CCWing a .22LR by choice?

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  1. dogsoldier0513

    dogsoldier0513 Member

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    If you do...or know someone that does....what is it and why a .22LR? TIA
     
  2. Fred Fuller

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    As a 'hardware' question, I'm moving this one from ST&T to Handguns...
     
  3. doc2rn

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    When its all you can CCW I often take my NAA mini with me, but its .22 mag. I pocket carry strong side in a pocket holster. Usually for churchie dress up type events, where OCing or Printing would be frowned upon in a big bad ugly way.
     
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    I also carry a 22 mag NAA.

    I've found nothing else that conceals as well for my body size/type and dress in summer.
     
  5. The Lone Haranguer

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    Unless it is all you have, why needlessly handicap yourself?
     
  6. robinkevin

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    I don't think it's nearly as common as it once was due to smaller and more powerful pocket pistols available. If's it's all you have or you need something smaller than the little .380s I think it's a good choice in .22 mag. Remember a lot of people once carried .25 which isn't nearly as good of a round as the .22 mag and was usually a larger pistol than today's pocket .22 revolvers.

    My personal outlook is that it's better than nothing and I would like to point out two facts. Most of the time a crime is avoided just from a firearm being drawn or fired regardless if the bad guy is even hit. This brings me to my second fact, no one wants or likes getting shot no matter the caliber.

    YMMV
     
  7. Swing

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    I have carried a .22 WMR wheelgun in years past, but have long since given up the habit. It was more a "tacklebox" gun than for social situations though.

    As to the question, would I purposely limit myself to .22LR for CCW? No, can't say I would. Some contemporary .380 ACP autos and .38 Special revolvers aren't that much bigger than .22s.
     
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    I'm retired and living on 32acres in rural Georgia and carry a walther tph 22 on my property daily.When going to town I have more powerful choices,but because of the price savings I shoot the little walther the most.
     
  9. Water-Man

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    How reliable are those NAA revolvers?
     
  10. JSpear

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    Very, I've never had any issues with mine!
     
  11. Vern Humphrey

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    I have said before, most disasters happen because people plan to have a disaster. If you find yourself in a life-threatening situation witn nothing but a .22, that's because you planned it that way.

    Imagine you know you're going to be in a life-and-death confrontation today. What pistol would you choose in that case?

    That's the gun and caliber you should carry all the time.
     
  12. rcmodel

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    I sometimes carry a S&W 317 Airlite with Crimson Trace lazer grips while walking the dog.

    Eight .22 LR in your sinus cavitys, eye sockets, and throat would most likely slow you down enough I can out-hobble you and get away.

    rc
     
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    I have had a NAA .22lr for many years for awhile it was the only gun I carried when I was working dope (buying not doing raids) As i got older and weaker and maybe a little smarter I began carrying bigger weapons working and off duty. I now sit behine a desk so it don't really matter much but I still carry the little .22 when I do my yard other then that it doesn't get carried.

    be safe
     
  14. mr.trooper

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    There was a point in time where the only small pistol I owned was a Walther P-22. Thus, that is what I carried.

    It never had a failure, ever, with CCI ammunition.

    Ballistic gelatin tests with the P-22 shows 12" of penetration, which is enough to reach vital organs even with a poor shot angle.

    I was a pretty decent shot with it as well.

    So why not carry it? Because internet commandos tell me not to? NEGATIVE.
     
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    It is far better to have something slightly underpowered with you every day than to have something that is a pain in the neck that you may not carry as often.
    .22LR isnt the greatest but it sure beats being unarmed.
     
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    I prefer to call 22lr by its metric designation,5.56x15mmR. Sounds much more powerful!:D
     
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    Physician's Orders

    I have had to, as have some others, go to .22 long rifle for defensive needs.
    No recoil, as per Doctors due to injury/surgery.


    Also, in my case, and others I know too well of, in NPE, [non permissive to (weapon) environments] a small .22 such as the NAA fits a niche. Add, I have been known to have worn a NAA in a crotch holster in the event a "Onion Field incident" come down. It was not uncommon for me to have a NAA worn about the neck as mine had the lanyard ring.

    Good book The Onion Field and I was in high risk work if you will. Me/Mine did everything we could, still in the line our work there was always that chance, and being fearful , the worst could happen.

    I have been chided before and expect to always be, still I will state my opinion having "been there and done that" if you will.

    Everyone should have a .22 long rifle handgun they can conceal carry, one they can get quick, effective hits with.

    One never knows when they too will have No Recoil orders from a Doctor or Surgeon due to injury or surgery.

    Oh, and have a cattle cane fitted to you, just a simple good piece of wood from the Farm Store, Ranch Store, or Feed-n-Seed store.

    Steve
     
  18. mje

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    Vern asks, "Imagine you <b>know</b> you're going to be in a life-and-death confrontation today. What pistol would you choose in that case?<br />
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    That's the gun and caliber you should carry all the time."

    Heck, I'd stay home. A big part of successful self defense is avoiding conflict in the first place. ;-)
     
  19. gbran

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    Very well put. Cuts to the chase.
     
  20. mgkdrgn

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    Very ... they are pretty much stone simple. And with the between round safety notch you don't have to worry about carry with the hammer on a live round.
     
  21. Armored farmer

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    Very. Like a quality watch. I CC mine sometimes. I have the holstergrip version.
     
  22. Deltaboy1984

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    I knew a lady in Little Rock who sent a mugger to the grave with 6 rounds from a old Iver Johnson pocket Pistol with a 3 inch barrel. The rounds the guy at St Vincents pull out were Hollow Points. She was 78 and he was about 24.
     
  23. Armored farmer

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    That's indeed good food for thought, but I'm most familiar with an 870. That would be my first choice for a 'confrontation', and is my home defense gun.
    IMHO a CCW must be a trade-off between firepower and daily portability. You never really know when you might need it, a .22 in your pocket is better than a 1911 back home in the safe because you didn't want to lug it around that day.
     
  24. floorit76

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    I'm from IL, so I don't get to carry yet. But I also have a naa mini in 22lr. It will be my carry gun frequently once we have passed CC. But what is frequently missed in these threads is that not everyone carries for the same reason. As an electrician in a rural area, I spend alot of time working in the boonies. Mine will be more of a snake gun than a defensive weapon. I have other larger pistols, that I'm sure I will find reasons to carry. But 90% of the time it will be the naa.
     
  25. Onward Allusion

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    I used to CC a NAA Mini in 22LR, but I came to my senses. These days I carry a P32 and only carry the NAA when I absolutely can't carry anything else (i.e. in a pair of running shorts). Due to a recent situation, I'm seriously considering up-sizing to a PF9 or P11 and carry a NAA in 22 Mag as a BUG.
     
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