Over at shootingillustrated.com, Richard Mann asserts that .22 is a viable self-defense caliber. “Why are [.22’s] often used for self-defense? Well, why do you pick your nose with your finger? It’s convenient at the time.” Not exactly a ringing endorsement. But Mr. Mann has a magazine of arguments in his pro-.22 arsenal . . .
“They’re easy to shoot, don’t make a lot of noise and don’t cost an arm and a leg to feed.” “Easy to shoot” as a good choice for accurate shot placement (provided the round ignites). That said, Mr. Mann’s pro-.22 polemic compares the varmint/plinking round to .25 ACP — which is like comparing a Chevy Cruze LS to a Chevy Cruze LT. And reveals that CCI PR guy Tim Brandt doesn’t suggest using their .22 LR loads for personal defense.
So gun guys and gals, what’s your take? If you wouldn’t/don’t keep or carry .22 for self-defense, would you feel comfortable recommending the round to someone else?