The thread about the gent given probation for having an illegal, sawed off shotgun, sparked a conversation about short-barrelled shotguns; SBS.
The conversation led me to wonder; is there any significant tactical or ballistic advantage to a SBS vs an 18.5" shotgun?
Now, there is going to be a multitude of opinion about a 14" SBS being more versatile, in a HD scenario. But, I'm kind of the mindset that a person well trained, can effectively wield either one with the appropriate lethality.
In my mind, it's just a personal preference. Just like so many other things; i.e. caliber wars, Glock vs 1911 vs revolver vs whatever. What it boils down to is the guy/gal running the controls.
If one was going to carry a 12 gauge concealed, say under a trench coat or cowboy duster, then sure; a 14" barrel might be better
I'm sure that the money and paperwork probably is the biggest deterrent to people using an SBS. If that didn't exist, would we all say 14" or 16" and nothing longer for SD/HD?
I'm just wondering if anyone has any real world experience between the two that led them to choose one or the other. Or perhaps, just share the journey of thought and reason that led one to choose one, or the other; red-tape and bureaucracy notwithstanding
PS: I did do a search on the subject and came up with nothing in the forum. Although, I did limit the search to the rifle/shotgun forum.