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    I carry my Walther TPH in .22LR sometimes, in some places. Some other days I carry a Ruger Alaskan in .454 Casull.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mrhutch View Post
    I've killed a 3lb fox squirrel with a .22 LR rifle. I emptied the 10 round magazine, hitting the little animal 7 times, 5 of which were in vitals, at less than 10 yards with hollow points (it was running, thought I had missed) and when I ran out of ammo it still went another 15 yards before stopping. I will never attempt to shoot an aggressor with a .22--i'd be too afraid of what he'd do to me after being so pissed off :/
    I'm sorry, have to call bologna on this one. I've got a couple fox squirrels and a single body shot has always not only put them down right quick, but done a great amount of meat damage. 5 shots would turn him into soup, and the few yard they can run, they take off like a cartoon character: so fast that I doubt hardly anyone could get a 2nd hit, let alone 7. FWIW I've used cci minimags on them, at ranges up to 40 yards.

    I'll admit that the .22 is wayyyy down the list of defensive caliber choices, but the claims that it will only PO an attacker are just too far in left field (or is that right field). Sure it can happen that way, but predicting an outcome like that is for someone with way more data than we have. (real data, not the odd-story) Maybe I'm just a stickler for accuracy, I can't stand to use words like never or always, unless that's the actual case.

    I'll also agree that other guns like the .380 kel-tec would be a far better choice usually and really "disappear" like the OP likes. Thinking that you'd aim for the eye socket in a life or death moment is most likely a delusion.
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    S&W 351PD in 22 mag.....I don't wish to know what getting hit or hitting with that would be like. God willing, I'll never have to.

    But, I think that more times than not, the presentation of the firearm would deter most threats. If you had to fire the 22 mag, I think, would do a bit of tearing up, above the shoulders or between the eyes or both.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cupcake View Post
    Thinking that you'd aim for the eye socket in a life or death moment is most likely a delusion.
    That reminds me of posts I've read on other forums where someone would say "Just shoot him in the kneecaps!" Like it's that easy.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by bae View Post
    I carry my Walther TPH in .22LR sometimes, in some places. Some other days I carry a Ruger Alaskan in .454 Casull.
    I had a TPH, and it immediately came to mind at the start of the thread. Using Stingers with bored-out HPs, it would be about as lethal as you could get in a palm-sized .22.

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    What's the old saying?

    If you have to ask...

    Our bodies are amazing, wonderful machines that are designed to operate under the most unique of conditions.

    They SHOULDN'T fall down because of a little hole punched in them. They shouldn't even fall down with a BIG hole punched in them, and often they don't.

    I've read countless stories of people being involved in a combination of everything from handgun and rifle bullets, shrapnel, explosions, natural disasters and dismemberment and they are still here today.

    A kid in my home town tried to kill himself by putting a shotgun under his chin.

    He's blind, disfigured, suffers from SEVER speech impediment, chronic migraines and his sinuses barely function but he's alive and depressed enough about failing in his suicide attempt that my brother-in-law helped transfer him to a mental hospital where he will probably live out the rest of his life. But the boy is fully aware and undoubtedly still alive even with the majority of the front of his head missing.

    My point is that there is no assurance that anything you throw at a determined attacker is going to stop them. Not in 2, 7, 10 or 20 shots.

    The human body is designed to stay alive, no matter what it takes. It protects itself from the extremest of conditions and we are always finding ourself amazed at what it can live through.

    My own brother took a 12GA slug to the side and blew out four inches of flesh on his left side.

    He took off his shirt, wrapped it around his wound, walked over a mile to his vehicle, drove five more miles to our home, took a shower and after finally realizing he couldn't stop the bleeding on his own, went down stairs and asked my father to take him to the hospital.

    He was about as pale as a laundry basket full of whites and his eyes were very glazed and he looked extremely tired, but he didn't even need a transfusion. Just orange juice, a tetanus shot and an embarrassing talk with a police officer about his little hunting accident.

    It's already been well established that a .22 can kill someone. It very well could be instantaneous. But it also could take days. Whether it be instant, from damage from the bullet, slow internal blood loss or infection days after the incident, a .22 is certainly nothing to scoff at.

    However, it's also a very well established fact that there is no magic caliber and you are not guaranteed any sort of results.

