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Reader Riggio makes the case that defending your home with a shotgun may disable the bad guys, but it will also disable your hearing. Solution? Silencer. Also, lots of talk about 22 pistols.
Like many others, this really excellent article refers to the presumed suitability of the shotgun for home defense, particularly the 12 gauge. Frankly, unless the defenders all have donned appropriate ear protection, the shotguns blast (especially 28 gauge and up) probably will 'take out' their hearing and, of course, permanently disable any unfortunate pets. Therefore, not only is the pistol-caliber carbine more appropriate, the best would be subsonic, especially a 45 like those covered, equipped with a silencer. An alternative would be a suitable sidearm, also silencer-equipped. For home defense, its worthwhile to go through the Federal hoops to obtain a silencer or silenced-firearm.