When Uncle Joe came out with his Shotgun for Self Defense idea, I got questions about rifle vs shotgun in my Woman's SD class.
We can't use AR's in our indoor range so to demonstrate, I brought a shotgun and my Marlin '94 in 38/357 for the ladies to try.
Needless to say the recoil of the shotgun was a non-starter for most of the ladies in the class, but all liked the Lever Action Rifle.
I could have sold a half dozen right there if I'd had them.
Now that its getting warmer and more day light I'm gonna take them outside with the AR.
But still, I totally agree about the pistol round rifle.
CPT USAR Ret
USAMU Sniper School Oct '78
Distinguished Rifle Badge 1071