SHTF carbine/long gun for my wife?

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    SHTF carbine/long gun for my wife?

    I'd like to get my wife a SHTF carbine/long gun for her to have in the safe as a "go to gun" in case of a home invasion/intruder. I want her to have something that she can fall back to that is more formidable than her dedicated p32 that she will soon carry.

    Here are some requirements:

    - Lightweight. (She says that an AR is too heavy for her, as she is a fairly small lady.)
    - Common caliber (can be rifle or pistol round)
    - Easy operation
    - Little kick/recoil (12ga is WAY out of the question, and I'm guessing that 20ga might be too)
    - For an urban "bug in" environment
    - Under $500

    Does it exist? Your thoughts?
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    I use a Mini-30 and love it; very little recoil, with aimpoint. Not sure if they are under $500, but very reliable, not heavy, great stopper.

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    I looked at the mini 30 a month ago. I remember seeing the stainless for around $700. The the sugested price is $800. But that doesnt mean you cant find one for $500, if you hunt hard.

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    The little berreta Cx4 storms are nice but it probley will weigh to much

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    Come to think of it a 6.5lb 20ga has about 30ft lbs of recoil. Thats more recoil thad almost any defenceive rifle. Even a .308 has far less recoil. So that expands your options. Rifle weight/size is you only nemisis there.

    If you want light recoil, and a light rifle, in an urban enviroment. Why not try a .40 Kel-tec Sub2000? Its only 4.5lbs, ammo weight will be way less than a 7.62x39(same ammo capacity with less weight), and only around $300-$350.
    The only question is range? I got one, cause there are no buildings over three storys in this town, and the building/foliage dencity is high.
    I havnt yet fired my 9mm sub 2000 yet, so I cant realy coment on the functioning. But several members here own a Sub 2000. Mabe they can chime in?
    The only problem I can see is that you might get one with a heavy trigger pull, or bad sights. But fear not, Kel Tec has a lifetime warrenty covering product defect!
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    The Kel-Tec Sub2000 and SU-16 style carbines may be good options. Any input on these would be appreciated!
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    Costs more, but the Carbon series of AR's Bushmaster makes is fairly light.
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    The sub 2000 is a fun gun to shoot, they are pretty cheap and easy to carry since they fold. Good Luck in your search

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    Mrs. Airedale has a Bushmaster Carbon 15, 16" barrel, with collapsable stock. She has a dot mounted on it. It's her USPSA 3 gun rifle. It's lightweight and shoots well.

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    Its not tacticool, but a Marlin 30-30 would get the job done.
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    To fit your parameters,there are no such animals. Unless there isn't anyone else in the house that you could kill(innocents).

    Shotgun with light loads of 6 or 7 1/2 shot,to me, come closest.

    Light recoil AND light weapon AND under $5C. Hmmmmmm ??

    And you did say "bug in environment". To me no .223 or 7.62X39 needed. -------

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    Find you a Rossi lever gun, carbine model in 357 mag,, spend a few dollars slick the action,, mount a scout scope base,, instal a Red dot of your choice, take her out and shoot it.


    Only thing I have done with mine thats different is I enlarge the lever loop just a tad for ease of use, it rides in the truck ever day, and stays at home with the wife when I 'm gone, I keep it stoke with 145 grain silver tips and or 180 hard cast

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    well it may be a bit on the heavy side but.... ill chime in for an SKS paratrooper model , it balances well , has a simple manual of arms , and no one can really dobut its effectiveness even from the short barrel . the wife enjoys my para more than her fullsize sks
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    Redneck has a good idea. A used Ruger 77 in choice of caliber, with a 2-4x LER Tasco/Simmons/Bushnell scope, and chopping the barrel to 16-18" would work well also. I run a similar setup in .308 based on a Steyr Tactical. Fast, light, and softer than the Rem 700 PSS I traded off.

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    i have a sub 2000 9mm. excellent accuracy out to 70 yards(farthest i've really tried at). great capacity when equipped with 20 or 30 round mags.

    mine has been totally reliable, except for a couple of failure to feeds in the first 25 rounds.

    i recommend the stock extension if you buy the gun.
    i glued part of an old recoil pad on the extension, and my wife can shoot it all day, as long as i load the mags, lol.

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