Originally Posted by TER
^^Worst advice ever.^^
12 gauge Rem 870 or Mossberg 500 18" barrel is the best home defense weapon ever. Pistols are so weak compared to shotguns and rifles. And also, revolvers are so much better as a first pistol than an automatic. The "shotgun spread liability" is totally false because the bottom line is: if you are going to discharge a firearm you must be sure of what is behind your target. It is irresponsible to just hope your target soaks up and holds your rounds. A firearm worth shooting at a criminal is going to propel projectiles that will penetrate walls.
if you guys think a rookie gun owner is going to see a bad guy in his house and go 'ok ill time this shot perfectly for when i know exactly what is behind him', i think you're very much mistaken.
That being said, I agree the spread isn't as big as most people think.
Still, I'd much rather have a pistol for home defense than my shotgun.