My father-in-law recently expressed interest in purchasing a hangun for home defence and I told him I would help him out in choosing something satisfactory. He already has a couple of shotguns (a winchester and a mossberg) and hunts with them a time or two a year.
I was over at his house yesterday and we were talking about home defence and the increase in firearm purchases recently and he said, "oh ya, I still have my old revolver upstairs and I have my .25 (Betsy)." So I asked to see his revolver which he calls his ".38" We get that old thing out and its a very old dirty Iver Johnson arms & cycle works .38 (maybe .32?). Googled it real quick and found that those revolvers were generally known as "suicide specials" as they were highly unreliable and dangerous. His .25 is a pocket gun that he said doesn't shoot straight enough to hit a barn at 10 feet. I didn't even bother looking at it.
He's looking for something in the $500 range. It doesn't have to be a super heavy duty gun, as it won't be something he even shoots on a regular basis. It just needs to be a reliable gun that he can practice with occasionally and be comfortable with. I was thinking about either a Bersa (.380 or thunder 9), Kahr .40 or 9mm, or a CZ-75b like mine. Any thoughts/advice?