While I like shotguns for the reason they can quickly incapacitate, the .410 is not a choice. 12ga with low recoil 00Buck from Winchester is the same used by those in law enforcement who are recoil sensitive. Depending on the shotgun, the felt recoil may be similar to that of most 20ga. 12ga ammunition is common and less expensive than 20ga. I also object to the use of flashlights mounted on the shotgun. The light makes you an easy target. If a flashlight needs to be used, use it with a handgun in the right hand and the flashlight in the left hand and away from the body. Keep it in constant motion, high above the head, extreme to the side, arcing etc as you scan.
There are some great training videos demonstrating the technique. This is dangerous business. Personally, I'd rather they came to me.
BTW, Arrow Truck Lines just shut down and without warning. These guys are huge and haul for the military. I believe things will get exciting soon.
Indeed, that’s something everyone should keep in mind.
Sometimes you hear a guy trying to make a case for poor weapons or calibers of choice, and no training being needed.
“I had my 22LR Derringer and that was enough to scare the drunkard that kicked my door down last month!”
Yes, but what happens when you have multiple attackers, armed and with military or police training?
The knowitalls will say you’re dead already. BS, you can win, but it's going to be more difficult and you’ll need all the help you can get, including good weapons and gear and the training to use them, and of course a big dose of luck.
But in these cases half intentions just aren’t enough. This would be the worst case, having to deal with trained, well armed, maybe using armor, capable badguys. If you’re not a worst case scenario type of guy, maybe you don’t think firearms are needed in the first place.
A good Glock, flashlight, preferably a weapon mounted light, body armor and good security setup and habits.
As wisely estimated, there's a possibility of trained people becoming bad guys. Happened here a LOT with cops after 2001. Many of them even have “two jobs”, working as cops and badguys, and some situations are very confusing, when the cops end up shooting with these bad guys that ended up being cops themselves. (I mean NO insult to the good men out there doing such a honorable job, but I have to mention this because it does happen in my country)