The Smallest Minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities. - Ayn Rand
Besides making oneself deaf, what's the gigantic muzzle brake for?
It's a shotgun, the brake is for making everyone around you deaf! :-P
A little more seriously, I notice that this thing doesn't have a stock, so I imagine that the brake is to keep the recoil manageable with even heavy loads.
Reminds me of an old Oleg Volk poster, picturing a sleepy mutt, and the caption, "Do I LOOK like a security system? Get a shotgun."
Whatever it's for, it's gonna make you and everyone else around you deaf if you have to use it. I'll pass. I'd prefer something more like a suppressed AR in 6.8 SPC :)
Meanwhile, none of my shotguns have ever done what one of my Akitas has done for me, which was corner a trespasser in the back yard I wasn't even aware of and hold him there for me until I could get there and deal with the situation.
Seriously though, I've always viewed them as having two completely different roles, not an either-or choice...
We have a simple maxim for our dog. Because it's a Shih-Tzu, its only function is to wake Mommy and Daddy up if there's an intruder, and we can take it from there... and it does that job wonderfully. Best damn watch dog I've ever owned.
And it sleeps on our bed at nights.
I don't care how good the brake is, I'm not firing it. My hands are bad enough now.
And yeah, even a little dog that turns loose out of the darkness can scare hell out of someone, on top of causing you to levitate off the mattress.
Hell, I want one of these. No muzzle brake on that. :)
Jeebus, that Shorty! How about a simple yet elegant Howdah gun, or two? :-)
The very definition of waffenposselhaft.
I thought Ithaca had the rights to the Road Blocker name with their 10 gauge shorty.
I love that thing. It's so pretty. :)
Some years ago, a collection of very valuable dolls went on tour to England. The British company ensuring the event wanted heavy security, but no guns, no. So they required guard dogs. One of the dogs went nuts and chewed up the dolls. It must have looked like a whole room full of chew toys...
Yes, dogs can be a great alert system, if you learn enough about them to anticipate a few behavioral quirks. Some dogs can also provide physical backup. But they aren't the whole security system, and in particular they can only take down a gunman if he's reluctant to shoot a dog or distracted by something more dangerous - such as the dog's owner with a shotgun.
But stockless shotguns? Ouch!