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    Seeing as Springfield just figured out how to cram a .45 ACP round in a gun the size of a pocket 9mm, .45 is the smallest round I will carry. I'm loving this XDs. Seriously, I really think I was kidding myself back when I used to carry around a .380 LCP. Go look at that recent video of the old guy shooting the robbers that entered the store he was at. His bullets hit, but really didn't do much. It was like little bee stings. Honestly, I'm starting to think these .380 pocket guns are very dangerous. When you fire them in a defensive situation, you're basically making a bunch of noise which announces where you are to everyone around you, and makes you a huge target for whatever gun they have which will in all odds be larger than a .380!

    So, yeah- I said the smallest round I would carry is a .45, due to these new XDs guns, but if I had to answer it purely based on caliber, I would say a good 9mm +P hollowpoint would be the smallest I would want to carry.


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    I currently don't carry anything smaller than a .38 Special but I im looking to buy a 32acp, that will be the smallest I will go as a primary gun!

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    22. LR semi-auto (especially in a rifle). semi-auto preffered to put more than one shot in.

    Close in (jammed against the BG in a pressure point area, or the eye), it is very effective.
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    A 25 ACP will do the trick. 22's would be great but too many duds.

    Self Defense is about getting the upper hand, situational awareness. All I care is the gun goes 'Bang bang bang' ..... and not 'Bang bang click'

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiram25 View Post
    .38 as that's the smallest I own.
    This also applies to me and my arsenal.

    I do plan on purchasing a .22 so I can get my children acclimated to shooting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paymeister View Post
    Wow. Apologies to you all: I recognize that you are all big boys and girls and have made your decisions based on the best information you have about ballistics, your skill level, the types of clothes bad guys wear, concealability, and all sorts of other factors. No criticism! Thanks for sharing what you've written.But... but... situational awareness, folks! Did nobody read the original post? Maybe it is just as well: after consideration I realize that the original post was in poor taste, and I *would* like to apologize.
    . You mean the one line post that asked "what's the smallest caliber you would use to protect yourself" and some goofy but comical pic with a joke. Yeah, I read it, as I'm sure everyone else did.. I must confess, I actually thought you were asking because you were really interested in others opinions on the subject, my bad. I also will add that I for one don't get your sense of humor regarding the thread, but I'll avoid the next one.
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    Right now in this warmer weather, i always have my LCP in a pocket holster. Not sure i really like the 380power. But it is so easy to just slip in my back pocket. When I'm not going to work,and in cooler weather. I always have my SR40c in my crossbreed super tuck.

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    .380 is the smallest I own, typically carry a 9mm whenever possible. With that being said if I owned a smaller caliber, be it a .22/.32/.25, I wouldn't really feel totally inadequate.

    While we all generally prepare for the worst and equip ourselves for that, a common bad guy encounter would be a simple "give me your wallet/keys/purse" scenario. It's also likely to be within grab ass range. In that situation a shot to the throat, neck or under the chin with a baby caliber would do all you'd need it to. (if the mere sight of a weapon doesn't make the guy run for some fresh underwear, which is also common).

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    Quote Originally Posted by gottabkiddin View Post
    . You mean the one line post that asked "what's the smallest caliber you would use to protect yourself" and some goofy but comical pic with a joke. Yeah, I read it, as I'm sure everyone else did.. I must confess, I actually thought you were asking because you were really interested in others opinions on the subject, my bad. I also will add that I for one don't get your sense of humor regarding the thread, but I'll avoid the next one.
    Gottabekiddin: thanks for the friendly 'raised glass' note at the end of your post: please chalk this up to lack of sleep on my part rather than ill will ('not real bright' will work, too) - I certainly meant no malice in my original post or my comment later.

    I posted in the humor section and used a title that has surely had more heat and less light than practically any subject I can think of - I've been around for some time here, and 'caliber wars' threads always bring out the popcorn. I figured folks would be suspicious of such a blatant fire-starter, especially in the humor section.

