I'm curious as to how people here who keep a home defense shotgun keep ammo ready for it. It looks to me as if the options so as to have the shotgun ready for quick use are
1) keep the tube magazine loaded, chamber empty
or with/without shells in the tube mag,
2) 4-5 shells in an elastic shell-holder wrap around the buttstock
3) several shells in one of those shell holders that mounts to the side of the receiver
4) a sling with shellholders built in for 5-15 shells
5) bandoliers that hold shells
I have a New England Firearms Pardenr pump 12 ga that pretty much is just used for weekly trap shooting, although it's also what I'd grab if I was awakened in the middle of the night by an intruder. I used to have the elastic stock shellholder with 5 shells, but have switched over to a sling that could also hold as many as 15 shells (for weight reasons, I don't load it up with that many). I wanted a sling anyway to make it easier to carry, and with a couple in the tube magazine ready to be racked in and a couple shells in the sling, I feel pretty well armed for anything.
What do you all like to do, and why?