I've have just read a lot on the forums about shotguns falling and going off. Read alot about keeping your shotgun in the Cruiser ready state. A couple of cops I talked to on other forms keep their shotguns in cruiser ready. I have also email Mossberg (a few years back) asking them if their shotguns are drop safe and they replied back "No they are not". Now did they just say that to cover their ass or where they telling the truth? I dont know. So that is where I am coming from for not keeping one in the chamber when it comes to shotguns. Even though I own a Mossberg 500, that is not my main going to for Home defense with neighbors close by. If I was to live in the country, then it would be 7.62/308 all day long but I digress. As far as racking and giving away your position, I believe you will give away your position by commands, turning on lights, or by simply using your firearm light in the way its intended to be used. Unless you have night vision and dont need light to identify your target. Lol At the end of the day though, my guns are not hitting the ground unless my switch is flipped.