Got a chance to shoot my first shotgun this past sunday. Enjoyed it. Hate to admit it but I'd never fired a gun before. Been around them, know proper safety, but never shot a gun. Got me thinking for real now about at least having a gun for home protection/defense.
What I'd be doing and be looking for....
Mostly would be kept/used as a home defense type weapon more than anything. A just in case kind of thing. Got Wife and 2 kids now, best I have is an alum. baseball bat.
Right now we live in a condo, but we're going to have to move to a real house soon, we're busting at the seams once again with a 2nd kid now.
Would try and make what other use of it I could. Find a range to shoot at and at least get somewhat familiar and a decent shot with the gun.
I know folks take guns to meets sometimes to sport shoot. So I could join in that if I wanted from then on.
Gun Choice: I would prefer a shotgun. Don't know why, just what I would prefer.
Been just starting to look around. The Remington 870 and Mossberg 500 seem very, very popular. I personally perfer the 870 to the 500 from styles I've seen so far. Almost any 870 model I'm liking, the tacticals are a bit pricier, but I still like the looks of the lesser models, which are cheaper. Appears to be a great deal of aftermarket support for the 870 as well.
.12 guage is what I'd go with. Most poplular, most common ammo.
Read a little about bird vs buck shot, more inclined to go buck after reading a little bit. The best argument in favor of buck.... "if you're in a situation where you may need to fire, make sure the other goes down" Mmkay, say no more, you've won me over.
Where would be a good place to look to purchase a gun? I'm thinking I'd like to find a used 870. I'm not Mr. Moneybags and I have no problems with used items.
Good place online to buy used shotguns?
What about gun shows? Have to wait until they come to town though.