+1 Sheepdog & Calvin. A .22 wouldn't be my choice, but three quick, well-placed, close range rounds in the head with a .22 will usually do the trick about as well as anything. I always felt that the best man to stand beside in bad times was the one who only had one gun and trained frequently with it. He almost certainly will be very proficient. (But it's a hell of a lot more fun to have a bunch of them to play with.)quote:Originally posted by sheepdog
HS .22LR 4" revolver------S&W .38 2" revolver-----KP90 .45 Auto -I prefer the 45, but at 20-30' can hit well with any of the three-any one of them beats none at all. Like Calvin said-hits count-no matter what you hit with...rather be safe with one you can shoot than cool and stylish with one you don't feel you can hit well with...the gun won't intimidate anyone...the hits stop the trouble...blonde, brunette, redhead-some is better than none....or we can be like Rman and keep plugging away till we have one of each---guns, Rman, guns...that's the fun way to do it.
You're right about that!quote:Originally posted by sheepdog
The spirit of debate and difference here is totally different from other forums-our differences are just differences-not lines in the sand-it's awesome how we can talk about strong likes and dislikes without it getting personal and crappy- that's one of the best things here- unconditional love and respect abound!!!
I agree with what is said above, good common sense. The only thing I would change, here in AZ "you shoot to stop the threat", not neutralize the attack. I'm sure the wording is different in every state so find out what the "correct term" is for your state.quote:Originally posted by Iowegan
There is some very good info in this topic. I'm glad to see most of us agree with "choose what's right for you" vs buying what the gun rags recommend or the latest and greatest on TV. I quit all my subscriptions to gun magazines a few years ago primarily because every new gun they test is the "best one ever". Also, most of the writers don't have a lick of experience with self defense, yet they make all sorts of recommendations. One of the worst recommendations is to carry the most powerful gun you can handle and load it with the most powerful ammo made. I've seen this in print way too many times.
When you think about buying a self defense gun, put yourself in the bad guys shoes for a minute. If you got caught breaking into someone's house or trying to rob someone on the street, which gun would you rather be shot by? I think the very first answer is "none of them". The next response would probably be "where am I going to get hit?" Now we are getting to the meat of the issue. If you can get the drop on a bad guy, get to your weapon, and fire it with reasonably accuracy, the fight will be over and you win, even if it is only a 22 LR. The purpose of defending yourself is not to kill or maim but to neutralize the attack.