It is a Taylor's "Wyatt Earp" model made by Pedersoli, thankfully without the obnoxious engraving. It probably is an odd choice for home defense, but I wanted a gun which could safely be stored loaded without worrying about springs and safeties and what have you. I practice with it daily and it is not terribly slow, although rapid and repeated cocking of the hammers can be a bit rough on the hand. It is chambered for 3" 12 gauge, but 2 3/4" shells give all the recoil I can manage! In point of fact I am using 2 1/2" inch paper shells loaded with 00 buck. They pattern well, cut down on recoil a bit, and come out of the chambers with a sharp jerk of the gun over the shoulder. It was a bit pricy for what it is, but double guns with functional hammers have always been a little hard to come by. Overall it is quite well made. If I had my way it would have come with a splinter forend, and the tang safety is kind of dumb on a hammer gun. And of course it came with the requisite 15 pound trigger pulls, which the local gunsmith fixed right away. I hope I never have to fight with it, but I won't feel completely unarmed if I ever do.