Home Defense Shotgun: 3 Dumbass “Tactical Shotgun” Myths

Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

The other day I was watching a great action movie when something happened that just ruined it for me…

The hero whipped out his Mighty Boom Stick™, a 12-gauge shotgun…

…And sent a guy flying through the air with a single blast!

Now, I don't have to tell you that a shotgun just can't do that, right?

Sure, they're pretty powerful… but unless you woke up today in a world where gravity isn't real, people don't go tumbling through the air when you blast 'em – even with the giant whallop of a 12-gauge.

But this isn't the ONLY “tactical shotgun myth” that's floating around out there…

There are a lot of OTHER myths out there, bad ones, that I see gun people repeating… when they really should know better!

These are things that could get you hurt or even killed if you trust them.

That's why I want to talk to you about…

The 3 Dumbest “Home Defense Shotgun” Myths Even Gun People Repeat!

Best Home Defense Shotgun / Best Tactical Shotgun Tips: 3 Myths

Now, look, I'm not trying to call anybody out here or start an “Internet sh*t fight”

…but people who repeat these myths really need to stop (especially when it comes to #3).

But I don't want to get ahead of myself, so I'll go in order:

Myth #1: Racking The Pump Is Terrifying

This is definitely one of those myths that started out in the movies.

The hero, a Chuck Norris type with a steely gaze and “tough guy” attitude, steps into the room and racks his pump-action shotgun:


The bad guy wets himself, drops to his knees, and pleads for mercy… and you're supposed to expect a home invader to do the same.

(That's why a lot of “gun guys” recommend the 12-gauge pump for home defense – because of that “pucker factor” from the pump action.)

Unfortunately, in the real world – especially when the bad guy and you both are experiencing the adrenaline “fight or flight” rush – he might not even hear the noise your shotgun makes.

(After all, sometimes people get shot or stabbed in a fight and don't even realize it until after the fact – so you can ka-chunk ka-chunk all day long and he may never notice.)

If you rely on scaring him with your pump-action, he may just be on top of you before you realize it.

Myth #2: Birdshot Works

I gotta admit, this one grinds my gears every time I hear it.

You'll see people recommending birdshot as an effective stopper that prevents “over-penetration.”

As the guy says in that movie, “Every word of what you just said was wrong.”

If you're close enough (like, practically on top of somebody) for birdshot to “work,” it penetrates just as much as any OTHER size shot.

But get even a little bit farther away and this fine, dust-like shot doesn't do much at ALL.

Heck, remember when Vice President Dick Cheney shot one of his hunting buddies in the FACE while they were hunting birds?

The poor old guy had a heart attack… and STILL survived, because bird shot simply ISN'T effective from, say, across your living room (you know, the distance where you might have to shoot a home invader).

If you rely on birdshot to stop an attacker, you might as well be throwing table salt and bad language at him.

Ok, I'm exaggerating… but think of it more like the difference between throwing a softball sized rock at someone vs. a handful of pebbles… both could “hurt”… but only one is likely to knock you out.

Myth #3: You (Sort Of) Don't Need To Aim

Now, I'm not trying to build a “straw man” here.

I don't know of any shotgun shooters who think they don't have to aim at ALL.

But a lot of “gun people” think they only have to point the weapon in the general direction of the target.

That's not true, and if you believe that myth, you're going to miss.

Even at “living room home defense range,” the spread of buckshot is literally only a few inches apart – NOT the wide spray pattern you see in the movies.

Besides, you're responsible for every single one of those pellets and the more that miss their target, the more chance you have of hitting an “innocent” – including a loved one in another room.

No, you've STILL got to get your gun on target properly if you're going to hit the bad guy.

But that means you've got ANOTHER problem, because it's almost like the people who make shotguns believe the no-aiming myth too.

You see, most shotguns have a bead sight – just a little dot of metal at the tip of the barrel – and not much else.

Now, I use a 20 gauge semi-auto shotgun for home-defense, and on that gun I've got a tritium front sight that kind of serves as my “backup sight.”

For my primary sight, though, I need something that will let me get my shotgun on target FAST, but ACCURATELY.

That's where my red dot comes in.

The red dot sight lets me get the gun on the bad guy, quickly, with enough accuracy to get the job done.

That's why I highly recommend this set-up for your own home-defense shotgun.

Home defense goes way beyond just having your shotgun set up right, though.

It involves training.

Unfortunately, most home defense training has just as much myth and misinformation in it as these shotgun myths.

In other words, it falls far short of helping gun-owners truly prepare for the violent nature of a home invasion.

A home invasion is the most extreme attack you'll ever experience… and requires EXTREME TACTICS in response.

