We all know Joe Biden’s famous “expert” advice about how shotguns are preferable to AR-15s and how we don’t really need AR-15s. We are expected to go outside and fire a shotgun in the air so problems go away. Ha, ha and ha.
I’m not here to advocate such silliness (and irresponsibility) and I’m certainly not here to even advocate the dangerous practice in the above video (much as it makes a good point in and of itself) of handing a powerful shotgun to your wife or girlfriend and letting her shoot it without any understanding of how to handle it causing her to fall down or dropping it the gun…in fact, on the side, I’m going to illustrate how Biden shoots himself in the foot (no pun intended).
A shotgun is something a lot of modern people tend to think is “obsolete” (unless they’ve watched all the Terminator movies). An AR-15 is preferable and the shotgun is outdated. You’re outgunned if all you have is a shotgun, they say.
Actually, the man with a pump or semi-automatic shotgun has an edge at close range against a man with an AR-15. Think about it. We are talking about 9-15 buckshot 00 (which is right around .33 caliber) being fired each time the trigger is pulled and entering the target and do far more damage to the target putting the enemy down quickly thus saving your life and the life of someone you care about. I’m surprised all the hysterical leftists aren’t screaming about shotguns being banned or demanding police cease using shotguns.
This was demonstrated about 3 years ago on FOX New’s Sean Hannity’s talk show when the left started screaming about banning AR-15s again. As shown here, the shotgun is noticeably more effective than a single shot from an AR15:
Remember the scene from “Terminator 2” where Arnold first meets the cop played by Robert Patrick, aims his shotgun with one hand down a long hall and fires revealing that the cop is actually a non-human Liquid Terminator because the shotgun blast shows a single big crater in his chest. Arnold continues to advance and fire creating more big craters all over the Liquid Terminator.
As we said as kids: Pretty cool scene huh! Fun movie. Unfortunately, this is how many people tend to think of shotgun performance. Unlike what you see in the movies, the projectiles fired from a shotgun (unless it is a rifled slug) will begin to spread out from the time they leave the bore of the shotgun. They will not all land on target at long distances and make big craters in them (as seen in Terminator 2). Know what your shotgun’s spread pattern is by testing it at the range. See Hickok45’s youtube video:
You are responsible for what comes out of your gun and you don’t want to harm innocent people and property. Be aware of these things before you decide on where and when to use your shotgun.
While 12 gauge buckshot is not going to throw men across the room or blow up cars or destroy engine blocks or shred shape shifters and blow aliens apart the way it does in movies, it’s still going to do a lot more damage than a single shot from an AR and end a fight. A shotgun is a simple fundamental defense weapon that presents more firepower at close range than a handgun or a rifle. There is a reason police have been depending on them for over 100 years. Shotguns are sometimes called “Trench Guns” (referring to Trench Warfare in the Great War or WW1) or “Riot Guns”. These two terms alone should tell you something about the potential effectiveness of a shotgun.
I’m not saying “don’t get an AR, you don’t need it”, I’m just saying: don’t underestimate a shotgun because it is in fact a more effective weapon for close range fighting. If you feel you need an AR-15, by all means get one (heck even if you don’t feel you need one, go ahead and get one, they are fun to shoot)
A final note, as the hilarious Joe Biden youtube clip above illustrates, a 12 gauge shotgun may be a big much for your wife to handle, but if that’s the case, you might consider getting her a 20 gauge. It’s a little easier to manage.
It is an excellent weapon to keep near the bed at night or in the car while ing or are unable to avoid a dangerous area.