I don't have a shotgun at the moment. I don't really have a pressing need for one but I figure they're good for a lot of things -- hunting, home defense, and just fun. When someone says shotgun my mind immediately goes to pump guns. I've owned a few of them over the years but honestly none of them fit me all that well. I'm a short fat guy with little "midget" arms and I always feel like I'm stretched out when I hold one. Back in the mid 90s I had a Mossberg with a youth stock stock and fore end that didn't feel bad but I didn't care that much for the gun itself. A few years back I picked up a used CAI JW2000 12ga coach gun at a show. The one with the external hammers. I actually liked how that thing felt when I held it up, but the one I had ended up being pretty junky and I sold it a few weeks later. I still kind of a have a hankering for a short side by side though. Would one of them make a good general purpose gun? I'm probably opening a whole can of worms if I ask about internal vs external hammers. I like the old fashioned look of the external ones, and if I was going to have it around for home defense it seems like it could be loaded up with the hammers left down until it's needed. And they're easier to open since that action isn't used to cock them. On the other hand the internal hammer models have their advantages too. They're smooth and don't have anything to get hung up on. I suppose it's probably just a matter of what you like better?