You guys really gave me something to think about. As I stated earlier my handgun is locked in the safe with a round chambered and the safety on, I think it is important that one has as much as a tactical advantage as possible with a secured firearm.... However if I had a shotgun for home defense I think I would have it loaded but not chambered until trouble came stumbling in my house. I think the psychological effect of racking a pump shotgun is the international sign to get the heck outta of dodge.
I must admit I think it is a lot easier for me as it is most people to rack a shotgun than it is to chamber the first round in a pistol during clutch situations. Does anyone else feel this way?
I feel that a lot of it has to do with chambering a shotshell sounds a whole lot more intimidating than chambering a pistol round.