Recently my father in law passed away and my elderly mother in law wants a firearm to keep around the house. My thoughts are that it will likely end up in a shoe box in a closet but she is insistent on getting one and she has asked for my help in finding something suitable. Any ideas are appreciated:
She is elderly, small and kind of frail (maybe 95 lbs wet).
She won't be able to master any external controls or rack a slide.
She will likely be very recoil sensitive, have a weak grip etc.
She probably won't take any safety precautions too seriously.
I'm actually wondering if she might be better off with a 20 gauge 18 inch barrel shotgun.
She has a full blown ADT alarm system and a dog, I think she just wants the piece of mind in knowing there is a weapon in the home. She lives in a gated community that has virtually no crime.