Consider shotgun price points.

Author:Parsons-Wraith, Lisa
Position:Arms and the woman

According to McLelland-Merydith, there are many other reasons shotguns are good defense guns for women.

"The woman may be raising a family and have limited time," she said. "She may not have time to obtain a handgun-safety certificate or a concealed-carry license, but many hometowns have trapshooting clubs where she can obtain help without becoming a member of the club."

Financial considerations also make shotguns a good home-defense option. McLelland-Merydith pointed out that many women have limited income, and shotguns and shells can be much less expensive over time than handguns.

"To compare and contrast, she can pay as little as $299 for a Remington 870 Express pump-action 12- or 20-gauge shotgun, and $6 for 25 12-gauge shells. I'd recommend light number 8 shot, 2 3/4, 1 oz. loads for women," McLelland-Merydith said. "Or she can pay as little as $349 to $400 for a...

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