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Anecdotal, yes. But the punk is dead.
Bottom line - if you can handle a larger caliber, you should. But if you can't, then a .22 handgun can certainly do the job.
It may also depend on the situation as well - I wonder what would be more effective for home defense - a 10/22 carbine with a 25 round magazines or a .357 with 7 shots?? It's a lot easier to hit your mark with a short rifle. I'd still reach for the .357, but I wouldn't feel undergunned with 25 rounds of .22 hollowpoints.
Due to my limited budget, I currently only own 2 firearms. My EDC is an XDSC in .40, and an MP15-22. I would not hesitate to grab the MP to defend my home from those who go bump in the night. At home defense distances, I can put A LOT of rounds on target really quickly, and 10 rounds or so of 22lr in the chest and face should deterr any invader pretty effectively.;)
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I guess bullet placement would be more critical. Also bleedout would not be as fast, so stopping power maybe null.
I have a Winchester 9422m that for a long time was my only home defense gun. I have seen what that thing will do to a number of varmints and am confident it would do a number on a two legged assailant.
Ya gotta love that old Kentucky vet. He had been robbed multiple times and "If this is going to stop you got to leave one lying in the grass." Amen!
I must say one thing about bullet placement. My .22s are more accurate than either my J-frame or the P238. Not that I would carry either of the 22s. They are heavy and have 5" and 6" barrels.
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If all I had was a .22, then I rekon I'd dump the whole mag right into them. Sure it will kill. It might do it with the first shot...or it might take awhile.
That is not a risk that I am willing to take.
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If its the only weapon someone can use due to their limitations, it is definitely better than nothing, but a 22 wouldn't be my choice unless it was the only weapon I had to use.
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Will a .22 stop a person? YES
Is it the best weapon for the job? NO
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I have a very strict gun control policy: if there's a gun around, I want to be in control of it.
It is not my choice either..I know someone who believes in .22, only carries a .22 derringer for his concealed carry.
If someone's trying to breakdown my front door I'll grab the shotgun. Do I give respect to the .22lr, Yes!!! No SHTF tool box is compleat without one with tens of thousands of rounds stockpiled.