.22 pistol in your defensive battery of guns...

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Great Scot, Jul 30, 2020.

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  1. Rexster

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    If I run out of .38 Special ammo, well, my K-Frame-sized holsters can carry my S&W Model 17-4 .22 LR well enough. S&W and Ruger medium and medium-large revolvers are what I can shoot consistently best, on demand, without warm-up shots, and this type of long-stroke DA is my least-perishable trigger skill set. .22 LR would not be my first choice for defensive carry, but .22 LR in my best weapon system

    In a hypothetical situation of choosing between two loaner handguns, or two two scrounged handguns, I might be better-served by a medium-framed revolver, a system I have fired countless thousands of times, since the early Eighties, in spite of its being chambered for .22 LR, than an unfamiliar service pistol that fires 9mm or other duty ammo.
     
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    This 351C 22 Mag gets plenty of time as a pocket warmer and is super lite. The trouble with threads like this that you never know what the type of situation you are going to be in to fight back with. Is someone shooting at you from cover and you need to penetrate or do they just have a bathing suit on and they are out in the open? How many rounds do you need and what caliber? If my body could take the beating I would take a 1911 with 230 gr. hard ball every time. But I can’t shoot guns like that anymore so my 22 mag fits my situation.


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    The shot was at 25yds to the head. The hog fell over and never moved an inch. Just saying the 22lr is capable of doing the job if the shooter is capable of putting it in the right place.
     
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    The 22 lr will also kill a Brown bear or a Polar Bear if you put the bullet "in the right place". A rhinoceros as well, if it's taking a nap. It will also kill a Moose, if you first ran into it with a truck and you want to put the beast down. But that does not mean that it is the right choice for the job of hunting game much larger than a rabbit. To hit the "right place" with a 22lr requires that you place a bullet in a very small area to the head or spine. It requires that the hog, coyote, etc. not move by even a fraction of an inch at the last moment. It counts on no sudden gust of wind, or leaf being in the way. To rely on the "perfect shot" in every case is a piece of magical thinking.

    Hunting should not be a stunt. Choose the right ammo for the game.
     
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    The guy was using a bolt action 22lr rifle with scope and one shot. The hog was over 350lb, 25yds., Unrestrained, in the wild, over bait, with other hogs near by at night. The guy took his time and picked his shot. He regularly hunts hogs with 22lr with great success.
    So, which caliber do you use that you do not feel the need to put it in the right place. Hats off to anyone that has the confidence and abilities to do the job with something less than a cannon and a box of shells.
     
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    Story from a guy from Alaska that I went to school with(we were in University of Colorado)...he fished in Alaska all the time with his dad..while doing so, father and son were 'attacked' by a huge Kodiak bear...out of the bushes, on it's hind legs, bad news...son had a 44mag revolver..emptied all rounds 'into the bear', no effect..father with a rifle, dispatched it. Closer examination showed at least one of the 44mag rounds bounced off the bear's forehead, glancing but none the less.

    Might be a 'TINS' story, I donno...
     
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    I consider myself pretty well armed with a knife. If I had to choose a .22lr to carry, I would also feel well armed, as long as I still had a knife. I wouldn't probably choose to do so, but if I had to, I'm sure everything would work out.
     
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