What’s Best: Tube-Fed or Magazine-Fed Shotguns?

One evening around 9 p.m., 76-year-old George L. and his wife of 50 years were at home watching T.V.

Then, the Stafford, NY couple heard a knock at their front door.

George said, “I answered the door, which normally I will because you never know when somebody needs help.”

“Soon as I cracked the door, he pushed me and the door back with a gun in my face, and he says, ‘This is a robbery. Get me your money or I’m gonna kill you!”

The couple gathered what they had nearby and gave the robber their valuables – but, it didn’t end there.

The robber ordered the couple downstairs to the laundry room.

George told local media…

“Well, then I got worried because, you know, why would you want me to go down in the back room? He came in the front door. If he was gonna leave, he’d go out that door. And I thought, ‘He’s gonna shoot us when we go down there.”

But George didn’t give the robber a chance.

As the robber waited on the stairs for George’s wife, George went into the basement.

On a shelf in the basement, he kept a shotgun. He grabbed the shotgun and waited for the robber to come down the stairs.

Moments later, when the robber entered the room George fired his shotgun from the hip.

With the criminal laying on the floor in pain, George called the police. He told the guy…

“You just lay still. I got another shell in here. You just lay still, be quiet, there’s help coming,” the man said. “It’s not something your proud of. It’s not something you wanna do, but I was afraid he was gonna kill us.”

A medical helicopter transported the suspect to a Rochester hospital and he is expected to survive.

Obviously, a shotgun saved George’s life and shotguns are a popular choice for home defense.

Most folks think of pump actions when they picture a shotgun.

But there are a lot of different types of shotguns to choose from.

For example, there are semi-autos, bolt actions, bullpups, and box magazine-fed shotguns.

So, what’s the better choice when it comes to your next shotgun – a tube-fed gun, or a magazine-fed shotgun?

Here are some factors to consider if you’re looking to buy a new shotgun for defense.

Tube-fed shotguns:

Also called fixed-magazine shotguns, these are shotguns where the ammunition sits in the tube.

Usually, the shotgun has a single tube, and the ammo moves from the tube into the chamber.

From a comfort standpoint, tube-fed shotguns feel more balanced because of the weight distribution.

And the tube weight can reduce muzzle rise.

Plus, there are a lot more accessory options for tube-fed shotguns compared to magazine-fed.

Another advantage to a tube-fed shotgun is that you can switch out shells at a moment’s notice.

For example, you could switch from a slug to buckshot and be ready to fire.

Magazine fed shotguns:

Also called box magazines, magazine-fed shotguns have a detachable magazine.

They are similar to a semi-auto gun.

You can find these magazines in double-stack or single-stack like you would see in other guns.

These magazines can hold anywhere from two to 20 shells.

In most cases, a magazine-fed shotgun will hold more ammo.

As mentioned, depending on the specific model they can hold up to 20 rounds.

This is over two-times the 8 round ammo capacity a normal tube-fed shotgun holds.

Plus, reloading a tube-fed shotgun can be done anytime.

You can top off your shotgun after each shot if needed.

However, my personal preference is still a tube-fed shotgun.

One of my favorites is the Remington 870.

There are tons of accessories for the 870 and you can customize it to make it the perfect shotgun for you.

If you are wanting to try a magazine-fed shotgun I would consider the Remington 870 DM Tactical.

Whatever type you choose, a shotgun is a great addition to your home defense arsenal.

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