The 12 gauge shotgun is among the most popular, affordable, and common choices for home defense, but have you ever wondered its lethal range? Sure you have, but with all the different types of rounds available, it can be a tricky question to answer. Eric from Iraqvet8888 attempts to settle the matter with a series of tests with his trusty Benelli M2.

Why are shotguns such a popular choice for home defense? It really comes down to their ease of use, versatility, low price tag, and devastating effectiveness at close range. As you can see in the below video, shotguns are powerful weapons, and even more so at close range. Coupled with the fact that they can be chambered with rounds that offer low penetration—so you don’t shoot through walls—and you get a sense why they are a staple in bedrooms across the country. You can learn more about shotgun home defense myths here.

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