The short-barreled (18- to 18.5-inch) 12-gauge pump shottie, such as this Mossberg Model 500 Thunder Ranch Edition, is perhaps the most effective and reliable tool for defending the homestead. (Photo by Rohrbachphoto.com)
Smith & Wesson Ladysmith
Standard with fitted carry/storage case
Charter Arms Mag Pug Blue Standard
Target model with 4-inch barrel and adjustable rear sight also available
Taurus Model 651 Protector
Shrouded cockable hammer; Titanium frame; available stainless steel
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A U.S. Marine fires an M4 with a Trijicon RCO (Rifle Combat Optic).
There are plenty of birds in the Devils, but getting to them can be tough. The 5-pound Dea is the perfect gun for such a hunt. (Photo by Ben Gettinger)
Dog Day Afternoon
A couple of outdoor writers sight in their S&W and TC rifles as Matt Porter, of Blue Heron Communications (left), mans the spotting scope.