So just to get some opinions, if you use a pump action shotgun in your home defense setup, what condition do you keep it in? Con 1: loaded +1 chambered safety on Con 3: loaded, empty chamber safety on Mod Con 3: loaded, empty chamber safety off Hopefully not con 4 which would be unloaded. Here is my situation. My shotgun is not my primary gun to go investigate a bump in the night. I choose the bedside pistol for that. However, if I was for sure that someone was breaking into my house, car, or causing some other mischief on my property an had time to grab it from the closet behind the clothes, well then I would take that. Being that it is a pump action, and being from the south where we are familiar with the sound, I am a firm believed that the sound of the action is enough to stop a good majority of the problems in their tracks. I just don't know if it is better for me to pump the shotgun and have that powerful affect and not have to use the gun, or to already have one in the chamber so I have 6 rounds instead of 5. (Of course if 5 rounds of 00 buck doesn't solve my problem, and the other 5 from the stock still doesn't correct the situation, there is little hope for that last one.) Also, in regards to keeping the safety on or off, I am leaning towards off. My shotgun, a mossberg 500, has the safety in a somewhat awkward spot. I am married but have no kids or little ones running around. Of course if I opt for a round already chambered then I will keep the safety on regardless. So what are y'all's thoughts?