For me, the shotgun is a better choice for home protection in every way except size. I have never found a convenient place to put it for every day home protection. I also think it is a bit large to carry with me to the living room when watching TV or my office when working on the computer. It is also problematic when we have guests over who may not be as enlightened as we are about home protection.
My handguns serve those purposes better so I shoot and practice enough to feel just as confident in my ability to use them for home defense purposes as I could with my shotgun. They are also discreet when guests are here. That said, if I had the time during a home defense situation to use my handgun to fight my way to the shotgun then I would.
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