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Lowest Caliber You Would Use For Self Defense

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by EdLaver, Oct 25, 2006.

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What is the lowest caliber you would use for personal defense?

Poll closed Nov 1, 2006.
  1. .22 lr

    52 vote(s)
    17.3%
  2. .32

    29 vote(s)
    9.6%
  3. .38 special

    49 vote(s)
    16.3%
  4. .380 acp

    83 vote(s)
    27.6%
  5. .25

    7 vote(s)
    2.3%
  6. 9mm

    59 vote(s)
    19.6%
  7. .45 ACP is the end all be all of pistol calibers for me

    22 vote(s)
    7.3%
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  1. EdLaver

    EdLaver Member

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    What's the lowest caliber you would use for self defensive purposes?
     
  2. sjones63

    sjones63 Member

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    .22 if thats all I had,otherwise my ultra carry .45 sj
     
  3. gbelleh

    gbelleh Member

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    I voted .32 because I've been known to go out armed only with my P-32, especially in the summer heat.
     
  4. salvador31c

    salvador31c Member

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    I belive i could do some damage in a SD sitiuation with a 22lr to the head. no mater the caliber if i'm using Deadly Force Might as well go for the head shot right just to make sure
     
  5. SIRVEYR666

    SIRVEYR666 Member

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    I voted for .22LR (that's as small as you went), but I'd use the friggin' "pointy rock in hand" caliber if that was all I had.:D

    I'm kind of a scrapper. I'll fight as dirty as needed.:evil:
     
  6. Bazooka Joe71

    Bazooka Joe71 Member

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    I guess I'm not totally sure, but I don't think you guys understood his question...I think a better way to state the question would be, if you had ALL of those calibers, what is the smallest you would use for, say CCW.

    9mm for me
     
  7. 10-Ring

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    I have what I call my false sense of security :D My 25 caliber Beretta :scrutiny:
     
  8. salvador31c

    salvador31c Member

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    well in that case i could live with 9mm as an every day gun

    :neener: i second that haha
     
  9. kokapelli

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    Ha! Ha! If a 22cal was all I had, you bet I'd use it, but I would prefer at least a 380acp.
     
  10. ugaarguy

    ugaarguy Moderator Staff Member

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    I voted for the 380 ACP, since my Kel-Tec P3AT is my current "in the neck holster t-shirt and gym shorts gun." In all honesty if I ever get a hand or wrist injury that limits what I can handle I'd be out shooting ping pong balls with a 22lr J Frame or SP-101, or a 32 ACP CZ-83. I must admit that I have this strange desire for a Baby Browning (25 ACP) though, and I'd probably carry it too. All that to say the P3AT is the biggest small gun I can carry when other options just aren't practical. Tailor the gun to the need and carry the largest caliber that you can comfortably handle in that size package. Another example; if I'm ever around small children with frequency, in a low threat environment, a 3" bbl J-Frame "kit gun" in 22lr or 32 S&W may well find a home in my safe since the soft report will be less likely to damage sensitive little ears. Like I said, fit the gun to the parameters of the situation.
     
  11. wally

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    Rule #1 of a gunfight: Have a gun!

    If .25 is all I could carry I'd use it, but now days, with the Kel-Tec P3AT there is no real reason to go below .380. I voted .25 as I don't think .22lr is ever reliable enough in a small gun for SD useage -- story is JMB invented the .25ACP *because* he couldn't make .22lr reliable in very small guns.

    --wally.
     
  12. Socrates

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    22 short.
    6-8 inches in rats. With proper shot placement, it would hurt...

    Some gun is better then your hands...
    S
     
  13. Alan Fud

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    The first rule is to have a gun because ANY caliber beats NO caliber.

    Now, "What is the Lowest Caliber that I would feel COMFORTABLE using for Self Defense?" is an entirely different question. The answer to that question would be a .38 and/or a 9mm.
     
  14. doncameron

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    I voted for .22 because with the Walther P22 and 10 rounds,
    I can place 10 in a 4" circle from 20 feet....rapid fire

    main choice is .45 EAA witness with 10 rounds in the mag.
     
  15. nitesite

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    I voted .38 Special but technically that's .357" caliber and a 9mm is .355" caliber so I guess I should have voted for 9mm. :p

    My S&W 442 is the smallest I will go these days. There was a time I carried a North American Arms Guardian .32 ACP but no more. ;)
     
  16. M2 Carbine

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    If it's just a simple choice of a 45ACP or something smaller, I'd chose the biggest.

    But in fact, do to how I dress I'm usually carrying a Kel Tec 380.
     
  17. The Lone Haranguer

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    In a primary defense gun, .38 Spl. for a revolver, 9mm Luger for a pistol.
     
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    I carry a minimum of 9mm or 38 spl, although I am currently considering a P3AT
     
  19. weregunner

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    Didn't vote for various reasons. Here goes. If carrying the 45 or 9mm. Ruger. A 38 snub or Makarov is the backup gun to the main one. If summer and the 357 revolver is carried the 38 snub or Mak gets the chore as backup. If really hot, the 38 snub is main and the 22 or 25 is back up. If carrying one gun, will go no lower in caliber than the Makarov 9 by 18 round or 38. And the Mak round isn't in the poll. Different conditions, different mix of cartridges.
     
  20. crunker

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    .22, since if I have little money then I know I can still be safe.
     
  21. gandog56

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    9 mm, but only if my .45 wasn't loaded and on the nightstand like it is.
     
  22. aspen1964

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    ..I don't like to denigrate even the smallest of calibers and guns because there are purposes for these as well...but that said, for a small, light round I like the 32 automatic...WITH a decent length barrel...so, I chose the Colt 1903 as my favorite pocket-gun...it gets the most speed out of this cartridge...
     
  23. Steel Talon

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    9x18 for me is the minimum.

    Peace
    Steel Talon:cool:
     
  24. hexidismal

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    I voted .380

    I feel I should comment on that though. I carry a .45 every day (P345D), and I wouldn't really feel comfortable with anything less. I honestly don't even trust my life to my 9mms if I can help it. Every so often though my bersa fits the bill more appropriately for a sensitive carry occasion. I don't know if I really believe my 380 is fully reliable for self defense, but in accordance with the thread topic I had to say that it is the lowest caliber I would carry .. but only when I have to.
    So.. Primary: .45acp, .357mag, or larger. Backup: Nothing less than .380

    Poll poster left some things out though .. what about going bigger ? I'd be willing to bet that there have to be a few people around here that carry a S&W.500 and wouldn't budge an inch:)
     
  25. EdLaver

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    I chose .380 acp purely because my lil Bersa .380 loaded with corbon Pow'Rball 70 grain gets like 1200fps and I have seen SERIOUS damage done with the bersa/Powerball combination on fruits and small slabs of semi-frozen meat. I would be very confindent in it if I had a fire fight using it. It is also my smallest pistol caliber that I own. I do have a .17 rimfire rifle for those pesky squirrels that feast on my beloved pear tree.
     
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