Where i live the best weapons you can get are: bolt rifle double barrell shotgun. semiauto pistol-also might be restrictions on calibre like 38 or smaller something like that. the biggest issue I would have would be if choosing between a shotgun and a pistol in a close range situation? The shotgun is more powerful, but more kickback, the pistol has more rounds. maybe use the 2 shotgun rounds then drop it(i dont care if it is wrecked from this, im 20 and never have had any crime against me so it would be worth it to risk damaging the weapon) and pull out the pistol?