I'm new to the forum and new to firearms as well. I very ignorant, and I apologize in advance, haha. There have been a rash of burglaries in my new neighborhood, and I want to get the best firearm for home defense. Keep in mind it is for both my wife and I. It's more important that she feels comfortable with the gun, so if that requires something totally different for her, that's fine. We're not going to be the typical new users and just buy something and put it in the closet. We're going to go to a range and get practice with the weapon, and get comfortable enough to use it if we have to. I've heard that shotguns are better for home defense due to the intimidation factor, the noise, and the lack of penetration through walls. I also like the idea that it's pretty damn hard to turn one back around on yourself or fall down the stairs in the dark and shoot yourself. Please respond with suggestions in brands, types, ammo types, sizes, and anything else you can think of. Thanks a ton!