My wife wanted a gun for home defense and ..something that would make her feel safe
I found a good O'l trustworthy (used) Winchester 12gauge model 120 Ranger at a local gun shop. Lots and lots of very nice used Winchesters turning up in gun shops for a very good price in this bad economy.
Like any weapon, one has to spend enough time with it to bond. She can now rack it with her eye's closed and blow your balls off in the dark
The sound of a 12 gauge being racked, should be unsettling for most any folk poking around where they shouldn't be