There are probably as many different opinions on this subject as there are gunowners. I wanted to share my views on this, for what they are worth, and read what some of you have to say. Personally, I'm in the handgun camp for a few reasons. 1. There is less mass to wield. That usually means the weapon can be brought into play faster. 2. Weapon compactness allows greater freedom of movement through hallways, on stairways or in tight spaces. 3. A handgun can be kept on a nightstand with other essentials, your cellphone and your glasses, if you wear corrective lenses. 4. A handgun allows you to keep one hand free, (and for this reason, no matter how entrenched you are in the two-handed stance, it's wise to practice shooting one-handed. Get good with both hands.) The free-hand can hold the cellphone. You will want to be in contact with authorities as soon as possible for a number of reasons, not least being the legal ramifications that you are sure to encounter if you discharge a weapon at an intruder. 5. There is less likelihood of injuring others in your home. 6. The accessible handgun arms you for movement to your other weapons. 7. The chances of an intruder wearing a ballistic vest is almost nil. You'll likely be dealing with dirtbags, not ninjas. 8. The least important reason, you'll do less expensive damage to your home. Most of you have probably spent considerable time thinking out your own plans, my reasons may not be applicable to your situation. You may have better reasons for using a long gun. Just my 2c.