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22 Mag Pistol for Self-Defense, would you?
Am Shooting Journal ^ | 1/15/2018 | J Hines

Posted on 01/15/2018 6:41:50 AM PST by w1n1

For concealed carrier having a reliable pistol that you’re comfortable with is ideal. If you’re a newbie and think that you want to start with a reliable pistol.
Why not look into a getting a Ruger LCR-22, compact light handgun weighs 16-ounce, affordable and easy to shoot.
It incorporates several novel features such as a polymer grip and trigger housing, monolithic receiver, and constant force trigger.
Operates in double-action only (DAO) as the hammer is concealed within the frame handle's fire control housing of the gun and cannot be cocked prior to firing, shoots .22 Winchester Rimfire caliber.

Some may argue that the .22 WMR is too small for personal defense. Those that think this way are looking at it from a hunter mindset, that is one shot one kill.
However, for self-defense purpose the primary objective is stop the bad guy from doing bad things.
There are three ways to stop a threat with a pistol:

Let’s move onto the cartridge itself, yes, its not a .357. The .22 WMR does not have the stopping power of a .357, it does have velocity. Back to this later, many gun experts will test out these cartridges against gel. Its simply a ballistic test medium which is thought to offer the same resistance to a bullet as would muscle tissue.
However, it does not replicate skin, ribs, cartilage or fat and, in fact, very often the way a bullet performs in living tissue is quite different than how it performs in gelatin.
Ok, you’re still stuck on the different calibers and how a .22 compares... Read the rest and see the .22 mag pistol video here. What do you all think, would you carry a Ruger LCR-22 if you had to?


TOPICS: Hobbies; Outdoors
KEYWORDS: 22magnum; blogpimp; rugerlcr22
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1 posted on 01/15/2018 6:41:50 AM PST by w1n1
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To: w1n1

No. The advantage of 22 is ability to fire multiple shots with little recoil. Therefore you need lots of cartridges and the revolver doesn’t have them.


2 posted on 01/15/2018 6:46:30 AM PST by expat2
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To: w1n1

Better to have a .22 LR on you than a .45 at home...


3 posted on 01/15/2018 6:46:51 AM PST by null and void ( The Martians fought global warming, all the plants died and the surface water froze solid....)
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To: w1n1

my bedside weapon is a Ruger single six in 22 magnum. One day I might go to a 22 TCM.


4 posted on 01/15/2018 6:47:07 AM PST by securityman
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To: w1n1

Any gun better than no gun.

I believe .22 LRs kill more people than all other cartridges combined.

But not a good choice if you know you go to places that are normally unsafe.


5 posted on 01/15/2018 6:48:39 AM PST by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: expat2

I have a 9 round Hi Standard revolver in my Go Bag among with 150 rounds of ammunition. I file it under “Better Than Nothing”.

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6 posted on 01/15/2018 6:48:56 AM PST by Lurker (President Trump isn't our last chance. President Trump is THEIR last chance.)
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To: expat2

A study I saw several years ago of a great many defensive shootings showed this:

ANY hit with ANY bullet—the first shot—stopped bad guys equally regardless of caliber.

Yep—even the .22 short.

The first rule of gunfighting is “HAVE A GUN”.


7 posted on 01/15/2018 6:51:48 AM PST by Flintlock (The ballot box STOLEN, our soapbox taken away--the BULLET BOX is left to us.)
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To: expat2

>>No. The advantage of 22 is ability to fire multiple shots with little recoil. Therefore you need lots of cartridges and the revolver doesn’t have them.

I agree. It only holds 6 rounds. No sale. The 22LR version holds 8 and makes a good snake gun. Ruger is about 10 years too late now that pocket 380s that hold 6+1 are so common and quite reliable.


8 posted on 01/15/2018 6:53:58 AM PST by Bryanw92 (Asking a pro athlete for political advice is like asking a cavalry horse for tactical advice.)
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To: w1n1

I shoot a 1911 in .45 Auto more than I shoot any other handgun, but I see a lot of value in the .22 for concealed carry, even as a revolver. My loaded 1911 weighs 46 ounces, with no spare magazines. My loaded eight shot S&W .22 kit gun weighs about 12 ounces. That weight differential can make a huge difference in how often the firearm is carried.

Gun beats no gun.


9 posted on 01/15/2018 6:57:01 AM PST by Pollster1 ("Governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed")
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To: w1n1

Center fire only for me.


10 posted on 01/15/2018 6:58:18 AM PST by databoss
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To: w1n1

One thing I have wondered about is if I ever was in a position to have to unexpectedly shoot is how I would deal with the noise of my gun. I have fired a 22LCR without hearing protection and I think that the noise it makes would be a minimal issue compared to a larger caliber pistol.


11 posted on 01/15/2018 6:58:38 AM PST by Controlling Legal Authority (Author of "Are You Ready to Adopt?")
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To: w1n1

A 22 is great for protecting a bank account from larger calibers. Larger calibers are great for protecting yourself.


12 posted on 01/15/2018 7:00:25 AM PST by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: expat2
From Kel Tec. 30 rounds of .22 magnum:


13 posted on 01/15/2018 7:02:31 AM PST by Artemis Webb (Maxine Waters for House Minority Leader!!)
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To: w1n1

The old Berreta Jetfire in 22LR or .25 centerfire holds 8.


14 posted on 01/15/2018 7:03:09 AM PST by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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To: w1n1
Carried as a back-up for years.
15 posted on 01/15/2018 7:04:12 AM PST by KeyLargo
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This is the fire arm I purchased for my wife. She does not have the upper arm strength to chamber a shell in a semi automatic. The hammer being covered means there will not be a “dropping” accident. There are WMR .22 hollow points shells available. These were the reasons I purchased the pistol. In addition, she is very comfortable with it.


16 posted on 01/15/2018 7:05:39 AM PST by TheOldSchool
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To: w1n1

This article seems to plagerize from this one:

https://www.americanrifleman.org/articles/2015/6/8/the-22-magnum-for-self-defense


17 posted on 01/15/2018 7:05:44 AM PST by Artemis Webb (Maxine Waters for House Minority Leader!!)
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To: w1n1

I have a S&W 351 PD, which holds 7 rounds of .22 Mag and weighs under 11 ounces. Hornady Critical Defense FTX ammo delivers 1000 fps out of a 1.875” barrel and 11 inches penetration in gel. It uses low flash powder. It has no recoil to speak of.

Bill Jordan, in “No Second Place Winner” opined that a J-frame in .22 Mag would be a good backup gun.


18 posted on 01/15/2018 7:06:14 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Controlling Legal Authority

Too much penetration with a .22Mag. It will shoot through a bad guy and hit a bystander behind him/her.

My daily carry is a .380 with extreme shock ammo. Belly gun but accurate to 10 yards easy. Extreme shot ammo breaks up when it hits something so less collateral damage possibility.

I prefer my 1911 with shock ammo and wear it in a shoulder holster in the winter when wearing a jacket.


19 posted on 01/15/2018 7:06:28 AM PST by oldasrocks (rump)
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To: KeyLargo
Next thing we see will be the .17 IMR in a handgun. Should be interesting. Great in a varmint rifle.
20 posted on 01/15/2018 7:12:48 AM PST by DaveA37
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