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pluspforyou38 04-11-2012 05:38 AM

5 shot .38 spl vs. 8 shot .22 mag
i think with the new .22 mag ammo its just more practical. for self defense why not?


phildenton 04-11-2012 05:45 AM

Maybe as a bug or deep conceal, id stick with something more powerful as a primary.

7point62 04-12-2012 08:01 PM

My youngest kid (15) has a Colt Umarex M4 .22 tactical and I've told him if necessary he can use the 30-round mag for home defense...Just keep pulling the trigger and eventually the BG will go down. But for concealed carry? I'd want something with immediate stopping power. Remember, if you have to shoot somebody 8 times to terminate a threat it's not going to go well for you in court. Better to shoot once or twice and be done with it. 22 Mag is a good round but you better hit him in a vital spot the first time or you will just p*ss him off.

JTJ 04-13-2012 02:44 AM
I was highly disappointed in the numbers. The Winchester did better and it was not tailored for short barrels. A 22lr 40 grain mini mag will do that well at 973 fps in a 2.25" revolver. The Win would give you 55fps boost for 4x the money per round.
Note: A 2.25" revolver in 22lr is close to a 3.5"-4" semi in velocity. Carry 40 grain solids if you carry a 22lr. Hollow points wont open up at the low velocities from short barrels.

Donn 04-13-2012 11:30 AM

What 7point62 said. The .22mag is a good varmint round, but self defense? Unless you hit a vital organ, like the heart or brain, Mr. Bad Guy will hurt you badly while he bleeds out.

phildenton 05-24-2012 09:21 PM

cci stingers open up reliably, and have decent- [ish] penetration [and out of a beretta 21a],

HOSSFLY 05-24-2012 11:49 PM

Why not?
Can't belive you're comparing a 22mag with a 38 for self defense :confused:

Rick1967 05-25-2012 02:26 AM

I have a NAA 22 mag that I carry in my gym shorts when I go to the gym. I cant see carrying it anytime that I could carry something bigger. When there is no other option 22 mag is better than nothing. But I will not limit myself when there are so many better options right in my gun safe.

danf_fl 05-25-2012 02:37 AM

In my other life (as a single individual), I was always told that bigger is better.

So I added 150lbs to my frame.

primer1 05-26-2012 04:26 AM

There is something to be said about the number of rounds a gun can hold. Admittingly, the chance of a "shootout" is rare. If you've never been paintballing or airsoft shooting try it and you'll see what I mean. It's harder to hit a moving target that shoots back.
I would still personally prefer the .38 for a carry gun, because of reliability and power, especially in +p

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