For example, you may have to deal with situations like…
How to escape from being tied up or handcuffed

  • How to use other family members to deceive your attackers
  • Staging weapons in “secret hiding spots” within your home
  • How to trick home invaders into letting you go
  • Ways to use “improvised weapons” to your advantage
  • And more. . .

These types of scenarios are EXACTLY why we created our “Extreme Home Defense Tactics” course – because we found that other home invasion survival techniques were either outdated… or frankly just fell far short of dealing with reality.

If you'd like to see more of what's covered in the course, you can check out some of the lessons here.

All I ask is that you keep an open mind because a LOT of the training we've developed is WAAAAAY different than what you'll find most instructors telling you to do.

But I can back up every last one of our techniques with real-world home-invasion stories (that ended well… or badly!) and I think you'll see exactly why these tactics are superior for surviving a home invasion.

Again, here's a special link to go over and check out each of the lessons we cover when you get a chance…

I look forward to hearing your feedback.

Don't forget to watch for them… and if you see them, know that you'd had better TAKE ACTION.

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Tactical Home Defense: Home Invasion TRUTHS About Using “Cover” and Concealment

Tactical Home Defense: Home Invasion TRUTHS About Cover And Concealment
Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

Okay, okay, admit it: the old Michael Keaton film “Johnny Dangerously” is a guilty pleasure.

Joe Piscopo’s line makes me laugh every time.

“This goes through armor… then it goes through the victim, through the wall, through a tree outside… It shoots through schools.”

The thing is, Joe’s “88 Magnum” isn’t actually that special…

Because right now, if you’re a gun owner, you own a gun that shoots through buildings.

I talked to legendary firearms expert Massad Ayoob about this issue, and here is a summary of what he told me.

The TRUTH About Using “Cover” In Your Tactical Home Defense Plan…

Tactical Home Defense: Home Invasion TRUTHS About Cover And Concealment
Tactical Home Defense: Home Invasion TRUTHS About Cover And Concealment
Massad Ayoob

The gun you're not safe from is ANY handgun in most standard calibers.

A locked door is not enough.

Even a wall isn’t enough.

That’ because  handgun rounds will travel through the walls of the average home.

They’ll pass through the hollow-core wooden doors inside your house like a hot knife through butter… and they’ll even penetrate most exterior walls.

So where in your home is safe from bullets in a home invasion?

Here are three tips to keep in mind where cover and concealment are concerned.

1. Bookshelves Are Your Home’s Best “Bullet Absorber”

Pay attention to where the natural points of cover are, and where in your home you can expect bullets to stay put rather than passing on through.

A .45 auto bullet, 230 grain, that would go through as much as 30 inches of muscle tissue-simulating ballistic gelatin, will generally stop after about six inches of hard-backed book material.

Heavy bookshelves full of books are therefore a good “bullet absorber.”

Those layers of paper do wonders for stopping a bullet, even though an individual book isn’t enough.

2. Anything With Lots Of Metal Is Cover!

Any item in your home with lots of metal in it has a good chance of stopping a bullet.

This includes obvious things like cast-iron fireplaces and old claw-foot iron bathtubs.

But it also includes major kitchen appliances like freezers and ovens.

Sadly, though, you just don’t find much natural cover in most American homes.

That’s why strategically placing your bookshelves is so important.

So what else can you do?

Well, that leads me to…

3. When Possible, DON’T BE THERE

Your best option when it comes to taking fire in a home invasion is to anticipate where the intrusion is most likely to be.

Where are YOU likely to be when this happens?

Typically these things occur in the deep-sleep hours.

The single most likely place for you to be is in your bed when a home invasion occurs.

Consider your plans in that context.

That way, when the bullets fly, you won’t be in their path.

Instead, you’ll have a superior position… and you’ll be ready to take those invaders down.

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MCS 252 – AR Pistol Tactics For Home Defense

AR Pistol Tactics For Home Defense
AR Pistol Tactics For Home Defense

I'm just going to say it right now… pistols SUCK.

It's not that you shouldn't own one or that you shouldn't carry one.

You absolutely SHOULD.

But a pistol is actually a very under-powered weapon.

If you want to take down an aggressive, determined attacker… …you want something more than a pistol, but something more maneuverable than a rifle.

The AR pistol is the best of both worlds.

But how do you best use an AR pistol for home-defense?

What accessories do you need?

Which options should you avoid?

This is TOO IMPORTANT to get wrong… because a mistake, when it comes to home defense, could be deadly.

In this week's podcast episode, Modern Combat & Survival's Jeff Anderson interviews firearms expert and martial artist Rich Nance to answer these questions… and more!

