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Vic

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Somebody needs to tell the US military that the .223 rounds they use in the M-16 aren't good enough. :p

(yes, I know they pack considerable more charge and thus have a higher muzzle velocity than a .22lr but the bullet calibers are almost identical).
 

DrPizza

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In short: guns are guns. There are all sorts of guns.

A bb gun can be used for self defense. That doesn't make it a good gun for self defense.
A paintball gun can be used for self defense. That doesn't categorize it as a self-defense gun. If I was on your property and threatening to come up on your porch and beat you senseless, you brandishing either a paintball gun or a pumped up bb gun would keep me at bay. But, I'm a sane person.

Is that bb gun or paintball gun really going to stop a person determined to harm you before they can inflict harm on you? No. Unless you hit them in both eyes, you're really not going to incapacitate any person enough who is determined to cause you harm no matter what. That's why a bb gun and a paintball gun aren't categorized as "guns for self defense."

The same thing applies to 22's. You're not going to incapacitate a person quickly enough to stop them before they can harm you. That's wonderful that you can place 4 shots close together on a STATIONARY target 100 yards away. So could my kids when they were 8 years old. I hunt squirrels with a 22. I guarantee a 22 has penetrating power - I always have an entrance wound and an exit wound when I shoot small game. Well, I shouldn't say "always" - sometimes there's just a bloody pulp where a head used to be. (quick clean kill, no meat wasted.) I have *never* seen someone claim that a 22 wouldn't enter a person's chest or even break the skin; if I had, I'd have corrected them on the spot.

In self defense situations, you're not likely to have 100 yards advanced notice that the person is coming for you. You're not likely to have them stand still while you aim at them through your scope. And, if they're determined, you're not as likely to inflict enough harm to them to stop them before they harm you, as you would be able to with a defense gun.
 

pontifex

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Originally posted by: Vic
Originally posted by: sponge008
Everyone knows the deagle in .50 is best.
Yeah, if you are strong enough to hold onto it and shoot it straight. Also helps if you don't like your ability to hear.

Originally posted by: JeffreyLebowski
While it is true a .22 can kill someone, it almost never has been an instant kill. It just isn't large enough to cause serious debilitating wounds. It also can't create a large enough wound channel to cause more damage than just the projectile. Unless you sever the spine or causes massive head trauma you aren't going to drop someone instantly, especially if they are hopped up on something. And a .22 will penetrate a body, it will not make it deep enough to reach the spine.
Where do you people come up with this bullsh!t? A damned BB can cause "debilitating wounds" if shot in the right spots.
right, lets see how well you shoot when a crazy guy is charging you with a knife. you are most likely scared and nervous as hell as well.

nobody is saying that a .22 can't cause damage, but to cause the kind of damage you need to incapacitate someone, you need to rely on too many factors. you don't want to rely on chance when your life is on the line.
 

sao123

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Originally posted by: SilthDraeth
*Let me clarify, this isn't a post saying that a .22LR should be purchased as a self defense weapon, there are clearly better choices for self defense. But that doesn't mean it can't double as one.*

A salad fork can double as a self defense weapon too... and if a .22lr was the only thing in grabbing range when the emer hit, not to say i wouldnt go for it...

BUT when you are buying something to use for self defense... and you have a lot of options...

There are better all-purpose multi-role calibers than a .22... like 12 guage, (.270 or .243) Rifle, or (.32 .357 .38 .40) handgun

clearly this particular weapon should not be anywhere near the top of the list for anything that is not target practice.
 

JDMnAR1

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Sure, a .22 can be lethal - so can a butter knife. However, the odds of the average Joe being able to place a shot from a .22 such that it would immediately disable an attacker threatening them while fearing for their life is virtually nil. Shot placement doesn't have to be quite as precise if you are using a round that will cause more trauma to the attacker.
 

Vic

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Oh c'mon... try shooting yourself in the arm or leg with a .22 and tell me you wouldn't be incapacitated.

Anything that can put a hole in someone can stop that someone. It's that simple. Don't believe me, think about having a hole in yourself. And a .22lr will leave a hole, guaranteed.

