I don't see where anyone mentioned a good short barreled pump shotgun "other than a handgun"...
I forgot about....I always have the 870 handy under the bed.
I also always have a rifle in the truck when I am at work, which is everyday. It is mostly for if I see a Wolf that should get shot, or maybe I have a breakdown and have to walk out.
Out in the bush around here you never know who you are going to run into, could be just someone on dope or thieves on dope, which happened several years ago. The thieves are always armed.