Originally Posted by Walley
Do you make this statement on first hand experience and testing or is it pure conjecture based on the input or others? If you care to research the literature you will find that more people are killed each year by the lowly 22 than any other caliber. I have been shooting for over 60 years and my experiences prove to me to be perfectly comfortable using bird shot or a 22 for home defense. Years ago I faced a home invader with a 22 and I am here and he is not. When in practice as a psychologist I worked with two individuals who accidentally took a family members life firing a weapon in their homes when facing an intruder. If they hadnt listened to the so called experts and not had buckshot in their guns their loved ones would still be alive today. After years of therapy neither of them ever fully forgave themselves for what had happened.
your aweful touchy.
i did not say you couldnt use a 22 or birdshot. i said it was not a good choice as it lacks reliable penetration at typical sd ranges. if you want to stake your life on sub-par gear that is totally your business but giving that type of advice to others is irresponsible.
if ALL i had at hand was a 22 or birdshot i would use it no doubt.
if you have read other topics ive posted about you will see me qouting stats on 22lr deaths in the US. the problem with 22lr and birdshot is how long most deaths occur between the shooting and expiration.
when choosing SD firearms and ammunition you cant base the decision off of out of the norm results.
buckshot and slugs are heavier shot than BB shot. BB is the absolute smallest for RELIABLE penetration.
when i was younger the guy living on the property next to us was accidentally shot while bird hunting with birdshot from 100yds away. unknown to him a piece of shot was missed by the docs. he died 1.5 years later when the pellet migrated to his heart. does that make birdshot a good defense load?? it meets your criteria of causing death.
im glad you successfully defended yourself with a sub par caliber but that does not equate with being a good defensive round.
by your logic the 357 magnum is a terrible round for self defense since there are numerous cases of people surving being shot by it.
i am former military police joined for the first gulf war seen plenty of gunshot wounds and people defending themselves with firearms across the gamut. the heavier the bullet or shot the more successful the defensive situation turned out.
there is a difference between doing what you have to do with whatever is at hand and making a concious decision in firearm choice in preparation.