Many of the blogs I read on prepping and survival techniques recommend getting a pump-action shotgun for home defense uses. There is the usual delivery about needing a Mossberg 500 or Remington 870 shotgun for your home defense needs. Both are great guns, but I wonder if they are the most recommended because they have the most tactical accessories that can be added to them. I like a cool looking fun, but I am not going to trade my families safety for them.
While I have a Remington 870, my new home defense shotgun is the Remington 1100. I made the switch after I started competing in 3 gun shooting matches. In these matches, the competitor will have to use a handgun, a rifle and a shotgun to hit a series of targets in the fastest time period. For those of you who have not been in combat, this might be the most beneficial training you can get in preparing for a SHTF scenario.
In the competition, semi-automatic shotguns are used in all divisions except one, because they are the fastest at reloading while still remaining accurate and being dependable. the majority of us, who do not want to spend thousands of dollars on a really nice Bernoulli, gravitate toward the Remington 1100 line.
These guns start off at an affordable price, but can increase as options are selected. There are a wide variety of after market parts available if you want the gun to have more of a tactical look.
The benefit of using the semi-automatic shotgun for home defense instead of a pump-action, is that it is easier for the entire family to use if the case ever arose. Some people struggle with the pumping action, as they do not have enough upper body strength to cycle out the ammo, but the semi-automation does not have this problem as it cycles for you.