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Here's What You'll Discover In This Week's Episode:

  • The REAL reasons why an AR pistol is better than other home-defense options. . . some of which may surprise you!
  • AR pistol features you absolutely need. . . and a few to AVOID at all costs.
  • Accessories that are MUST-HAVES for your AR pistol. . . one of which could make the difference between taking down a bad guy and murdering a family member!
  • The tactics you should be training to better defend your home with an AR pistol.
  • Training tips that can better equip you to survive a home invasion. . . IF you know which gear works best.

The time to figure out how to use your AR pistol for home defense is NOT when a home invader kicks down your door.

Arm yourself with this information and you'll be better prepared for any threat you — and your family — may face.

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NJ Home Invasion Caught On Nanny-Cam (WARNING – Graphic!)

I'm warning you… the video you're about to see is very graphic (I'm even surprised they aired it on the news).

But I feel you really must watch it because it reveals the true difference between a “burglar” and a violent home invader.

Knowing this critical difference will prepare you mentally and tactically for how to survive a violent home invasion if you're ever attacked like this woman.

If you have small children (or grandchildren) near you right now, ask them to leave the room and click “Play” on the video below.

Watching this video could literally save your life (and theirs!) one day…

Millburn, NJ Home Invasion Caught On Camera

I know…

… personally, I can't get through this video without wanting to jump through my computer and teach this scumbag a lesson!

But besides, infuriating me… it's scares the living sh*t out of me!


Because like the husband in this video, I realize that I can't always be at home to protect my wife and my kids if some gangbanger (and his buddies!) come crashing through my front door.

Frankly, my wife doesn't like guns and refuses to “own” one.

I know, I know! Trust me… I've tried talking 'till I'm blue in the face and she just doesn't understand the threats you and I know are out there.

That's why I want to tell you EXACTLY what I do to protect them – whether I'm there or not – so…

Here Are 3 Home Invasion Survival Tips You Can Use Right Now…

1. Know Your Enemy

We must first start with your best “home defense weapon”… your MIND…

What you must understand is that home invaders are NOT like any other type of criminal.

They're not your typical type of “street criminal” who's looking to score a few bucks.

This woman was home watching cartoons with her young daughter when this man broke in with no fear… no mercy… no remorse.

Her attacker didn't care that her young daughter was sitting on the couch watching her mother get beaten in front of her very eyes.

He took his time walking through the house for valuables and stopped only to punch and kick the woman more to exert his power and control.

I know it's hard to imagine your own family being assaulted so violently like this… but trust me, it could have been FAR worse – and THAT is what you have to be prepared for my friend!

2. Weapons, Weapons, WEAPONS!

I'm not going to insult your intelligence and tell you that this woman could fight back against this attacker twice her size.

Some could… but obviously, that wasn't the case here.

But something is better than nothing and making sure there are some alternative weapons available within your home – things like easy-to-access knives in the kitchen, a baseball bat, or Tazer – could be a life-saver.

The problem is, I even think that if the mother in this video were armed with a carving knife from her kitchen, this guy would see the fear in her eyes and easily risk getting cut just to rip the knife from her trembling hands and stab her with it as “payback” for even daring to kill him!

Now, you and I both know that a firearm is the ultimate equalizer when it comes to defending yourself, right?

And obviously this woman didn't have a gun on her person – or she would have used it.

But that doesn't mean she can't STILL be armed with some firepower – even if she doesn't like guns.

Which brings me to…

3. Plan Out The Ultimate “Safe Room” To Retreat To

Forget trying to take the battle to the home invader if you can avoid it.

It's almost always a far safer and more effective tactic to retreat to what's known as a “safe room” within your house that allows you to barricade yourself from the danger and call 9-1-1 for help.

Now, I'm not talking about an expensive metal vault like in the Jodie Foster movie, “Panic Room”.

You don't need to go that far.

But it IS critical for you to know which room will work best for this purpose… how to strengthen it as a barrier… and what supplies to store in there (right now) that will help you protect yourself and those you love while hunkered down.

That's more information than I can go into here, but I did put together full instructions on how to plan the ultimate “safe room” (including a handy “cheat-sheet”) with the help of legendary firearms expert, Massad Ayoob – and you can download a free copy right here…

This free guide will walk  you through everything you need to know about setting up your own safe room cheaply, yet effectively – and dispels a lot of the rumors and tactical myths even many of the so-called “experts” fall for when it comes to fighting back in your home.

I can't stress enough home very critical it is to plan out your safe room – the RIGHT WAY – to survive such a horrific, violent attack.

For the sake of those you love – whether you're there to protect them or not – download the free guide now, and take action right away.

What Other Home Invasion Survival Tips Can You Offer Based On This Video?

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