Originally Posted by BeyondTheBox
That would be awesome man. I'm basically trying to convince myself to pick up a plinkin' gun, but I need more reason than just fun, there's got to be a practical application for me, such as possible personal or home defense back up. If there's a round that can be found to do enough damage I can justify the purchase. I know it's stupid, but it's how I work.
There are a lot more reason than SD/HD to own a firearm. Plinking is one, but so is practice. You can take a 1911 platform in .22 and shoot for days and only spend about $20, or you can a 1911 in .45 and shoot 50 rounds for the same price. Point being: Say you carry/keep a .45 1911 as a SD/HD firearm, if you get a .22 version you will be practicing more with the same type of firearm, this is nothing but positive (the only major difference is recoil). Then there is hunting and trapping. Many, many trappers carry a single action .22 to put down trapped animals, and my bet is that most of them are a using HP rounds. For hunting small game and taking care of varmints a HP .22 is very choice (in a rifle). As for a back up gun for either HD or SD, a .22 would not be my first (or even 5th choice) but I suppose it is better than nothing if SHTF. BTW I once fired my Ruger Single Ten at a regular 2x4 from a distance of about 5 feet. I was using Federal HP's and it went right through the 2x4, I was able to find the round and it did show some decent expansion.