Anyone carry a .22 cal. pistol?

Anyone carry a .22 cal. pistol?

This is a discussion on Anyone carry a .22 cal. pistol? within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Here are my questions: 1) Do you ever carry a .22 for self defense? 2) What reliable pocket size .22 do you recommend and why? ...

Page 1 of 5 12345 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 67
Like Tree13Likes

Thread: Anyone carry a .22 cal. pistol?

  1. #1
    Member Array BekahM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    florida
    Posts
    52

    Anyone carry a .22 cal. pistol?

    Here are my questions:
    1) Do you ever carry a .22 for self defense?
    2) What reliable pocket size .22 do you recommend and why?

    I know that a .22 cal. pistol for self defense sound crazy, but this is why I ask...... I currently have a S&W shield 40 which I LOVE, but am thinking about those days when I will be wearing clothing that simply will not accommodate my shield (I live in FL and will not always be able to conceal my shield but will not carry in a purse). I know that .380's can be very small, but I have very long hands for a woman and cannot hold on to them due to too much recoil and not enough grip. My trigger finger is all scrunched up when pulling the trigger. I thought that a .22 cal would be easier to hold on to due to less recoil and would also give me a pistol that my daughter could start to learn to shoot with. I realize there is a huge difference between that damage that will occur using a .22 vs. .40, but I also know that a well placed .22 shot will do what I need done. After all, a .22 does enough damage that nobody wants to let me shoot them so they can prove to me that it is under powered!


    Thanks,
    Rebekah


  2. #2
    VIP Member
    Array ANGLICO's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    I'm the guy next door that is polite, but does not tell you crap.
    Posts
    3,949
    .22 mag Derringer in the pocket to back up my large frame primary.

    Or to use as a primary, depending on the situation, and how close the engagement is. For example, in an elevator. And it won't blow your ears out........
    Socialism Kills! Time proven, with a very large body count! We are a Constitutional Republic....... not a Democracy, get it correct!

    Don't be mistaken for a Gecko45: http://lonelymachines.org/mall-ninjas/

    Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14qTdp-Dd30

    ANGLICO Images

  3. #3
    Distinguished Member Array DontTreadOnI's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Ohio
    Posts
    1,442
    It wouldn't be my first choice but, the best self defense firearm is the one that you have on you.

    It's better than carrying nothing due to clothing limitations.
    If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animated contest of freedom, go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.

  4. #4
    Senior Member Array yz9890's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Centennial, Colorado USA
    Posts
    1,131

    Anyone carry a .22 cal. pistol?

    I have a Phoenix HP22A that's about the same size as my LCP (about twice as heavy though). It's as reliable as any rimfire I've owned. I think there are a lot of other options between your 40 and a 22lr but I think it will get the job done if you do your part. only $150 also.




  5. #5
    Senior Member Array KoriBustard's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Massachusetts
    Posts
    632
    I carry an M&P 9c, but have considered carrying my Ruger SR22 as a backup. Just not sure I need (or want) to carry a back-up. Which brings me to another question. How many here carry more than one firearm?
    NRA Member
    GOAL Member
    Certified NRA RSO
    EDC: M&P 9c
    Favorite Firearm: 1968 SW .357 Revolver

  6. #6
    VIP Member Array ghost tracker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Ky Backwoods
    Posts
    5,130
    ...it won't blow your ears out...
    A .22 mag...from a derringer...in an elevator? Your ears are a lot tougher than mine.

    Rebekah, IMHO, by your description of physical limitations (hand size) and hoping to find something even more concealable that a S&W Shield, in an .22 LR, I think you may be asking for the impossible. Maybe a Bersa Thunder .22?
    ANGLICO likes this.
    There are only TWO kinds of people in this world; those who describe the world as filled with two kinds of people...and those who don't.

  7. #7
    Member Array Sledge's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Californ I A
    Posts
    208
    I wouldn't have any problems carrying a LCR 22 loaded with Stingers
    ghost tracker and Yetiman like this.

  8. #8
    VIP Member Array ghost tracker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Ky Backwoods
    Posts
    5,130
    You're right Sledge, good answer!
    Sledge likes this.
    There are only TWO kinds of people in this world; those who describe the world as filled with two kinds of people...and those who don't.

  9. #9
    Senior Member Array camsdaddy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Georgia
    Posts
    769
    I tell ya while not smaller than your shield I took my 22A S&W to the range today and it continues to amaze me. I wish I could find a centerfire that I could fire as effortlessly yet as well. That said I have considered it.

  10. #10
    Member Array BekahM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    florida
    Posts
    52
    Quote Originally Posted by ANGLICO View Post
    .22 mag Derringer in the pocket to back up my large frame primary.

    Or to use as a primary, depending on the situation, and how close the engagement is. For example, in an elevator. And it won't blow your ears out........
    Thanks, I'll check that one out.

    Quote Originally Posted by DontTreadOnI View Post
    It wouldn't be my first choice but, the best self defense firearm is the one that you have on you.

