Not really a scientific test but interesting...
I just got back from visiting the extended family and I got to spend some time with Uncle Rick.
Rick\'s a hell of a character. He had a very rough youth filled with drugs, motorcycles, loose women, and lots of real life knife fights and shootings.
He has next to no formal training. He is far more dangerous than most self defense gurus I\'ve seen.
He has since cleaned up, found Christ, and is now 50 years old and married. But he knows much. He threatened 15 years ago he would use his immense knowledge of how to hurt people on me should I ever even touch drugs or pull any of the stunts he did as a youth.
Rick did a little test with some North American Arms mini revolvers. I\'m sorry I didn\'t get to witness them personally but I found the results most interesting.
I\'ve never really regarded .22 as anything more than better than my fist.
Rick\'s test involed a mini revolver in .22 LR and another in .22 Magnum. Both were fired from 5 yards into a coconut, which is a reasonable approximation of a human skull. Both catridges tested were hollow points I think. He told me but I don\'t quite remember. The point is they were both the same type of configuration and the same brand; the only difference was the caliber. The ammo was new factory loads and both were fired from a 1 1/8\" barrel.
The .22 LR round tore a small hole in the front of the coconut and a hole slightly larger than a quarter. A stream of milk erupted from the back, splashing about 20 inches away from the block of wood the coconut rested on at its furthest point.
The .22 Magnum round made a similar sized entry hole, but the exit wound was roughly a fifth or maybe a fourth of the surface area of the coconut\'s shell. The milk dissipated in a fine mist, the furthest splash of which was about 4 feet from the coconut.
Something to consider. I doubt anyone could reproduce this test and verify it somehow, but based on these two practice shots Rick sold the .22LR piece and kept the .22 Magnum for his daily carry piece.
I may have to get me one of them some day...
That was interesting reading
The little NAA .22s are neat as Hell & not very expensive. Really high quality Stainless steel and very nicely machined.
If you really take your time & aim from a rest they are actually really super accurate but the \"sights\" are \"one up\" from worse-than-awful.
Their little .22 mag is great.
I think the tiny NAAs are the only firearm around that you can only wrap ONE SOLITARY FINGER around the grip. :D
In my opinion they are very useful as a last ditch emergency BUG (back up gun) - some folks will not agree with me on that.
One big advantage they have is that they are actually small enough to \"palm\" & you can have it totally hidden & already in your hand while walking through that \"dark unlit parking lot\"
Maybe my opinion is a bit skewd BECAUSE I just absolutely love ALL neat, unusual things.
Say what you will about it for defensive purposes but it sure is a nifty little fun bugger to have around. :kay: