March 1998

Federal 00 Tactical Load A Top Performer For Self-Defense

Of the 19 different buckshot loads we tried, this Federal ammunition produced the smallest 25-yard patterns from a modified choke.

Today, in the personal protection and self-defense environment, our thoughts automatically turn to the handgun to meet our requirements. Unfortunately, the attention given to the handgun is mostly due to the all the hype given to concealed carry. It’s true, the handgun is small, light, easy to transport, and easy to conceal. But, from a pure tactical standpoint, the handgun is a poor choice for a firearm in a self-defense situation. A very poor choice indeed when there are other more serious firearms available. The 12 gauge shotgun, used within the ranges it was intended to be employed, is a much better choice than the handgun. Most of the handguns bought for personal protection will g...

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