The .22 pistol and round for self defense...My take on it.
he .22 long rifle as a defense round. Hmmm. Let me start out by saying that people have died
from the .22, there is no doubt about that. It is a great little varmint round, a great practice round,
all in all it is a wonderful round to shoot. Everything that I just said in my opinion are truths..
What about self defense. Is the .22 good enough? Some would argue, that it is fine for self
defense, I would argue that it is not, because there are better offerings out there. Allow me to explain.
In self defense we want the threat to stop what they are doing. We do not want them to get to us
no matter what. Right? With pistol rounds being somewhat anemic why would we use the bottom
of the food chain for a defense round. Ill touch on that. Some people cannot handle anything bigger
than a .22 for what ever reason they have, in my opinion these people have NO other choice. I'm
fine with that, they are making an attempt at self defense and should do what ever training with
there weapon that they can do. .
There is a difference between lethality and incapacitation. Some of you may have heard that statement,
some may not have. Lets looks at both.
Lethality is a term meaning how capable something is of causing death.
We all know the .22 can cause death. No one is arguing that point.
Incapacitation is to deprive of capacity or natural power. What does this mean, it means to stop an action,
or the ability of something or someone to be stopped.
How does this statement about lethality and incapacitation apply to us. Earlier I mentioned stopping the
threat. If the bad guy has a weapon, lets say a knife. Lets also say that he is 15 feet from you and has a
full head of steam (drug, alchol, or just a mean guy) Do you really believe that a .22 will stop this man
from killing you, or would you rather have a service caliber to end this threat? At 15ft, you are liable to get
stabbed no matter what caliber you are using. For me, I want something with a little more mass and energy.
To me it makes more sense. If the bad guy dies from his attempt at your life, well, he dies, but did he stop
doing what he was doing, that made you have to shoot him? After all we are trying to STOP THE THREAT,
not just kill him.
So if you can handle a full service caliber I would recommend you do so, it stacks the odds in your favor
a little more, and to be honest we can all the help we can get. If you find that you cannot handle a service
caliber from some sort of physical disability and the .22 works, by all means use it. It is your choice to
use whatever you would like. Just make sure you are making a wise choice for your self defense needs