Skip to comments.I bought my first gun
Posted on 06/06/2011 1:08:04 PM PDT by Scythian
I finally broke down and purchased my first gun for home protection.
It's the Mossberg 500 12 gauge. It has a short barrel and is great for in the home use. It even comes with a pistol grip but I wont attach that unless it everything goes all "beyond thunderdome" on us.
Going to take my wife out and make sure she knows how to handle it. I felt a shotgun was better and safer for an in home protection mechanism in our case. Heck, just the pump-action noise is enough to send someone packing.
Anyway, in for a penny in for a pound. I set aside money for 3 purchases of different firearms. I feel safer knowing we have it, just hope to never do anything with it.
Please. Ensure you are both trained to use it safely.
My rule, which I am working on following, is that a person should have no fewer than three firearms.
1 sidearm, 1 rifle, 1 shotgun.
So far I only have a rifle. I’m working up toward the other two purchases. I’m also fairly new to the world of owning firearms.
Sounds like you picked up a decent weapon. If you have ANY intention of ever using the pistol grip, though, I’d go ahead and attach it and get used to it. A little change is really a big change when you suddenly need to use something. Others here may disagree with me. Default to their advice. I’m still really new.
Better to have it and never need it, then need it and not have it.
I agree, it’s my first gun in 20 years, I used to own a few but when I moved away from home I gave them all to my brother in law. My kids are all in 4H, one in pistol, one in rifle, and one in shotgun. My oldest is on his way to an Eagle Scout, he’s in the shotgun right now through 4H, plus they shoot at Boy Scout camp in the summer. They’ve all passed their hunters ed class too.
But ya, I think my wife and I will do the 4H shotgun class as well, I know how to handle them, my dad was police officer, used to shoot all kinds of guns at the range. I have a very healthy fear of them, they’re always loaded, no matter how many times somebody tells me the ain’t.
Also, get some dummy rounds and practice cycling with shells in the magazine. Takes more force and feels different than empty cycling. Your wife especially might not rack the action forcefully enough to chamber a shell.
And of course, get out and shoot with the thing. Have to be familiar with it in operation.
One of the departments I used to work for issued the 500ATP in 12ga for a trunk gun, and we found them to be very reliable. Good choice, just make sure you and your wife shoot it enough to feel comfortable with it. I have several “war stories” from my 20+ year police career where just the sound of the action being worked was enough to defuse a dangerous situation.
Just make sure you know how to use it safely.
Probably the next thing to do is pattern it to see just where it shoots. If the pistol grip allows one to keep the butt stock too then it might be a good idea to attach it.
My Winchester pump with a pistol grip and normal length stock, feels much better in my arthritic hands than the original. If it is simply one of those which shortens the length, then either throw it away or sell it.
I lost all my guns in a boating accident
Nothing like the “rack rack” sound to get the attention of a bad guy.
Good choice for home D.
You might also want to pick up a .22 rifle for general firearms learning and training. Much less intimidating, and less tiring, to shoot than a 12 ga., and better for learning marksmanship. And you can shoot all day for a small cost.
I like the Henry lever-action, Ruger 10/22, Savage bolt-action... but there are many good .22’s.
Dang, this guy I know...he’s got 4 rifles and 6 handguns but no shotgun. Guess I should let him know he needs to be more well rounded. Need plenty of ammo too...5,000 - 6,000 rounds per caliber isn’t asking too much!
Remington 870 I assume you meant. Fine weapon!
Congratulations. I need to add one of those to my collection as well. If you decide to get a 22 rifle, might I suggest the Ruger 10/22 for a good dependable affordable addition.
Ya, it is a bit stiff to cycle. That’s a good idea to get it cycling ...
One thing to be aware of with the Mossberg regarding the use of pistol grips is that the slide release is to the left and slightly behind the trigger guard. The pistol grip will make it awkward to depress the button unless you are shooting left-handed.
If he has that many weapons, he’s probably covered. My rule is more for those of us WITHOUT our own armory who are trying to get prepped.
‘Nothing like the rack rack sound to get the attention of a bad guy.”
The boom works better but is a tad messier.
That Mossberg is a fine choice. For a personal defense shotgun I prefer it over the Remington 870.
You mentioned purchasing two more firearms so I hope you’ll accept a bit of unsolicited free advice.
You need a handgun and I recommend a decent used .357 magnum revolver. You should be able to find one by S&W, Taurus, or others for less than $400 or so. If you can find a Model 19 S&W for that price, life is very, very good.
Then you need a rifle. I’m going way off the usual reservation here and will recommend a quality, used bolt action rifle by Winchester or Remington chambered in either .308 or 30-06 caliber. Have a qualified gunsmith look at any used firearm before you purchase. It’s worth the small fee.
I think you’ll find if you go this route you’ll have perfectly serviceable defense weapons and you’ll have saved a ton of money that you can put into ammunition and, more importantly, time at the range.
Now for that Mossberg see if you can scare up some of the Federal Low Recoil Tactical buckshot loads. At close range, where you’d use them, they’re devastating.
For slug loads get some of those Federal Copper Solids. You’ll want some standard #6 birdshot rounds for inside the house. Trust me, they’ll stop an intruder dead, and I do mean dead, in their tracks inside of about 20 feet and won’t overpenetrate your drywall.
