I'm late chiming in here, but I'm also new. Kelly I thought was a little off here in stating that Law Enforcement was getting away from the shotgun. Yes the patrol rifle has been added to a LEO's armament but only as an augmentation and has been improperly deployed in certain cercumstaces by many departments. The shotgun is by far a more versitile and effective weapon in more situations inside about 25 yards than the Patrol Rifle and its only real weaknes is training. Most ingagements are going to be under 10 feet but with a properly setup shotgun you could effectively and accurately put down a target at 100 yards with slugs and a smoothbore. I got off topic, I know. Personally, after years of debating on this very topic I have settled on this ammunition configuation and it's state of readiness. Nothing in the chamber, all 00 buck in the magazine tube, and I keep the shotgun with the safety off and slide foward with the trigger already depressed. I carry a side saddle with 3 slugs and 3 00buck. The Federal 00 buck with flight control wads pattern best in my shotgun, all center mass still at 20 yards. If I should need slugs I would combat load them. I only keep the chamber empty should I have to combat load a slug at the begining. My weapons are all in my safe except a handgun on my person at all times, should I need more than a pistol my shotgun is the first weapon available when I open my safe.