Good .22 for concealed carry?

Discussion in 'Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection' started by Unknown, Oct 14, 2009.

  1. Unknown

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    Hi, Im looking for a good .22 handgun for concealed carry. something reliable that wont fail when i need it most. I have read things about the Walther p22 and the sig mosquito it doesn't seem like there are to many fans of those guns around here. any other suggestions? Thanks
     
  2. Jess

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    Why do you want a .22 in particular?
     

  3. NGIB

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    +1 for Jess's response. Not sure I'd consider any .22 a reliable defense gun. Rimfire ammo in and of itself is less reliable than centerfire ammo as well...
     
  4. Unknown

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    Right now just because there pretty inexpensive compared to a larger caliber gun.

    Besides .22 What would be your recommendation?

    Im 21 so im very new to guns, and i have a pretty low budget.
     
  5. NGIB

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  6. Unknown

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    Dont they make .357 that can also fire .38?
     
  7. NGIB

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    All .357s can fire .38s, but you indicated a low budget and a dedicated .38 is generally less expensive than a .357 snubbie. I have a 686+ 7 shot, 3 inch barrel .357 - but these are $600+ even used.

    I will never personally recommend a Taurus or Rossi revolver so I was looking at something to recommend that wouldn't break the bank...
     
  8. Unknown

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    thanks for the help, whats wrong with taurus or rossi?
     
  9. Jess

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    I have no first hand knowledge of either of those brands, but the mixed reviews on them are enough to make me steer clear. When my budget is tight I look for names I trust on used guns. Not that its a surefire way either but seems to have worked so far.

    Where do you want to carry? Do you want to shoot a ton at the range? What is your specific budget?

    ETA-if a .22 is the only thing you have/can get/feel comfortable with I am all for defending one's self and loved ones by doing the best you can with what you have.
     
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  10. Unknown

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    I would carry everywhere allowed by law. Im not sure, What do range fees usually run? And it is around 4-500.00
     
  11. NGIB

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    Where are you?

    Here, indoor range fees run about $10 per hour. With say $450 to spend, especially if you consider used, there are a lot of good options available for you. The best advice you'll get is to find a range that rents various guns and try them out. What works for me, or anybody else, may not work for you...
     
  12. Unknown

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    Awesome, I am in Florida, i will defiantly give that a try
     
  13. Silvertip 44

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    Unknown, I have my Kimbers, Rugers, Colts etc. but Taurus makes a very good gun. I have three of them a .44 spl, a .44 mag and a .38 spl. and they are perfect. My carry gun is a Kimber Ultra Compact II .45 ACP.
     
  14. WDB

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    Good advice from NGIB
    Express to the folks at the range your expereince and expected use. In most cases they will fit you with the right firearm for you (expecting you to be a repeat customer). Also considering your new to firearms and want to carry, look into training from the range. A firearm is only as good as the person using it.
     
  15. Unknown

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    thanks for the advice, i have another question. what acp mean? and whats the difference between .38 and .38+p
     
  16. canebrake

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    ACP = Automatic Colt Pistol

    About $0.25 per round!
     
  17. NGIB

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    Besides the cost per round, .38 +P ammo is loaded to higher pressures and is higher "performance" - and it can't be used in a lot of older guns. Think of it as a point between .38 Special and .357 Magnum...
     
  18. Unknown

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    Checked into the local range (which just opened up at the beginning of the month) its 15.00/day. probably head up there next week and check it out.
     
  19. brolin_1911a1

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    They appear to be a crapshoot on quality. I have a Taurus Millennium Pro PT140 that I've had for about five years with absolutely no problems. Based on that, my son bought a PT145 a year ago. His Taurus had problems out of the box and is now on its fourth trip to Taurus in an attempt to get a decently repaired firearm. Customer service has been rude, haphazard, and downright lied on several occasions. So it appears that if you get a good Taurus, then you have a nice handgun but if you get a bad one good luck getting the issues resolved.

    Given that experience, I'd say its better, especially for a first time gun buyer, to stay away from that brand altogether. There are plenty of decent affordable small handguns that at least offer good customer service if it's needed.

    Also, don't overlook the surplus military guns. Makarovs and PA63 pistols in 9x18mm have a reputation as being accurate and reliable as well as inexpensive. The caliber is sort of a .380ACP magnum and, at least at the moment, more readily available than .380ACP ammo. They are essentially copies of the Walther PP and so are quite compact and easy to carry.
     
  20. jamesr-01

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    The walther p-22 is a great gun to carry. I have never had the issues all the reviews show... the key is just take good care of it and use quality ammo. The best ammo I found for it is the CCI BLazer 22. It will also put a ton of holes right where you want them, very quickly. I love it.