Since everyone is talking about the absolute gun rights fiasco that could occur after this election, I thought I’d talk for a minute about what I’m calling “The People’s Shotgun” – a cost effective, practically tool that should be in every household to provide food, and should the need arise, defense from predation by animals and bad people.
There are a lot of good scatterguns out there, and if you can afford to get a Benelli or a Beretta, by all means do so. But the price tag on those guns, along with even the price tag associated with your run of the mill Remington 870 or Mossberg 500 prevents it from truly being “a shotgun for the people”. What need is in an affordable, serviceable shotgun that will last from generation to generation with little to not maintenance and with the possibility of taking lots and lots of abuse. And in a perfect world, the People should be able to purchase this shotgun without over-extending your budget in the current economy.
Of course, people who know me have probably now figured out that I’m talking about the humble single-shot break action shotgun, the best examples of which are produced by Marlin under the trade name H&R 1871. As simple as simple can be, the single shot shotgun often retails for around $100 or less, and can be had in every important caliber from .410 all the way to 10 gauge. Simple, rugged, and 100% reliable, the single shot shotgun will last you a lifetime, and will certainly last the next four years of our whomever gets elected. Truly a gun “for the People”.
Of course, I’m not suggesting that you throw you current guns out and buy a bunch of Topper shotguns. No, my advice is aimed squarely at people who are concerned about the potential for “rough times” ahead, and shopping on a budget for a shotgun that will perform yeoman’s duties in a variety or roles and fashions. Single shot break open shotguns have been on our farms and in our homes for literally hundreds of years in the United States, and with economic times being what they are, it’s a lot easier to justify $100 for a 20 gauge that will last forever than $500 for anything else. Again, I’m not knocking Remingtons or Mossbergs or Berettas, but I am pointing out that a lot of people (myself included) are extremely budget conscious, and there’s a lot of appeal in these simple, rugged guns.