: a shotgun is by far the most effective close range weapon that you could get. if you are thinking on getting a gun to perhaps get your girl interested in shooting, think twice before you buy a snubby. they bark and recoil something fierce for a novice shooter. i did the same for my wife and found this out the hard way. all it did was turn her off from shooting. my advice is that if you intend to have your wife shoot it and you are **** bent on a handgun, get a full size 357 and start her out with 38 specials and go from there. the full size of the gun (weight and barrel length) will make it more fun to shoot and if your real concern is home protection and you dont want to heed the shotgun advice, smaller aint better for a pillow gun. how the perception that a snubby makes for a good woman's gun got started is beyond me. good luck!