Shes always been pretty liberal and not liked guns but I think I finally got through to her about the police being useless in life and death situations. I guess she finally realized her saftey is in no ones hands exept her own. Since my brother and I moved out she is pretty much alone in the house with my sister (14). My Step Dad works in Kuwaitt 6 months out of the year and she only likes ankle bitter dogs. With the interduction of some shaddy charecters to the neighborhood she has admitted that she needs to get a gun and learn how to use it. SO, What would you recommend for a 50 year old woman and 14 year old girl to be kept for home defense? Generally I would recommend a 12 gauge but I honestly don't think either of them could handle the recoil. My sister weighs about 95 pounds wet and my mom has back issues. I was thinking a snub nosed .38 or maybe a 20 gauge pump. I know my sister can handle a 410. I let her shoot mine when we went hunting last year. So what does gun crew think? Open to any suggestions. Im leaning towards a revolver simply because they are easy to use.