My first shotgun - Gunner Forum
Gunner Forum

My first shotgun

This is a discussion on My first shotgun within the Shotguns forums, part of the Long Gun Forum category; Hi guys, Other than my local PD putting the wrong address on my FID card and me wating for them to fix the problem I'm ...


Go Back   Gunner Forum > Long Gun Forum > Shotguns

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-08-2013, 10:19 AM   #1
Senior Member
 
Joined: Jan 2013
From: NJ
Posts: 114
My first shotgun

Hi guys,

Other than my local PD putting the wrong address on my FID card and me wating for them to fix the problem I'm ready to purchase my first shotgun. So I have a few questions and I apologize for how basic these question will be and I don't have the option of trying different shotguns since ranges around my area a scares.

My first question is one that I've seen posted many times. Remington 870 vs Mossberg 500. I had one shotgun owner tell me that Mossberg's are basically a no frills "Kmart house brand" type of shotgun and that I should only buy a 870. Is there an truth to this?

I need the shotgun to serve a dual role. It will be a home defense weapon with a 18" barrel, but I would also like to swap out the barrel and take it to a skeet and trap range that is about 45 minutes north of me. For home defense I was told to get the most tactile and scary looking shotgun I can afford and I understand the underlying advice. However, can I use a tactical shotgun such as 590 that has a adjustable stock and pistol grip for the skeet and trap place if I can swap out the barrel? I think not since the 590 looks like a special purpose built shotgun but I don't know so I'd rather ask.

Also, since i do not have the opportunity to go to a range and try out some shotguns first what should I be looking for in terms of my first shotgun (I know this is a tough question)?
rojasj is offline  
Register

Welcome to Gunner Forum - a friendly gun forum for gun owners.

We welcome everyone and the community is free to join so register today and become part of the Gunner Forum family!

Old 01-08-2013, 10:28 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
Beerman's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2012
From: West Ga.
Posts: 1,112
Mossberg is a High Production gun. I wouldnt say House Brand by any means. I have 2 Mossies and 2 Remmys. One Winchester and 2 H&R's. I like the little Mossy for Home Defense and the others I use for clays and ground kritters..Look at the Mossy Maverick Model 88. Thats a neat and very good shotgun for the money..
Beerman is offline  
Old 01-08-2013, 10:37 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
Joined: Jan 2013
From: NJ
Posts: 114
Can I use the Mossy 88 for both home defense and clay? Also, I forgot to say that I need a shotgun that is going to be reliable and durable as it will probably be my only shotgun for a very..very..very.. long time (in other words I won't have the money to buy more than one).
rojasj is offline  
 
Old 01-08-2013, 10:55 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
Beerman's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2012
From: West Ga.
Posts: 1,112
You can but its got a short barrel. 18.5 I do recall.
Beerman is offline  
Old 01-08-2013, 12:49 PM   #5
Super Moderator
 
Terry_P's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2008
From: Where it's warm
Posts: 10,448
Forget scary thats just hype from mall ninja's. If you are confronted by home invader(s) I wouldn't hesitate to see if they are going to run away because they see your tacicool shotgun. Therefore the most important element isn't how it is decked out but how it fits you. I also wouldn't hesitate as I said otherwise you may get shot. Identify your target and then shoot first. Let god sort it out.

I own both the Remington 870 and a Mossberg 500 and I prefer the 870. Not because it fits but because I can make it fit me. The 500 is too long for me and there isn't much I can do except shorten it. The 870 is a little short and I bought a slip on recoil pad to go over the existing pad and it fits me well. I have shot skeet, ducks and turkey with it and it is a good solid shotgun. Skeet is good practice with a pump shotgun because it creates muscle memory to work the slide and not short stroke it and jam it up. It is also just fun. Good luck and again the main thing with a shotgun is fit. It is best to bring someone with you that knows what they are talking about, maybe one of the old timers at the skeet range and get a gun that fits or you can make it fit right. Then all you are doing once it is mounted on your shoulder is pointing the gun with your eyes, not aiming as you likely won't even see the sights.

Last edited by Terry_P; 01-08-2013 at 12:53 PM.
Terry_P is offline  
Old 01-08-2013, 02:05 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Joined: Jan 2013
From: NJ
Posts: 114
Hi Terry_P,

Thanks for the advice on brining someone with me. The problem is that I don't know anyone in the area that owns a shotgun or handgun so I'm on my own. That's why I'm looking for a good gunshop that will help me select the right shotgun rather than simply let me buy what I think may fit me.
rojasj is offline  
Old 01-08-2013, 04:09 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Joined: Jan 2013
From: northern wisconsin
Posts: 5,999
HI rojasj

As someone who has spent more time in a gun shop than she probably should have, my advice is to be up front with the sales people and tell them you're not sure how to check for fit on a shotgun, then tell them the models you want to check out. Too many guys are a bit embarrassed to admit they need a little help. Perfectly natural, but no time to let pride get in the way.

