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Old 07-16-2013, 10:32 PM   #11
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If you want to carry a .22 I would look seriously at the Bersa Thunder .22 a dependable, accurate gun and easy to conceal. Maybe also look at the Bersa Thunder .380. I have a Thunder .380 and carry it. Also have a Bersa Thunder .32 but they are tough to find.
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Anybody who has fired a Kahr (P9, PM9, CM9, K9, etc.) will agree that they really deal well with recoil. 9mm is a great round and all of the Kahrs are REALLY good for concealment. The battery of arms (all the stuff you have to be able to do on the gun to make it go BANG) is really simple for a Kahr and every trigger pull is exactly the same.

Like an LC9, but mo' betta.
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Now that I have my CCW, I want to pick out a handgun to carry. I LOVE shooting my 22 at the range. Any suggestions for a 22 caliber handgun that I could carry or as a self defense handgun for home?

I am female and I also have a 38 special that I could carry, but a semi-automatic would be something I would like to carry if possible.
No crime in starting with a 22 CALIBER!! I suggest you start with something comfortable to shoot and carry!! As far as comfort, take your pick, because most Gun company's gear models to the carry craze in today's world!! I found that I need 2 carry guns for my "no excuse not to carry" rule. I carry a Glock 19 and if I just don't feel like strapping the mid size 9 on! I pocket the LCP 380, sweet little pistol that will conceal in anything!! Shoots surprisingly accurate with some range practice!! So I recommend this little 380(LCP). No it's not the ideal caliber but it is the ideal size to help make carrying a gun like putting on your wrist watch!! I found its way to easy to leave bigger guns on the nightstand, especially when running quick errands!! The Ruger LCP is not the only micro 380 made but is probably the most proven and widely owned!! lC9 is a bit bigger and heavier but also a great choice!! Everything is new and exciting to you now, understandable!! But you going to need a bug just to throw in your pocket!! Promise-
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Now that I have my CCW, I want to pick out a handgun to carry. I LOVE shooting my 22 at the range. Any suggestions for a 22 caliber handgun that I could carry or as a self defense handgun for home?


I am female and I also have a 38 special that I could carry, but a semi-automatic would be something I would like to carry if possible.
Welcome to the ranks of supporters of the second amendment. If you can find a gun shop near you which has a range you may have the opportunity to shoot a few different guns and see what you like. I recently got my CCW and bought a Smith and Wesson Bodyguard in .380 auto. It's small enough for pocket carry, IWB carry, on the belt or in your case, purse or "booby" carry. My wife likes the gun as well. It's light, it has a built in laser, and being S&W, has a lifetime warranty. But as I said, try as many as you can first. And good luck.
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I would also Add to the last poster's comment: If the Range you go to has a "Club" or clubs that meet there and/or a Membership level, if it's financially affordable, don't hesitate to join! I've been shooting on and off for close to a half century(I just turned 53 yesterday-I'm Middle aged :-( And I LEARN something new every time I Talk to AN RSO or a 'Smith.
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Lets face it. If you confront an intruder in your home - unless he has a bigger gun than you - a .22 will scare the crap out of them. When you shoot at someone they dont know what you are using.

Id look hard at the S&W M&P Shield. Very compact and thinner than the standard M&P series. 9MM would be a very good choice but .22 would also suffice.

http://www.smith-wesson.com/wcsstore/SmWesson2/MP_Shield/index.html

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A little more insight into the .22lr and 38 you have now would help a bit. You cshould be able to handle any number of smaller 380's and 9mm pistols from bersa , m&p and kahr with out much of an issue. I have a wife and 2 daughters that carry. Pistol range from a couple taurs TCP 380's when smaller is wanted to bersa 380CC and 38sp +P snubbies. But all have larger pistol they also shot. Just don't carry them. Try a state shooting forum and see if theres other shooters near you that will let you try there pistols
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One of the guys at my LGS told me the small frame , hammerless, .38/.357 revolvers have been selling like crazy for the last year or so. Small enough to just drop in the side pocket of your cargo shorts and go, with .357, or .38+P, i would think plenty of power.
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While I would always recommend a larger caliber for home defense (i.e. 9mm, 40, 45, etc), I can understand some are not comfortable with it.

That said, if you are depending upon the 22 to save your life; make sure you have those in a revolver. The 22lr rimfire is notoriously unreliable. Most people don't make a big deal out it, because the round is typically used for fun. If a round fails to fire in a revolver, you just pull the trigger again. If a round fails to fire in a semi-auto, you're screwed.

Therefore, I would recommend either the Ruger LCR or Ruger SP101 or the S&W 17 (which I own).
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While I would always recommend a larger caliber for home defense (i.e. 9mm, 40, 45, etc), I can understand some are not comfortable with it.

That said, if you are depending upon the 22 to save your life; make sure you have those in a revolver. The 22lr rimfire is notoriously unreliable. Most people don't make a big deal out it, because the round is typically used for fun. If a round fails to fire in a revolver, you just pull the trigger again. If a round fails to fire in a semi-auto, you're screwed.

Therefore, I would recommend either the Ruger LCR or Ruger SP101 or the S&W 17 (which I own).
My wife would shoot a .22 for Every purpose if she could. But when her "big girl" pants are on it's the LCR 38+P for carry and the SP 101 for HD, and My Dad's 5" Security Six to augment SHTF situations...
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