I also think the idea of using a 20 ga. shotgun for home defense in lieu of a 12 ga. is an interesting one. Certainly, the gun would be easier to handle for a woman or older child should the need arise, and for that alone it deserves consideration. Does the 20 ga. pack enough punch for your liking? I know I'd hate to get hit by a load of buckshot from one. Or would you stick with a 12 ga., hell or high water?