A pistol grip shotgun is basically a shotgun that is defined by having a short barrel and a pistol grip. This type of gun is sometimes referred to as a type of backpacker shotguns. The overall length, including the barrel and pistol grip is typically 36 inches or less. This is significantly shorter than the average shotgun length. And because the barrel is much shorter and the gun is easier to hold (with the pistol grip) it has become a very popular home defense gun.
Now one caveat to all of this is that technically, as currently defined by the law, a pistol grip shotgun is not actually a shotgun at all. The way the law defines a shotgun is that it must have a buttstock. That means that a pistol grip shotgun falls into the category of a firearm or AOW (Any Other Weapon) so the laws pertaining to a firearm apply to a pistol grip shotgun. There are different laws for shotguns and rifles.
There is a little bit of a gray area and you might be better served by asking your local gun dealer for further explanation. The gray area lies in the barrel length. In some states if the barrel length is at least 26 inches then it can still be considered a shotgun, regardless of whether it has a pistol grip or a buttstock.
Another variation of the pistol grip shotgun is one that has both the buttstock and a pistol grip on the trigger. In this case this would still be considered a shotgun. Again you will need to consult your local gun dealer for the current laws governing this type of weapon.
For the most part pistol grip shotguns come in two different gauges. This would be the 12 gauge and the 16 gauge shotgun. The most popular is the 12 gauge pistol grip shotgun.
So you may ask, are pistol grip shotguns legal? The short answer is yes they are legal. Now because the pistol grip shotguns are not classified as an actual shotgun you are required to be at least 21 years of age in order to purchase a pistol grip shotgun. There is nothing illegal about firing a pistol grip shotgun.
Overall the pistol grip shotgun is gaining more and more popularity as a home defense weapon. Most people do not use it for much else because these types of guns are traditionally not very accurate, especially for medium to long range distances. As a home defense weapon the pistol grip shotgun is fine because you are usually (if ever) going to only fire at short range.
Many people opt to keep the buttstock on the shotgun and add the pistol grip to the shotgun. This serves as two weapons. One as a shotgun and the other as a club incase reloading is not an option or for whatever reason the shotgun fails to fire. Having the buttstock still attached to the end of the shotgun provides an excellent backup protection device.
There are quite a few dealers and retailers of pistol grip shotguns both online and local gun stores. This means that there is also a varying price range for the pistol grip shotguns. Typically most of the pistol grip shotguns have prices from $400 – $700. Now just like any other type of gun you can spend as much as you like on it, even into the thousands of dollars. There are all sorts of custom items you can include with your purchase of a pistol grip shotgun.
Some things to keep in mind when trying to compare pistol grip shotgun prices are barrel length, over-all length, finish, round capacity, and material of stock. Each of these characteristics that go into the makeup of a pistol grip shotgun can factor heavily into the price of each. Make sure you are comparing apples to apples when comparing prices for these pistol grip shotguns.
The finish for your pistol grip shotgun is typically available as either wood or synthetic. Synthetic stock finishes do tend to hold up better than wood stock finishes. They also will not swell in varying climates and temperatures. For the most part you will be spending more on a wood stock finish because it is more aesthetically pleasing.
The barrel length is also a factor in the price of the pistol grip shotgun. Obviously the longer the barrel the more the pistol grip shotgun will cost. Another factor into the prices of pistol grip shotguns is the finish of the barrel. Here you can also spend as much as you would like for the type of finish. For basic home protection the best way to go is just the basic matte finish. This type of finish is just plain black and if it is for home protection it really does not matter what it looks like so long as it works.
Another option to consider when deciding which pistol grip shotgun to go with is whether it will be a pump or semi-automatic shotgun. These are the more popular types of pistol grip shotguns. Of course you will pay a little more for a semi automatic pistol grip shotgun. You can expect to pay at least $600-800 for a semi automatic one.
One final thing to consider when trying to determine and compare pistol grip shotgun prices is whether you want to outfit your existing shotgun with a pistol grip. This can be done with pistol grip kits, which are available for just about all of the major shotgun manufacturers and models. This is the cheapest alternative. Prices for pistol grip shotgun kits usually range from $60 to a couple hundred dollars.
Overall you can spend as much as you would like or as little as you would like when it comes to purchasing pistol grip shotguns. There really is a wide range of options to choose from. It all boils down to what your preference is, style of shot and reload, and whether you want your pistol grip shotgun to be as aesthetically pleasing as possible.