    The best we can hope for is a) that the sight of our firearm is enough to convince a bad guy he no longer wants to mess with us b) that if need be, our bullets hit something disabling enough to bring them down quickly (the heart, a vital part of the brain, a lung or two) or c) that we cause enough wound tract damage to make it physically impossible for them to continue their attack (their hand no longer works because tendons and muscles have been shredded by our expanding hollow points; they can no longer run because a knee is blown out; and so on).

    If a hand grenade can fail to do that.. If a shotgun can fail to do that.. If a rifle can fail to do that.. If a .45 or a 9mm.. or a 10mm or any other caliber can fail to do that.. what makes you think a .22 is going to take that cake?

    However, even though there are no guarantees, you do have a better chance with one choice over another. Yeah, if asked, I'd take a shotgun over a handgun in self defense ANY DAY, but I can't carry a shotgun so I stick with a handgun. I carry a .45ACP most of the time, but have no problem with and sometimes carry everything from .40S&W to .357Mag to 9mm and .380. I won't, however, go any lower than .380. I'm already taking a chance with only defending myself with a handgun, I'm not going to lower my chances further by picking a smaller caliber.

    And because I know I still have no guarantees I also carry pepper spray, a knife or two or three, spare magazines or speed loaders, a phone and I'm not above begging God for a break or an edge either.

    The other day I was considering a hypothetical scenario about being attacked, close quarters, by three men. I looked at it from a couple possible angles, thought up how I would try to respond and then I bowed my head and prayed.

    My exact words were, "God, I don't want to hurt anyone and I pray I never have to. Please, give me the knowledge and foresight to stay away from questionable situations. But if I can't avoid them all, give me the wisdom to know when to act and what to do, the steady hands to do what must be done, and guide my bullets true."

    A good firearms instructor of mine said, "Never rely on a magic caliber to save your life. EXPECT it to take all the ammo in your gun, all the ammo in your spare mag, for you to have to beat the guy to death with your empty gun and then cut off his head with your pocket knife. That way, if it ends before all that, you can be glad it ended early."

    My faith isn't in my caliber, it isn't even in my gun alone, it's in my will to do whatever it takes to stay alive and my willingness to use whatever tool is at hand (be it a gun, a stick, a remote control or a toy poodle) to come home to my family.

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    Quote Originally Posted by limatunes View Post
    I carry a .45ACP most of the time, but have no problem with and sometimes carry everything from .40S&W to .357Mag to 9mm and .380. I won't, however, go any lower than .380. I'm already taking a chance with only defending myself with a handgun, I'm not going to lower my chances further by picking a smaller caliber.
    Quote Originally Posted by limatunes View Post
    A good firearms instructor of mine said, "Never rely on a magic caliber to save your life. EXPECT it to take all the ammo in your gun, all the ammo in your spare mag, for you to have to beat the guy to death with your empty gun and then cut off his head with your pocket knife. That way, if it ends before all that, you can be glad it ended early."
    Excellent advice.

    To the OP: I also own a Beretta 21-A and will only use it as a BUG, and rarely even that.

    I'm a huge fan of front-sight oriented center-of-mass shooting. It's easy to do under extreme pressure and yields results adequate for COM hits at "average civilian combat range".

    Because of all the factors discussed above, I won't trust a .22 to center-of-mass to do the job. So if I was forced to use a .22 to defend my life, I would want to try for head shots, and even those aren't guaranteed to do the job unless you get a square-on hit on the ocular/cranial cavity (area from about halfway up the nose to the eyebrows, and the eye sockets).

    I'm no world-class competition shooter. I'm not really a "surgeon with bullets" even under ideal conditions, let alone with a huge adrenaline dump and bullets flying my way. Do I really want to try to deliver accurate fire to a target the size of a pop-tart under panic conditions? Nope.

    That's why I much prefer a .45, .38 +P or .357, etc... for a carry weapon. I have confidence that, God forbid I ever have to, I could put a few rounds center-of-mass on the BG pretty quickly, and those hollow points will do their job. But as Lima said, don't bet that it will.

    All of this with one disclaimer. If you're honestly more comfortable, more accurate, faster, etc... with a .22 than any other caliber, then it may be the best gun for you. But if you can accurately and smoothly shoot a larger caliber... Please do.
    I would consider 9mm/.38spcl the smallest that I would want to bet my life on (no offense to Lima's .380).

