Below is a picture of a Benelli M4 Semi-Automatic shotgun that I found in various places on the internet. I'd definitely say yes to one of these ! I expect when Melissa saw the price tag on the civilian version of this she would be very tempted to use it on me if I was dumb enough to actually purchase it and bring it home ! All by itself this is an excellent reason not to teach your wife how to shoot !!!! :)
At this point in my life I need all the help I can get on the rare occasion that I have need and what I've got for firearms isn't getting the job done very well. The problem with lever or bolt action rifles...at least for me.... is that they have to be lowered from the firing position and one's eyes and focus have to leave the target (even if only briefly) in order to chamber another round. That's fine if the target is a piece of paper (and that is my favourite kind of shooting) but if the target is moving, and especially if it's moving quickly, it's not so good. So what I want to do over time is move away from the bolt and lever actions and move toward one good semi-automatic 2o gauge shotgun and one good semi-automatic small calibre, reasonably accurate, scoped (.22 mag, .223 or .243) varmint rifle. I hear people talking about being able to place a group of shots inside a one inch radius at 100 or more yards and that's nice but it's not where I'm at at this point in my life. If it's a hundred yards away from me it's pretty safe unless maybe it's the size of an elephant and if it's that big I promise I'm gonna be more concerned with running the other way than with shooting.
Why 20 gauge instead of the more "manly" 12, or, on the rifle side, a .270 or 30.06 you ask ? It's got everything to do with recoil. The bigger the gun, the bigger the kick and that hurts accuracy, but more importantly, as I begin to feel the effects of my misspent youth, it hurts my shoulder, especially if one is taking several shots ! And if that makes me a gun loving wimp, well, that's okay too ! :)