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What is your minimum defensive caliber?

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

  1. The_Armed_Therapist

    The_Armed_Therapist Well-Known Member

    Minimum backup: .22LR
    Minimum primary: 9mm

    I'd be comfortable with .22LR as a backup. Though, I use .32acp currently as my backup, and would ideally prefer .380.

    As a primary (I always carry a primary in addition to the back-up), I would never go less than 9mm. I usually carry .40sw as my primary, though I would ideally like 10mm, or .45acp.
  2. vba

    vba Well-Known Member

    Made my decision long ago in the 9mm, presently in the form of the Kahr cm9 or S&W M&P9c. The former is my hot months summer pocket carry and the latter for when it is cooler. In the late fall/winter it is the Colt 1991A1.
  3. Skribs

    Skribs Well-Known Member

    I actually believe in carrying the minimum. I carry 9mm, and would not carry a lighter (.38 spl or .380 ACP, for example) hollowpoint. I like the extra capacity compared to the other options out there.

    For my "can't carry" shorts, I currently have a .380 but I'm looking at going down to a .32, because I don't think there's much difference between .380 and .32 if I'm going FMJ on both.
  4. mdauben

    mdauben Well-Known Member

    The "smallest" caliber I currently have for SD is 9mm. I've been thinking about a .38 SPL pocket gun loaded with +P ammo, but I would hate to go any smaller than that. Certainly even .22LR is better than nothing, but given I can be armed with better, I see no reason not to be.

    As a non-LEO I don't generally feel the need for a BUG so the point is moot.
  5. Chevelle SS

    Chevelle SS Well-Known Member

  6. CZ223

    CZ223 Well-Known Member

    380 acp

    Got an LCP in my pocket right now. My 1911 is on my my right hip.
  7. mrnic3guy1989

    mrnic3guy1989 Well-Known Member

    My minimum is .32 acp in my Tomcat. That is what I carry when I shouldn't be carrying and obviously can't conceal my G21.
  8. 2zulu1

    2zulu1 Well-Known Member

    At my place minimum is 38 Super in a 1911 or 357 mag S&W. When traveling to town minimum is 9mm Hi-Power, typically it's a 1911 in either 38 Super or 45 auto.
  9. Dnaltrop

    Dnaltrop Well-Known Member

    I usually carry .45 colt, and alternate with a .40.

    Anything is better than nothing, but I wouldn't be "happy" with less than a .38spl/.380
  10. BSA1

    BSA1 Well-Known Member

    22 L.R. but 22 Mag is running a close 2nd.
  11. Bobson

    Bobson Well-Known Member

    9mm in a primary carry; .38 Special in a BUG.
  12. threefortyduster

    threefortyduster Well-Known Member

    Got a .32, carry it sometimes, but when I'm in an area that tends to have a more diverse type of people around, I much prefer the a .380+. My preference would be the .357 I normally carry or a .40.
  13. Sergei Mosin

    Sergei Mosin Well-Known Member

    I'm surprised by the number of people who view .22 rimfires as acceptable. I've had so many misfires over the years that I'd never trust a rimfire cartridge in a defensive situation if there was any alternative.
  14. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    8-shot .22 LR in a 317 S&W with a Crimson Trace Lasergrip & CCI Mini-Mags.

    Attila the Hun would fall down with 8 rounds in his eye sockets, nasal cavity's, or heart.

    If thats too big and heavy at 11 oz, a flatter 10 oz Kel-Tec P3AT .380 in my jeans pocket would do as well.

  15. Spike_akers

    Spike_akers Well-Known Member

    357 sig as minimum, and .45 as regular. will never carry 9mm, because it has too much penetration and less stopping power than the 357 sig...
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2013
  16. TennJed

    TennJed Well-Known Member

    22 short
  17. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member


    My 22's are target pistols and not suited to CCW.

    My .25 is almost 100 years old and more of a novelty/range toy.

    My .32-20 has too long of a barrel for CCW, though I suspect the cartridge is hot enough.

    I don't own a dedicated .38 special revolver.

    Honestly I'd rather carry a full sized 9mm or .45 or .357, but I have a couple reliable .380's.
  18. mnhntr

    mnhntr Well-Known Member

    38+p in a revolver or 9mm in a Semi auto.
  19. yellowgate

    yellowgate New Member

  20. pockets

    pockets Well-Known Member

    I guess it's .22 Short. Since I own dozens of pocket pistols from .22 Short, Long & LR, to .25acp, to .32 acp, to .380acp.
    I do own 'larger than pocket' pistols in other chamberings. I have a 9x19 with me today. But I have no problem carrying a pocket .32acp on most occasions.

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