Shotguns for Home Defense – Myths and Realities

By David Gonzales
AmmoLand Youtube Firearms Reporter

AmmoLand YouTube Gun Reporter
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Albuquerque, NM –-( Every once in awhile I peruse YouTube looking for “How To's” or other types of instructional videos.

It just so happened that I can across this recent upload ( to YouTube and the title of course caught my attention.

I like Mr. Yeager's choices for home defense shotguns, the Remington 870′s and Mossberg 590‘s are of course battle proven shotguns.

His opinion on the fallacies of shotguns was of interest too. Number one fallacy being that the sound of a shotgun having a round chambered will make people run away. He goes on to say that the only time a person should ever hear the sound of a shotgun being cocked is after a round has already been fired off.

Mr. Yeager also addresses the myth that “you can't miss with a shotgun” among other things.

What fascinated me most about this video was his discussion on over penetration. That not only is a shotgun capable of penetrating through walls but most handgun cartridges can do this as well. If a person is really afraid of over penetration that they should use an AR-15 with ball .223 ammunition because the high velocity fragmentation of the .223 will break up sooner than a handgun cartridge or buckshot, etc.

I did not know anything about Mr. Yeager until I researched him after watching this video. According to his Facebook page biography he is…”currently the MFCEO of Tactical Response Inc (firearms training company) as well as MFCEO of Tactical Response Gear Inc (tactical supply company).” He goes on to talk about his law enforcement experience and his certifications. It's definitely an interesting biography to check out if you're interested.

I must admit, even though this video was about shotguns for home defense. It got me really thinking about an AR-15 for home defense instead. Why? Because I will more than likely practice more with an AR-15 and I hopefully won't have to worry so much about over penetration. Also, for some reason I just don't see myself taking a twelve gauge shotgun out to the range as often as I should. Granted taking it to a tactical shotgun class would be a blast. But, after the class I'm not really sure I'm going to take the shotgun out to practice much, that is just me.

What are your thoughts on the best gun to keep by the bed for home defense?

Shotgun? Handgun? Maybe an AR-15?

About David Gonzales:
David Gonzales grew up with firearms and has many fond memories of hunting with his grandfather. He enjoys participating in the occasional shooting match, going to the gun range with his family and friends and still has much to learn about firearms. However, he became a certifiable “Gun Nut” in 2008 when he realized that the constitutional right he took for granted could so easily be taken away. Did you see something on YouTube that David Should review. Leave a link in the comments below.

  • 7 thoughts on “Shotguns for Home Defense – Myths and Realities

    1. I am veteran Navy VBSS operator and Deputy, the AR-15 is the right choice. Don’t use ball though use a bonded tip like Hornady or similar. If someone enters my home to harm my family I am not going to rack anything, the barrel end of a weapon pointed at your chest gets your “MF”ing attention too. The weapon is easy to explain because law enforcement doesn’t use shotguns to stop armed threats to life any more, they use what works to end the encounter and protect the the public, the AR. Why would you use anything else. An AR is shorter to work in doorways, more maneuverable, better ammo capacity, faster follow up shots with less recoil, and has great lethality with faster reload.

    2. Personally, I have all of the above for home defense. I have revolvers (.357), 12ga. shotguns (pump and double barrel), an AR15 in .223, and semi-auto pistols, both in 9mm and .45 acp. I shoot hollow points in all my handguns, XM193 ball ammo in the AR and 00 buck in my 12 gauge shotguns. Use whatever you can shoot effectively with and whatever you have handy. I’m not so worried about over penetration due to having cinder block walls.

    3. I’ve trained at Mr. Yeager’s school. He’s arrogant, opinionated, vulgar (I’ll give you one guess what MFCEO stands for). I passed out on his range from 108-degree heat, and he gave me a full credit to retake his fighting Pistol class. I’ll train with him and his staff again, hopefully many times.

    4. I formerly kept a 1911 .45 ACP with a Laser sight in my locked Gun Safe (Grandkids). To be safer I kept the magazine loaded with Glazer bullets next to the gun. I have switched to a Ruger .357 4″ Revolver, loaded with Glazers. My reason? Fewer steps to firing. Hope I never have to use it.

    5. I don’t pretend to be an expert on anything. However I’ve had more than one police officer tell me to rack a shotgun to disuade an intruder. Second, since when don’t you have to aim a shotgun? Third, I don’t want to explain a black rifle to a prosicuter. Or a jury for that matter. These people have a TV/movie knowlege of weapons. A black rifle says full auto, criminal, right wing nut. Stick with the shotgun. And for a handgun, a revolver or what your local/state police use.

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