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Old 10-03-2012, 06:41 PM   #41
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By far, the most effective gun, and caliber, for self defense is the one you have in your hand when you need it.

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Regardless of the amount of hours I have trained for that future moment when I am attacked, I do not trust that I will be able to place my initial hits of light caliber rounds on an attacker to disable and stop the attack.

Thus, I carry one of these sidearms when away from home: .38 Special +P, 357 magnum and .45ACP.

If I am able to put more than one round of any of these calibers into an attacker, I am confident that I will be able to disengage myself from that lfe-threatening situation.

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The 25 auto was the original James Bond gun. But it was the the thoughts of the writer...
25 is easily the weakest round you could chose - weaker than 22LR. I'm sure it would work in the right circumstances. It would be scary to depend on for general use, though.
The 32 is not much better - closer to 22LR in energy.
If I had to chose one of these I believe I'd go for a high capacity 22 revolver.

But if I didn't have to chose one of those my choice would be, and is, 380. I use it presently in my mix of concealables - and it seems to be my always go to gun for cc.

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I'm sorry, I didn't read any replies. So excuse me if this was already covered.

I think the caliber debate for handguns is a stupid one. I carry a 9mm because the gun I want to carry is chambered for it. Also, 9mm is inexpensive and readily available. There really isn't much difference between 9mm, .40, & .45. I hate hearing about knock down power.

In the end I trust what ever caliber I've got. If all I've got is .22 LR, then that's what I trust. It's better than a rock. It's more about shot placement than caliber.

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I'm sorry, I didn't read any replies. So excuse me if this was already covered.

I think the caliber debate for handguns is a stupid one. I carry a 9mm because the gun I want to carry is chambered for it. Also, 9mm is inexpensive and readily available. There really isn't much difference between 9mm, .40, & .45. I hate hearing about knock down power.

In the end I trust what ever caliber I've got. If all I've got is .22 LR, then that's what I trust. It's better than a rock. It's more about shot placement than caliber.
I agree that caliber debates are generally useless. I liked this thread because it wasn't as much about what a round can do but what you trust to carry.

No one is going to NOT use a gun in an emergency if it is all they have and Reid death is guaranteed if they don't.

My issue with rimfire isn't its lethality, but the fact that I don't trust them in a semi-auto to go bang every time. So in a revolver I'm good, but then again I'd rather have 5 or 6 - 38 special over 8 or 9 -22.
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I agree that caliber debates are generally useless. I liked this thread because it wasn't as much about what a round can do but what you trust to carry.

No one is going to NOT use a gun in an emergency if it is all they have and Reid death is guaranteed if they don't.

My issue with rimfire isn't its lethality, but the fact that I don't trust them in a semi-auto to go bang every time. So in a revolver I'm good, but then again I'd rather have 5 or 6 - 38 special over 8 or 9 -22.
Yeah, that is the one problem with rimfire. The rounds just aren't reliable.
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I think a 9mm would be the smallest,have a 9 in Kahr K-9,STI Sentry and Glock 19.

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I personally would trust a 22lr to stop a man, do I want to test it any time soon? Heck no.If I had a choice 9mm or 45, but I WOULD trust a 22.

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In a handgun, for me, it's 9mm, more because 22LR pistols are neither

fast, nor dependable.

Think about it, you pepper someone with a semi rifle, in 22LR ,

they're eighty sixed.

You just can't dependably develop that kind of rate of fire with

a 22 pistol...

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