If you are in the market for a pistol grip shotgun you may be asking where to buy a pistol grip shotgun. Well because a pistol grip shotgun is not actually a shotgun as defined by the ATF you can only purchase a pistol grip shotgun from a local gun broker.
The laws governing this type of gun makes it a firearm or AOW (Any Other Weapon). That means that you must be at least 21 years of age in order to purchase a pistol grip shotgun. You must also go through all the background checks necessary with the purchase of this type of firearm.
Now this does not mean that you cannot shop online for pistol grip shotguns. Quite the contrary actually. Many of the gun brokers, and especially the much larger ones will list their pistol grip shotguns online. Some even allow you to pay for the pistol grip shotgun online and then come to the local store to pick it up. Of course you will still have to go through the normal procedure of purchasing a firearm. The one big benefit of this is you can search and compare prices. Then when you see one that you really like you can go ahead and pay for the pistol grip shotgun so it is reserved for you at the store. You won’t have to risk finding one you like only to arrive at the store to find that it has already been sold.
Now an alternative to purchasing a pistol grip shotgun is to purchase a pistol grip shotgun kit and do it yourself. These kits allow you to convert your existing shotgun into a pistol grip shotgun. If you opt to go this route you can actually purchase the pistol grip shotgun kit online and have it delivered right to your door. Not only is purchasing the kit cheaper than purchasing the whole pistol grip shotgun but it is also cheaper because there are more choices from retailers. More selection means better price.
A final place to look when trying to purchase pistol grip shotguns is through secondary markets like online auction houses. Here you are actually purchasing direct from other gun owners. There is a registration process here as well but it does allow you to browse and purchase your pistol grip shotguns online. Now you must be a Federal Firearms License (FFL) holder in order to have the pistol grip shotguns delivered to you. Or you can have them delivered to a local shop that is a FFL holder. Then you just go there to pick you your newly purchased pistol grip shotgun.
These are currently all the ways in which you can purchase pistol grip shotguns. Basically you will need to pick up any gun purchase at either a local gun store or at a store with a FFL. You will also need to pass all of the Federal security checks as well before you can bring home your newly purchased pistol grip shotgun.
The use of pistol grip shotguns as a home safety firearm is becoming more and more popular. These types of defense weapons are smaller than a regular shotgun but still deliver the same amount of force. Perfect to use as a deterrent.
Now if you are storing your pistol grip shotgun at home it is necessary to make sure that you take the proper safety precautions. One thing you might want to consider is having a gun lock placed on the shotgun. This is especially if you intend on keeping the pistol grip shotgun loaded at all times. A lock just basically covers up the firing mechanism to prevent any accidental firings of the pistol grip shotgun. Of course if you have a safety mechanism already on your shotgun, having a gun lock may not really be necessary. Regardless, make sure you practice either knowing how to reach the safety quickly or how to unlock the pistol grip shotgun quickly. That way when you do actually need to use it (and hopefully you will never have to use it) you can quickly unlock the pistol grip shotgun and have it ready to use within seconds.
Another safety thing to consider is to purchase a gun cabinet or gun safe if you do not already have one. This keeps your pistol grip shotgun locked up and out of the way to prevent any accidents. This of course may slow down ease of access if an intruder were to enter and you need your pistol grip shotgun immediately. It is all a matter of personal preference as to the safety you need in your own home.
You may also want to make sure you have a buttstock on your pistol grip shotgun if it does not already have one. This can present a safety issue as well. The buttstock will help to stabilize your shot as well as help to absorb the recoil so you can easily fire off another shot if necessary. Not having a buttstock on the end of your pistol grip shotgun can actually be a safety hazard because it can cause the shot to be highly inaccurate if you are not an experienced shooter.
You should also make sure that you have at least one type of alarm or alert system in your home to go along with your defense weapon, the pistol grip shotgun. For added safety make sure you have an alarm system. If you do not have one make sure you also have at least one or both of a cell phone and / or a home telephone. Always alert the authorities first and then reach for your pistol grip shotgun. That way you known that help is on the way.
Overall, having a pistol grip shotgun provided excellent safety. It is relatively easy to use and fire so anyone can have this type of weapon as a defense weapon. And because the pistol grip shotgun is designed for close quarters use (like in your own home) it also makes it a popular choice of any home defense firearm.