Looking to purchase a 12 gauge shotgun that will primarily be used for home defense. I will take it with me when I travel to a nearby state where relatives live and it is not legal to bring my AR-15. I would also like it to be usable by my female relatives who are petite and not very experienced with firearms. I have researched the pump vs semi-auto debate and fired/handled as many shotguns as I was able to. In the pump category, I prefer the Mossbeg 590. In the semi-auto category, I prefer the Beretta 1301T. I was initially wary of the 1301T due to the potential double-feed issue, but there are now shrouds available that cover up the bolt release and make it unlikely to induce this malfunction. If I go with the Mossberg, I would need to add a shorter stock, magazine extension, and a couple other things to bring it to the specs I prefer. The 1301T would only require a magazine extension. I priced everything out and the 1301T would cost $350 more than the 590 when all is said and done. I would also need a way to figure out how to mount a light on the 1301T which may add an additional cost if I have to buy a new light. I see the Nordic Components magazine extension has a rail for mounting lights, but it is too far away for easy activation while aiming the shotgun. I searched and was not able to find anyone selling a railed forearm for the 1301T which is surprising. The 590 is easy because of the Magpul forend that is inexpensive and has good reviews, and I already have an Inforce WML I could move over from my AR-15. I guess I am trying to figure out if the 1301T is worth the extra money and hassle of trying to figure out how to mount my Inforce WML or buying a longer light with a button I can reach if it is mounted near the front of the shotgun. I really like the idea of the lighter weight, lower recoil, and semi-auto capability, especially if one of my female relatives is using the shotgun.