The whole caliber argument is the gun equivalent of e-penis. I swear, I pull out my P226 at the range and some tool has to tell me that he "wouldn't trust anything less than a .45 for home defense." Which is why the 9mm is used by military and police the world around, right? :roll:


edit: Oh FFS, now people are comparing .22's to salad forks and butter knives... :roll:
 

Demon-Xanth

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You know, everyone talks about penetrating power. But I need to ask, what is the likely hood that someone breaking into your house ISN'T going to get the hell out of there once you open fire with ANYTHING?
 

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Ahhh, in light of your edit:

*Let me clarify, this isn't a post saying that a .22LR should be purchased as a self defense weapon, there are clearly better choices for self defense. But that doesn't mean it can't double as one.*
Then, I wholeheartedly agree. A .22LR *can* be used for self defense. Of course, if a burglar broke in at night, I could certainly take off my underwear and use them for self-defense by snapping him in the side of the head with the elastic waistband. So, given that alternative, I'd much rather have the .22LR. But, if I was thinking, "I want a gun for self defense..." then a .22LR would be one of the last choices.
 

sponge008

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The problem I see is that even a large caliber wouldn't instantly stop a determined assailant unless the central nervous system or heart were hit, correct?
 

Viper GTS

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BTW since we're talking about .22LR...

Some family friends were trying to slaughter pigs with .22LR shots to the head. We're talking close range (a few inches), square in the forehead. They weren't having much luck (dazed them a little, but that's about it).

A .17 HMR dropped them dead in their tracks.

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waggy

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Originally posted by: Vic
Oh c'mon... try shooting yourself in the arm or leg with a .22 and tell me you wouldn't be incapacitated.

Anything that can put a hole in someone can stop that someone. It's that simple. Don't believe me, think about having a hole in yourself. And a .22lr will leave a hole, guaranteed.

The whole caliber argument is the gun equivalent of e-penis. I swear, I pull out my P226 at the range and some tool has to tell me that he "wouldn't trust anything less than a .45 for home defense." Which is why the 9mm is used by military and police the world around, right? :roll:


edit: Oh FFS, now people are comparing .22's to salad forks and butter knives... :roll:
heh when i was 12 i was shot in the leg with a .22. IT FRICKEN HURT! i also had a nice little hole in my leg. Went to the doctor and they just pulled it out heh.

About the same time i shot myself in the same leg with my bow. i am still confused how i managed to do it. but have a nice long scare on my leg
 

JDMnAR1

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Originally posted by: Vic
The whole caliber argument is the gun equivalent of e-penis. I swear, I pull out my P226 at the range and some tool has to tell me that he "wouldn't trust anything less than a .45 for home defense." Which is why the 9mm is used by military and police the world around, right? :roll:
Well hell - why are we spending all that money on 9mm and 5.56mm rounds for our military when .22LR is so well suited as a defense round? Oh yeah - because there ARE better tools for the job. :roll:
 

Vic

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Originally posted by: Viper GTS
BTW since we're talking about .22LR...

Some family friends were trying to slaughter pigs with .22LR shots to the head. We're talking close range (a few inches), square in the forehead. They weren't having much luck (dazed them a little, but that's about it).

A .17 HMR dropped them dead in their tracks.

Viper GTS
The .17 HM2/HMR is just half the bullet with twice the muzzle velocity in the same cartridge.

Keep in mind here that .22LR's come in a wide range of grains and muzzle velolcities, from subsonic (used for target shooting) to supersonic.
 

0roo0roo

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i figure an uzi would take someone down pretty well within home defense type distance...which would be a couple yards.
like swiss cheese they'd be.
 

FallenHero

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Originally posted by: Vic
Oh c'mon... try shooting yourself in the arm or leg with a .22 and tell me you wouldn't be incapacitated.

Anything that can put a hole in someone can stop that someone. It's that simple. Don't believe me, think about having a hole in yourself. And a .22lr will leave a hole, guaranteed.

The whole caliber argument is the gun equivalent of e-penis. I swear, I pull out my P226 at the range and some tool has to tell me that he "wouldn't trust anything less than a .45 for home defense." Which is why the 9mm is used by military and police the world around, right? :roll:


edit: Oh FFS, now people are comparing .22's to salad forks and butter knives... :roll:
I'm not entirely sure what crawled up your ass Vic, but relying on a .22 to take down anything besides birds and squirrels is really really stupid. And alot of departments around me are switching to higher calibers because the 9mm simply sucks for taking someone down. Shot placement is all good, but when the shit hits the fan, your shot placement is gonna suck unless you train every day for that situation.
 

