Originally Posted by rockratt
I agree Trip but I remember reading an article in one of the mags years ago about the 22lr being one of the most deadly rounds ever created.
According to some report from medical examiners, the plurality of firearm deaths (during a certain several year time span, etc...) was due to the lowly .22 Long Rifle caliber. (No, I no longer have the report or the citation; I believe it was pre-internet.) (Sorry if I scared any kiddies.)
However, the actual cause of death was gangrene or some other hideous internal (infernal?) infection caused by the bullet hole and LACK OF TREATMENT.
It seems the .22 Long Rifle delivers a wound that can be borne for a while. No need to go see a doctor; besides, Emergency Rooms have to notify the police and so forth.
Yes, .22 lr is a great killer. However, if one shoots an attacker in self-defense, then the attacker carves off one's face with a broken bottle and then crawls off and dies, the defender has not really won.