.22 but it's not on the poll
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.22 but it's not on the poll
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It all depends where we live and go, like ya know, as we can see from our cities and states. I am sort of glad that there are no farms, fields or forests remaining between Dayton and West Carrollton, Ohio, all paved over by asphalt and concrete here, during the past fifty years, replaced by plats and plazas. Around here, CCW is a hassle outside of your car and your castle because every other door has that damned slashed-gun-ban symbol on it. With city and suburban steets and sidewalks, plats and plazas, smaller good-enough guns will do because we don't really need the power or size at close range, and if you hit a bystander, innocent or otherwise, you WILL be prosecuted and sued. I am sort of glad that I can no longer walk out the door and shoot boxes of bullets, safely, into the woods or countryside or along the rivers and streams as we used to. BUT...inside, that old Army Colt .45 will keep me alive. We are allowed to carry concealed on the local bikeways and inside our local parks...which is one of the reasons why I decided to get my CCW, because I ride my bike.
Just for the record and for fun, has anybody laughed while looking into the cracking flashing muzzle of a semi-automatic mouse gun, while being hit by .22 caliber bullets, be they hollow points or otherwise, even if they are still alive after being hit by at least five?
Check out what a P22 can do ballistic gel. I know folks that use this fine small pistol as there CC and believe they are well armed. Weapon's low recoil and muzzle flip along with very fast firing lead them to believe that 5or 6 or all10 rounds center mass would be very effect. By the way I carry 380 or larger so don't start on me.
Walther P22 versus ballistic gelatin block
.38 spl. is the smallest cal. I would carry.
when i took my hunting safety class a s a kid the instructor asked a question at the end of the class...."what would you rather get shot with, a .22 or a 12 gauge shotgun?" the only correct answer was..."i would rather not get shot at all."
there seem to be a lot of people who think that unless you are shooting a .45 or some kind of magnum that the bullets bounce off...there isnt much that actually stops the momentum of an aggressive or drugged attacker...but trust me...they feel whats hitting them...shot placement is king...
i dont wnat to be hit with a paint ball...and if sticks and rocks are my only choice i will defend myself to the best of my ability with them...
i voted .380 because its my smallest carry gun...but i would carry a small 22 mag if the oportunity presented itself...
Another for .38 special, mainly during the summer months because of wardrobe.
i'm never without my S&W m500 with 2 speed-loaders in the confines of my home,carried in a shoulder holster. in public, i add a 1911 in .45 to each calf with a spare mag for each as a BUG. my life and my loved ones lives demand nothing less.
Voted 9mm, with all the sub compacts out their why shoot a 380, ammo way to expensive.
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Depends on what I would use it for, for example if I had to defend myself in a crowd, a .22 b/c it would bounce around and not over-penitrate. If I were in a open area in a bad place w/ not many people around w/a clear target w/ nobody beyond it, .45 acp hands down b/c of accuaracy. Theres a reason mafia hit men like to use .22's and the military used to use the .45acp. Different strokes for different scenarios!