So I keep hearing about how the "police configuration" of a 12 gague is the "ultimate home defense" weapon, and I have added a magazine extender tube, and a side-saddle for another 5 rounds to my 870. But beyond that, what are the true advantages? I also hunt with my shotgun (the primary use BTW), and it's no big deal to remove the extender, add the plug, and be perfectly legal for hunting. To that end, I still have the 26-inch barrel, and the standard synthetic stock. So, what's the big advantage of the pistol-grip with the folding stock? At home defense range, even with an 18" open-choke barrel, the spread is still small enough to require basic aiming, not hip-shooting -- why limit your ability to shoulder and fire the shotgun in the most effective manner? I'm asking because I'm thinking about getting one, but I'm not sure if it's worth the "image" of defending myself with a "modified for killing people" type shotgun. That is, if I do use it is self-defense, the people on the jury are going to see an "assault shotgun" if it has a folding stock. On the other hand, if it does have a tactical advantage, I would rather have it and protect my family, and deal with the public perception issues later. I can see the advantage of storing it with the shorter configuration, but the folding stock will be harder to practice with, because of the lack of cushion. Also, I've never shot a shotgun with only a pistol grip -- how hard is it to control? Or, would I be wiser to go with the telescoping stock? Keep in mind that I am thinking about defense within the home -- not on the streets or anything like that. If I want to go hunting, it will only take me a couple of minutes to change the configuration back, so I'm not too worried about that, either.