Vic

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Originally posted by: JDMnAR1
Originally posted by: Vic
The whole caliber argument is the gun equivalent of e-penis. I swear, I pull out my P226 at the range and some tool has to tell me that he "wouldn't trust anything less than a .45 for home defense." Which is why the 9mm is used by military and police the world around, right? :roll:
Well hell - why are we spending all that money on 9mm and 5.56mm rounds for our military when .22LR is so well suited as a defense round? Oh yeah - because there ARE better tools for the job. :roll:
Nice straw man. :roll::roll:

Of course there are better tools for the job. That's not the argument. The argument is you and others comparing a .22 to a freakin' butter knife.
 

mugs

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Originally posted by: pontifex
Originally posted by: Demon-Xanth
Originally posted by: Viper GTS
Because nobody considers a 10/22 to be a self defense weapon.

Viper GTS
It could be. If I put my banana clip on my 10/22 the media would call it an assault rifle, and if I put the banana clip, a scope, and a bipod on it the state of California would call it an assault rifle. Also, after shooting someone 10 or 30 times, I could beat them to death with the stock by utilizing it as a club.
and therein lies your problem. you shouln't have to shoot someone 10-30 times to put them down. thats the whole point.
Getting shot ONCE with a .22 would hurt like hell. Enough to get most people to turn and run.
 

hanoverphist

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Originally posted by: waggy
Originally posted by: Vic
Oh c'mon... try shooting yourself in the arm or leg with a .22 and tell me you wouldn't be incapacitated.

Anything that can put a hole in someone can stop that someone. It's that simple. Don't believe me, think about having a hole in yourself. And a .22lr will leave a hole, guaranteed.

The whole caliber argument is the gun equivalent of e-penis. I swear, I pull out my P226 at the range and some tool has to tell me that he "wouldn't trust anything less than a .45 for home defense." Which is why the 9mm is used by military and police the world around, right? :roll:


edit: Oh FFS, now people are comparing .22's to salad forks and butter knives... :roll:
heh when i was 12 i was shot in the leg with a .22. IT FRICKEN HURT! i also had a nice little hole in my leg. Went to the doctor and they just pulled it out heh.

About the same time i shot myself in the same leg with my bow. i am still confused how i managed to do it. but have a nice long scare on my leg
that made me laff, thanks.
 

Vic

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Originally posted by: FallenHero
I'm not entirely sure what crawled up your ass Vic, but relying on a .22 to take down anything besides birds and squirrels is really really stupid. And alot of departments around me are switching to higher calibers because the 9mm simply sucks for taking someone down. Shot placement is all good, but when the shit hits the fan, your shot placement is gonna suck unless you train every day for that situation.
Yeah, something crawled up my ass while you're talking about "shot placement" with an object less than half-an-inch in diameter traveling 1000 ft/s or more towards a moving target a foot-and-a-half across at anywhere between 22 feet and a 100 yards away.

I swear, not even fishermen tell as much BS.
 

Fern

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Originally posted by: SoulAssassin
Originally posted by: Fern
I think they are OK for self defense.

A .22 short is a completely different matter though. IMO, a .25 is not much good either.

I have a CC permit and own many handguns ranging from .357 mag, .38 special and .22LRs (and a .22 magnum).

Around the office I use a .22LR. I fear the other calibers have too much penetration (possibility of passing through too many walls into adjacent offices etc).

Fern
Where the hell do you work that you're allowed to pack in the office?
I own my business and the commercial building it's located in. I'm the landlord :)
 

waggy

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Originally posted by: hanoverphist
Originally posted by: waggy
Originally posted by: Vic
Oh c'mon... try shooting yourself in the arm or leg with a .22 and tell me you wouldn't be incapacitated.

Anything that can put a hole in someone can stop that someone. It's that simple. Don't believe me, think about having a hole in yourself. And a .22lr will leave a hole, guaranteed.

