I have asked a few people I know whether they think a shot gun or a pistol for home protection would be best. I have gotten mixed answers. Some people say shotgun because there's nothing like the sound of racking it to deter a threat. My uncle said hand gun because he doesn't like the thought of a long barrel for a threat to potentially grab onto. Another person said a hand gun with a laser because that gets the point across (no pun intended). Anyway, thought I would take this to the forums!