My late Christmas gift idea for every American is Henry’s (made in America or not Made at all) Lever Action .22 Carbine Rifle (with loop lever).
My choice for ammo is CCI .22 Long Rifle Subsonic 40 Grain Lead Hollow Point. The Subsonic character of this ammo results in not much of a crack when you fire, ideal when you are not looking to draw attention or scare off what you are attempting to nail.
Both the gun and the ammo create a pleasant user-friendly experience even for your grandkids. Debbie and I have given as gifts the smaller, kids version of this Henry.
The Henry lever action repeater weighs about four pounds, holds 12 rounds and retails for around $400.
I would not advise the subsonic ammo in a semi-automatic as the relatively slow ammo might not have enough punch to allow your semi to cycle through properly. You do not need it to jam as the bad guy is entering your bedroom at night. Think I’m kidding here? How much time do you have?
Debbie and I, among our arsenal of weapons, both keep Smith & Wesson Bodyguards (with the integrated red dot laser) handy. The snub nose .38 loaded with hollow point personal security ammo and no safety will get the job done in an emergency. But the S&W has a mother of a kick, which jolts your hand, and the gun can be heard well down the street.
We both feel more at home with the Henry .22.
Merry Christmas D&D