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Old April 24, 2008, 04:50 PM   #4
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Inside a structure at close quarter ranges, and in a defensive situation, my nod goes to the shotgun. Having shot patrol rifle, shotgun and pistol extensively, I believe you come up on target better and have a better chance of hitting your target with a shotgun due to the simplicity of the sight. The downside is there is an increased chance of strays hitting an innocent. For offensive manuevers and longer ranges (25 yards or more), there is no doubt that the rifle is the superior weapon, especially if equipped with a good optic such as an Aimpoint or an Eotech. Both are exponentially better than a sidearm for most circumstances. Of course, a pistol may be your only practical option so train with it as much as possible.
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