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Old June 15, 2018, 07:20 PM   #51
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As you pointed out, there's a lot more to this than gun selection, but since you only asked about that.
The new S&W .380 "EZ" is easy to run. The one without a safety lever is better. Other than the questionable practice of running a revolver in single-action, I can't think of a handgun that is easier.

A long gun has a lot of advantages. If she can't handle the recoil of a 20 ga, consider a "pistol caliber carbine" which could include semi-autos and lever guns. A lever .357 can be short with light recoil. A semi-auto carbine in 9mm that takes common magazines like Glock or Beretta is another good idea.

Better train hard no matter what. How she stores it is important too. She'd really be better off if she'd carry something. If you're staring down an assailant in the living room, the LCP in your pocket is better than the AR in your sock drawer or the back of the closet in the other room. It's also true when you walk to your car, the mailbox, or anywhere else.
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Old June 15, 2018, 07:48 PM   #52
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Originally Posted by Don Dayacetah View Post
A 22 rifle would be far better in a house than a shotgun. Ever fire a shotgun indoors?
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A shotgun that you can handle and your wife if that's possible is my recommendation...bird shot is good at close range, and you can use it for fun shooting clay birds as well as home defense.

This is a handgun forum so I assume you're interested in that type of weapon. I'd recommend good training if you go that route as well as a lot of practice to gain proficiency. A handgun's pluses are portability and the ability to carry concealed...but requires far more skill (read; training) to wield effectively in a dire emergency than a shotgun. So it you don't plan to carry away from home, the shotgun would be my choice, were I you.

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Old Today, 01:12 AM   #54
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The only thing that turns me off with shotguns for home defense is shot capacity on most. I could be wrong in my concern or way of thinking but if I have multiple people breaking in I for sure dont want to be reloading or trying to while getting fired at.

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