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Old 09-22-2012, 02:28 PM   #21
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38 racial I would trust. 9mm is what I would chose.
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I carried a small 22lr for a long time before the mouse guns were readily available. Once a month I would go to the range and fire all the rounds in the pistol and the extra mag plus all but 17 out of a new box. I would use the remaining 17 to load the pistol and the mag. One day I went to the range and the round in the tube did not fire. I switched to a center fire 380. I was carrying a 380 with hardball when I needed it and it would have been enough gun if I had pulled the trigger. A round to the head from 18" is a stopper. Luckily it was not necessary to pull the trigger. If you are going to carry a 22lr pistol use solids. Hollow point 22lr does not work at the low velocity of pistols but does work fine in rifles. A 36 grain Mini Mag HP will penetrate cloth, expand almost 2x and penetrate over 13" into ballistic Gel at 25 yards from a rifle. Currently I carry a Sig P238 380 with Critical Defense. Unlike the other mouse guns, it is a pleasure to shoot.
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Old 09-22-2012, 09:23 PM   #23
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My issues with the 22 are that I get plenty of duds. Even had a mini mag bog fire once.

I prefer centerfire over rimfire.

I like 9mm over 380 because its cheaper and more power. I dislike 380 on cost.
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Old 09-23-2012, 04:05 PM   #24
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I looked long and hard at my needs/requirements and decided to go mainly with the .22 magnum. Yeah, not the choice for everyone. But I looked at the ballistics and videos of it's performance in Gel blocks and even read a compelling story written by a man who was shot point blank with one. I don't live in a high risk area at the moment. It also allowed me to stock up on ammo at an affordable price. (In my humble opinion) I do have a Ruger sp-101 in .327 for home defense and also a couple Nagants which are fun. But the others are basic .22 magnum revolvers from Charter Arms and two mini revolvers from NAA.
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I can put the NAA revolvers into a pocket but they also make little holsters for the belt and ankles.
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I even bought a couple .22 magnum rifles to go with them.
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Small 30 caliber ammo cans will hold an even 1,000 rounds of .22 magnum ammo.
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Again, not for everyone but for me it was a good choice.

PS- If your a bit older you may also consider another choice (where it's legal) in a sword cane from Cold Steel. It's a quality product and if all else fails it's better than a rock. I don't need to use a cane yet but I keep it in a corner of the bedroom as a "just in case/if all else fails" weapon
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Old 09-23-2012, 04:24 PM   #25
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I answer it like this: I carry a 9mm or a .38 depending on my situation, my dept issues .40 to defeat barriers like auto glass, and .45acp is king.

But every time I hear "oh .22lr? That would just piss a BG off!" I say "oh well heck! Can I shoot you with my MKIII? You can punch me in the face after, see what's worse..."
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I would trust a 22mag . I cc a 380 mid frame ad I have a mossberg behind the seat of my truck if
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[QUOTE="workman5487"]I would trust a 22mag . I cc a 380 mid frame ad I have a mossberg behind the seat of my truck if all else fails 00 buck shot will prob do the job !
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Old 09-25-2012, 12:46 PM   #28
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You have to trust the one that's in your hand when you need it!! If you don't why would you carry it? Other words....it's very subjective and certainly a personal decision.
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Subject line says it all.

I don't trust rimfire to go bang everytime. Therefore I would want to have a revolver or lever action rifle if I were to use it SD/hd. Thus removing the smaller gun benefit...so that's why I prefer 9mm.

I would trust. .25. .32. .380 centerfire...but all those cost more than 9mm for me.
Making 9mm the sweet spot.

If someone gave me a tiny 25 and unlimited free ammo I would carry it as a bug or Iwb speedo option.
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.380 is the lowest I'll go for SD. I'd feel safer with 9mm or 38+p though, which is what I will carry.
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