Originally Posted by swearlikeasailor
Training with a .22lr pistol, does it significantly improve your shooting with larger calibers?
What would be a more effective defense training? To shoot 400 rounds of .22lr a week with a pistol you won´t carry, or 40 rounds a week with your primary carry handgun?
Or maybe 200 rounds of .22lr and 20 rounds with the carry gun every week.
Wow! You deserve some sort of prize. This is the toughest question I've seen all month!
I own a Smith & Wesson Model 41, and a Smith K-17 (Combat Masterpiece). Both are 22 caliber pistols. I practice with them a lot. Personally, I'm not a proponent of practicing with a small caliber handgun that's (almost) identical to whatever full-sized caliber you usually carry.
Instead, I emphasize, 'driving the basics' - especially when using a 22 caliber in order to duplicate the performance of your centerfire weapon. When I shoot 22 pistol I tend to: shoot faster, do more double and triple taps, draw, holster, and reload frequently. (Speed loaders are a necessity!)
If you want to get maximum value out of a range session, try a technique I, sort of, fell into many years ago: I start with 10 or 15 minutes of holster work AND dry fire practice. Then I go to live 22 caliber fire. I may stay here for 200 + rounds before I finish up with a minimum of 50 rounds of centerfire ammunition from my daily carry pistol.
By dry firing daily and training like this as infrequently as once a week, I've been able to keep my eye, recuperate from several serious injuries, and quickly restore my pistol combat skill sets. In my experience firing fewer than 50 rounds per range session ain't really going to do that much for ya.
You've just got to put more into it than that!