    Fact is, I really DO respect the folks here, and recognize full well that there is a WEALTH of knowledge, wisdom, and experience to be found here, on this subject as well as others. Caliber intrigues me in particular because my slight-of-build daughter finds she has great difficulty concealing a larger pistol and maintain the dress codes where she is. But she CAN conceal a smaller pistol. Soooo - the plan is to encourage better training so she can place the shot, for instance, and be thankful she can/will carry at all. I've already profited from the remarks here and plan to go back and read 'em again more carefully.

    Wishing you the best (and the same for the other kind folks who gave their time to respond to this thread, too).

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    I am carrying my ruger LCR .38 right now. I used to say .45 without a doubt until I shot my friend's SIG SP2022 9mm after shooting my own Kahr CW45. My groupings at 20 yards were tighter than anything I got with my CW. Granted I am not a "proffesional" but the super light weight "carry" .45's have enough recoil to affect my accuracy. I'll take 17 well placed shots of 9mm over 6-7 poorly placed .45. I never thought I'd say that but I am definitely a convert.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paymeister View Post
    Gottabekiddin: thanks for the friendly 'raised glass' note at the end of your post: please chalk this up to lack of sleep on my part rather than ill will ('not real bright' will work, too) - I certainly meant no malice in my original post or my comment later.I posted in the humor section and used a title that has surely had more heat and less light than practically any subject I can think of - I've been around for some time here, and 'caliber wars' threads always bring out the popcorn. I figured folks would be suspicious of such a blatant fire-starter, especially in the humor section.Fact is, I really DO respect the folks here, and recognize full well that there is a WEALTH of knowledge, wisdom, and experience to be found here, on this subject as well as others. Caliber intrigues me in particular because my slight-of-build daughter finds she has great difficulty concealing a larger pistol and maintain the dress codes where she is. But she CAN conceal a smaller pistol. Soooo - the plan is to encourage better training so she can place the shot, for instance, and be thankful she can/will carry at all. I've already profited from the remarks here and plan to go back and read 'em again more carefully.Wishing you the best (and the same for the other kind folks who gave their time to respond to this thread, too).-Paymeister
    . Fair enough my friend.. I did not realize it was posted inside the humor section, my bad. I use my iPad and just select the active topics tab when I read the forum. I should probably grow a little thicker skin...
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    I guess for me it depends on the weather and how much clothes I want to wear. When cold enough to warrant a light jacket I roll with my Ruger P89 9mm, When its a long pants day I go with my s&w 38 in a ankle strap, If its a shorts and tee day my bare mimimum is a Raven 25 tucked in my pocket. .25 is as low as I go.

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    I prefer .45 ACP, in a full-size, all-steel 1911. That is, when my shoulder isn't sore. Accurately thrown at the nose of a BG or BB (bad beast), it should give me time to escape. If the arthritis is acting up, then my minimum cal. is 9mm. And I hold on tight, to properly direct all defensive shots.


    Actually, Paymeister, an old friend tells me how he survived pursuit by an angry California black bear, with a single round of .22LR. When he encountered the bear during a day hike, he panicked and ran. Pausing briefly, he turned and fired his 10/22 just once. He did not look back again before reaching the cabin where he and his friends were staying. He returned later, with others, better armed, and discovered the depth of his good fortune. Blackie had taken that bullet through the orbit of his right eye. Very lucky shot.
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    I trust my .22's to go bang (ok- they go "crack"), but it's not a fighting caliber. THen again, neither is my .380 kel tec, but I do carry that regular enough. Hmm, now that I think about it - hand to hand distance I'll take my .380, but all the way across my living room, I'd rather have my Smith 22A in my hand. Then again (again), the one time I had to draw my firearm and thought it was going down, I was so relieved to have my 9mm XD in my hand. I'll carry/use the others if need be or the weapon suits the carry situation, but they are "Oh Crap" calibers while I consider the 9mm a "fighting" caliber.
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    A .380 is the smallest I'd carry, and I'm not super confident in that. I pretty much only carry it when a larger gun in a conventional holster is a no-go.

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