If you ever needed a 22, which would you carry?

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    If you ever needed a 22, which would you carry?

    I'm currently not in this position, but I thought it was interesting enough to start a conversation. Let's say you went to the doctor and he put you on an extended no recoil order. That pretty much means only 22s for the foreseeable future. Which carry gun would you pick and why?

    I don't see this ever happening to me, but you never know, and I might consider picking up something just to have if ever this happened to me or someone close to me. Plus, you can't go wrong with picking up another 22. :)

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    First off, I don't see a doctor ever telling a person they should totally avoid recoil (how would they even know). Makes as much sense as telling a patient, they should avoid deep breathing.

    That being said, if I needed to avoid heavier recoil than a .22, I'd use my Mark II for practice, and still carry my 9mm. If it comes to a defensive situation where I needed a gun, I wouldn't be worrying about recoil.
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    I only own one, a Mark II but Ruger's SR22 has piqued my interest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wmhawth View Post
    I only own one, a Mark II but Ruger's SR22 has piqued my interest.
    I've got a Mark I, a Mark II and the SR22. The SR is very different but a fabulous 22. Unlike the Marks, it's very easy to field strip.

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    Just to provide a realistic medical condition, a detached or detaching retina will get you on a no recoil list pretty quickly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by archer51 View Post
    First off, I don't see a doctor ever telling a person they should totally avoid recoil (how would they even know). Makes as much sense as telling a patient, they should avoid deep breathing.
    Hypothetical question. So pretend you're Rob Leatham or Doug Koenig visiting a hand specialist or an occupational therapist.
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    I don't trust rimfire ammo's ignition reliability - all the duds I have ever personally experienced have all been with .22

    That said, I am stocking up on .22, because it is the only ammo I can stock in quantity without breaking the bank. And a burst of .22 from a rifle like a 10/22 will ruin just about anyone's day, if it comes to that
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    I'd carry my CZ75B with my Kadet .22 conversion kit on it, or my PF9 with my Twisted Industries .22 conversion kit on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wmhawth View Post
    I only own one, a Mark II but Ruger's SR22 has piqued my interest.
    I own a Mark II also and that would be my gun of choice at this point. The thing is very accurate. Let me know what you think of the sr22 if you get it.
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    wouldn't that just be for a shoulder fired gun though? I've shot 460XVR and 500Mag handguns and while they're serious pounders, there's no head jarring recoil associated with them. it's nearly all in the hand/arm. unless just the concussive blast can aggravate that condition. scary thought if so.

    I'd vote 22/45 Lite if I had to carry a 22. super light, still almost zero recoil, great ergo's, and maintains the über reliable 22/45 and Mark 1,2,3 action.

    (or FN5.7)

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    A Colt Woodsman Sport would be my choice in this hypothetical mental exercise.

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    Would 100 rounds compensate for the small caliber?

    If you had to drop back in caliber to .22 LR, perhaps you should go up in capacity to make up for it. How about a Calico .22 pistol with a 100 round magazine? It weighs 2.2 lbs empty and 3.75 pounds fully loaded, and has a 6 inch barrel.

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    My Walther P22 has had no problems whatsoever since, early on, I switched to CCI stingers. Ten rds., as fast as you can pull the trigger, should do enough damage to be able to extricate yourself from a bad situation--- and, then, there are those extra mags I would be carrying!
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    Quote Originally Posted by tet4 View Post
    Let's say you went to the doctor and he put you on an extended no recoil order.
    I find a new Doc that wasn't a dipstick.
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    Exactly like 10thmtn said. Ruger SP101 .22LR.
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