Shotgun Barrels are minimum length of 16 inches arent they? They used to be, I cut a lot of them to 16.5...
Rifles are 16", Shotguns are 18". I hope you just mistyped, and didn't mis-cut.
People talk about capacity, but I have to tell you, if you have to expend more than two or three rounds you ARE in trouble...
Per assailant, that's true.
A human is not an animal. Getting shot tends to change the mind of pretty much anyone in a dramatic way, UNLESS the person being shot is drugged in some way. Adrenalin, mixed with some drugs can do amazing things. Perpetrators never even KNOWING they have been shot with a smaller cal as an example.
Have a dog, even if its a small one, and DONT, let it sleep in the bed with you. It stays in the living room, and WILL give you warning and wake you up, often allowing you the time you need to be prepared to defend.
The reality of someone breaking into your house, is that they will likely NOT be kicking the door in. They will carefully break a window, jimmy the lock etc.. and you will have NO idea they are there until it is too late unless you sleep with your gun under your pillow, locked and loaded.
A large outside dog has helped as well.
Many laws now, DEMAND that you keep your guns in a safe, WITH a trigger lock of some type, and that defeats the entire purpose of owning the gun in the first place. if you have to open the safe, and remove the trigger lock, your already dead.
Might as well keep a rock handy.