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Location: Bodymore, Maryland
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Like others said, Glock / M&P / XD would be a good fit. Used they're going to be mid 300, low 400's. New will be 500ish depending on where you go and the store price. Could be slightly higher, could be slightly lower, these are very rough estimates. Call different gun stores and ask for prices
9mm ammo is cheap and magazine capacity is high on all of these pistols in that caliber. Recoil is also light, so neither you nor the wife should have problems shooting
But remember: you're not just buying the gun. You are also going to need ammo (both practice and SD), magazines, cleaning accessories, maybe a holster etc. Depending on what your definition of "shtf" is, this can be a 1 or 2 hundred dollars, or it can be a thousand or more.
Remember also: you have to train to be proficient and safe. This involves potential range fees, costs of training ammo, costs of classes (if you so choose to take one) etc. It takes time and practice to become proficient. Make sure you take the wife and have her learn as well. At the very, very least, have her learn to handle it and unload it.
Do not let these potential costs deter you. Shooting is a great hobby and a great sport to get involved in. It is also good that you're looking to be prepared.
If standing at a range shooting at paper isn't your thing, take a look for IDPA matches or things of the like. Make it interesting and you'll get into it.
Good luck and stay safe
Last edited by sev; September 25th, 2014 at 03:46 AM.