My first goto gun is my .45XD. If I have time (BG still trying to break through door) I'll grab a 12 gauge. The .45 then becomes my backup if I empty the shotgun or need precision. If it's at night and my house is completely dark, I won't bother with the shotgun. It doesn't have a light attached and require both hands to operate. I can wield the .45 with one hand and the flashlight with the other. If my eyes have adjusted to the darkness, I will use that as an advantage and not turn on the lights. The only rifles I have that I would feel comfortable using against an intruder might also penetrate several houses worth of neighbors.