All good choices. Too bad we can't carry a loaded long gun in Ohio. I sometimes substitute a S&W 629 w/ 8 3/8" barrel on it. It has more range than a smooth bore shotgun and enough punch to get the job done and it's legal for those of us with a CCW. People think all shootouts take place at close range. Most do but not all. Not so long ago a group of drunken bums chased a family down the road for the horrible crime of passing them because they were driving 20 mph all over the road. They shot at them from a long distance too. It's probably true that a bunch of drunks isn't likely to hit anything even if they're close but that's not a risk I would like taking. Having something to shoot back is a good idea IMO. Too bad most governments don't understand that. Luckily they do in my area. Marlin lever guns are hard to get anywhere right now. They have stopped production of them due to quality control issues after the move to the new factory and the new ownership. I'd be really careful about buying one if you did find it right now. I've wanted a 1895GBL in .45-70 for quite a while but I'm scared of buying a lever gun from Marlin right now and I know right where to find one. Apparently everyone else is scared to buy it too. It's been sitting in a shop for two years almost.