Well, I usually just think along hunting terms, but here goes anyway. If I owned a handgun, it wouldn't be for home defense. Never could hit much with 'em. For HD I have a regular old Remington 870 Express, no plug of course, with the replacement 18.5" short barrel sold by Mossberg. I also have an emergency tactical *plan*! My wife and I both know what our respective roles are in case of an intruder and we have practiced many times with many scenarios. I really think the plan will do in an intruder even better than the 870. People will do what they are trained to do, while intruders are usually improvising, and that, my friend, makes all the difference, as anyone who's ever been in combat will tell you. A good compromise for the discussion in this thread might be the side saddle /side rail ammo holders that mount on shotgun receivers and are becoming so popular. I was looking at one down at the local gunshop the other day (I had to take a bunch of crap from my n'eer-do-well friends, who hang around the gun and tackle shop giving people a hard time. They wanted to know why I couldn't hit a duck with three shots. However, I digress.) I may buy one of these, in case I fail to be able to defend myself after four rounds from a 12-ga shotgun. Actually, in the case of my own worthless butt, I think I'd deserve to die if that were the case. But my wife definitely deserves better. She's only wielding a telephone, after all . . .