Home Defense Shotugun Options
Well, some scumbag just tried to break into our house again, so the missus is a bit more receptive to the idea of a home defense gun other than my M-14. She is still resistant to the handgun idea, thoug, and is much more comfortable with a shotgun. I know, I know, a handgun is a much better option for home defense on many levels, but she's just uncomfortable with having a handgun in the house. :sad: So, currently I have a Remington 1100 (my first gun from my Dad when I was 14) and a Remington 870 Wingmaster (my Dad's first shotgun from when he was 14), but both are set up for bird hunting (30" and 20" barrels respectively). Should I:
A) Trade or sell the 1100, get a Mossburg 500 defender and pocket the change:
B) Buy an 18.5" replacement barrel for the 870 and a magazine extension (about $150 total from Midway); or,
C) Cut down the barrel on the 1100 to 18"?
A) Would probably get me the best home defense shotgun for the buck while leaving me with some money left over, but I'd have to dump the first gun I ever owned.
B) Would keep both of my guns in my arsenal, I could swap out the barrel on my Dad's gun if I wanted to take it hunting (its way more reliable than the 1100) but would require the CFO to sign off on the price of the upgrade:
C) Would keep both guns in my arsenal, and since I prefer the 870 for hunting, wouldn't hurt my ability to hunt. Also, the auto loader may be easier for the wife to operate under stress.