At close ranges such as those encountered in a home, a shotgun, even a small-bore shotgun like the .410, is an undeniably destructive weapon. Shoot a cantaloupe at 15 feet, and you’ll understand instantly. A shotgun puts multiple pellets downrange with each trigger pull versus, obviously, one bullet per trigger pull of a handgun or long rifle. This means there exists a margin for error inherent in a shotgun that’s not there in a single-projectile weapon. Consider the actual and psychological elements of a home invasion for the average citizen—low light, adrenaline, fear, unsteadiness, mind racing, heart pounding—and this margin of error becomes a major player in the outcome of the situation. With its multiple pellets, the shotgun has the potential to place multiple hits on-target; better to hit the bad guy with, say, three out of nine pellets simultaneously than miss with one.