Can't think of a more devastating home-defense-distance weapon than a reasonable shooter with a pump 12-gauge and 00 buckshot. You can try to tell me that ARs are the thing for HD but I will never agree. If you have an AR and like it- great. $800 investment in a weapon, plus mags and gear. 12-gauge pump for under $200 at the pawn shop or used rack at the gun store. 6 rounds of 00 buckshot. Not as much skill needed for a newer shooter. No stigma of an evil black gun either. Buckshot for in the house distances- a 9 pellet hello & goodbye. 1-oz slugs for in the yard- 470 grains of git the heck out of my barn.