When it comes to shotguns, I train with them and I enjoy using them for some applications but, within the context of home defense, there aren’t many things I can do with a shotgun that I wouldn’t rather do with a carbine. That is why I prefer to keep my shotguns fairly simple and affordable. It just isn’t worth it for me to pump a lot of money into them.
Simple and affordable is exactly what the new TALO edition of the Mossberg 500 is. I have had great luck with Mossberg 500s with my admittedly light firing schedules and so, in the interests of keeping the cost to a minimum, they are generally what I use as my go-to shotguns. TALO’s newest distributor exclusive model is basically all you need in a Mossberg 500 and very similar to how I configure mine.
It is lightweight and maneuverable thanks to Mossbergs relatively lightweight 18.5″ barrel, aluminum receiver, and their 5 round tube magazine (5 + 1 capacity). It features a bead sight which I generally prefer for a home defense shotgun. Best of all, it comes with a shorter 13″ length of pull stock installed from the factory.
This looks like a simple, well thought out, and affordable (retail is around $270) home defense shotgun. All you need to do is stoke it with some Federal reduced recoil buckshot with the Flight Control wad and figure out how you prefer to mount a light to it.
It isn’t listed at TALO yet but your dealer should be able to order it.