This is a discussion on Does anyone here use a 22lr for home defense/carry? within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Perhaps this situation isn't so much about caliber but is more about setting up the apartment to maximize being able to shoot in the direction ...
Perhaps this situation isn't so much about caliber but is more about setting up the apartment to maximize being able to shoot in the direction of the outer wall instead of inner walls. Assuming the intruder comes in the door furniture can be arranged to funnel a person coming in over to that outer wall while the inhabitant remains in a position to shoot in that direction.
Don't know if that is possible in this particular apartment but it is a thought.
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I have a Taurus Judge with the three inch chambers and three inch barrel with Crimson Trace laser grips loaded with five Winchester PDX1 three inch .410 bore shot-shells relegated to nightstand duty due to penetration concerns. It is backed up with a 1911 in either .45 ACP or 10mm that I carry during the day and a 12 gauge pump shotgun loaded with #1 buckshot. I also have an NAA Mini-Mag .22 magnum revolver that goes into my pajama pocket until I get dressed in the morning. I also have ARs, AKs, and other guns in the safe if needed.
I would not like to depend only on a .22 LR for home defense. If I was limited to one gun by my budget and lived in an apartment complex, I would look at the Taurus Judge. The S&W Governor is another option that holds six rounds, but is more expensive. A short barrel shotgun would be another option.
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I've got an S&W 22lr Compact in my safe. In my nightstand is a G26 with two G19 magazines next to it. I have bigger guns and calibers in the safe as well, but the 26 is the one that I shoot most comfortably and accurately, so it's the best option for home defense for me by default.
Oh, and I hate patching holes in drywall. That's why shot placement is so critical-nobody wants to cancel a trip to the range to spend the afternoon patching holes in their wall.
It wouldnt be my first choice, but my ruger mk3 stays loaded. If it is what comes to hand , then i will put holes where there were none previously
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Your points are shallow... my points are Hollow....
If the 22 was all I could get to at the time , I would not hesitate to grab my Rem 552 , 15 rounds at close distance would do
at the very least. I load 40 gr Win. in it , Should be a like a load of # 1 buck one at a time, just a little delay JMO ; )
H/D PS I have plenty of substantial calibers, but I'd use it in a pinch
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We all know a handgun is not optimal for self defense, most people carry them because they conceal easily. For home defense I would recommend a 12 or 20 ga shotgun with bird shot. If your going to carry as well go with a 9mm but be ready to practice to become proficient in its use. Just my .02 cents
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