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Old June 12, 2019, 10:11 AM   #24
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It's all very well to say don't rack your pump gun, but that means you have to store it with a shell chambered, cocked and locked. 24/7, probably for years. I'm not sure that's a good idea.

All this "revealing your position" stuff sounds good, but are you really planning on shooting the dark form across the room without positively identifying who it is and if they are armed? Home defense is not combat.

I like to think of racking the gun as setting the proper tone for the brief negotiation about to take place. (Hands up or I shoot.)

To address the OP's original question: 12 ga 2 3/4" 00 Buck. Plenty of power, reasonable recoil, smooth feeding.
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