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The Pump Shotgun: 7 Reasons Why it’s the Classic Survivalist Workhorse Gun

Thursday, November 24, 2016 15:45
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Mossberg 500 ATP 7-shot with rifle sights

From killing zombies to defending your home, you cant go wrong with the dependable pump shotgun, especially with the two most popular ones, the Mossberg 500 and Remington 870.

Jack of all trades master of none describes the pump shotgun perfectly.

1)In most hands, quick follow up shots aren’t as fast as in a semi auto rifle (or shotgun) then again the pump action can be surprisingly fast in the hands of an experienced operator and each trigger pull puts nine 9mm projectiles on target faster than any other firearm.

2)It requires manual operation between shots. Then again, the pump action ejects any cartidge no matter the condition and will reliably slam a fresh shell in place as dependably as no other gun.

3)Capacity isn’t as high as in a 20 or 30 rounds rifle magazines, then again the tube can be constantly fed, topping up the magazine which is something you can’t do with a detachable mag rifle.

4)It lacks the range of the rifle, but with rifle sights or red dot and slugs you can break the 40-50 yard limit set by buckshot, and do so accurately.

5)It may not seem very tacticool, but few other firearms are as durable, as reliable or as easy to repair and replace parts.

6)Shotguns can operate with a variety or cartridges, from birdshot to buck or slugs, even non lethal. No other firearm provides such flexibility.

7)They are cheap too, meaning you can arm more people. For the price of one medium grade carbine or rifle you can buy shotguns to arm three or four adults, maybe more with second hand market shotguns.

FerFAL

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.

 
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  • I like only one shotgun. The Remington M887 tactical shotgun. But they took it off the market this year. The next best looking ones are the camo Turkey ones, but they don’t come in tacticool. :roll:

    • Benelli Supernova…comes in tacticool :smile: too. Basically same as the 887.

      • Unfortunately, I don’t like the pistol grip.

    • mitch51

      Shotguns ain’t neccessarily a fashion show.

      • Unfortunately, I like to shoot in style. :lol:

  • I bought a 2nd hand Winchester Defender 8-shot last Christmas as a present to myself. The rotating bolt action is still used in contemporary military shotguns, because of it’s durability, reliability and quickness. Defenders are quite cheap, but very good pump actions. Since Winchester was bancrupt, I doubt you can buy them as new(atleast not made in US), but if you want a ”work horse” which doesn’t burden your wallet, my personal experience of the gun is positive. :cool:

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