I head back to college this fall and I've been thinking about getting a firearm to keep in the house that my friends and I are renting. I was originally thinking about getting a shotgun (Maverick) but I thought that a pistol could serve me better because I would be able to carry it with me (not on school property though). I was thinking about this because half of town is nice but the other half is pretty rough. If I did get a pistol I would want it to be less than $300, I know that's not much to work with. I wanted to see what your guys' take was on my thought was or if you had any advice or input.