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Model: Nova Pump Tactical
Action: Pump
Gauges: 12
Chamber: 3.5 inches
Chokes: Cylinder
Capacity: 4+1
Barrel Length: 18.5 inches
Special Features: Ghost right rear sight, magazine cutoff
MSRP: $459


Designed for personal defense and police work, this pump action 12-gauge accepts virtually any load in shells up to 3.5 inches, utilizing a front blade and rear ghost ring sight system to get your slugs or shot on target. Its polymer stock and lightweight receiver are integrated to keep out moisture and dirt, and increase strength for improved service life.



Model: 500SPX
Action: Pump
Gauges: 12
Chamber: 3 inches
Chokes: Cylinder
Capacity: 5+1
Barrel Length: 18.5 inches
Special Features: Ghost ring rear sight, adjustable M4-style stock with five-shot caddy
MSRP: $637

Description: This tactical shotgun is ready to serve in a pinch, with its 5+1 standard capacity and 3-inch chambers that are ready for high-brass personal defense loads. The ghost ring rear and blade-style front sights will get you on target fast, and the ported barrel will keep you on target for fast follow-up shots, while the unique strap on the forearm helps you cycle the pump without losing traction on the forearm itself. Should you need to switch ammunition types—from shot to slugs or back—the five-round carrier on the collapsible M4-style stock holds ammunition at the ready.



Model: 870 Tactical Express
Action: Semi
Gauges: 12
Chamber: 3 inches
Chokes: Tactical Remington Choke
Capacity: 7+1
Barrel Length: 18.5 inches
Special Features: Tactical Remington choke, rifle-style sights
MSRP: $572

Description: The Remington 870 is the shotgun by which other pump-action shotguns are judged. Its reliable action is field-proven, and here it’s outfitted with synthetic stocks and an industry-standard 18.5-inch barrel. The tubular magazine holds an astounding seven shots (plus one in the chamber), and the rifle-style sights get you on target, while the integral accessory rail is ready for electronic sights. Should you close within striking distance,
the crenellated muzzle break is designed for a last measure of self-defense.



Model: PX4 Storm Full Size
Action: DA/SA
Caliber: .40sw
Capacity: 14+1
Barrel Length: 4 inches
Special Features: Ergonomic styling, improved balance, accessory rail
MSRP: $550

Description: Beretta has several families of defensive pistols, including the PX4 Storm family, which includes sub-compact, compact, full size and “Special Duty” (extra-full-size in .45acp) models in each of the three major defensive calibers. Full-size PX4 Storm pistol magazines work interchangeably in other PX4 Storm versions of the same caliber, as well as in same-caliber Cx4 Storm carbines—a plus for those who value magazine interchangeability between pistol and carbine. The Storm pistol offers similar features to their 92/96 series pistols, but with shorter barrel for improved balance and reduced weight, and slightly different ergonomics to suit different shooters.



Model: Titan
Action: SA
Caliber: 10mm
Capacity: 14+1
Barrel Length: 5 inches
Special Features: High-capacity 1911 design, custom trigger and slide fitting
MSRP: $3,829

Description: This rugged, hand-fit combat pistol is designed to cross over between competitive and practical use, offering fully adjustable night sights and an accessory rail that’s ready for lights and lasers. This 1911-pattern pistol is a truly custom handgun: it packs 14 rounds of 10mm ammo into each magazine, features competitive edge components like the undercut trigger guard, skeletonized trigger and hammer, and has an incredibly accurate bull barrel. This is a serious gun for serious defensive work… that might also win you some matches.



Model: PF9
Action: DAO
Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 7+1
Barrel Length: 3.1 inches
Special Features: Accessory rail, magazine includes finger rest
MSRP: $333


Description: Light, slim and compact for easy concealment, these virtues are best used to fit this compact 9mm to the smaller hands within your household. It will accept +P personal defense ammunition, though Kel-Tec recommends against continuous use of it in practice. The included magazine features a handy finger rest that helps even shooters with medium to large hands get a comfortable grip, and the accessory rail is ready for lights or lasers for defensive use at night.

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared in the Winter 2013 print issue of American Survival Guide.