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.22 carry pistol?

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

  1. 300braveheart


    Nov 17, 2009
    Midwest U.S.
    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)
  2. wrx04


    Sep 25, 2008
    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.



    Jan 15, 2010
    There aren't to many .22 handguns smaller than a LCP and if they are smaller they don't hold very many rounds.
  4. 427


    Nov 23, 2009
    Shoot him on friday, might be dead on monday.
  5. 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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  6. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    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.
  7. nursetim


    Mar 1, 2006
    liberalville N. M.
    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.
  8. Gregg702

    Gregg702 Gold Member

    May 1, 2010
    Las Vegas
    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.
  9. Merkavaboy

    Merkavaboy Code-7A KUZ769

    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.
  10. Ruggles


    Jun 13, 2005
    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.
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2012
  11. Angry Fist

    Angry Fist Dehumanizer® Lifetime Member

    Dec 30, 2009
    Hellbilly Hill
    Don't get killed by rimlock.
  12. 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.
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2012
  13. Foxtrotx1


    Jan 29, 2010
    Scottsdale AZ
    <-----Has carried a 317.

    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.
  14. Kentucky Shooter

    Kentucky Shooter NRA Life Member

    Jun 12, 2009
    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.
  15. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
  16. 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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  17. Bob Hafler

    Bob Hafler

    Sep 13, 2011
    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.
  18. SigFTW


    Nov 4, 2010
    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.
  19. Bruce M

    Bruce M

    Jan 3, 2010
    S FL
    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.