I’ve seen some threads concerning the Circuit Judge carbine version of the Judge, that are now closed. I think there were common misconceptions that I wanted to touch on, so I’m starting this thread. It’s important to make the distinction that the Circuit Judge is the 18.5” revolving cylinder carbine version of the Judge, not the handgun. That makes this a very different weapon. The handgun version would be excellent for unwanted snakes, or a car-Jack defense gun, or just for the enjoyment of shooting shot shells in a handgun. Those are the only applications I would use that revolver for. If you’re going to use it to shoot 45LC, just buy a 45LC revolver without the wonky oversized cylinder. But I digress... Here are some reasons why the Circuit Judge CARBINE is a great option for hd: 410 000 buckshot at velocities from a carbine rifle are very effective at home defense distances. Same EFP as .45 ACP. Multiple sizes of buckshot allow you to vary the amount of energy / penetration. ie. #4 buckshot for apartment defense etc. (would not recommend smaller than #4 Buck) The Circuit Judge comes with actual choke options that negate the rotation imparted on the projectiles by the rifled barrel. You get much tighter groups using the straight rifle choke for shot shells that stops the pellets from spinning. This is a HUGE point to this firearm that is often overlooked. Know the firearm, read the owner’s manual, use the proper choke for the ammo selected. Simple, reliable revolving cylinder. Simplicity and reliability are big pluses when considering a weapon for home defense. No malfunctions. (Some ammo brass may expand and jam the cylinder. That’s more on the ammo than the firearm. Select quality ammo that you have practiced with.) Low recoil / easy to shoot. Keeps subsequent shots on target. Can be used by more members of a family, if needed Picatinny railing to mount lights/lasers. 5 round capacity. More than some popular home defense shotgun platforms. Relatively short / maneuverable In my opinion, it checks all the marks for what you would want in a home defense weapon. Again, not talking about the handgun.