ultra magnus wrote:Just like simply producing a handgun has the very real potential to end an encounter I imagine the implied presence of a shotgun via it racking may work as well. That said putting any real faith in it as a defensive technique is clown shoes.
I don't think you can really argue that racking the shotgun doesn't have the potential to end an encounter, because it certainly can.
The problem with it is that racking the shotgun has cons as well as that one pro; it means you either didn't have one in the chamber ready to stop an intruder, or you just ejected a perfectly good shell from an already low capacity weapon.
Lets ask this: Is there any police dept. in the US that has their officers carry with an empty chamber, and then use racking their handgun as a means of compliance and as a step in force escalation? I doubt it. And I think we can all easily see why, the same logic should apply to shotguns.