You can never go wrong with a double-barrel shotgun, and the HS12 (Home Security 12 gauge) from Maverick Arms—a subsidiary of Mossberg—is definitely a contender. In the upcoming Gun Annual 2014, author Paul Markel puts the HS12 through its paces to see if it really is up to the task.
The HS12 is a hinge-action, over/under shotgun with 18.5-inch barrels, an overall length of 36.5 inches, and a weight of 6.25 pounds (empty). The forend and stock are made of black polymer, and the metal has a matte blue finish. According to Markel, “To make the HS12 attractive to the home-defense crowd, Maverick has installed an accessory rail on the top of the receiver, which forms a rear-sight channel, and a front-sight blade is fixed to the upper barrel at the muzzle. An orange piece of fiber-optic material is fitted into the front-sight post.

“What the double-barreled shotgun lacks in volume of fire it certainly makes up for in power.” So how did this powerhouse double perform at the range? To learn more, check out Gun Annual 2014, available on newsstands and digitally August 27, 2013. To subscribe, go to

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