Gun Tests
Username:
Password:
Forgot your Password?
Home | Compare Guns | My Gun Vault | RSS/XML | About Us
 Advanced Search





20-Gauge Youth Shotguns: Are They Effective For Self Defense?

We wanted to know if these smaller, lighter guns were suitable for home protection. Tested: Winchesterís Ranger Compact, Remingtonís 870 Youth Express, and the Mossberg Bantam.


When it comes to home defense in the middle of the night, a 20-gauge Youth-model shotgun is a good choice. Even though the 20-gauge shotshell produces about four times the energy of a .45 ACP pistol, you don’t need to be big and strong to handle this short-stocked weapon. Our top choice (shown) was the Winchester 1300 Ranger Compact, $367. It put three slugs into one hole at 25 yards, and also produced a 12-inch buckshot pattern at 30 feet. 
Several years ago a member of our staff was approached by a neighbor for advice about home protection. The woman, who lived alone, was being terrorized by a man who was stalking her. She had no firearms experience whatsoever. With an eye towards simplicity and power, our staffer suggested she buy a pump shotgun. However, a trip to the range proved that a 12 gauge was too heavy and the recoil was too punishing. Ultimately, she settled on a 20-gauge model with a short stock, and she loaded it with buckshot. Just days after her first lesson, with buttstock braced against her hip, she repelled her attacker from her house…

 
Subscriber Login
Subscribe Now.

  Click Here to download Adobe Acrobat



Publishing Systems Powered by iProduction [ipp-epg-exodus]Home | Subscribe | Customer Service | About Us | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Site Map | Links
Copyright AG Media, Inc. All rights reserved.