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UTAS UTS-15: Powerhouse Pump

With 15 rounds on board, the 12-gauge UTS-15 shotgun from UTAS USA is a formidable home defender.

March 20, 2014
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Mossberg Flex

Tactical guardian at night, hunting dog by day, the Mossberg 500/590 Flex System is ideally suited for double duty.

January 31, 2013
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SRM M1216

This radical design puts 16 12-gauge shells in your shotgun, making it a formidable choice for self-defense.

September 24, 2012

ATI Sultan P1

Take a look at current offerings from a half-dozen manufacturers, and you’ll find it’s possible to drop $500 or more on a home-defense shotgun without even trying.

August 16, 2012

Double-Barrel Self-Defense

Don't overlook the old coach gun as a viable modern self-defense option.

March 7, 2012

Ithaca Model 37 Defense

With a proven, 75-year track record, Ithaca's latest version of its iconic pump shotgun is worthy of serious consideration for home defense.

February 17, 2012


A scene in an old Kirk Douglas movie has the actor playing an aging Sicilian don explaining an old tradition of the homeland to his son. Full of emotional respect for a particular firearm, the don explains where the gun came from and why it was made.

August 18, 2011
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The Ultimate

Utterly subjective, arguably biased, and fraught with one man’s questionably relevant opinion, I nevertheless offer: the ultimate home-defense shotgun.

April 19, 2011
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Ithaca Model 37 Trench and Riot Gun

Though not nearly as famous as the Winchester Model 1897, Ithaca’s Model 37 served with distinction in multiple conflicts.

April 18, 2011
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The Biggest Practical Shotgun Tournament

Competitors at the grueling 2010 Pan American Shotgun Championship showcased some innovative techniques and how to really keep your shotgun fed.

March 24, 2011