Much has been said about the effectiveness of various self-defense means. If the objective of protecting your own life, or the life of a loved-one, against sudden presence of lethal threat is the imperative, where to alternative to oneself or others may be death or grave injury, the shotgun likely provides just about the most assurance of success among the great variety of means available. Small arms, like handguns or rifles, must be aimed with accuracy. Other self defense tools capable of bludgeoning, baseball bats, tire irons, shovels, and the like, are acceptable only if no other protective means is available. And, they are large and unreliable. Consider sudden lethal threat in your home: an intruder whom you know nothing about, suddenly appears, menacingly. His immediate objective is escape, possibly by any means he has. Is he armed, crazed, dope- laden? If you keep a firearm for the purpose of self-defense, can you aim it with adequate accuracy in the heat of such confrontation? The shotgun typically needs only to be pointed, as you would point your finger at some object. Here is a typical display of the kinds of shotgun loads available, ranging from a single heavy slug, to smaller numbers of pellets of various sizing. Even shot the size of tiny grains can do the job, but the best, IMO, would be those at the extreme left, about B-B size. Now, the rough part. Following post contains a human hit in the front of the head by a single shotgun blast. There can be no question that regarding "stopping power", "knock-down" power, or instant cessation of threat, this assailant was instantly "neutralized" If you are squeamish, fear blood, or puke easily, DO NOT VIEW THE NEXT POST!