9lb. That’s not a hell of a lot, and the whole gun is just 26 inches long. It’s virtually all barrel, too, and you get an 18″ barrel. Technically then, it’s a hunting shotgun…
You could certainly make waves at the club turning up to blast clay pigeons with a bullpup and a red dot. It’s the ultimate assassin’s shotgun and it’s no surprise that the likes of John Wick have carried one in the movies.
Any excuse to put a John Wick trailer in, because we love those movies round these parts. You’ll see him again in a minute and it’s almost like this Hollywood endorsement has worked on us, but then again how many gun manufacturers have the world’s greatest hitman as their sponsored athlete?
There is also a roaring trade in aftermarket parts for the Kel-Tec. You can get everything from a spear to a pistol grip for the pump action. This is the cheaper, more fun high-capacity shotgun. The Tavor is more serious.
Even eBay is awash with cheap aftermarket tuning parts for the Kel-Tec KSG.
It has become a cult in its own right, and that is awesome. You can get all kinds of parts and create the ultimate personal defense shotgun for you.
Is the Kel-Tec KSG Reliable?
There have been too many failure to feed issues reported on the web to ignore. Make sure yours is clean, straight away, with at least 100 rounds of 12 gauge down the range or in the field. Do that, get a clean Kel-Tec KSG and they’re amazing.
The gun uses two separate tubes for a 14+1 capacity. This one has been tested with minishells, too,a and you get 25 in the gun without any issues.
So this one is more compact that an AR-15, weighs about the same and kicks out 25 rounds of mini shotgun shells. You could use slugs with the minishells, although we’d use buckshot still. And there you have a potent weapon for taking out the trash.
You need to switch a lever manually to switch between tubes to make the whole thing legal, but you get used to that. The Tavor still wins, just, but honestly this is almost as good a weapon for way, way less money.
Reloading takes time. So really you’ve kind of got what you’ve got, then you’ll have to ditch the weapon and go to your back-up. If that’s 25 shots, though, then you’ve got a war on your hands in any case.
Combined with one of the best AR-pistols for sale, it should be enough…
8. Benelli M4 Tactical
- Price: $1799.00
- Barrel Length: 18.5 inch
- Total Length: 26.1 inch
- Capacity: 5 + 1
The Benelli M4 Tactical is the shotgun the Marines take into action and it’s the preferred choice of crack military and law enforcement units everywhere.
It never fails, it’s dependable as, well, a Benelli shotgun and it does everything right.
Even with an 18.5″ barrel, this semi-auto shotgun is a joy to operate.
We have to face the fact, though, that a 5+1 capacity is a problem in a home defense scenario. It’s the very definition of a tactical disadvantage in this company.
Yes you can get an 8+1 extension tube, and the Benelli is as good as anything here with a couple of minor mods and A LOT of practice.
John Wick wields a Benelli M4 in John Wick Chapter 2 and he’s quite brilliant with it. But he’s The Boogeyman, the best underworld hitman the mob can call upon. So there’s that…
If you want to stick with the Benelli, then get an extended charging handle and Accuguide extended carrier from Taran Tactical Innovations, together with a sidesaddle and this clever clip that holds one shell right next to the chamber. That’s one get out of jail free card, but you still need to learn to speed load.
It can be done, and the Benelli’s perfect action is one of the few that will support God tier handling like that. But you have to be just as good as the gun and it’s easy to see why people would opt for the simpler options.
You can use the Benelli for the first wave of shock and awe, then dump it for a back-up AR-15. There are other guns on this list, though, that have beaten this in-built compromise.
If you’re good enough, it’s still probably the best tactical shotgun in the world. If you’re a normal human being, there are cheat modes on offer elsewhere.
Benelli does have a cheaper option if you’re looking for a slightly more consumer-focused shotgun. The Benelli Vinci 12 Gauge offers most of the M4 Tactical’s strengths with a $1500 price tag.
9. Mossberg 590M Shockwave
- Price: $566.99
- Capacity: 20+1 Rounds
You don’t need to look too hard to see the Shockwave origins and that means it skirts the NFA paperwork,, because it’s a firearm not a shotgun. It also means it gets absolutely murdered by the Remington on price, which is why it’s so far down the list.
