Question on a side by side
This is the first time I have written to this forum. Normally, I am a pistol shooter - 1911's to be exact, but I as I get older I am getting increasingly uncomfortable about having my pistols used for home defense. More and more, I see a shotgun as a better defense weapon.
Here is my question. What do you guys think of using a side by side with exposed hammers as a home defense weapon. It could remain loaded indefinetly. In "Coach" gun configuration, it would be short enough to use in close quarters and it should be a relatively quick re-load if neccessary. Also, does it really make a difference whether or not it is a 12 or a 20 gauge?
Thanks for any and all input.