why a shotgun? you'd be much better off to have the range of a AR or AK
I have to admit that an AR would be very close to the top of my list as well. Its a very good rifle for both defense with accurate, rapid fire and is more applicable as a hunting rifle than would be a shotgun.
as far as the shotgun is concerned, you have to consider the shooter's proficiency as well. A shotgun would be a much better option if, for instance your wife or maybe your child had to pick up the weapon for they're own defense. With a shotgun, you just aim in the general direction and fire to hit your target. It takes a higher skill level for someone to correctly aim a rifle and hit a target.
almost forgot... you can also aquire a shotgun shell reloader, and some supplies, and be able to make your own ammo if need be as well. gotta go with the shotgun.
Edited by chris999, 28 June 2011 - 02:37 PM.