American Survival Guide - - GEAR GUIDE -

The hull is flat black plas­tic, while the high-base head is fin­ished in a dull black ox­ide. The over­all ef­fect trans­mits a cer­tain sin­is­ter se­ri­ous­ness. You can tell this round is go­ing to be bad news down­range at a glance.

The pri­mary pay­load is a 1-ounce ri­fled slug. Most slug loads stop there. The PDX-1 De­fender, how­ever, also packs three 00 plated buck­shot atop the slug, nes­tled within Grex buffer­ing ma­te­rial. A vari­a­tion on the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary War-era buck-and-ball load, the end re­sult is the finest de­fen­sive shot­gun round ever pro­duced.

The slug tracks to the point of aim and car­ries just as much horse­power as might any 1-ounce slug load. The three plated buck­shot dis­perse enough to com­pen­sate for aim­ing er­rors in high-stress sit­u­a­tions. The shot pat­tern stays tight through most typ­i­cal de­fen­sive shot­guns and flies at around 1,150 fps.

None of us ever wants to use our de­fen­sive firearms for real.

The le­gal, spir­i­tual and mo­ral bag­gage as­so­ci­ated with such stuff is bet­ter left un­mo­lested. How­ever, if you ever do pick up your de­fen­sive shot­gun in anger, you don’t want the fight to last long. Noth­ing stops the con­flict faster than the Winchester

PDX-1 De­fender 12-gauge round.

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