posted on Oct, 19 2005 @ 07:58 PM
Let me just say I'm no where near being a gun expert, but I've picked up a bit of knowledge from my dad who served in the Army and was an avid
hunter, so I think I know a little bit about weapons.
Now, to choose the right firearms while sticking to your criteria...
For home defense, I'd skip getting a rifle and head for a nice 28 or 20 gauge shotgun. These are easy enough for most people to handle and they
don't have much recoil. The only problem I see with these is that some are single shots, but a good 20 gauge pump action could take care of having to
reload after every shot. They aren't heavy (around 6 or 7 pounds for a single shot) and don't cost much either. Ammo should be pretty cheap and
readily available (I haven't checked lately for shell prices). I think that with larger gauges, like a 12 or 10 gauge, the recoil might be a bit much
for a person who has never fired a weapon.
For handguns, I'd prefer a nice .38 revolver because they don't jam very easily. The aren't very pricey (last I looked) and ammo is easy to get.
Many women get a snub nose .38 for self-defense. A .380 wouldn't be a bad choice either.
Anyways, this is just what I think would be good for the criteria you provided. If you can find a used gun in good condition, they should be at a
pretty good price. The reason why I didn't include a rifle is because a rifle takes more skill to use than a shotgun or a handgun, mainly do to the
range. Even though, I did see a program where they took a woman who had never fired a gun before, gave her a mauser 98, showed her how to load the
ammo and use the sights, and let her go at some targets. Didn't do too bad if I remember correctly.
Now, if the topic were what I would choose for myself for home defense/breakdown of the law, I think the firearms would be a little different.
[edit on 19-10-2005 by TheSaddenedElf]