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)
Charter Arms Mag Pug Blue Standard
Target model with 4-inch barrel and adjustable rear sight also available
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.