Compact .22 for my wife to carry.

Compact .22 for my wife to carry.

This is a discussion on Compact .22 for my wife to carry. within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I am currently interested in the Beretta U22 Neos but im not sure if it is good for what i want it for. any suggestions ...

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    Compact .22 for my wife to carry.

    I am currently interested in the Beretta U22 Neos but im not sure if it is good for what i want it for. any suggestions or input?
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    The title you noted this was for carry purposes, correct?
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    Correct, I just have not seen much of anything that would tell me if it is a good carry gun. I am open to other suggestions as well.

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    If it is for carry purposes and you are looking at a 22cal. I am assuming that is all she is comfortable shooting. If that is the case, might I suggest bumping things up and look at a 22 Magnum? There are a few 22 Magnums on the market in the revolver platform, the best in my opinion being the Ruger LCR in 22 Maggie. In the semi-auto format there is the Kel-Tec PRM-30 (which holds something like 30 rounds). Taurus also makes a 22 Magnum snub nose with adjustable sights, and on some models you can get a 22lr cylinder. I suggest the 22Magnum because it is quite a bit more powerful than the long-rifle and the recoil difference is really nill.
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    As a side note, the penetration on the 22 Magnum is really surprising for a rimfire round. Being able to reach deep enough to strike vital organs is critical for any defensive handgun, more so with the smallish 22's.
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    I will definitely look into those. At the moment, a .22 is all she is comfortable shooting but she is interested in getting her cwp and carrying. So basically looking for a starter for her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GhostMaker View Post
    As a side note, the penetration on the 22 Magnum is really surprising for a rimfire round. Being able to reach deep enough to strike vital organs is critical for any defensive handgun, more so with the smallish 22's.
    Oh...I forgot to mention that the Ruger LCR also comes in a 22lr version. Any of the ones I mentioned would be ALOT easier to carry concealed. The PMR-30 is very concealable even with a 30 round capacity.
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    Thank you for the advice. I will look into the .22 mag

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    Quote Originally Posted by CUShooter89 View Post
    I will definitely look into those. At the moment, a .22 is all she is comfortable shooting but she is interested in getting her cwp and carrying. So basically looking for a starter for her.
    Then any of these would fill the bill. I just am not certain on availability in your area.
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    It does not look like availability is a problem and rounds are fairly easy to come by here. I also looked at the LCR. It was definitely considered as well.

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    Don't buy a taurus pt-22. I have one, it is a fun range gun, but not reliable. The only ammo I have gotten it to feed reliably is CCI mini mags, but I still wouldn't trust it to carry. I think for a rimfire carry gun revolver is your best option. FTF? Pull the trigger and advance to the next round. Less to go wrong too, especially for a starter gun.
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    I have an old trusted Beretta 21A 22 I carry in the summer. With a 7+1 magazine and 2 extra magazines in an older Uncle Mikes holster. Having 22R available gives me peace of mind and even w/my arthritis I can carry it all day.
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    I have been told that many times and i want her to have something reliable. which is why the LCR was my first choice I considered.

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    As with any weapon, practice is the most important consideration after situation awarness. Get whatever weapon she wants (not what any of us thinks she should have) but get to the range once a week or so and shoot it a lot. Have her draw from her concealed position until it is automatic. When she may need it is not the time to wonder, 'where did I put that thingy?'

    My wife has her CCP but does not carry, does not practice and is vunerable to any thug. I'm sad about that. :-(
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lindy1933 View Post
    As with any weapon, practice is the most important consideration after situation awarness. Get whatever weapon she wants (not what any of us thinks she should have) but get to the range once a week or so and shoot it a lot. Have her draw from her concealed position until it is automatic. When she may need it is not the time to wonder, 'where did I put that thingy?'

    My wife has her CCP but does not carry, does not practice and is vunerable to any thug.
    I absolutely agree. Merely getting a starting point. I plan on taking her to a range here where we can rent out guns and let her find something. Really liking the suggestions though.

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