National Buy a Gun Day is only 30 days away! I have a great little .22 Browning rifle for plinking, but my husband and I are looking to purchase a shotgun for home security. Not sure what's the best shotgun to get for this, although I'm leaning towards a pump action for the sound effects, which I'm told can be a good deterrent. Would love to hear recommendations from folks. Also wondering if we can get a shotgun that can also be used for trap or skeet, or are guns just too specialized these days? Looking for cost info too, for new and used. Thanks for your advice!
UPDATE ***** March 16
Wow, I'm almost overwhelmed by all the responses. You gun owners sure have strong opinions.
The first commenter said "It will boil down to two choices ... Remington 870 or Mossberg 500." And many of the other 123 comments are a variation on that theme. Got some great advice on guns as well as tactical measures for home safety.
The funniest comment came from Houston's Problem:
"Do not listen to people recommending bird shot. Bird shot does not penetrate deep enough to stop a violent criminal even at close ranges. Vice presidents have shot 70 year old lawyers with birdshot and the lawyer not only lived but apologized for causing so much trouble."
I'll try out different guns before buying, and I'm gonna practice, practice, practice. Thanks to all of you for your advice and perspectives. What a great response!