I often hear it repeated " Racking the slide on a shotgun will scare a assailant away. Lets dicuss the praticality of that statement. Sure it may work on petty burglar or a robber that sees a crime of opportunity. But what about a hardened armed criminal or team of escaped convicts/any other group that need the security of your home to hide from the authorities. It is my thought that your adversary hearing your location when you rack the slide will only place you at a tactical disadvantage.