Whenever gunnies recommend pump-action shotguns for home defense, I sigh, roll my eyes and STFU. Provided I’m not blogging. Here at The Truth About Guns (i.e. safe behind my keyboard), I feel free to tell newbies do NOT get a pump. Yes, pump action shotguns are dead nuts reliable and foolproof. But only in theory. In practice, even with practice, a relatively inexperienced shooter WILL screw it up during a high-stress home defense situation. Hello? Is there any other type? A shotgun is the ultimate – perhaps even only – man-stopper, but it’s no good to its owner if they can’t run the gun. So it’s a handgun first, then a semi-automatic shotgun for a defensive position. Think you’re better than that? Then try one of those bad boys in a force-on-force simulation. Yes, you can convert a pump to fire Simunitions. Yes, TTAG will be running an FOF course soon. Watch this space.