Every time there is a "Things go bad and you can have just one gun" thread several people always come in and chastise others for picking their favorite handgun. They come in and lecture people how you need to have a shotgun (and to a lesser extent a rifle) in a bad situation if you are going to have just one gun. Am I the only person that disagrees? There are a lot of times a shotgun is the best tool for the job. It is great for stationary defense and hunting. It also has tons of power. I just do not think it is, by default, the best choice in a long term "bad times" scenario. It has way too many weaknesses. It is like that old saying that if the only tool you have is a hammer you have to treat every problem like it is a nail. In this case it is more like all you have is a sledgehammer. If I was in a situation where I had to be on guard most of the time I would not want a shotgun or rifle. They are harder to bring to bear. They also lose the element of surprise for you. Not to mention the extremely limited capacity. I would prefer a high caliber, high capacity handgun. That way I could have it close at hand without giving away my defensive abilities to anyone that sees me from a distance. I would also want to be the last one to run out of rounds in a firefight. In an advancing gun fight with heavy cover 4-6 rounds is not going to make me feel to comfortable if the other guy has 20 before he has to reload. I can hunt with a handgun. I can conceal a handgun. I can fit a lot of rounds in a handgun. I can bring a handgun to bear very quickly. I can fit into smaller spaces with a handgun. I will keep my handgun.