Gun Photos Defensive Defensive Protecting Home Base 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) Chiappa Rhino Additional barrel length and grip option; electroless nickel finish optional; .40 S&W models Smith & Wesson Ladysmith Standard with fitted carry/storage case Ruger LCR Available with Crimson Trace LaserGrips Taurus Model 651 Protector Shrouded cockable hammer; Titanium frame; available stainless steel Ask the Experts A U.S. Marine fires an M4 with a Trijicon RCO (Rifle Combat Optic). Charter Arms Mag Pug Blue Standard Target model with 4-inch barrel and adjustable rear sight also available The Goddess 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) GW-LEAD-5.jpg 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.