15 Best Home Defense Shotguns

At GunCritic, we're always looking into specialized lists for our readers. Today we'd really like to look at the best home defense shotgun. Defending your home with a shotgun can be tricky, but it can be done. One reason I really like shotguns for home defense is because adrenaline. Trying to aim a pistol when your heart is pounding and you're breathing hard is incredibly hard. A shotgun allows you to almost completely avoid these concerns. The difficulty can come from the penetration and the scatter shot. However, getting the right type of shotgun and ammunition can help alleviate these concerns. 

The history of the shotgun is very interesting. The first shotguns was the muzzle loaded blunderbuss. Early shotguns were favored by cavalry because of the relative ease of hitting targets on the move. When World War 1 rolled around, shotguns became even more prominent. The American military favored the pump action Winchester Model 1897 in trench warfare. The shotgun has only grown in popularity since then, especially in police and military applications. Especially for close quarters combat and defense and breaching areas. This is what makes the shotgun one of the best home defense weapons, if anything because the pellets decelerate very quickly and are much less likely to penetrate through multiple surfaces. 

Here's our list of the best home defense shotguns in the world. Be sure to vote for your favorites to help us refine the list. Also, feel free to let us know if you disagree with our list. We'd love to add what we're missing. You can click on any of the home defense shotguns below to find the best price online that GunCritic can find. Thank you for reading. Be sure to check GunCritics other lists and articles to find some of the best gun content on the web.
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Mossberg 590

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Mossberg 590

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Beretta 1301

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Beretta 1301

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Mossberg 590 Shockwave

From $410.33

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Mossberg 590 Shockwave

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Beretta 1301 Tactical

From $1274.35

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Beretta 1301 Tactical

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Mossberg 590A1

From $710.99

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Mossberg 590A1

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Remington 1100

From $899.99

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Remington 1100

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Mossberg 930 SPX

From $811.72

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Mossberg 930 SPX

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Remington 870 Wingmaster

From $497.24

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Remington 870 Wingmaster

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Beretta A300 Outlander

From $728.34

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Beretta A300 Outlander

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Remington 700 Muzzleloader

From $1045.76

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Remington 700 Muzzleloader

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