Any shotgun will do, and if you already have a shotgun that is a different gauge than the 12 gauge that is fine, but I do recommend obtaining a 12 gauge when you can. As with any sort of preparations you begin with what you have and what you can and then upgrade once you have the basics that you need. I specifically say the 12 gauge shotgun over any other gauge primarily for commonality of ammunition, pricing, and usability. The 12 gauge has a stout kick to it so I would recommend that if you train your child with this gun that the child is old enough and big enough to handle it. And before you do that you should be very comfortable around the gun yourself so that you can ensure the safest training environment. I purchased a Stevens 12 gauge pump with a synthetic stock and pistol grip for $220, also from Wal Mart. There are other gauges than a 12 that some people will argue to the end is better than another, and they are entitled to their opinion, but that doesn't really help you. The reason I say 12 over any other is because a 12 gauge is easily the most common. Which makes it more affordable; as well as the ammo. Also, in a catastrophic situation that has you searching abandoned houses to survive you are far more likely to find 12 gauge ammo than any other shotgun shells. A 12 gauge holds more pellets than a smaller gauge so there is a greater chance of hitting the target whether it is an intruder or a bird flying away. 00 Sale$29. 00 Add to CartAdd to WishlistAdd to Compare Sale Ademco Two Tone Siren4 ReviewsRegular Price:$13. 50 Sale$7. 95 Add to CartAdd to WishlistAdd to Compare Sale V20P60RFPK Honeywell Vista20P Standard Hybrid Security KitRegular Price:$379. 99 Sale$304. 99 Add to CartAdd to WishlistAdd to Compare Sale Honeywell Wireless Two Button Panic TransmitterRegular Price:$48.

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