    It's better than carrying nothing due to clothing limitations.
    Thats what I figure....... .22 is better than nothing!

    Quote Originally Posted by yz9890 View Post
    I have a Phoenix HP22A that's about the same size as my LCP (about twice as heavy though). It's as reliable as any rimfire I've owned. I think there are a lot of other options between your 40 and a 22lr but I think it will get the job done if you do your part. only $150 also.
    I was looking at this one! I havn't held one yet, but I read really good reviews on them and they are within my price range.

    Quote Originally Posted by ghost tracker View Post
    A .22 mag...from a derringer...in an elevator? Your ears are a lot tougher than mine.

    Rebekah, IMHO, by your description of physical limitations (hand size) and hoping to find something even more concealable that a S&W Shield, in an .22 LR, I think you may be asking for the impossible. Maybe a Bersa Thunder .22?
    I don't think the recoil would be an issue with a .22 cal. like it is with a small .380. I'll check out the Bersa Thunder too.


    Thanks for all the replies!

  11. #11
    VIP Member Array 10thmtn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    6,365
    How about the Kel tec P32? Same size as the P3at/LCP, but less recoil?

    If you want to go all the way to a .22, then I would also suggest a revolver. I do not trust rimfire ammo's ignition enough to use a semi auto for defense. The LCR in .22 would be very nice. Yet another option might be a LCR in .38, loaded with some mild wadcutters.
    The more good folks carry guns, the fewer shots the crazies can get off.
    www.armedcitizensnetwork.org - member
    Glock 30, 19, 26; Ruger SP101, LCR, Mini 14; Marlin 336 .30-30; Mossberg 500
    CT Lasers

  12. #12
    Member Array BekahM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    florida
    Posts
    52
    Quote Originally Posted by 10thmtn View Post
    How about the Kel tec P32? Same size as the P3at/LCP, but less recoil?

    If you want to go all the way to a .22, then I would also suggest a revolver. I do not trust rimfire ammo's ignition enough to use a semi auto for defense. The LCR in .22 would be very nice. Yet another option might be a LCR in .38, loaded with some mild wadcutters.
    Although I do like the LCR (if i got one i would get the .38), I'm looking for something very small and easy to conceal in shorts and a tank. How is the kick of a .32 compared to a .380? It's not that I think the .380 recoil is sooooo bad, it's that it's too much for the amount of hold I have on the gun. My Shield is a .40 and I love shooting that. Before my Shield, I bought a Ruger LC9, and hated shooting it. I had a hard time holding on to the gun and the end of my trigger finger came way too far back when pulling the trigger. The Shield .40 is easier to shoot than the Ruger LC9 was.

  13. #13
    VIP Member
    Array ANGLICO's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    I'm the guy next door that is polite, but does not tell you crap.
    Posts
    3,949
    Quote Originally Posted by ghost tracker View Post
    A .22 mag...from a derringer...in an elevator? Your ears are a lot tougher than mine.

    Rebekah, IMHO, by your description of physical limitations (hand size) and hoping to find something even more concealable that a S&W Shield, in an .22 LR, I think you may be asking for the impossible. Maybe a Bersa Thunder .22?
    I was Artillery. It is all relative!
    Socialism Kills! Time proven, with a very large body count! We are a Constitutional Republic....... not a Democracy, get it correct!

    Don't be mistaken for a Gecko45: http://lonelymachines.org/mall-ninjas/

    Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14qTdp-Dd30

    ANGLICO Images

  14. #14
    VIP Member Array 10thmtn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    6,365
    I don't think there is a gun made that is small enough to conceal in the current fashion for women's shorts and tank tops.

    Those "clothing" items are so itty bitty than you cannot even conceal a cell phone in them - much less a handgun. You may want to change your wardrobe a bit.

    As far as trigger reach and your hand size, you're really going to need to go to a gun store and try different guns out. As a general rule, the higher the weight/lower the caliber - the less felt recoil. Good luck!
    The more good folks carry guns, the fewer shots the crazies can get off.
    www.armedcitizensnetwork.org - member
    Glock 30, 19, 26; Ruger SP101, LCR, Mini 14; Marlin 336 .30-30; Mossberg 500
    CT Lasers

  15. #15
    Member Array DocProton's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Chattanooga, TN
    Posts
    66

    Anyone carry a .22 cal. pistol?

    Ruger now sells an lcr 22 magnum. I have both the lcr 22 and 38. Great guns. I am very satisfied.

Page 1 of 5 12345 LastLast

Sponsored Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Search tags for this page

22 cal concealed carry pistols

,

22 cal pistol

,

22 cal veloster gel test

,

best .22 handgun for concealed carry

,

best .22 pistol for concealed carry

,

best 22 caliber pistol for concealed carry

,

best 22 caliber pocket pistols

,

best 22 pistol

,

best 22 pistol for concealed carry

,

best concealed carry .22 pistol

,

carry .22

,
is there a 22lr pistol reliable enough for defensive carry?
Click on a term to search for related topics.