Has anyone ever given a handgun as a christmas/birthday gift to a family member without having any idea how they'd react?
I'm known for giving unusual (but usually tactful and useful) gifts around Christmas time. My female cousin just turned 21 and I'm tempted to buy her a handgun this Christmas. Yes, I know that is like 6 months away, but I start planning the big gifts early. The thing is, I don't entirely know how she would react. She's never expressed any opinions one way or the other on the topic. She just got engaged to a really cool guy who I get along with great. I was thinking of maybe shooting him an email and see what his opinion is on the matter. I know he won't object, as I'm pretty sure he is pro-gun. But what I mean is that he would have a good idea what her reaction might be.
But then there is the issue of what kind to buy her? If you want it to be a surprise you can't exactly take her to the gun store. I'd want it to be something in the $300 range. So that eliminates a lot of the more expensive things like Sig or Glock. But then there are still choices of caliber, revolver vs. semi-auto, Big gun, pocket gun, etc. Not to mention color! It might be a less awkward gift if I got one in her favorite color, maybe even with her name on it or something. How would one ever decide?
Anyway, my reasoning on the matter is that I know a lot of people her age are unable to afford such things. I bought my first handgun on my 21st birthday and I had been saving for it for a long time, so I'm sort of the unusual one in that regard. (I'm 36 now) But many of my friends wanted one, but it just wasn't top priority on their budget. Now before anyone starts asking, she has no criminal record (or her fiancée) and she is not known for violence or mental illness. I'm 100% sure if she went down to the gunstore today, she would be approved to purchase one.
Anyway, has anyone ever tried something like that as a gift. If so, how did it go over?