5 Best Home Defense Shotguns

Choosing the right home defense shotgun can be the difference between life and death. When picking a shotgun for home defense, you'll want to consider the gauge and action. For gauge most people choose 12 gauge for its power and availability. 20 gauge is also an option for people who might not want the recoil of a 12 gauge. The most popular action would be the pump-action, known for their simplicity and reliability under the toughest conditions. Semi-Auto shotguns are the ideal choice for someone wanting performance and higher fire rate over a pump shotgun. Double barreled shotguns are a timeless classic that are still incredibly effective at home defense. Take a look at Home Defense Shotgun Ammo Here.
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Remington 870 Express Tactical 12 Gauge Pump Action Shotgun 18.5" Barrel Black

Its solid, ultra-dependable action makes it America’s favorite. If you could throw the lid off every duck blind, stop by every pheasant field and check out every tract of timber where deer and turkey are hunted, you’d probably see more Model 870 Express pumps than any other shotgun. It’s been the standard for slide-action performance for more than 60 years.

Its versatility, reliability and uncompromising quality make the Model 870 Express a shotgun you can’t afford to be without. Remington is proud to make them, but even prouder of the fact you’ve made them America’s Pump Guns.

Features

  • Receiver milled from a solid billet of steel for maximum strength and reliability
  • Silk-smooth twin action bars prevent binding and twisting for maximum strength and reliability
  • Available in 12-gauge
  • Magazine capacity is six 2 3/4" or five 3" shells

Note

This shotgun will not accept replacement barrels due to the magazine configuration

What Customers Are Saying

Great shotgun

Have yet to shoot it. Very well made. To use it for home defense.
- Mr Joe, 8/18/2021

About Remington

We’ve been here since 1816. Together, Remington and America have fought and won wars, put food on millions of tables and brought countless generations together at the range and in the field. We are proud of each and every round that rolls off our factory line. Bringing a renewed focus to ammunition, innovation, and quality, we are reinvigorating our company so you can continue to trust our brand and our products – all while staying true to Remington’s legendary heritage and stature as an American icon.

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Benelli M4 Tactical 12 Gauge Semi-Automatic Shotgun 18.5" Barrel Phosphate and Black Pistol Grip

The Benelli M4 Tactical Shotgun is a semi-automatic, tubular magazine fed weapon chambered for the 12 gauge (18.4 mm) shotshell cartridge. The operating system employed in this weapon is the improved ARGO (Auto-Regulating Gas Operated) Twin (two gas pistons/cylinders/ ports) System with rotating bolt head with dual locking lugs.

 

The Benelli Armi S.p.A. line of semi-automatic M4 shotguns is a result of painstaking work at Benelli’s Research and Development Center and of Benelli’s extensive experience in precision engineering and technical know-how. A number of military and police forces, domestic and foreign, have chosen the M4 special version to be used where the greatest reliability of service in required. The small number of components, an extremely simple operating principle, make the new shotguns highly reliable and practical, easy to strip and upkeep to the extent that the M4 can be considered are of the most modern, accurate, safe and fast shotgun available today.

 

Features

  • Auto-Regulating Gas-Operated
  • Ghost-Ring Sights
  • Drilled and Tapped Receiver

What Customers Are Saying

If I had more hands and it made any sense, I'd buy another

Owning this Italian sports car of a shotgun has been a decade long pursuit of mine since I first handled one in the corps so I might be somewhat biased but whatever. The neutered version you're likely to encounter thanks to 922(r) (not hard to circumvent incidentally) is pretty impressive by itself. Upgrade your tube, switch out the foregrip and a part or two, and refine the process of reloading and this thing becomes an absolute war machine. Do yourself a favor and forget about the collapsible stock because they're nigh impossible to find for less than double MSRP and there are several substitutes that are arguably better including pretty much everything sold at Mesa or Freedom Fighter Tactical. Out of the box, your average Benelli M4 may have trouble cycling certain loads but once the shotgun is broken in, this will most likely stop. The breaking in process can take I think between 20 and 100 shells. I had stoppages initially with target loads but once I fired probably a box of the good stuff out of i...
- Mack, 4/2/2021 Shop Now
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Mossberg 590A1 12 Gauge Pump Action Shotgun 20" Barrel Ghost Ring Parkerized and Black

Selected by the U.S. Armed Forces after passing the rigors of Mil-Spec qualification, the 590A1 is the duty weapon of choice for military and law enforcement agencies worldwide. Features include Mil-Spec construction (the only pump action shotgun to pass Mil-Spec 3443E), parkerized finish on heavy-walled barrel, metal trigger guard and safety buttons.

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Mossberg 590 Shockwave Shotgun Cylinder Bore Synthetic Black

The Shockwave Raptor bird’s head pistol grip is uniquely shaped to minimize felt recoil. Includes all the features that have made Mossberg pump-actions the choice for millions worldwide: ambidextrous safety, dual extractors, positive steel-to-steel lockup, twin action bars, and a smooth operating anti-jam elevator.

The Shockwave Raptor bird’s head-style pistol grip is constructed of durable polymer. A feature on all Mossberg pump-actions, the ambidextrous top-mounted safety is easily reached and operated by left or right-handed shooters.

The 590 Shockwave features a convenient clean-out tube magazine cap, a front bead sight, and strapped forend to keep shooter’s lead hand clear of the muzzle

 

What Customers Are Saying

Great Home Defense Firearm

I love my Mossberg Shockwave. I've added some accessories to make it my own and increase its practicality. SB Tactical SBM4, Ergo Tactical Adapter, Magpul MOE pistol grip, and Magpul SGA Forend.
- Brad, 3/11/2019 Shop Now
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Taurus Judge Revolver

The "Taurus Judge" is so named because of the number of judges who carry it into the courtroom for their protection. Capable of chambering both .410 shotshell and .45 Colt Ammunition, this amazing combo gun is ideal for short distances - where most altercations occur, or longer distances with the .45 Colt ammo. Taurus finely tuned the rifling to spread the shot pattern at close quarters or to guide the .45 cal. bullet to the target. Fully customized with fixed rear sights, fiber optic front sights and Taurus Ribber Grips, the "Taurus Judge" is one decision-maker that lays down the law.

The Taurus revolver family features the Taurus Security System, which provides instant-ready defense with built-in ability to secure your pistol and make it inoperable at the turn of a key. When the Security System is engaged, the pistol cannot be fired or cocked and the gun's manual safety cannot be disengaged. The device is part of the firearm and cannot be lost, and the same special Security Key works for both the revolver and pistol Systems (two keys come with most guns). To engage: simply insert the Key into the button on the rear or side of the pistol and rotate one-quarter turn clockwise. This engages the Security System. The manual safety cannot be moved and the trigger cannot be pulled. To disengage: simply rotate the key one-quarter turn back. This releases the Security System, yet leaves the pistol's manual safety in the "safe" position until you are ready to release it yourself and fire the gun.

Features

  • Extended ejector rod
  • Transfer bar safety
  • Taurus Ribber grip
  • Fiber optic front sight



What Customers Are Saying

Great snake gun!

Two to three times a year I'm out in South Dakota working a large ranch trying to help slow down their Prairie Dog population growth. I used to carry a short barreled Mossberg 500 in 410 on a sling for dispatching "buzz worms". Now with the Judge on my hip all the time out there, l feel more secure. I also hand loaded some 000 buck and tried that at the range at 10-15 feet. Nasty pattern and accurate. It's now my home security firearm near my bed. Also, pretty fun to just shoot!
- Red Prairie Spy Guy, 8/23/2022 Shop Now