It’s the stubby version of the 590M and that means all the same firepower in a much more compact, close quarters package. I like it.
It’s a different kind of tactical home defense shotgun that might just suit you better.
If you have this by your side, and a few spare mags, then you’re almost ready for any close-quarters altercation and this might be the first real tactical shotgun of the lot.
Add a brace to it from the likes of SB Tactical and you basically have a legal sawn-off shotgun.
10. DP-12 Double Barrel Shotgun
- Price: $1337
- Capacity: 14 Rounds
Sometimes you just need power and what could be better than a double-barrel, pump action shotgun at a time like this?
What time would that be? Think being charged by a big bear up in Alaska. Or a rhino or lion in Africa. This is about the only chance you’ve got when things get super real.
Pro hunters still tend to opt for a Casull handgun, but this little bastard could be a real option. It’s also just a badass gun for home defense.
If you come in all gun blazing then you will use up the 14 rounds faster than you want., but that’s the price you pay for this kind of surreal firepower. Whatever you’re firing at simply shouldn’t be there anymore.
Load this up with vicious slugs and it’s not even an equalizer anymore. The trigger is basically a nuclear button at that point.
This gun is 29.5 inches long, in total, and weighs in at a meaty 9lb+. With two shotgun blasts to contend with, though, you’ll be glad of the extra weight, the bullpup stock and the pistol grip that all help spread the load.
You can go with slugs, and the potential for slaughterhouse-style destruction is pretty obvious. There are some horrible slugs out there in the world and if you pair them with a pump action, double-barrel shotgun then it could get all kinds of wrong.
This is clearly a close quarters self-defense weapon and the intruder would have to be beyond crazy to stay and talk about things when they run into the wrong end of this monster.
Inevitably you can dress it up with lamps and lasers. You should. This is a post-Apocalyptic zombie gun in the making and it’s that intimidation factor that I think works. Somehow, thanks to the Bullpup design, both of those barrels are 18 inches. So you actually get a sawn-off look with a real accurate finish.
Recoil is an issue, but yeah you’re just going to have to learn to live with that. In return, you get a beast of a gun that is pretty much the best last line of defense you can think of.
11. FosTech Origin 12
If money is no object, then yeah this is the coolest gun on this list by a million miles. Gamers will know it from the Warface franchise. Now it’s here and it’s real.
This a modular kit that gives you everything from an 18.5” barrel to a 10” SMG-style set-up that still kicks out heavyweight 12-gauge buckshot. Buy the full kit and you’re staring down the barrel of a 5K bill, but then there really isn’t any other weapon like this.
You could use it for hunting, then switch out the barrel and turn it into the first port of call for your home defense. It’s a tactical shotgun like no other and you simply might not have heard of it.
It’s an AK-style shotgun, if you want to call it that and you can order 8-round mags. Keep two or three with you and your shotgun is now a monster of a tactical shotgun with all kinds of options.
You’ll spend 3K before you get started with the spare mags. But then this might just be the best solution on the open market if you’re looking for a mag fed shotgun and you just don’t care about the price.
You can hunt with this, defend your home and then go out in the morning and blast a turkey clean out. It is a different kind of shotgun. Is it worth the money? Not really, is the only problem.
12. SRM 1216
The IWI Tavor TS-12 is basically the polished version of the SRM 1216, in fact this gun looks like the first prototype of the IWI that the designer knocked together out of wood.
But the agricultural option still has one inherent advantage – switchable tubular magazines, rather than locked in loading tubes..
This gun was here first, and it holds 16 rounds of standard shotgun shells. You can easily get 24 minishells through the system and that turns this into a seriously potent shotgun for home defense.
You get four separate barrels in what is, effectively, a magazine. That means you can carry spare, pre-loaded tubular mags and switch them out in the heat of battle.
It also means you can have one tube of slugs, one tube of minishells, one buckshot and one of something else. That gives you real creative options and it also means it was a favorite police service weapon in some countries as they could cycle through lethal and non-lethal payloads.
