Consider the shotgun: traditional provider of meat for the pot, defender of hearth and home, and long regarded as the ultimate in anti-bad-guy ordnance. Having conducted a fair number of shotgun home-defense courses over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to see a lot of different people, with a lot of different levels of experience, handle a lot of different shotguns. However, a few similarities have emerged over time regarding people and their favorite scattergun. From the 58-year-old insurance adjuster to the 26-year-old police officer to the 33-year-old single mother, I’ve made the same observations time and time again. So with your kind indulgence, I’d like to look at a few of these items and the ways they can be addressed. After all, fixing things in training mode can help stave off catastrophe in reality mode.