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    Default 22 Magnum for Self Defense?

    So I got myself a 22 Magnum Ruger LCR to review. It worked out well:

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    But the question is, would you consider a 22 Magnum for defense?

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    If that is all I had I'd get damn good with it, it might be a small round but it will punch through a skull just fine!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mark3smle View Post

    But the question is, would you consider a 22 Magnum for defense?
    Not at this point. I can handle and shoot other more effective calibers confidently. It provides little benefit.

    I think that a .22 Magnum has its place in the discussion, but right now its not for me.

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    I don't have one so no. But I think a .22 magnum is better than harsh language.
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    At .30c per round for 22mag, I'd rather go with a 9mm for .16c per round. Cheapest next to 22lr from what I can see.
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    yes...........over the decades i have carried mouse guns/calibers as back-up for weak hand shooting.....including the 22, 25 acp, and the 22 magnum......if they were worthless then i would not had bothered......


    on one hand, consider what "x" caliber will do to the bad guy......but also consider what the gun platform and caliber can do for you. Size, weight, recoil concerns, operation style........i have a feeling that should i live long enough, sub calibers will become a greater factor towards primary carry......ain't getting any younger.
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    .22 WMR is a fine SD round. Of course one should always select high-performance modern ammunition. Products like Hornady's Critical Defense provide 1000 FPS velocity out of short mini revolver barrels, and deliver 11-12 inches of penetration through multiple layers of denim, with assured dramatic expansion. If you examine the statistical charts of shootings impartially, you will find there isn't that much practical difference between the calibers except at the extreme ends of the scale, and most of these charts reflect the effect of one shot - ahem, what kind of moron fires only one shot at a threat to his life and limb? Multiple hits from any caliber, including .22 Long Rifle will suffice, needless to say, .22 WMR will certainly provide the desired result. I consider the KelTec PMR30, with it's magazine holding 30 rounds of .22WMR, to be one of the most ferocious CQB handguns ever conceived.

    One of my carry guns is a NAA Mini Revolver in .22WMR, and I fear no evil with it in my pocket. I can still put 5 rounds into a 5" circle at 5 yards in 5 seconds (OK, I'm busted - sometimes 6 seconds), more than enough firepower to do the job. Don't think so? Well, don't take my word for it - shoot yourself with one and become a believer.

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    The way I look at it, you already have the gun, and like how it shoots.

    So, until it breaks, or something better comes along, I think you've found

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    The most impressive Sub-Machine Gun I have ever seen was the Casull American 180. It fired the .22 LR at rate of 1200 RPM. It fired the .22 ILarco round at 1,500 RPM. The .22 ILarco was a Winchester .22 Mag. shortened to the length of a .22LR and much more powerful.
    These were made during the Vietnam War for special Ops. The carbine drum fed Mag held 176 rounds. In full auto it would blow thru a concrete block wall in seconds. After the War the CIA ordered these guns cut up. The one surviving American-180 is in the Casull Collection at Freedom Arms. The last I knew, anyway.
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    Actually, .22 magnums are harder to find in this area than .22lr ammo. I recently sold my Marlin .22 magnum rifle, not just for the ammo shortage, but it just sat in the gun cabinet. I thought that I would use it to hunt coyotes but that never happened. But, I still keep a revolver loaded in a drawer with the .22 magnums.
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