My experience with guns started on a piece of private property, some AKs, ARs and Bolt guns. My experience with handguns is pretty limited, but I definitely know I like the feel of a 1911. I now have my own 80 lower built AR from a company in state which helped me out a lot in getting started.AREagle-76, you haven't said anything about your own experiences with firearms. Do you have any thoughts on what your mother might want to start out with?
If she is recently changing her thoughts - from anti-gun to taking a CC class - my first thought is to wonder if she is just checking out her curiosities, or if she took a sharp right towards a new lifestyle.
But for starters, I would suggest checking out a gun club, and one that has a good number of female members. She would meet lots of great people and possibly learn a new hobby.
I will say that all the information here seems very useful and after the talks we have had, I am sure my mother is definitely not going to be a gun nut. She does however understand the need to protect oneself is paramount and she wants to do that for herself as well. There is a place she wants to go out and try, it is just a matter of when lol. I am sure it will be soon though