and in looking at them I am totally intimidated. Maybe looking at everything available online was a huge mistake. First off some of the prices.....WOW. Second is how powerful some of these guns are. I would so be on my rear. He told me to start looking to see what we wanted to get but I am too intimidated now to even look. I tried out a youth 22 today which of course is weak and it was a little bit too small. I can use it and my aim is still good with it but its a little awkward. So a full size rifle is too big for me to hold comfortably and a youth is too small. Someone suggested a 223. I don't even know what that means. I have taken gun safety but its been several year and I was raised with them around but being the baby girl of the family my dad discouraged anyone from teaching me about them. Well thats gotta end. I am determined to be able to defend and hunt if necessary. I really think having this skill will be necessary at some point. I hope I can figure it all out before it is.