Home Defense Training with Mossberg 500
This past Sunday, I took a 2 hour home defense shotgun course with my new 12 gauge Mossberg 500. The instructor had me engage multiple targets at ranges between 4 and 20 yards. He had me shoot 75 rounds of 3 dram eq. I expected significant shoulder soreness but since itís now Thursday, it appears that the shock pad on the Mossberg did a fantastic job. Pushing out slightly with the
non-trigger hand may also have helped.
The instructor recommends # 7.5 or # 8 BIRD shot for home defense. Thereís an ongoing debate about the efficacy of birdshot for home defense, but Iím confident that inside of 15 yards, birdshot will suffice and will do so without seriously endangering others in the house or beyond. That being the case, I have 4 rounds of # 7.5 Bird in the mag tube. The sidesaddle has 3 more rounds of # 7.5 Bird, plus 3 rounds of #4 Buck (just in case).
Iíd be interested in what the forum community thinks about that setup. For the past 30 years or so Iíve used pistols (.45 or 9 mm) as nightstand guns, and I am new to home defense shotguns.
I did learn something that might be helpful even to people who have no neighbors and who feel comfortable unleashing 00 Buck in their the home: Carpet protection compounds that make carpets stain resistant can corrode the finish on a gun. Consequently, the instructor said that if you keep your shotgun under your bed, and you have stain resistant carpet, itís wise to keep your gun on a towel, rather than directly on the carpet. I thought that was a tip worth sharing.
Another tip I found useful was keeping the muzzle pointed upward (at about a 30 degree angle), rather than downward, when moving through the home. Moving into a shooting stance seemed faster and more natural from a muzzle pointed up position.