I am new to this sight and all things firearms. I am a single mom who raised three boys alone and they are nearly all out of the nest so to speak. I think its time I learn a thing or two about self defense and I am interested in purchasing a shotgun. From reading, it sounds like a 20 gauge may be best for me so I don't knock my shoulder off with a 12 gauge but I would love to hear from you! I also think that I am reading a shorter barrel is a good idea but it seems that in a lower price range I will only find a shorter barrel in a 12 gauge or a kids 20 gauge. Does that matter? Would I be okay with a kids gun?
What kinds of things can I do to learn and practice? I don't want to have a weapon that I am unfamiliar with and/or afraid to use if need be.
FYI...I live in the Metro Detroit area of Michigan in a condo. I know big dogs can be intimidating too but that's not an option for me.
Looking forward to all advice!
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