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Old 01-09-2014, 11:54 AM   #21
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The problem with a 22lr in sd terms isn't really its capability in rifle or pistol its the priming system. Rimfires are not reliable enough to ignite often enough for sd purposes. Spend anytime shooting 22lr and your going to experience fail to fire duds.

Not something I care to stake my life on.

Anyone can afford a single shot break-open shotgun they are cheap. Mosin 91/30 are cheaper cost 100-190$ if your buying 22lr and 9mm ammo you can afford one of those.
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Why not both? We have both plus a shotgun. The 22lr carbine would be my wife's preference. There is a large faction of home defense writers and "experts" that believes the carbine is a better home defense weapon. It is easier to use so it takes less training to become proficient. The 22lr is not what they had in mind but out of a carbine the 22lr has about 130 ft lbs of muzzle energy with a 36 grain hp. Add in a 25 round mag, lower noise, no recoil, much faster recovery, multiple aimed hits and it becomes a formidable weapon. The 22lr 36 hp is roughly equivalent to a #3 buckshot. At 25 yards it will penetrate 4 layers of denim and 14" of ballistic gel with 1.5-2x expansion. You will be shooting much closer. People will practice with a 22lr carbine a lot more than with a 9mm handgun. It is not intimidating to a shooter, reasonable in cost and more justifiable to a non enthusiast. It might just create some shooters when they find out how much fun it is.
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If I had to choose between the SR9 I used to have, or my 10-22, I would take the 10-22 all day long...I couldn't hit crap with that pistol, worst trigger ever.
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If I had to choose between the SR9 I used to have, or my 10-22, I would take the 10-22 all day long...I couldn't hit crap with that pistol, worst trigger ever.
Strange. The triggers on our SR9c's and others I have handled are fine. Not as good as a 1911 but not bad. You might want to call Ruger.
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I sold it...I only like single action pistols now 1911, Buckmark, Blackhawk ect...
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Of the 40+ firearms I own nine are .22LR, love 'em to death. Used to have several of the pocket guns and carried them. Two big problems, while the .22 may well kill your attacker it may be two days later or even after your funeral. The other problem is the ammo, I have very few problems with CCI which I use almost without exception for anything other than plinking, but I still have problems. Back in the old days even experts who hated the .25 ACP would tell you to pick it over the .22LR because it was centerfire and had a real jacket on the bullet. .22LR has improved but I'm thinking it still isn't there.
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I don't recall a super X, mini mag or a maxi mag ever failing to fire. I have never had any Remington 22 wmr PSP ammo that failed to fire. Bulk ammo is a horse of a different color. You can expect several rounds that fail to fire out of each box. But at three cents a round you can't expect it to perform as well as premium ammo.

Edit: I found this article about a lady that used a 22 LR pistol to save her life.
http://www.backwoodshome.com/articles/ayoob62.html

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"Use your handgun to fight your way to your rifle"
What the hell does that even mean? Seems to me if you're in a situation where you need/potentially need your rifle, you should have it WITH YOU, and the pistol as a backup. If not, you're probably in the sh!t far enough for it to not matter about the rifle….
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A hit with a .22 is better than a miss with a .44... (or 9mm as it were...)

If you can't hit sh*t with a handgun, go pick up the rifle...but...

Inside the house, good luck swinging around a long gun in a tight space...

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What the hell does that even mean? Seems to me if you're in a situation where you need/potentially need your rifle, you should have it WITH YOU, and the pistol as a backup. If not, you're probably in the sh!t far enough for it to not matter about the rifle….


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