This is a discussion on Mother-in-Law Gun within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; Originally Posted by DandLfam JetGirl, Lish, and any other female reading this... my post was not intended to single out women or demean them. I ...
I would like to recommend 2 choices. While she may have to ge one at a time the 2 punch approach may be what's called for. First I would go with a good to high quality 38 Special +P revolver with a 3 or 4 inch barrel. Second I would consider a short barrel 20 guage pump action or semi-auto shotgun. I would also work on hardening her home. Secure windows, remove shrubbery that is close to the house (so BGs can't hide), more sturdy door to her bedroom or safe room, and a cell phone (incase the landline phone has been disabled). If you contact local law enforcement they should have a crime prevention unit which should come out and do a security survey. They will recommend ways to make it morre difficult for break ins to occur. Good luck and stay safe.
For my M-in-L? A starter pistol.
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All jokes aside. Check out the s&w m&p9c. I have one and its one of the lightest recoiling 9mms I have ever shot small light concealable and holds 12 +1 rounds and can use full size 17 round mags. imho
First thing is training - get her to the range with you.
For people new to shooting I would look at a revolver. If it's going to be HD vice carry than a 3"/4" barrel allows greater control.
Another option is a shotgun - 20g or 410. A coach gun is real simple to use. Mossberg makes a youth model pump that can be had in 20g or 410.
But regardless range time and some proper training is most prudent.