I have 5 shotguns - but only keep one - my 870 18.5" barrel loaded (0 buckshot) for HD duty. I am planning to keep my wife's 20 gauge semi auto loaded up with some #3 buckshot. That way if we do have a situation I could at least hand her the 20 gauge and not have to worry about loading it up. Seems like a no brainer -- This got me thinking - Should I keep an extra shotgun ready for use? I could load up one of my Winchester 12 gauge pumps that are set up more for hunting with some slugs or 000 buckshot. Easier to grab a second gun than fumble a reload? Or Am I better off with the keep it simple method - have one shotgun to go to - no need to think about it - I reload all the time - and have extra shells on the gun. BTW - I have a few pistols and an AK ready (empty chamber multiple full mags) if the need comes up - I am really just talking about shotguns.