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Old 10-20-2012, 02:10 AM   #61
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I just came across a similar thread where I read the funniest thing I've seen in a long time...

"I remember one time while hiking with a friend in northern Alberta, and out of nowhere came this huge brown bear charging us and was she mad! We must have been near one of her cubs. Anyway, if I had not had my little Beretta Jetfire, I would not be here today.

Just one shot to my buddy's knee cap was all it took....thee bear got him, and I was able to escape by just walking at a brisk pace.

It's one of the best pistols in my collection....."

Ref: http://www.usacarry.com/forums/off-topic/27083-what-smallest-caliber-you-trust-protect-yourself.html

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Old 10-21-2012, 12:42 AM   #62
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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.
I have read similar claims numerous times on different forums. People tend to compare a .22 out if a RIFLE with a .25 out of a pistol and come to a conclusion that .25 is weaker. Well, it is not. And especially not a .32. Please explain how a 40gr bullet at 1000 fps equals a 73gr bullet at 950 fps. A .32 ACP has been a mainstay of European armies and police forces for decades. It's a proven round. My carry is .32 and I am very comfortable with its balance of weight and power.
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Old 10-21-2012, 10:12 AM   #63
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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...
Not sure what you are trying to say here. There are plenty of 22 semi-autos that can put out a lot of rounds quickly...
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38 special
I agree.. In my self defense classes I recommend nothing smaller than a 38 SP, BUT a gun on your person (regardless of caliber) is better than one in the safe/car/house when you need one!!!
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i guess no one has caught onto the fact that OP's posting was a humorous posting about small calibers.

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Not sure what you are trying to say here. There are plenty of 22 semi-autos that can put out a lot of rounds quickly...
IME, something about the striker on rimfire pistols is weak.

Because the same rounds plow right out of a Marlin 60, S&W 15/22,

or a Ruger 10/22 with no problem. Brrrabap, 4-5 rounds in about a second.

But that dependability and speed

is lost in pistols, even firing the better ammo. That's what I'm saying.
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Any caliber beats a bat or knife, but I prefer 9MM as my choice of
smallest round.

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I only carry .45acp in a Colt 1911 Government or SA XDM-45 4.5". However, I would seriously consider .357Sig in a Glock 32. A recent study showed that on average 2-3 rounds of any caliber were necessary to stop an attacker, although the instances of the attacker never stopping increased as the caliber decreased, and decreased as calibers got larger. Also the situations of the "one shot stop" were higher with larger calibers (although still a very small percentage).

And...rifles were significantly better than any handgun round in the same study. Hence the old saying that the handgun is to delay while you get to your rifle.

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Unfortunately as you grow older the smaller calibres tend to look larger.

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The smallest that I trust would be a .357 mag but I carry either a 44 Spcl, .40 S&W, 9MM, & of course a 45acp in a 1911

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