I know – “Why would anyone in their right mind ever consider the .22LR for self defense?” Using the .22 for self defense is a frequently discussed topic and often creates huge augments. I try to base my opinions on facts and logic with a dash of common sense thrown in.
Here are a few thoughts:
- An extreme high volume of .22LR rounds can be thrown down range upwards of 100 yards give or take – accurately.
- Generally most .22LR firearms are lighter than larger caliber firearms.
- Many that are scared or apprehensive to shoot larger caliber firearms find it easier to shoot the .22LR – thus the “First rule of a gunfight is to have a gun.”
- Many real life self defense encounter video’s have the criminal element running at the first sight or sound of a firearm.
- Statistics show that the .22LR provides a one shot stop nearly 40% of the time.
- Many .22LR firearms are less expensive than their larger caliber counterparts. This increases the chances of actual firearm ownership.
- While compared to other handgun calibers velocity of the .22LR is on par or even higher in many cases.
- The mass of the .22LR is significantly less than typical self defense calibers such as 9mm, 45ACP, and 40S&W.
Let’s just cut to the chase – the .22LR is not the ideal round for self defense whether at 7 feet or 70 yards. What it most certainly is is an option. It’s an option that in thousands of cases has worked – and in others it hasn’t – just like every other caliber that is available.
I’ll take my S&W M&P9 9mm or my Springfield Operator 1911 45ACP over any .22LR any day. I’ll take my Mossberg 930 or any of my AR’s as well. I would also feel fairly well armed with one of my M&P15-22’s loaded up with 25 CCI Mini-Mag’s.