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.22 carry pistol?

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by 300braveheart, Oct 10, 2012.


  1. 300braveheart

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    Does anyone here use a .22 semi-auto pistol for self defense, given how much more concealable it would be compared to a 9mm? In my opinion, 9mm is minimum, but is there a .22 that anyone likes? (i.e. spraying a bad guy with dozens of tiny bullets with low recoil in a self defense situation)
     

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    You probably wont get a lot of "yes" answers here. When you can get a kahr pm9 or rohrhbaugh in 9mm, there isnt a big incentive to go with a .22 except price. Worst case scenario id carry a P22, but id choose a S&W 642 all day long before i picked any .22.

    Also...."dozens of tiny bullets"........not happening without a bunch of reloads.
     

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    There aren't to many .22 handguns smaller than a LCP and if they are smaller they don't hold very many rounds.
     
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    Shoot him on friday, might be dead on monday.
     
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    Nope, I gave up on mouse guns a long time ago.

    With todays compact 9 mm like the lc9, nano, shield, pps, ext... There is no reason to carry one.

    Heck I can carry a full sized glock any place that doesnt have a metal detector.

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    Nowadays, there are 9mms and 380s much smaller than ever before.

    There is simply no excuse for carrying a 22lr. It is NOT a defensive cartridge and a very poor choice for self defense.
     
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    Didn't the Israelis use .22's quite effectively? I am considering a bersa thunder in .22.
    Maybe see if I can get an aftermarket threaded barrel and a Thompson 9mm can for it. Both are small.
     
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    Another bad thing about it is rim fires tend to have more primer ignition problems and in a semi auto are more likely to FTE than a caliber made for a semiauto, like a 9mm.
     
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    As long as you're as good at head shots as Mossad agents are, skip the .22 and go with a sub compact 9mm at a minimum.

    Yes, a .22 will kill a person, but for SD use you need a caliber/bullet design that will incapacitate as quickly as possible. Any caliber below the 9mm is marginal at best.
     
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    I would worry about this than the .22 "stopping power" honestly. IMO .22LR semi autos are not uber reliable at all. Heck when you are paying what .22LR ammo cost I would not put much faith in the stuff to be 100% like quality center fired ammo.

    I guess the little Beretta 21 is about the only .22 out there that I would trust if I had too use one for CCW.
     
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    I don't have it amymore, but I did have a Bersa Firestorm 22 that worked like a Timex with CCI min-mags. My wife and I both carried it off and on for years, her mostly, but I didn't worry about it when I carried it, either. I never had a failure of either the gun or the ammo, with THAT ammo.

    Would I recomend it? Not really, as the other have said there are better choices, but if it had been all I had, I wouldn't have lost any sleep over it.

    I will admit that at the same time, I had a Kel-Tec, P-11, 9 mm, that was about the same size as the Bersa, actually held more rounds, and packed a LOT more punch, and cost about the same as the Bersa so there was no real advantage to the 22, except ammo costs. And CCI Mini-Mag is sort of expensive for 22, so maybe that wasn't as big a factor as you might think.
     
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    8 shots of .22 is better than nothing when I wouldn't otherwise bother carrying my G26.

    Carry Mini Mags or some other high end CCI product.
     
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    I agree with the Beretta 21 as a backup or even a backup to the backup.


    I really enjoy mine for carrying in certain situations- much better than having nothing at all.
     
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    They used to use them for assassinations 30-40 years ago. Teams of 3-4 mossad agents all shooting at the same time.

    So if you can convince 3 friends to carry .22's with you it might be acceptable.

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  18. Bob Hafler

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    Love shooting 22LR's. For SD though the Kel Tec P3at is the smallest I'll go and thats in hot weather or special occasions like weddings or funerals. The Kahr PM 9 is my go to EDC.
     
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    9mm is the smallest I will go. There are many 9mm pistols to choose from that you don't need to carry a small caliber like a 22.
     
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    While I agree that a .22 is not the best choice by a long shot, over the years more than a few people felt comfortable with a Kit Gun in the tackle box or a .22 while they cavorted in the shadow of Mount Killamanjaro.