Originally Posted by grampawmike
FWIW from a grumpy old man. I do not prefer a handgun for home defense. The possibility of the projectile from any decent pistol cartridge penetrating into other rooms of the residence and/or into an adjacent residence (in a high density area) is too high. A short barreled shotgun in 12 or 20 ga. would be my suggestion....and is my choice. Loaded with #6 shot in an inexpensive game load, and at across-the-room distances it will definitely do the job. Of course it isn't as classy as expounding on the virtues of your Glock, Sig, Ruger etc., to say you have a shotgun at your bedside, but it's less money spent, and really does what it's intended to do. JMHO Mike
The shotgun has some cons to it too. The farthest I can shoot in my house is 12 yards, it is also the most likey place I would take a shot. My pattern in my shotgun is about 12" at that distance. So I would have 225 .11" projectiles to fill 113 sqaure inches. Thats roughly 2 pellets per square inch. Depending on bones hit, clothing and amount of fat on the person, penetration of most them pellets will be limited to 3-5" at best.
Like anything else we all have got to think through what is best for our individual situation. I also find it alot easier to answer the door when I hear a knock when I am not expecting someone. Not so easy to do with a shotgun.
I keep both. If things get bad enough the shotgun will be sought after and it will not be flinging .11" projectiles.....