Originally Posted by JimRau
At the range you engage for home defense the pattern is so small it REQUIRES the same amount of accuracy as a rifle or a hand gun!
The shot gun is a good choice if you stay in a 'fixed' position, but advisable in you go mobile. The shot gun, if you use shot size #4 buckshot to #2 bird shot, will reduce the problem with over penetration which can be a issue if you have other 'friendly's' in the house and/or live in an in close urban area.
i have to agree and disagree. the reason i say that is, yes a shotgun does still need to be aimed for it to be an effective tool used for defensive purposes, but IMO doen't require the level of precision a rifle or pistol needs to be effective. a hit with a 12 at very close range, say in the confines of the home, yes the pattern is much smaller but still much larger than a pistol or rifle. os the degree of precision required is much smaller IMO.
if the invader takes a any shotgun blast to any of his upper torso area, even if it didn't kill him, more than likely will at least incapicitate him from massive blood loss.
i still say, what ever a person chooses to use for SD/HD usage needs to be practiced with to know what it can or can't do. practice at distances practical to your usage. if using a shotgun, pattern it to know it's spread and at what distances. if it patterns 4-5" at 20 feet, this is information you need to know. information is a powerful tool.