I too prefer the use of a shotgun for home defense. I have a variety of handguns, rifles, and assault rifles and would not consider using them for several reasons. The first is my wife does not feel comfortable with using one of them. A shotgun is much easier for her to use in case something happens when I am not home. And for me its a Mossberg 20 gauge pump. This was the first gun I ever purchased and I have had it for 20 years. The 12 gauge is fine for me but too much for her. And if you confront someone in a hallway, you dont need to aim as the shot pattern will cover the hallway. She also prefers the safety mechanism of the shootgun, its easier than what is on my handguns. Plus its easier for her to chamber a shootgun shell and harder on a handgun.