Always I regard my carry as primary - when out of holster at bed time it goes on the floor within reach.
Just recently my step kids have left home and so it is just two of us - my presently office-located 870 will almost certainly be soon in the house but - as secondary. Just have to ''make do'' with AK in office :wink:
I did however pick the shotty cause to me it is the best choice for HD, has a better advantage over a hand gun and you can choose what round is the best for your situation. I do have both my carry piece, a 1911 and a Marine Magnum right close to me with my G2 with the 120 lumen lamp in it for blinding, advantage and positive recognition.
I voted rifle , I consider my carry handgun something to get me out of the mix or to a better firearm , at home the rifle is at hand so it gets picked up rather than a pistol . IMHO a shotgun would be fine too , I just prefer the simplicity of a rifle ( one projectile going where I choose )
My Sig 228 or my Model 65 Smith and Wesson are always within arms reach. I have an 870 close at hand then followed by a MAK-90.
If time permits, I'll go to the long guns, if not then it is the pistol or revolver.
Primary is my carry weapon; it and a maglight are readily accessible. Remington 870 loaded with #4 buck at each end of house and 38 revolvers in the other bedrooms. 870s have served well in dispatching rabid raccoons.
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