We invited some close friends and family to come out with us to Mitchell’s Range. The guesst were asked to bring any home defense or CCW weapons they own as well. One thing that showed up with a Mossberg 500 12 gauge that had a pistol grip on it. Personally I’m not a fan of pistol grip shotguns. Just as many of you. But…it was interesting to see what “non-gun people” buy for the SD role.
The shotgun was loaded with PDX ammunition as well. I am aware some people are concerned with spread when it comes to PDX. Others question the wisdom of intermixing different types of projectiles in a shotgun. It’s neither here nor there. This is what the guy’s got and this is what he will be keeping in his home later on. So…I figured what the hell! Let’s see what we’re looking at here?
Knowing full well it was going to suck, I volunteered to shoot his ammo on steel at 15 feet. The recoil was not pleasant and the pattern wasn’t terribly huge. But I’ve seen buckshot group smaller at that range. Under stress I doubt he would even feel it. Would his shotgun configuration be MY first choice? No. I like Mossberg’s, but prefer the 590 setup.
The most interesting thing was this shooter wasn’t aware that things like side-saddles even existed. I told him I have my 590 loaded with buck and keep the slugs on the side-saddle as an option. I guarantee he will be running out looking to upgrade his Mossberg very soon.
So we all had fun. I got to shoot something I wouldn’t normally see. And a good guy, learned something new that day. In America we call that a win.
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