Now get thee to an instructor and learn how to use that thing!
On November 5, 2008?
And throw that pistol grip in the trash. Just trust me.
The Mossberg 500 12 ga. is my choice, as well. I put the pistol grip on it the first day I got it, because that makes it shorter, and more wieldable in an inside environment. I actually taught myself to shoot it from the hip and have become pretty accurate at hitting targets up to about 50 feet out that way.
Good rule. I’ve got the handgun (H&K USP Compact .40) and shotgun (Winchester 12-gauge) and am in the process of completing my AR-15, which I am buying and assembling piecemeal right now.
Why would you want to give away your advantage?
The first sound the bad guy hears should be the last sound the bad guy hears.
Out of curiosity, why the bolt action over semi-auto? I went looking for a bolt-action myself recently to teach the kids and ended up with a Ruger 10/22.
Mossberg now has a really good, heavy barreled .22lr called the Plinkster. It comes with a ten round mag, but the company is producing a 20 round mag now, too. The action on it is very similar to the Marlin 795, but the Mossy caosts around $100 and has a better ergonomic grip. They also make an M-16 like .22lr w/20 round mag, but it is rather pricy. You can buy two Mossberg .22lrs for the price of a stainless Ruger 1022.
Wow, don’t think I’ll ever own that many guns, nice collection though (of course, it’s more than a collection).
Check out YouTube for some videos/tips on cleaning and maintenance, you'll be glad you did.
“I lost all my guns in a boating accident”
LOL...that’s a good story to tell ‘em when THEY come to confiscate your guns.
I’m jealous. A Mossberg has been on my to-do list for years.
You made the best choice for the first defense weapon, IMO. Learn as much about safety as you can, and use repetition a lot to make safety steps second nature.
I think you might be surprised by testing this theory.
Here is #4 penetrating 6 layers of drywall. I would not expect #6 to be stoped by 2 layers.
The Box O' Truth #3 - The Shotgun Meets the Box O' Truth
One wet and windy night out here in the swamp I was having problems with my long wire shortwave antenna. I used a spotlight, looked out the door and saw a tree limb hitting the wire.
I pulled out the Mossberg with the pistol grip, opened the door and cut loose on the branch. My wet left hand slipped off the wet forend and that 20" barrel came up and back and nailed me right on the forehead, hard!
Mossbergs and 870 rems. are very reliable firearms,as duck hunters will attest.
Find a nra instructor for shotguns and take a short course.
I got the same shotgun - I am 5’3 and weigh 120 lbs and it is not too much gun for me.
In fact, I had to “dispatch” a couple of aggressive roosters and it worked just fine.
Find a course in home defense shotgun.
I’ve used pistol grip shotguns, they are of very limited use. Very hard to aim. If you need to place a round (or load of shot) precicely, fire from the shoulder, using the sights. You can get aftermarket ghost ring sights, I think. If the bad guy is three feet from a loved one, you don’t want to fire from the hip.
Many people’s first shot with a shorty pistol grip shotgun is that the thing recoils into their belly, knocking the wind out of them. Movies make it look easy, but that’s fake!
After about 5 shots with the Mossberg 500 w/ pistol grip, you will not want to shoot stockless anymore. Shoulder-less recoil is pretty nasty.
I would highly recommend that you consider purchasing a Knox recoil reducing Special Ops stock for about $100. It will make your Mossberg 500 a lot more practical for home defense and game shooting (and a lot more fun for your wife to shoot!). Only one allen screw to swap out.
Sorry, but I pictured that barrel cracking you in the head and had to laugh, sorry ;(
I think the pistol grip frankly would be too much, would probably break my wife’s hand, but great for testosterone ...
And guys, thanks fot the tips on youtube videos on the Mossberg 500 and to get the low recoil cartridges for my wife to get used to it, I hate for her to shoot it once and be terrified of it.
I grew up around my fathers Model 97. The slide action on that thing was so tight, I figured it never had that many rounds fired through. The racking noise was so loud you could hear every action, ejection port opening, loading bail, hammer cocking. Once your familiar with the sound of a 97 rack--it stays with you, unless it's worn, I've seen actions on 97's "fall open".
Shoot it many times - everyone in the family who might ever pick it up should have fired enough to be comfortable and not cringe in anticipation of that kick. The NRA Basic Shotgun course is good, if you can afford it. If not, any nearby trap/skeet/shotgun club is a good place to get help and pointers. Also, think about how to load it, and there are as many answers to that as there are regulars on FR. I like the idea of something that won’t go through too many layers of drywall or at least won’t have much energy left if it does (no, I’m not worried about the house, just about family members on the other side of a wall), and my opinion is that other than slugs it doesn’t matter what your load is within five yards, and I don’t expect to use my shotgun farther away than that. I like anything from 00 buckshot to #7 birdshot, and I don’t think it matters indoors, except that the smaller shot won’t do nearly as much damage after the second layer of drywall. Also, some people recommend a mixed load. I disagree unless you have a whole lot of training. You should know what’s coming out, and you’ll lose track if you really need to shoot more than once.
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