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    Does anyone carry a .22 cal? In what

    Like the title says, does anyone carry a .22 caliber? If so, in what holster? I really enjoy shooting both my Sig 1911-22 and my Sig Mosquito, but if I'm gonna carry these, I'd like to have a holster that fits properly instead of a softside generic Uncle Mikes's (although it is comfortable).

    If this has already been a thread, please point me in the right direction.

    thanks in advance

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    both those guns are the size of full caliber guns. Why carry a diminutive round that has low chances of stopping someone when you can carry a gun of the same size if not smaller in a real defensive caliber?

    Holsters are for carry...maybe there is a reason you don't see 22 caliber handgun holsters because they aren't really meant for defensive carry and not many people carry them because they suck at putting people down quickly.

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    Ive carried a .22 revolver before.. if you are gonna do it make sure that thing is 100% reliable.
    ive yet to own a auto .22 that is reliable. The guns you mentioned will probably fit the regular caliber holster probably? But if not go to a gun show and find the kydex bender. Or better yet find a local leather smith and have him mold you a custom holster, i know a great guy in btwn. Send me a pm if curious
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    Another vote for "you are already talking about carrying a centerfire sized gun, why not carry an effective caliber?".

    Now if you have a legit medical reason that you just cant handle the recoil, slide racking issues, etc then a 22 in the hand is better than a 45 in the safe. (not judging)
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    As was already mentioned by others, .22 LR is nowhere near as capable from a ballistic aspect for self-defense as a decent centerfire caliber, say 9mm or .38 Special on up, not even as much so as the "bare minimum" .380 ACP, but it's even worse than that.
    Rimfire cartridges are inherently less reliable when it comes to dependably going *bang* as any centerfire ammo, something that my experience bears out, with thousands of rimfire ammo (.22 LR/Long/Short and .22 Magnum) fired vs. at least as many centerfire rounds fired, yet I've had scores of rimfire ammo misfire without a single misfire of the centerfire ammo.
    Worse still, the inherent design of the .22 LR ammo heel-type soft lead bullet and rimmed case makes its feeding reliability poor compared to standard pistol centerfire ammo with its regular jacketed bullet and rimless case.
    In fact, the poor feeding and firing reliability of .22 LR is the main reason that Colt even bothered with developing the otherwise less than stellar .25 ACP.

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    Point taken regarding reliability and knockdown power. For the average housewife or girlfriend, are the reasons still valid given that a lot of wives/girlfriends won't practice with anything more than a 22? I guess the real question in that regard....is their 22 more valuable than a 9mm that they are afraid to pull the trigger on? andhow to carry?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkeye7br View Post
    Point taken regarding reliability and knockdown power. For the average housewife or girlfriend, are the reasons still valid given that a lot of wives/girlfriends won't practice with anything more than a 22? I guess the real question in that regard....is their 22 more valuable than a 9mm that they are afraid to pull the trigger on? andhow to carry?
    My vote would be go 22WMR Revolver if that is what they absolutely MUST carry a 22. the WMR is an impressive round given its caliber, and if the round doesnt go boom (as rimfires are more oft to do), the fix is to pull the trigger until it does go boom again, unlike an auto that requires a specific clearing process that they wouldnt practice either.
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    .22 is really only good for training, target practice, and small game hunting. I would not trust my life with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkeye7br View Post
    Point taken regarding reliability and knockdown power. For the average housewife or girlfriend, are the reasons still valid given that a lot of wives/girlfriends won't practice with anything more than a 22? I guess the real question in that regard....is their 22 more valuable than a 9mm that they are afraid to pull the trigger on? andhow to carry?
    It's simply not axiomatic that a much more capable caliber -- 9mm or .38 Special -- is beyond the reach of the average woman, at least as long as you have someone who knows how to train her the basics of gun handling, stance, and recoil control, and as long as you don't start her out with a lightweight or smaller than average handgun that magnifies the recoil.
    It's funny how many people look at compact or subcompact guns as "lady guns," when actually anyone who effectively handles such guns is going to need to be a much more advanced shooter than an amateur or average shooter.
    I wouldn't start out any new shooter with the likes of .45 ACP or .40 S&W, and especially not 10mm Auto, .357 Magnum, or .44 Magnum, but it's certainly possible to find even a petite woman who actually winds up preferring these larger or more powerful calibers, just as long as she gets worked up to it the right way with somewhat less powerful calibers first.

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    If the gals are truly recoil sensitive (not noise or muzzle flash sensitive) get a Glock 19 with the .22 TCM conversion barrel. The 22 TCM is basically a 9mm necked down to a 22 cal bullet....at 2000+ fps. They make it in a 1911 but with the manual safety on that gun, I wouldn't recommend that for a beginner.


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