Issue 03 Preview – Built For Use Recoil Staff Join the Conversation Kitting Out Your Defensive Shotgun Shotguns have been a self-defense mainstay in the U.S. since the late-19th century, when they were taken up by sheriffs, lawmen guarding stagecoaches and trains, and private citizens in the Wild West. Shotguns, whether pump-action or semi-auto, can be more advantageous if they are modified to ft a particular use or user. Whether you are guarding bank deposits or valuables in an armored car, a law-enforcement officer searching for an armed suspect,or just an ordinary citizen protecting your home, a properly set-up shotgun can be key in a successful defense. The Remington 870 is one of the most widely owned shotguns in the nation; we’re talking millions of owners. Due to its popularity, we decided to outfit two of them with different accessories to demonstrate how versatile both the shotgun and its aftermarket accessories are. Of course, nothing takes precedence over first-hand experience in determining your own needs. The following designs may be suitable for a particular shooter or situation, so base your modifications on what you learn in defense classes and your own experience. Although we use the 870 as our base model here, remember that the enhancements can be applied to any make of pump or semiautomatic shotgun. For the rest of this article, subscribe digitally here: RECOIL Issue 3 Explore RECOILweb:[SHOT Show 2017] Faxon: Streamline Carbon AR15 HandguardsEat at "Shooter's Grill"The "Quicky" Magnetic Tactical BeltB&T VP9 Review: "Veterinary Pistol" NEXT STEP: Download Your Free Target Pack from RECOILFor years, RECOIL magazine has treated its readers to a full-size (sometimes full color!) shooting target tucked into each big issue. Now we've compiled over 50 of our most popular targets into this one digital PDF download. From handgun drills to AR-15 practice, these 50+ targets have you covered. Print off as many as you like (ammo not included). Get your pack of 50 Print-at-Home targets when you subscribe to the RECOIL email newsletter. We'll send you weekly updates on guns, gear, industry news, and special offers from leading manufacturers - your guide to the firearms lifestyle.You want this. Trust Us.