-By Kevin G. O’Leary
Our super peculiar, super spontaneous vice-president recently gave America some good advice which does not happen very often. Joe Biden appeared on CBS News and told a write-in viewer.
“You don’t need an assault weapon. Get a shotgun.” “Get yourself a double-barreled shotgun.”
Nice work, Joe! I could not agree more. I personally love shotguns and do not care for the assault rifle class of firearms much. He was specifically addressing the purchase of an AR-15 assault rifle. Although, the rest of his rambling was nonsense, it was certainly great comic relief. He mentioned that he advises the second lady, Jill that if she ever feels threatened, take a double-barreled shotgun out on the balcony and give two quick blasts in the air. Feel free to take a break now from reading this and visit You Tube and see the Biden Theory tested.
Do not drink and watch! You will spit your Dr. Pepper out all over the keyboard. It is hilarious. In truth, we Americans love old Joe. He is harmless and doesn’t waste his time with silly high-tech things like teleprompters. Everything we hear from him comes direct from his head. We respect words spoken from the hip. It gives us a chance to scratch our heads and let the settled dandruff release a bit. President Obama tries his best to keep him on a short lease, but like a wiener dog in heat, he keeps getting over the white house fence and into trouble.
Now, up above at the top of this article you will see pictures of my next firearm of choice. I would very much like to have my first double-barreled shotgun. The Coach Gun Supreme made by Stoeger Firearms. Incidentally, the parent company of Stoeger is Beretta. The US headquarters are located in Accokeek, Maryland near where I used to live in the 1980s. I think this choice fits my gun-owner profile nicely.
I am not considered an experienced shooter. I have only owned firearms for about 6 years. I rarely get a chance to shoot because I live overseas most of the year and cannot get back often to America. Additionally, when I am home, I have a hard time finding places to practice. The land I used to practice on in Stephenson County was sold. Many skeet-shooters join a rifle and pistol club. But I think they are expensive and you must almost always be a member of the National Rifle Association(NRA). I am not the biggest fan of the NRA. I like blowing up jugs of water and plinking cans for fun but am not a live game hunter. My love for animals is too much and the thought of a novice shooter not taking the animal down on the first shot is morally objectionable to me.
The main purpose, practically speaking for my firearm ownership is home-defense while in Rockford, Illinois or any other area I am staying when I am not at home in the security of my own home in a gated community. My first defense shotgun I purchased was the Mossberg 500. A very powerful, dependable yet affordable pump shotgun. Other than a powerful kick back or recoil, it is easy for me to point and fire. I can have 6 shells in the gun ready to go.
Below is a pretty good comparison. I do not own the “Persuader.” I have the standard wood stock Mossberg 500 12 Gauge Combo which means I have 24″ ported fully rifled slugster barrel and a 26″ or 28″ ported field barrel. I can’t really remember whether my field barrel is 26 or 28, but it is long enough to smack things with unintentionally.
What is interesting is if you look at the chart below, you will see that Mossberg pictured with the 18.5″ barrel is considerably longer than the Stoeger Coach Gun with a 20″ barrel. The first three are Mossberg and the last one is my future Coach Gun. So, for my home defense needs, I am very happy to lose a few inches off my firearm as I try to negotiate through doorways in my home. Of course, the other thing you have to worry about in home-defense with a long barrel is the intruder grabbing the end of the gun and taking it away from you. With my current Mossberg, I used to be envious of my friends who had a nice manageable 18.5″ barrel instead of the 24″ incher I am stuck with. But, now I don’t care. It really does not make much difference because with the standard wood furniture stock, the Mossberg is already a long gun. I could cut the overall size by replacing with a collapsible tactical stock or a pistol grip but I don’t really want to learn how to shoot an unfamiliar gun all over again. Besides, a pistol grip is shot from the hip and not the shoulder. I am not a 200-pounder so the thing would kick back and smack me in the face if I wasn’t careful.
The only shotguns I consider are entry-level, affordable ones. I like diversity and a 1500 dollar Winchester isn’t going to help me much. So, a pump shotgun and a double-barreled and I am a happy shooter. For a beginner, I am pretty pleased with my success in selecting my first Mossberg. Other than an annoying 2 dollar trigger housing pin that falls out sometimes, it has never ever failed or misfired. For a first shotgun, I would recommend the Mossberg 500. For home defense, you would have 6 shots to neutralize the threat. Of course, being a pump shotgun, you would have to chamber each shell between shots. However, I have seen some really impressive guys on You Tube racking and shooting so fast, the gun looks like an automatic.
When I add the Stoeger Double Barreled shotgun to my collection, I will have two shots without the extra step in between to work with. It will be a different shooting experience. The Stoeger would be lighter and shorter, so I expect the recoil to kick a bit more. If I get really good, a can be one of the elite shooters who can shoot two shells out at once using the double trigger. That definitely takes practice. I was wondering though if a 3″ shell produces 50 foot pounds of energy, if somebody managing to get both triggers to fire at the same time, would it be 100 foot pounds? Well, I will probably never find out but if I do, I will definitely leave one heck of an imprint of my buttocks in the ground behind me. The Stoeger Coach Gun Supreme is available in blued barrel and polished nickel. Polished nickel would be so cool. That is why I am leaning toward that. I like a nice looking gun. The walnut is AA satin grade versus the single A, so it will be nice wall piece when I am not shooting.
Check out this nickel finish in the picture here. I would be one cool cowboy at the skeet range. I can keep it clean. It is great to be a gun owner in America. I hope we as a society take our responsibilities seriously. Why did I write this article? Well to get your input, by golly. I need some good advice.