My father-in-law passed earlier this month, and my Mother-in-law has asked me to find her a pistol that she can sleep with at night. She has an old 22mag single action revolver, but she is not stong enough to pull back the hammer easily. Gun is pretty heavy. She keeps it in the underwear drawer during the day.
Factors to consider:
*72 years old, petite.
*She will probably not practice shooting.
*Semiautos are not being considered.
*House is very humid due to no central air.
*Teenage Grandchildren and their friends visit the house daily, but it is a rural community and pretty much everyone has guns in their homes.
* Does not want a watchdog.
*My first thought is to stick with 22mag in a double action revolver. A 3-4 inch barrel would probably help with pointabilty and accuracy and reduce some of the recoil. Oh yeah, and a trigger lock.
*I am not sure if there is a more suitable revolver caliber between 22mag and 38 special.
*I prefer a youth 20 guage for home defense, but I think that would be way too much for her. 410 not enough?
*The gun needs to be relatively in expensive. I will be cleaning it when I visit twice a year or so, but it will probably be cosmetically damaged from rust pretty quickly. Maybe Taurus or Rossi?
Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks, Mike.