The Ultimate Way to Protect Your Home and Family: 3 Best Shotguns


Shotguns are formidable self-defense firearms and can be the first line of defense when protecting your home from invasion. Although they don’t have the same effective range as a handgun, shotguns have incredible stopping power.

A shotgun’s effectiveness has less to do with the threatening sound it makes when its action is racked and more to do with accuracy and control. But all shotguns aren’t created equal. The right home-defense shotgun depends on your ability to operate it confidentially and instinctively.

Many experts consider the Remington 870, Mossberg 500, or the Benelli M3 as the best home defense shotguns for homeowners.

Remington 870

Remington 870

The Remington 870 is the best-selling shotgun of all-time with over 11 million of these pump-action shotguns manufactured over the last 70 years.

While the Remington 870 makes a great hunting shotgun, many users consider this affordable shotgun one of the best home defense shotguns on the market.

There are many variants of the Remington Model 870. One of the most popular dual-purpose, tactical and home defense models is the Remington 870 Special Purpose Marine Magnum.

This 12 gauge shotgun is extremely durable, resistant to corrosion, and will last a lifetime with proper care.

Fitted with a six-round magazine, this particular Remington 870 model has an 18½” cylinder barrel with single-bead front sight and sling swivel studs. This shotgun is maneuverable yet controllable in tight spaces.

Reviewers praise the Remington 870 Special Purpose Marine Magnum for its pointability, accuracy, durability, and strength, as well as its maneuverability in tight spaces.

Mossberg 500

The Mossberg 500 is another legendary and affordable shotgun, with over 10 million of the shotguns sold over the last 60 years.

This is the only pump-action shotgun that meets military specifications, a tribute to its overall solid construction and reliability.

There are two Mossberg 500 variants: the Mossberg 500 FLEX and the Mossberg 500 Hunting.

Homeowners find the 500 FLEX to be the best home defense model.

The 500 FLEX has a 12 gauge and a 20 gauge variant. The gun gets its name from the FLEX Tool-Less Locking System (TLS). This system has a series of three connectors that gives shooters an easy way to switch stocks, forends and recoil pads, making it the most adaptable shotgun platform on the market.

FLEX base model shotguns have a wide variety of combinations of fit, style, and application when used with interchangeable FLEX Stock, Forend, and Recoil Pad accessories.

When it comes to home defense, having a shotgun that is comfortable for you to fire is important and most agree that the FLEX is one of the easiest to handle and shoot.

Benelli M3

The Benelli M3 Tactical Shotgun has pump-action and semi-automatic variants. This 12 gauge shotgun has a pistol grip and fixed cylinder, along with a six-round magazine capacity.

The semi-auto version provides you with great peace of mind because you can quickly fire multiple rounds with no pumping or cocking.

The Bottom Line

When it comes to protecting your family, failure isn’t an option. These affordable shotguns can also be customized with aftermarket accessories such as red dot sights that improve accuracy. IFA Tactical has a great selection of shotguns for your home defense needs. Contact IFA Tactical at (586) 275-2176 for more information about our inventory of home defense shotguns.