H&R Ultra Slug Hunter Single Shot Shotgun
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The term "gauge" describes bore diameter, but unlike "caliber" used for handguns and rifles the larger the number, the smaller the bore. (The inside diameter of the barrel.) Gauge was defined by the number of solid balls the same diameter as the inside of the barrel that could be made from a pound of lead. Thus, the 10-gauge shotgun is larger than the 12-gauge, which is larger than the 20-gauge. While there are many different sizes, or gauges, of shotguns, the two most often recommended for home defense are 12 gauge and 20 gauge shotgun.
Pump-action shotguns, also called "slide action repeating shotguns" or "slide action shotguns" are a class of shotguns that are distinguished in the way in which spent shells are extracted and fresh ones are chambered. The weapon has a single barrel above a tube magazine into which shells are inserted. New shells are chambered by pulling a pump handle (often called the fore-end) attached to the tube magazine toward the user, then pushing it back into place to chamber the cartridge (in a few cases this action is reversed).
I will start by saying that generally the 20 gauge is a better choice for a woman for home defense. A 20 gauge will be easier to handle, have less recoil and more than adequately provide stopping power. But.... I will finish by saying that many woman can both handle and prefer the added power of a 12 gauge. Your physical size and your ability and/or sensitivity to recoil will be determining factors.