I have this model with a pistol grip and side saddle installed. I used to keep it under the counter when I worked graveyards at a gas station when I was in college. I always felt safe with it right there. The ratcheting sound causes panic in would be attackers and causes them to run in fear. I never had any issues with this shotgun. I put over 400 rounds through it without having any malfunctions. It is lighter than most shotguns, but is very sturdy. I would trust this gun with any of my loved ones.