The whole caliber argument is the gun equivalent of e-penis. I swear, I pull out my P226 at the range and some tool has to tell me that he "wouldn't trust anything less than a .45 for home defense." Which is why the 9mm is used by military and police the world around, right? :roll:


edit: Oh FFS, now people are comparing .22's to salad forks and butter knives... :roll:
heh when i was 12 i was shot in the leg with a .22. IT FRICKEN HURT! i also had a nice little hole in my leg. Went to the doctor and they just pulled it out heh.

About the same time i shot myself in the same leg with my bow. i am still confused how i managed to do it. but have a nice long scare on my leg
that made me laff, thanks.
yeah now 20 years after it i can laugh. but man it hurt. only good thing is i had a practice head on it!

man if i had a broadhead that would have been bad.
 

JDMnAR1

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Originally posted by: Vic
Originally posted by: JDMnAR1
Originally posted by: Vic
The whole caliber argument is the gun equivalent of e-penis. I swear, I pull out my P226 at the range and some tool has to tell me that he "wouldn't trust anything less than a .45 for home defense." Which is why the 9mm is used by military and police the world around, right? :roll:
Well hell - why are we spending all that money on 9mm and 5.56mm rounds for our military when .22LR is so well suited as a defense round? Oh yeah - because there ARE better tools for the job. :roll:
Nice straw man. :roll::roll:

Of course there are better tools for the job. That's not the argument. The argument is you and others comparing a .22 to a freakin' butter knife.
What argument? I am merely trying to answer the original question -

Originally posted by: SilthDraeth
.22LR not a good round for defense?


Just because it will do the job doesn't mean it is a good fit. It wasn't a comparison to a butter knife, just a statement as to the absurdity of saying that because a .22 was lethal that it was a good defensive weapon.

 

Superwormy

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The general thought is:

A .22 caliber bullet doesn't have enough impact force to stop a human being, *especially* if they're on an adrenaline high. There are documented cases of people being shot with 22s or 9mm handguns 20 or 30 times and *still* reaching the person with the gun and hurting them.

Most police departments now are moving to 44 or 45s because they *stop* people who are running toward them because the impact force tends to knock people over or spin them around.


Statistically, *most* gunshots happen within something like 30 feet, and that gives a person with, say, a knife, *more* than enough time to run at you before you get enough 22 shots into them to stop them. An interesting read on this is the book "On Killing" by a Lt. David Grossman.
 

0roo0roo

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Originally posted by: mugs
Originally posted by: pontifex
Originally posted by: Demon-Xanth
Originally posted by: Viper GTS
Because nobody considers a 10/22 to be a self defense weapon.

Viper GTS
It could be. If I put my banana clip on my 10/22 the media would call it an assault rifle, and if I put the banana clip, a scope, and a bipod on it the state of California would call it an assault rifle. Also, after shooting someone 10 or 30 times, I could beat them to death with the stock by utilizing it as a club.
and therein lies your problem. you shouln't have to shoot someone 10-30 times to put them down. thats the whole point.
Getting shot ONCE with a .22 would hurt like hell. Enough to get most people to turn and run.
but we're talking about fighting zombies here right?
 

DrPizza

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Originally posted by: Vic
Originally posted by: JDMnAR1
Originally posted by: Vic
The whole caliber argument is the gun equivalent of e-penis. I swear, I pull out my P226 at the range and some tool has to tell me that he "wouldn't trust anything less than a .45 for home defense." Which is why the 9mm is used by military and police the world around, right? :roll:
Well hell - why are we spending all that money on 9mm and 5.56mm rounds for our military when .22LR is so well suited as a defense round? Oh yeah - because there ARE better tools for the job. :roll:
Nice straw man. :roll::roll:

Of course there are better tools for the job. That's not the argument. The argument is you and others comparing a .22 to a freakin' butter knife.
Strawman? "that's not the argument"? But, you said:
The whole caliber argument is the gun equivalent of e-penis.
As I said before, it's not a matter of the ability to stop someone, but *how quickly* you can stop someone really determined to cause harm to you. Personally, I completely agree that if you're only going to have one weapon in the house, and you *also* want to use that for hunting, there's nothing wrong with a .22LR. Sure, you can use it for self defense. And, it's much more effective than nothing. But, to purchase a weapon solely for self-defense? I don't think a .22LR is on that list.

 

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