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They say that a 22LR is not good for defense, but is there a difference when you use a 22 hollow point?
Kevin - NRA Life Member
2nd Amendment = Freedom from Tyranny
My girlfriend carries a 22 all the time, and this question comes up quite often from random people. My reply is... "It's better than throwing the TV remote at an intruder."
I have always believed that it's not the size, or Caliber of your Weapon.
It's shot Placement Double tap to the head Game Over, Lights Out.
But if you shoot , and put 2-3 in the Stomach the threat will contiune.
Shot Placement is the Key to any, and all defensive Situations.
Here's a good read on the subject: An Alternate Look at Handgun Stopping Power
I think every state should secede from Washington, DC, then we'll have them surrounded.
I don't know of any volunteers to step in front of a 22LR to catch one or two.
Washington didn't use his right of free speech to defeat the British , he shot them.
Some bad guys will run at the suggestion that you might respond with force. Other bad guys won't stop till they have the choice taken away from them. The rest fall somewhere in between. There are two ways to stop someone physically and psychologically. The little old lady with an umbrella that chases off a robber has had a psychological stop. Sometimes putting one or more holes in someone will get them to stop and run off. They may get outside or down the block before falling over but the holes in them got them to change their mind as to their course of action.
There are a number of criminals that will continue an attack until they die or become unconscious. These people require a physical stop. With a gun that means a shot to the central nervous system. A .22 LR will work for a head shot. The other way is blood loss. The other way to incapacitate someone is with blood loss. Even with a fatal shot it might take a significant amount of time for a determined assailant to bleed out enough to become unconscious and therefore stop attacking you. The bigger the hole the faster they are likely to lose enough blood to go unconscious. A .22 LR is a good way to stop someone but it is unlikely to do it as quickly as you might like.
Having said that a .22 has been a part of my defense plan for most of my life, just not my first choice.
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From another thread of recent.
“One of the illusions of life is that the present hour is not the critical, decisive one.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
I continue to see all this talk of making head shots in a gunfight, how did that work out for LAPD in the North Hollywood Shoot-Out?
Hand cut, Hand stitched, Hand made
Jeff Cooper stated there is nothing wrong with a .22 cal, you just have to go for eye shots.
So you better be good.
“An armed society is a polite society.”