Or you could just get rid of the shotgun and keep a cell phone by the bed - after all, when seconds count, the police are only minutes away!!!!To the OP if your facing a serious threat you need to eliminate the threat. If you have to use lethal force to defend yourself and or loved ones by all means use it!
Seriously... This is not necessarily true... Rent a room to a cop who would park the cruiser outside... great deterrent... then you won't need the shotgun nor the XD..... unless you get a cop with a second job at night and/or a most wanted cop with enemies...Or you could just get rid of the shotgun and keep a cell phone by the bed - after all, when seconds count, the police are only minutes away!!!!
Generally speaking, less-lethal rounds are not a good idea for personal defense. Yes, rock salt hurts but probably won't stop a determined attacker. My personal opinion is that if you are not willing to take the life of someone determined to harm or kill you, then you are better off without a firearms as a defensive tool. If you are hesitant now about pulling the trigger, you will probably hesitate when faced with an attacker and that hesitation can get you and your loved ones killed. If you are hell bent on the idea of less-lethal then get a large can on quality OC gas.
I'm sorry if that sounded harsh but if you are going to keep a firearm for personal defense then you need to acquire some training and the proper mental state to use it without hesitation.
I can't say it any better than SIGnature did.So ... a serious question was asked by a new member. It's hilarious to many, but it was very serious to him.
Ross... as some have already stated, there is more to owning a firearm than simply passing the background check... we have a very serious responsibility to consider that we are carrying a tool (and it is a tool) which has the capability to kill. We train with safety rules that assume any negligence on our part WILL kill.
So to your specific question on salt vs. lethal rounds...
Always think of a firearm as your last resort, but know that a situation can progress from zero->last resort right away with no time for intermediate steps.
If you have intermediate steps/tools available to you (OC spray, ASP, TASER, whatever) learn them and train with them so you are competent, but always be aware when it is appropriate to "go to the gun"
I would personally consider salt shells in my Mossberg as a wasted tool ... If I need the shottie I need the shottie and it's gonna have 00 buck chambered (which it does)... and I also keep handguns loaded and chambered (i.e., ready to go)... but that's my choice.
You need to think about this and do what works for you ... and most importantly of all ... get training