My big present this year for Christmas was a .22 rifle. I've been wanting something that I can handle without much kick. I had seen one in a sale leaflet before Christmas and suggested to Guv'nor that this would make a good present for me. The silly reason I liked that particular rifle was because it was pink camo. The ammo for a .22 is also very common and affordable. The bullets are small but will be able to handle small to medium sized animals.
I keep it by the back door, handy for the chicken predators. I've already been able to use it to scare off a large coyote.