Originally Posted by sisterhellfyre
I looked at shotguns last night, too. The one that caught my eye, thinking of home defense, was a Russian semi-auto 12-gauge, with clips for 5 or 12 shells (Saiga IZ-109). It looks like that could offer up a real "fear of God" moment.
The semi-auto won't have the same "fear of God" moment you get with pumping the slide on a pump action.
Most people go with short, open choke pump action for home defense -- Winchester 1300 and Mossberg 500 are the two most common models.