Best .22 round for this little backup gun

Best .22 round for this little backup gun

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    Best .22 round for this little backup gun

    I really tried to do a search for this but search results for ".22 round" is just impossible to sift through. Yesterday I bought one of the very small NAA .22lr revolvers. I intend to carry this little rascal only in those times when no other type of carry gun is practical. My question is... What type/brand/style of .22 round would be the best defensive round to carry in this gun? I understand that a .22 is not a good choice for a defensive round but in this case I wanted the smallest/lightest/simplest gun to carry. Are there any .22 rounds that are specifically labeled as self defense rounds? If not, what type of round would you be most comfortabe with? Any input is appreciated.





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    CCI stingers...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harryball View Post
    CCI stingers...
    Thats it. You may be better with a good knife.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 40Bob View Post
    Thats it. You may be better with a good knife.
    I am glad someone said it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harryball View Post
    CCI stingers...
    I would agree with the CCI load here. Might be a bit snappy on the recoil with that little blaster though.
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    High velocity 40 grain solids and nothing but high velocity 40 grain solids. In the event of emergency use, you will have a crying need for penetration and adequate penetration is all you've got to hope for. Forget expanding bullet designs and go for weight and penetration.

    The "good knife" recommendation has a lot of merit if you don't intend to do any more damage than shoot an assailant with one of these. I've chronographed a relatives' and velocity was very low, like around 700 fps.

    These revolvers are cute and make great adult toys but are pitiful as serious concealed carry medicine. Low, low powered and awkward to operate, with a poor design for grasping. Often the same folks who will promote the "latest and greatest" auto-pistol as essential for effective self-defense will flip-flop and tote a watch-fob single-action .22 as a back-up. Then there are the folks willing to depend on one of them as a primary if gun fighting is anticipated. If gun fighting isn't anticipated then why carry at all?

    These tiny revolvers' defenders are welcome to carry them.

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    Thanks for the input fellas. I understand that there isn't much punch with such a short barrel. It is very true that the grip isn't very user-friendly and the entire gun in general is somewhat akward to manipulate. Like I said, this will rarely be used but I do think I would be more comfortable with it than a knife. I don't know why, but I have never been really been one to carry a knife. Maybe I should look into that option as well. In any case, it is a neat little rig and the quality of fit/finish is excellent.

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    The best .22 is a .45

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    I'll bet that little sucker is loud

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    Quote Originally Posted by Easy8 View Post
    The best .22 is a .45
    Very helpful information, Thank you for keeping my thread on track.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jhogan2424 View Post
    Like I said, this will rarely be used but I do think I would be more comfortable with it than a knife. I don't know why, but I have never been really been one to carry a knife. Maybe I should look into that option as well. In any case, it is a neat little rig and the quality of fit/finish is excellent.
    - I don't have any experience with the .22 as a defensive round, but I wanted to chime in on the knife suggestion. I have always carried a knife. I use it daily for a variety of cutting tasks. Not to mention that you never know when you may need it. There have been numerous stories of people using them to cut seat belts after car accidents, etc.

    If you don't have one now, I would suggest buying a quality knife (Kershaw, Spyderco, Benchmade, etc.) and including it in your EDC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Once View Post
    I'll bet that little sucker is loud
    Yes Sir it is loud. Me and a friend fired off a few rounds this morning. I believe it is actually louder when standing next to someone else that is shooting it than when actually firing it yourself. It was fun to shoot but like others stated, the grip is akward.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tokerblue View Post
    - I don't have any experience with the .22 as a defensive round, but I wanted to chime in on the knife suggestion. I have always carried a knife. I use it daily for a variety of cutting tasks. Not to mention that you never know when you may need it. There have been numerous stories of people using them to cut seat belts after car accidents, etc.

    If you don't have one now, I would suggest buying a quality knife (Kershaw, Spyderco, Benchmade, etc.) and including it in your EDC.
    Thanks for the info, I was just about to ask for suggestions on knife brands but you read my mind. Do you carry a single or double edge?

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    Actually Bob Munden popped a balloon at 200 Yards with a tiny North American Arms .22 revolver.
    He did it on the second try with the wind blowing.

    The guy WAS damn good.

    Did you folks know that smallest NAA .22 was a firearm of choice for some hit men?
    They would cock it and then "palm it" using their thumb to hold it hidden in hand
    Then they would quickly walk right up to the intended unsuspecting victim and pop that person right between the eyes and just keep on walking.
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    ...I know personally a culture that used the 29 grain .22 short hollow point because that was all their little $6 RG10s would chamber...some even used the solid point...it was very common to see one shot two or three times in the chest...still walking around arguing about the card game or chicken leg that sparked the shooting...and bleed out on the operating table...too many holes to sew up...the small bullets bounce a lot...but penetrating a human chest wall doesn't take that much...

    ...on the other hand...I want as much tearing and ripping as the powder can produce, so the Stinger has been my choice in handgun or rifle of .22 caliber(don't own one that won't chamber .22LR...)...with the speed/power available, it seems the most physical trauma that can be inflicted would cause the most bleeding, and bleeding out's the best hope you have of stopping someone with a .22 rimfire...unless you make a very effective head shot...
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