Shotguns are extremely versatile because they can fire several types of loads, from buckshot to birdshot, beanbags, slugs and more. Shotguns also come in various styles, from pump actions to semi-autos to double-barrel models.

These versatile, adaptable and powerful shotguns will ensure that you have the means to survive when the chips are down and it is a true SHTF moment.

Here are some of the best new shotguns hitting the market for this important role.


Chiappa CA612

Chiappa Firearms is now offering a high-quality, lower-priced semi-auto shotgun with five choke tubes and a hard case ready to go to the field or range. Available in black, turkey, waterfowl and tactical editions, the CA612 features an inertia-driven rotary bolt action for smooth, consistent operation. The Chiappa CA612 is a great choice for a reliable semi-auto shotgun that will perform well in every condition. For more information, visit

FN P-12

The FN P-12 pump shotgun marks FN’s long-awaited reentry into the pump shotgun market. The P-12 sports a 5+1 capacity and premium matte black finish over anodized aluminum. At 18 inches in length, the Belgian-made cantilever barrel is fully chrome-lined for long life and added corrosion resistance. The barrel is factory installed with an Improved Cylinder stainless steel choke tube. Interchangeable Standard Invector choke tubes are offered as accessories. The FN P-12 also comes with a fiber-optic front sight and flip-up iron sight for rapid target acquisition as well as a Weaver rail for mounting optics. For more information, visit or call 703-288-3500.

Legacy Sports Pointer Slug Combo

The very reasonably priced Pointer Slug Combo from Legacy Sports International is a two-barrel shotgun set in either pump or semi-auto. Users get a chrome-lined, 28-inch barrel with three chokes as well as a 24-inch rifled slug barrel with a scope tang. The combo comes in 12 or 20 gauge with a black synthetic stock and a five-round magazine tube. For more information, visit or call 800-553-4228.

Mossberg FLEX TLS

Mossberg now offers a series of three new hunting/security shotgun combinations with interchangeable forends, stocks, recoil pads and barrels, all in a soft-side nylon carrying case with pockets for accessories and ammo. The FLEX TLS (Tool-less Locking System) components are designed with patented connectors for quick, easy modularity. The FLEX TLS provides an all-in-one source of hunting/security/home protection so a shooter can have long-barreled hunting shotgun as well as a pistol-gripped short-barreled slug or home-defense shotgun. For more information, visit or call 800-363-3555.

Nighthawk Custom Shotguns

Nighthawk starts with a Remington 870 and, working with the shooter, adds sights, shell carriers, stocks, action work, coatings and barrel modifications as requested. Each one is a treasure that can save a life. For more information, visit or call 877-268-4867.

Wilson Combat Shotguns

Wilson Combat’s Scattergun Technologies defensive shotguns have earned an enviable reputations as some of the best in the world. The multi-purpose shotgun, with the variety of ammunition available, may well be the most potent firearm in your arsenal. From the reliable pump action to Wilson’s famous TRAK-LOK Ghost Ring Sight System, the Scattergun Technologies shotguns are truly state of the art. Each model is enhanced with an enlarged safety, a high-performance magazine spring and a high-visibility follower. Current models include the 12-gauge Standard, Border Patrol and Professional, as well as the Remington Steal kit to overhaul previously used Remington shotguns. For more information, visit or call 800-955-4856.

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