What would be a good starting weapon for self-defense, with price in mind as well?
You cant go wrong with an 18.5" barrel Mossberg 500 or Remington 870 with 00 buck shot. Thats 250-300 on both. Handguns are so many variations but something easy like a Ruger LC9 in 9mm runs about 300-400 depending on wear you buy. Its a great cc/defense pistol