Also a good 22 revolver is a nice gun to have for anyone's collection. If your friends 38 is too much for her, look into a nice 22 Revolver. Smith or Ruger. Avoid the crappy Taurus's with the crappy action. It will be a gun you can enjoy during any cost of ammo crisis for generations to come. And although the 22 isnt the best choice for home protection, I wouldn't want to break into a house if I knew the owner had one.