This is awesome. I'm a Single mom over here just trying to find a place to learn how to make my own weapons. I have a very limited income and four girls Ages 7-19. I need information that is practical, and easy to follow. I know NOTHING about firearms as I recently was awakened. All I know is aim and pull the trigger. Literally! So this will be helpful I hope. If anyone has any advice for me it will be welcomed. God bless.
A Ruger 10/22 is a fine starter rifle that can be had for as low as 200.00 usd.
A Browning BuckMark 22 long rifle pistol is a great starter pistol and also can be had for 200.00
The 22 long rifle cartridge is inexpensive and still can drop a domestic pig at short range. When we butcher pigs on the ranch one 22lr in the head is all it takes.
Personally having been involved in a forced entry murder attempt on my single mother when I was 11 years old and having no means of defense other than an upright vacuum cleaner I give handguns to single mothers when I can ( twice in 2012).
I chose the Taurus Public Defender 45 long colt/.410 at 400.00 each to give away.
The problem with that gun is the .45 long colt rounds are expensive at 1.00 each although the .410 handgun .000 buckshot from Federal is 15.00 for 25 rounds and will quickly get 20 rounds moving at 1200+feet per second out of that little pistol.
Here is another option for you. At 180.00 it is an inexpensive .44 cal revolver and black powder has no BATF restrictions. http://www.armslist.com/posts/330610/colorado-springs-colorado-muzzle-loaders-for-sale--cva-1861-colt-navy-black-powder-revolver-kit-w-accessories
I had a couple of these decades ago with a Clint Eastwood hat and serape . Great fun.
About 30 years ago I bought a single shot black powder pistol like this for $25.00
It was accurate enough to shoot a quail through the head at about 50 feet. I did that while my brother watched.
Anything is better than having to confront a bad guy with only a vacuum cleaner!!