It’s a cool gun, a great concept and it might just have the edge on the Tavor thanks to the mag reload system.
This crazy Russian in the video makes me laugh, too.
13. Molot Vepr 12
Now this one really looks like an AK-47, right down to the minimalist metal folding stock.
It’s made in Russia and comes with a 5-round magazine.
This is an exact replica of a wartime AK-47, which shoots shotgun shells. That’s about as tactical as it gets, we think. Dress it up as you want, with a world of aftermarket extras. Weigh yourself down with rails, lamps and lasers, or keep your shotgun stripped to the bone for home defense.
Most AK parts will fit this basic frame and you can turn your Molot into a 21st Century shotgun with a few choice additions.
14. Standard SKO Shorty
It looks a little like a DIY SMG, but really this is a 12 gauge shotgun that has borrowed heavily from the world of SBRs.
It uses a magazine and although the stock option is 5+1, you can order a 10-round mag. That turns this into a potent weapon, although it isn’t quite a match for the Mossberg.
This video, it’s so dark and redneck, especially with the black female mannequin getting shot up, that it kind of appealed to me.
It’s just so wrong and this man is every Leftist’s nightmare. For that reason, I kinda like him.
15. Citadel RS-S1
It looks like a stripped down competition AK, it actually fires 12-gauge shotgun rounds…
You get two five-round mags and a 20-inch barrel that has been tuned for lethal accuracy. So you get a longer range with this gun and you can easily add laser sights or an RMR if that’s the way you want to go.
Basically this gun could deal with everything from home defense to bears and whatever else is coming at you. If something can take 5 slugs from this then there’s not much else you could have done.
It is designed for pure accuracy, which takes your shotgun from a 10-yard weapon to 20 or even 30 with buckshot, and up to 100 yards with slugs. It’s an intriguing weapon and a larger mag would turn it into a viable hunting tool, as well as a wicked bad defense weapon.
Add a lamp, a laser or even a scope and this is a serious tactical shotgun for home defense, hunting and even taking a turkey down. You need more space to swing it around, it’s a long gun in this company, but you get the support you need to nail every shot when it counts. It’s more of a sniper shotgun, theen, but some hunters swear by them.
16 Mossberg 500 Compact Cruiser
- Price: $560.00
OK this little gun sits right at the other end of the tactical scale.
It’s almost a CCW shotgun and it will slot inside a backpack or briefcase, which could be useful if you lead a certain kind of life.
The penalty for the compact size is the capacity. You get 2+1 rounds, maybe more with minishells. Either way this is a limited weapon that could just be stowed away when you need it most.
In essence it’s a chopped down version of either a Mossberg 590 or a Remington 870. This is tried and trusted tech and as a last ditch gun under your seat, or in a case, it’s an awful lot of firepower in a an awfully small package.
17. Mossberg 835
- Price: $379.99
- Capacity: 10+1
This isn’t a clever shotgun at all. The Mossberg 835 is a classic hunting shotgun that just happens to pack an outrageous capacity.
This is a workhorse turkey blaster with a monster shell tube.
It’s a long weapon and that counts against it when it comes to the tactical element. But it’s tried and trusted technology and just a shitload of shells in a super accurate long-barrel shotgun.
It’s one of the best hunting shotguns for sale in its price range, at the very least.
The Mossberg is also the cheapest weapon here by a mile.
If you go for minishells, and this thing will eat just about anything, then you could increase that capacity to 15 +1. Then it’s a serious proposition for your home defense.
You would still want to carry a back-up handgun, but this is a cost-effective way to get serious shotgun capacity in your home defense set-up.
18. Black Aces Tactical DT
This really does look like a DIY sawn-off pump action, but it’s legal. It’s quite the thing isn’t it?
Underneath, it’s a Shockwave, so honestly you can save yourself some money. Buy the Mossberg Shockwave and a cheap Shockwave tactical brace and pistol grip. It will be largely the same weapon, with a better mag upgrade, for about $400 less.
Again, this is a firearm, not a shotgun, so there’s no NFA paperwork or $5 fee. It is so much more expensive than the Shockwave and I’m not sure it’s not much more gun, but it is a fascinating thing.