In my opinion the 12 gauge riot gun is the best defensive weapon bar none. In Houston back in`79 I had to cap a rip off with my 12 (he had 1 but not cut down to 18"). Anyway to make a long story short I hit him point blank with a High Power 2 3/4 BB load and he was lifted 1.5 feet off the ground and flew back 15 feet and was dead when he hit the ground. It was a justifiable homicide but the load is everything. Only morons use 00 buck. In Vietnam point men were given 3" #1 buck with 24 30 caliber pellets (at 1425 ft/per second like a 9) vs. the standard 12 00 buck which are .33 caliber.
For self defense and fun the .357 mag revolver can't be beat. With a 132 grain semi jacketed hollow point you have an arm blower off or you can "plink" with 38 specials. The revolver is making a come back as it leaves no spent casings, plus never jams. Period.
If you need 18 9 or 10mm rounds you are in a war zone or can't hit the ground with instructions. Most encounters are measured in 1-3 rounds, not 18.
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