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    Pt22ply

    The best thing about a .22 is how cheap it is to shoot. I have a PT22 and practice with it all the time. And I've CCed it along with my other .22 mini revolvers from time to time. Also, the .22s are very small and easy to carry but I usually have my TCP .380 with me and yes I know its another whimpy caliber. But ease of carry means I will carry it. I'm looking forward to the new PT22Ply which is a real beauty to look at and will number one on my to get list.


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    I have a Walther P22 and used it to "start" my CCW application because my county was starting to get really backed up.... I had to wait 4 months and got in just under the wire. There are people waiting 6+ months now to get the paperwork finished. I was going to use it till i got up enough $$ to buy another firearm for carry... Keep in mind, California is not the cheapest state around to pickup a firearm and I wanted something nice. After testing some different ammo I just wasnt happy with the ftf ratio. Stingers ftf'd once every other clip... the mini mags worked well but still once every 10 mags or so there was a ftf or a none fire. Add the fact that it was a .22lr and things weren't looking too good. Honestly if someone was dead set on a .22lr for carry (for whatever reason) I would suggest a ruger mark series pistol.

    I ended up buying a CW9 (almost identical foot print to the P22) and havent looked back. I wanted a glock or P9 but didn't have the to time to save up more funds...

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    I have a P22 & am waiting on my stamp so I can pick up my Silencerco Sparrow......but I would not choose it as a SD carry weapon.
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    Im a big fan of the .22LR for bear defense.
    Just shoot the guy next to you in the knee and run like heck.

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    Walther P22

    I often carry my Walther P22; sometimes a KEL-TEC P32, and sometimes an S&W model 60. I feel very safe doing so -- but I don't go into biker bars, public housing projects, or the 'hood.

    Years ago, I carried an S&W Escort .22 as a CCW.

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    Ach, the computer gods just ate my first attempt at a response.

    I have a P22 and if you have one with the newer magazines (not the A mags), it is a fun reliable plinking gun. I don't even bother keeping it loaded in the house because its not what I'd use for home defense. There are better carry guns in .380 and .32 too, so I just don't see a reason to use it as a carry gun. Also, its upside down and backward safety could get you killed if you are used to 1911 style.

    Still, you sure can pump a lot of rounds out of it really really fast. Maybe there is some SD advantage to that, and if it is all you have for whatever reason, it might just get the job done.

    I'm not selling my P22 because it does have its place as a fun gun and ammo is a bit more reasonably priced than that of higher calibers, but "fun gun" is all I see it as except in some very unusual set of circumstances.

    I'm not one of the crowd that thinks SD guns must be .45 or .357, or capable of the mythical one shot stop.

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    I wouldnt carry a .22 for CC, but the P22 has its place in my safe. I camp and fish alot on government land and in my state youre not allowed to carry anything larger than a .22. The P22 fits the bill. Its also good for the younger children to learn to shoot.
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    The only way I'd carry a .22 for self defense, is if I had nothing else available to carry.
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    I carry a P22 80% of the time

    I carry a P22 80% of the time. Especially to work during the day time. During night time I prefer to carry my 9mm.

    I love the "cariability" of the P22 and it will simply strap on an ankle holster (with the spare magazine) or smart carry and be comfortable for long periods of time. I carry two spare magazines and the other one goes on the other ankle.

    I use CCI stingers and they have been 100% reliable on the P22. I have tested the CCI 40 grain minimags and CCI stingers accuracy and penetration and have been satisfied that they have excellent penetration.

    Part of the fun of having a p22 is that you can practice a lot with it until shooting it becomes an everyday muscle movement. That helps in a panicky situation i am told.

    But when using a .22 one should always train to "triple tap" the target (just in case).

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    Look. You carry what you carry for your own reasons. I'm not going to get into downing the choice of caliber here. It's what makes one feel secure in any way. Thing is, I've witnessed the Walther P22 in action over courses in USPSA steel challenge. I've said this before in other threads, that it seems to be the most reliable out of all the 22lr pistols I've seen used in a competition match. One of the reasons why I've looked into a P22 of my own. I won't be choosing it for defensive purposes. Training does go a long way, and if you can consistently hit the ocular cavity on a moving human....in the dark.....or anywhere, then 22lr is good to go.

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    Unless recoil is a problem or it is the only pistol you have, why carry a .22 when there are plenty of pistols that are at least as small and quite a bit lighter in both .32 and .380? Now if KelTec or Kahr made an ultra-compact .22, I would definately be interested. In any case, if you carry a .22, you had best understand its limitations!
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    i find myself carrying the p22 almost a quater the time. My M&P40c getting most of the time. I feel no different carrying either as long as I'm carrying something. The only reliablity issues with my p22 is after a really long range sessions and it's all gummed up inside. Mini mags and stingers is all i shoot and carry. Unlike the 40sw sd ammo which is to much at this time to shoot exclusively.

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    I shoot at least 2-300 rounds of 22 at every range session,between my S&W 22A and my GSG 1911 22 it's not only fun,but the GSG 1911 is just like my carry gun
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    Has anyone looked at the ISSC M22 that is a Glock 19 clone in .22LR?
    Or the Kel-tec PMR-30 that has a 30 round mag for .22MWR?

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