Chicago, IL—The greatest defensive firearm ever is the .12 gauge shotgun. A semi-auto beats a pump anytime. The promise of civil unrest and a long hot summer seems to be in the cards for the Windy City.
They call this type of shotgun a “riot” gun because it’s very effective against mobs or multiple assailants. For business owners a shotgun to supplement your handgun may be a needed addition.
The chilling sound of a shell being racked in a pump shotgun is great for the movies. The reality is a knowledgeable adversary will know the sound and will realize he must act quickly to neutralize you. The sound also gives away your position. The only sound you want them to hear is the last bang they will ever hear in life.
The drawback of the shotgun is the range but in an urban environment that’s not a problem. You should always keep a loaded bandoleer with a combination of buckshot and slugs nearby.
When the chips are down and you feel it necessary to draw your handgun the feeling of impotence quickly will overcome you. The shotgun is definitely a confidence builder.
I love the discontinued HK-Bennelli M-3 convertible pump/semi-automatic the best. It has a bit more weight and that makes the recoil more tolerable. They are out there but exceedingly rare. Production of this model ended with the HK and Bennelli had their corporate divorce about a dozen years ago.
These guns are around but are anything but inexpensive if you find one.
In the video below I send some 0 buck down the range at the target.