This racking thing is dumb. By racking a shotgun LOUDLY, you are giving up lots of info and giving the tango a giant tactical advantage. - He knows you are armed - He knows your position - He knows you have a pump shotgun It's like cocking a hammer on your revolver to show you mean business. It's crappy tactics and bad gun handling. You ideally don't want him to know those things. If you are producing a shotgun in hopes of deterrence, then pointing the gun should work wonders without the pump sound. Following that, for maximum deterrence (facing a threat) fire it into his chest. He should break off his aggression at that point. I was always taught that loud sounds don't do anything to scare people or even keep their heads down. It's well-aimed lead that does that. That means don't try to scare someone by outputting noise in their general direction...you need to actually hit them. I cringe thinking of some dude that takes the old gun shop commando advice of 'just pump yer slide and they'll run fer it!' and gets shot while stomping into his living room at 2AM and promptly working his action in the face of 3 gangbangers. Bad tactics. He should be in his bedroom, facing the door, with a round in the chamber, staying QUIET. The 'racking will scare them off' scattergun advice is usually followed by the 'heck you dont even need to aim it' advice.