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What is your minimum defensive caliber?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Sergei Mosin, Feb 5, 2013.

  1. Sergei Mosin

    Sergei Mosin Well-Known Member

    What is the minimum caliber you carry (or would be willing to carry) in a defensive handgun? Does the answer change if considering a BUG vs a primary?
  2. MedWheeler

    MedWheeler Well-Known Member

    .22 Long Rifle. That's the minimum, though I cannot remember the last time I left my property with a gun that wasn't in a larger caliber. It's probably been years, and likely was on a trail somewhere.
    I have several other choices available. My most-frequently carried piece is in 9mm. When I'm going to and from work (a "no-carry" profession), I have a .32 in my pocket.
  3. Fryerpower

    Fryerpower Well-Known Member

    .22 bug gun in shorts in the summer time.
    9x18mm Makarov the rest of the time.

  4. SDGlock23

    SDGlock23 Well-Known Member

    Smallest I've carried and felt somewhat comfy with was a 380, Ruger LCP. But there are small 9's out there like the Kahr CM9 that are inexpensive, not much bigger and pack more punch. I sold my LCP when I got the CM9, and to me there's no point in a 380 when there are great small 9's out there. Since then I've upgraded and pocket carry a Kahr CM40.
  5. Deltaboy

    Deltaboy Well-Known Member

    22 lr.
  6. Teachu2

    Teachu2 Well-Known Member

    At one time I carried a .22WMR derringer as a BUG, but these days I carry 9mm or .45acp. Bigger holes bleed better!
  7. browningguy

    browningguy Well-Known Member

    If all I had was a .22 that's what I would carry. On a regular basis the smallest I carry is a .32.
  8. tekarra

    tekarra Well-Known Member

    9 mm or on occasion .38 spl.
  9. M1key

    M1key Well-Known Member


  10. franco45

    franco45 Well-Known Member

    LCP as a primary in the summer and as a bug to a 9mm or 38 special in cold weather.
  11. gbran

    gbran Well-Known Member


    .44 mag, .825 G&S Gold, .825 G&S Platinum, .357 mag
  12. Delawarean

    Delawarean Well-Known Member

    .32 ACP minimum

    I prefer at least .38 Special, though.
  13. beatledog7

    beatledog7 Well-Known Member

    .38SPL (not +P) or .380ACP. I don't have a carry gun in .22LR, but I'd carry that as well.
  14. miles1

    miles1 Well-Known Member

    .38 special or .380
  15. L-Frame

    L-Frame Well-Known Member

    for regular cc I carry a 3" GP-100 with BB 158 gr. SWCHP +P's, but kicking around the house with shorts (or whatever) on I have a Keltec .32.
  16. gulogulo1970

    gulogulo1970 Well-Known Member

    9mm, a Glock 19, I keep wanting to buy a small 380 but can't seem to do it.

    I tell myself why buy a 380 when I can get a Kahr CM9 that is almost as small?
  17. beatledog7

    beatledog7 Well-Known Member

    I can think of one reason, and it's a good one for many shooters. In a really small pistol, the increase in size and weight of "the same" model from .380 to 9mm is minimal, but the difference in felt recoil and therefore time to accurate follow-up shots is proportionally much greater. The itty-bitty .380 is simply more controllable.
  18. Garmangabis

    Garmangabis Active Member

    At least one .45acp P220 with two spare magazines - my entire wardrobe reflects this decision.

    IMHO, never compromise the gun you carry, get a high quality holster.
  19. JoelSteinbach

    JoelSteinbach Well-Known Member

    38spl 158gr lwc, is a big hunk of lead for a pocket carry round
  20. jon86

    jon86 Well-Known Member

    Sometimes, I don't carry a gun. But I do feel well armed with 38 special+p.

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