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    Quote Originally Posted by limatunes View Post
    A good firearms instructor of mine said, "Never rely on a magic caliber to save your life. EXPECT it to take all the ammo in your gun, all the ammo in your spare mag, for you to have to beat the guy to death with your empty gun and then cut off his head with your pocket knife. That way, if it ends before all that, you can be glad it ended early."

    My faith isn't in my caliber, it isn't even in my gun alone, it's in my will to do whatever it takes to stay alive and my willingness to use whatever tool is at hand (be it a gun, a stick, a remote control or a toy poodle) to come home to my family.
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    I use a p-22 sometimes and do not feel concerned it isn't enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by limatunes View Post
    "God, I don't want to hurt anyone and I pray I never have to. Please, give me the knowledge and foresight to stay away from questionable situations. But if I can't avoid them all, give me the wisdom to know when to act and what to do, the steady hands to do what must be done, and guide my bullets true."
    That should be number one in the prayerbook of every person who carries a firearm for self defense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cupcake View Post
    I'm sorry, have to call bologna on this one. I've got a couple fox squirrels and a single body shot has always not only put them down right quick, but done a great amount of meat damage. 5 shots would turn him into soup, and the few yard they can run, they take off like a cartoon character: so fast that I doubt hardly anyone could get a 2nd hit, let alone 7. FWIW I've used cci minimags on them, at ranges up to 40 yards.

    I'll admit that the .22 is wayyyy down the list of defensive caliber choices, but the claims that it will only PO an attacker are just too far in left field (or is that right field). Sure it can happen that way, but predicting an outcome like that is for someone with way more data than we have. (real data, not the odd-story) Maybe I'm just a stickler for accuracy, I can't stand to use words like never or always, unless that's the actual case.

    I'll also agree that other guns like the .380 kel-tec would be a far better choice usually and really "disappear" like the OP likes. Thinking that you'd aim for the eye socket in a life or death moment is most likely a delusion.
    i've got the picture to prove it... but it's from a 35mm camera, i don't have a scanner, and it's somewhere in my old photos in my dad's attic.

    but i ain't a liar, and i'll take it real personally if you insist otherwise.

    i'm sure that one shot would have killed it eventually, but like i said i thought i had missed. i was also shooting from a tree stand as it ran away from me, so he stayed in my sight picture pretty well. bottom line--if a 3 lb animal isn't dropped in his tracks from a COM hit, no way a 200 lb man is going to be. now i've also killed a raccoon with a single shot behind the eye, after careful aiming, with a .22 and it dropped stone dead out of the tree.

    but if you can draw-aim-shoot-hit a grown man in the nasal cavity/eye while he's determined to kill you, then more power to ya. though i do second the fact that a man proficient with a .22 is far more deadly than an unpracticed man carrying a .45, there are just too many variables to consider a .22 lr pistol anything more than a hopeful deterrent to a criminal.

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    I believe someone mentioned the Rhom RG14 back very early in this thread.... the Hinkley (scum bag) weapon of choice....


    well... here's mine






    It's in my field truck every day, and has been for years. It gets a lot of CCW time. Why, at 5 feet it can take most small snakes with a single load of .22 shot pellets.

    Originally, or at least pre 1968, these things were imported and sold for about $14 per copy. After a few legislative manuevers, Rhom had to ship the parts to the USA (Miami) to be "assembled" to be legally sold. Even though they are very cheap junk, they do send rounds out the tube. The very existence of the "Brady Bunch" is evidence of that!

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    You can kill a human with a BB gun... one well placed shot into the eye and that sucker is down.

    Just dont miss the eye
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrhutch View Post
    I've killed a 3lb fox squirrel with a .22 LR rifle. I emptied the 10 round magazine, hitting the little animal 7 times, 5 of which were in vitals, at less than 10 yards with hollow points (it was running, thought I had missed) and when I ran out of ammo it still went another 15 yards before stopping. I will never attempt to shoot an aggressor with a .22--i'd be too afraid of what he'd do to me after being so pissed off :/

    Wow thats one tuff squirrel!! Mine are toast with 1 shot.
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    Better than nothing but not my first choice...

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