MoneyMelon wrote:No, shotguns spread a wider range of shot which will no doubt fuck up the intruder, but you're also likely to do a hell of a lot of unintentional damage to your home and bystanders.
Plus you usually have the reloading issue there too.
Most shotguns can hold 5 rounds these days, and the nicer models carry anywhere from 6,8, to 20 & above shells.
Mossbergs hold 8 or 9 rounds, AA12's hold 20 rounds, and a Daewoo will hold 28 rounds for ya.
Also, if you use rifled slug
rounds you avoid the spread problem you talked about.
Handguns and shotguns are both great but part of the equation depends on what kind of protection your target is wearing & where.
Small caliber handguns like .22s can sometimes just make someone mad and have been known to literally bounce off humans heads instead of penetrating them.