If it's a decent gun shop, the sales people will bend over backwards to help. If it's not, they'll just give you a rush job to buy whatever they have in stock and push you toward the cash register. Take your time and ask questions. Use your instincts and proceed, accordingly.

Terry is exactly right with his advice. Whether or not your gun looks scary in an armed confrontation should not be on your mind at all. That nonsense counts for nothing and it can get you killed. What does count is your ability and confidence in your gun and your willingness to use it. Moreover, a lot of bells and whistles and tacticool gadgetry can just get in the way at a time when you most need to keep it simple.

Have owned both Mossbergs and Remingtons and just about everything else in the way of a pump gun. The Mossberg or Remington is all you need, though. They've been around, forever, and have stood the test of time like few other guns.

Best of luck and let us know what you find.
north country gal is offline  
Old 01-08-2013, 04:27 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
303Lithgow's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2012
From: Washington State
Posts: 16,373
Quote:
Originally Posted by north country gal View Post
HI rojasj

As someone who has spent more time in a gun shop than she probably should have, my advice is to be up front with the sales people and tell them you're not sure how to check for fit on a shotgun, then tell them the models you want to check out. Too many guys are a bit embarrassed to admit they need a little help. Perfectly natural, but no time to let pride get in the way.

If it's a decent gun shop, the sales people will bend over backwards to help. If it's not, they'll just give you a rush job to buy whatever they have in stock and push you toward the cash register. Take your time and ask questions. Use your instincts and proceed, accordingly.

Terry is exactly right with his advice. Whether or not your gun looks scary in an armed confrontation should not be on your mind at all. That nonsense counts for nothing and it can get you killed. What does count is your ability and confidence in your gun and your willingness to use it. Moreover, a lot of bells and whistles and tacticool gadgetry can just get in the way at a time when you most need to keep it simple.

Have owned both Mossbergs and Remingtons and just about everything else in the way of a pump gun. The Mossberg or Remington is all you need, though. They've been around, forever, and have stood the test of time like few other guns.

Best of luck and let us know what you find.
I agree don't be shy. I'm 63 years old and have been around firearms almost all of my life. But mostly semi-autos and bolt action. I never had much experience with wheel guns or lever actions and have asked many questions here.
303Lithgow is offline  
Old 01-08-2013, 04:41 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Joined: Jan 2013
From: NJ
Posts: 114
Quote:
Originally Posted by north country gal View Post
HI rojasj

As someone who has spent more time in a gun shop than she probably should have, my advice is to be up front with the sales people and tell them you're not sure how to check for fit on a shotgun, then tell them the models you want to check out. Too many guys are a bit embarrassed to admit they need a little help. Perfectly natural, but no time to let pride get in the way.

If it's a decent gun shop, the sales people will bend over backwards to help. If it's not, they'll just give you a rush job to buy whatever they have in stock and push you toward the cash register. Take your time and ask questions. Use your instincts and proceed, accordingly.

Terry is exactly right with his advice. Whether or not your gun looks scary in an armed confrontation should not be on your mind at all. That nonsense counts for nothing and it can get you killed. What does count is your ability and confidence in your gun and your willingness to use it. Moreover, a lot of bells and whistles and tacticool gadgetry can just get in the way at a time when you most need to keep it simple.

Have owned both Mossbergs and Remingtons and just about everything else in the way of a pump gun. The Mossberg or Remington is all you need, though. They've been around, forever, and have stood the test of time like few other guns.

Best of luck and let us know what you find.
Thanks so much for the advice. Believe me I have no problem saying that I have no experience at all with a firearm, that's the first thing I'm going to tell any sales person. I'm slowly but surely starting to develop a vibe for certain shops and have quickly noticed that the most helpful folks are willing to just talk to me and not push a certain brand. I'm hoping to go shopping this coming week.
rojasj is offline  
Old 01-08-2013, 04:42 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Joined: Jan 2013
From: NJ
Posts: 114
Quote:
Originally Posted by 303Lithgow View Post
I agree don't be shy. I'm 63 years old and have been around firearms almost all of my life. But mostly semi-autos and bolt action. I never had much experience with wheel guns or lever actions and have asked many questions here.
Thanks, believe me I'm going to be asking many questions. I have another one coming up in just a few minutes.
rojasj is offline  
Reply

  Gunner Forum > Long Gun Forum > Shotguns


Search tags for this page
kmart brand shotgun
,

where can i find a 18ga shotgun

Click on a term to search for related topics.

Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Gunner Forum Discussions
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
18 ga shotgun Snuffy Shotguns 13 10-14-2009 08:06 PM
16 ga old shotgun tx gun runner Shotguns 5 04-14-2009 01:17 PM


Top Gun Sites Top Sites List


Powered by vBulletin 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.1
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright © 2008-2012 Gunner Forum. All rights reserved.