Maybe a muzzle loader.. but with BP it the barrel length that gives the most umph... short bbls have lots of fire out in front where it's not doing you any good..As far as I know, black powder (flint and cap lock) is exempt.
Ah, the voice of reason. It's why I love it here. I will add my two cents' worth just because I haven't seen anyone mention this yet. Both the Remington and the Mossberg have right-side ejection. I chose a Browning Hi-Cap because it has bottom eject. The left-handed shooters in the house really appreciate that. The Hi-Cap has a steel receiver and you can swap out barrels for one with adjustable chokes. As it came in the box it has a 20" which seems to be easily maneuverable even in and through the narrow doorways of my 1929 adobe cottage.*puts on Captain Killjoy hat*
I'm surprised that nobody except Hozaybuck's brought up the fact that shortening the barrel has little effect different than open choke except, if you go too short, you're going to lose shot speed as the powder didn't get to burn off in the barrel. It's not worth the extra money for all these silly permits and stamps because... let's be honest here.
If you can't maneuver in tight spaces with an 18.5 inch barrel, a 14 inch one is going to make much difference; you simply don't know how to use a shotgun. if you harbor ideas of concealing a shotgun, consider the idea that you might be "preparing" for a make-believe scenario...
Oh yeah, another tip. Real life isn't Modern Warfare 2; a short barreled shotgun does not produce an impenetrable wall of death. Furthermore, shotguns are REALLY loud, kick a lot, and make a lot of flash. You don't want the barrel close to your body. Get yourself a good old 870, the synthetic 18 is a good model, and actually fire it for a while.
Those pistol grips and unsteady cheap folding stocks become less and less a good idea the more you fire a shotgun. The thing's a shoulder cannon, you can never turn it into a one-handed weapon. I had this told to me and found through experience it's correct as well... don't put a lot of ammo holders and lights and grips and crap on it either, they just slow you down. I don't even have a shoulder strap on my shotgun anymore.
Shotgun competitions are not won by short barreled tacticool monstrosities, they're generally won by old men with oak-stocked Wingmasters. The reasons for that being true will hold true in an emergency as well.
*removes Captain Killjoy cap*
Aren't shotguns fun as heck, though? And really, the firearm version of a swiss army knife. In a pinch, a shotgun can do just about anything you'd need another firearm for. But man, don't fire both barrels at once. I did that once and was unable to aim for crap the rest of the day. Took the second blast right on my bicep.
Where in the world did you dredge up the idea that a shotgun is a lazy persons gun?.. there is every bit as much skill needed to use a shotgun "properly" as a rifle , each is for a different purpose..Most burglars will run away upon hearing the sound of a pump shotgun being jacked. Also will run from a vicious dog snarling and growling.
Shotgun loaded with buckshot is the weapon of choice for lazy people who don't care about guns and don't want to learn how to shoot. BTW, nothing wrong with this, the shotgun is just a protection tool.