If the Germans declare the shotgun as inhumane, that should tell you why it is your essential survival weapon. On versatility and ruggedness alone, every family should have at least one shotgun. When a friend or family member asks me “what gun should I get” as their first weapon, I always suggest a Mossberg or Remington pump in either 12 or 20 gauge. And yes, I know other companies make excellent shotguns as well (Benelli, Winchester, etc.) but the two listed are quite economical with high value.