My pick and what I own is a Winchester/Miroku 1886 Extra Lightweight lever gun.
An original Winchester variation would be lovely but I don't have 3K plus to drop on a deer and black bear gun.
Basically the 1886 ELW is about the same weight and handiness of a Trapdoor Carbine but holds 5 rounds...
"After decades of neglect"
"Does anyone know how I might make this gun safe?"
Take a four pound shop hammer and pound the pistol into complete useless
File this experience in your lessons learned drawer.
Been shooting Glock pistols since 1994
Not pretty, not fancy, not the most accurate pistols I own.
I won't, don't, never will advocate shooting lead bullet anything in a factory Glock barrel
All that said, they are the BEST general use service type pistol at an affordable pricing range available...
I have a USP Elite in .45 and a USP 9mm Variant 3
The Elite is hands down the most accurate .45 I have ever owned or fired and I have shot a LOT of .45s over the years.
Better Trigger, longer barrel and sight radius the pistol is basically a SOCOM not adapted for suppressor use and with better...
I've owned mine for several years now.
A box stock full size and one of the first in my areas with the black oxide finish and double diamond grips that has become a favorite general purpose rimfire hand blaster.
It isn't my most accurate .22 handgun, a S&W Model 41 holds that honor but it...
My Dad told me the Army Air Corp tried sticking Reisings on combat bomber aircraft in late '43-early '44 after the Marines in the Pacific decided the guns were worthless junk.
The guns had a habit of falling out of the aircraft while crossing over the English Channel.
Lots of turbulence over...
I'd choose 12 gauge with the .223
it will handle any load the 20 can plus some the 20 can't meaning the gun can reliably take any game animal on this continent and within limits.
Heavier frame on the 12 means reduced felt recoil with 20 gauge type loads too.
These threads are humorous.
Most citizens won't fire 5000 rounds through a single pistol in a lifetime.
For all the hoo ha talk about the Beretta pistols most won't tell you the 1911A1s the M9 replaced broke down just as often if not more so than the Beretta's.
Only difference was the slides...
My advice was in every way intended with good and knowledgeable intention.
Have fun getting the trigger assembly back out of the weapon now that you have hammered it into place and hope you didn't split or knock chunks of wood off the internal bedding recesses.