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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Entry for August 27, 2008

Just for fun, let’s do a “one gun” scenario. Let’s pretend that for some reason, either because of some bizarre government law or because of limited personal finances, I can only own one gun. I can choose a handgun, rifle, or shotgun, but I can only have one firearm.

My choice would be to keep a pump action 12-gauge
shotgun, one of my Mossberg-500s.

First off, the variety of loads available for the 12-gauge shotgun provides the means to bag game ranging in sizes from mallards to moose. Birdshot, buckshot, slugs, and sabots, are all available and affordable.

Second, the reason that law-enforcement and the military use 12-gauge pump shotguns is because they are reliable and effective.

The Mossberg-500 is versatile, having interchangeable barrels available for any hunting or home-defense contingency. If I desired, for home defense I could remove the shoulder stock and put a pistol grip on the gun.

I consider a handgun a better primary home defense weapon, but if I can only have one gun, a shotgun will be it.

James A. Zachary Jr.


Syd said...

Good choice. The pump 12 gauge really has no equal for effectiveness and versatility. If I were looking at a WTSHTF scenario, the 12 would probably be my choice because, not only does it provide excellent self-defense, but it also hunts almost anything. However, I recently had to play this game for real. I don't want to go into the circumstances, but I had to pick one and lock up the others. The selection was a .45 ACP pistol, but it wasn't a WTSHTF scenario.

James A. Zachary Jr. said...

Hey Syd, thanks for stopping by.

Sounds like you know your guns; I'm not an expert by any means, just an enthusiast. I do love those 1911 style .45s, and my old workhorse Ruger P90.

Glad to hear you came out of your incident ok.

Take care,


JR said...

I would opt for the 1911 pistol also.

If I could only own one firearm, I would want a firearm that I could have at hand 24/7; at work, rest and play. The 1911 fits that objective perfectly.

Kind of hard to conceal a long gun for day to day carry in hot N. Texas.

James A. Zachary Jr. said...

Hey JR, thanks for dropping in. Hope all is well in your world; I'd have to put the 1911 high on my list as well.

Be safe,