Now, I know little about guns, but this is info gleaned from elsewhere and makes great sense to me.
You're going to want:
- A pump action 12 gauge shotgun
- A revolver like a .38 Special
- A semi-automatic .32
- A semi-automatic 9mm or bigger caliber
- A bolt action deer rifle with scope or
- An Ar-15 or Ak-47 type semi-automatic with scope
2) A revolver like a snub nose .38 is easy to use (and clean) and conceal in purse. The basic point and shoot pistol. It cannot jam or fail. Holds only 5 rounds, though, but great against the occasional mugger or rapist.
3) .32 semi-automatics are the perfect carry conceal pistols. The one I wanted to buy in California (a Taurus - great price and value) is illegal because it's not drop tested and/or it holds more than ten bullets.
These are small guns that easily fit in a purse or pocket without revealing themselves. Easy to use and fire, the only drawback is that their stopping power isn't so high. But it's better than a .22 semi-auto (also small and compact) and it's use in close quarters will be enough to scare the goblins away even if you don't kill them.
4) A 9mm semi-auto is simply a fine, relatively easy to use weapon. Some people claim the caliber doesn't do the job, but others say that using hollow points will do all the damage that needs to be done, but if you're worried, get a .45. The classic mainstay of the army in WWI and WWII.
5) Most deer rifles are in the 30-06 range and have scopes with which you can kill a deer at 300 yards or more if you're a good shot. The cartridge has great stopping power, killing force.
Beside useful for hunting, it's a great weapon for urban protection in the sense that before any mob descends upon your hamlet or neighborhood, you really don't want to wait for them to get within shotgun or pistol range. Take the mob leaders out at 200 yards or so and the rest will scatter. You never want the mob, which may be armed itself, to get close enough to you to deploy their arsenal.
6) The AR-15 has the range of a deer rifle but holds a great deal more ammo in it's magazine and is most effective at crowd control (let's say) since it is rapid fire. The .223 cartridges are powerful, but lack great stopping power, but they make it up in quantity fired and precision.
Unfortunately, I happen to be short of three of these weapons. The Taurus .32 I want is illegal in California. The others for sale here aren't cheap at $500 or so. The Taurus is very good and much less. Half that.
The deer rifles I've seen used with a good scope run about $1000. For me, it's that or the AR-15, not both. The AR runs about $12 -1500 with a good scope. Since I'm never going to be a hunter, I suppose I should go with the AR.
That's what little I know about necessary weaponry for the modern family. (You can get the kids .22s if you like, too.)