This thread is turning into shit. Too many retards claiming to know everything about firearms.
Seriously, I bet half of you guys that are arguing in here don't even know how to hold a gun
Minthe, my honest suggestion is go to a range and try out some
different weapons. Find one easy to carry, and one that fits you right. You should know how
it's going to behave if you wind up needing to use it. Also, the point Zajiwa brought up is super
important. You need to learn the escalation of force. See if you have a local gun range that will
give table 2 classes.
Also, I noted earlier that you are leaning toward a shotgun. In my personal opinion, I would lean
away from Mossbergs, in favor for a Remington 870. My friends who have had Mossberg 500's
all got tired of them not feeding correctly and swapped em out for 870's. My dad got his 870 back
in the 70's and it still works like a dream.
Just for shits and giggles...