Let me start this by saying that I know nothing of guns. My dad has given me a couple of his old hunting shotguns, but I have never shot either of them. There is a local shooting range where I could practice with a handgun. I live alone in the boondocks with a huge coyote problem and it makes sense to perhaps have a gun that I could use. So.... I am thinking a girl sized handgun. I could take classes and get a carry permit. Training and practice and all that. I just don't know what to look for or ask for. I know I want something smaller and lightweight as I have small hands. Do y'all have any suggestions before I go ignorantly into the gun store? thanks!