I have thought of picking up a Remington 1100 and modifying it for HD. Pumps are more reliable but an auto can be too if you find the right load or do a little tuning of the gas system. If a shotgun is going to be HD then you will probably be using either #4 or OO buckshot. Some of the low recoil loads may falter the gas system but regular stuff should work fine. I have a bullpup shotgun that is a cool range toy but really don't use it for HD. Like with any other automatic, you have to match the load to the firearm.
I once pumped my shotgun and crime stopped for a month.+1. With a pump most bad guys just drop everything and wet their pants at the sound of a shell just being chambered, so you don't really have to worry about ammo.
Right Besides, the sound of an S12 bolt slamming forward is just as "intimidating" as a pump.+1. With a pump most bad guys just drop everything and wet their pants at the sound of a shell just being chambered, so you don't really have to worry about ammo.
Saiga 12 for its ability to rapidly reload and AK reliability. It was designed and built from the ground up as a fighter.
Most other shotguns started life as sporters and were pressed into duty as fighters.
Your assumption is "dedicated" and "armed" which most burglars are not. Racking a shotgun is like using pepper spray. It only works on the uncommitted, but it works a large percent of the time, and you lose nothing using it.
Which one do you have? Committed and armed or lazy and unarmed? Even if you have a "good" thief only 5% of the time that 5% is enough to get you killed when he happens to be in your home and you are fiddling around trying to load your shotgun.
In my home an intruder gets a belly full of buckshot 100% of the time whether he thought enough to bring his own gun or not.
So are you saying you would rather kill the intruder than stop the intrusion?
That's how it comes across in a public forum at least.