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Which gun would you choose?

This is a discussion on Which gun would you choose? within the HandGuns, Pistols and Revolvers, Long Rifles, Shotguns, SKS, AK, AR forums, part of the Weapons, Protection, Self Defense, Hand to Hand Combat category; Originally Posted by Smitty901 A .22 beats a rock. But if you are going to bet your life and your families life on a .22. ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smitty901 View Post
    A .22 beats a rock. But if you are going to bet your life and your families life on a .22. Buy life insurance you will need it.
    Point well taken and I agree to some extent. I personally carry 9mm and 40S&W for home defense, with an AR-15 loaded with Hornady TAP 55g Urban defense rounds (designed to avoid overpenetration) readily available.

    My parents are in their 70s and lack the hand strength to rack the slide of larger caliber firearms (and probably would have issues with recoil), so they use 22lr as it is a round they can handle and be assured of reasonable accuracy under a situation of distress.
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    Quote Originally Posted by binaryboris View Post
    Point well taken and I agree to some extent. I personally carry 9mm and 40S&W for home defense, with an AR-15 loaded with Hornady TAP 55g Urban defense rounds (designed to avoid overpenetration) readily available.

    My parents are in their 70s and lack the hand strength to rack the slide of larger caliber firearms (and probably would have issues with recoil), so they use 22lr as it is a round they can handle and be assured of reasonable accuracy under a situation of distress.
    I'm 72 and prefer my M1 Garand, Colt Government Model 45 Auto, and Remington 870 12 ga.

    Wife is 74, and her shotgun is a 20 ga Youth Model Winchester 1300, farm gun is a 38 Special snubby, main carry is a Sig P-365 9MM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rice paddy daddy View Post
    I'm 72 and prefer my M1 Garand, Colt Government Model 45 Auto, and Remington 870 12 ga.

    Wife is 74, and her shotgun is a 20 ga Youth Model Winchester 1300, farm gun is a 38 Special snubby, main carry is a Sig P-365 9MM.
    I am 79, and prefer an M1 Garand, then an M-14 followed by 1911 in 45 ACP, and that by a 870 if a shotgun is needed.

    From now until spring I will carry a backup, a S&W 642 in 38 special or a Mod 60 in same round.

    Main carry will be a Colt commander or a Sig P-228.
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    That is awesome and I hope when I am in my 70s I can still use the same wide range of firearms I do now. My parents both have physical limitations that make calibers larger than 22lr difficult to operate. My point is that it is pointless to give someone a firearm they lack the physical ability to operate, as they will not be able to use it effectively (or at all) and could end up simply arming their attacker. Firearms are an extension of the body, so it makes sense to take into account what a person's body is capable of accommodating.

    Just like if a person is incapable of managing the recoil of a .357 Magnum revolver to where they can take effective follow up shots, they are better off with a .38.

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    Quote Originally Posted by binaryboris View Post
    That is awesome and I hope when I am in my 70s I can still use the same wide range of firearms I do now. My parents both have physical limitations that make calibers larger than 22lr difficult to operate. My point is that it is pointless to give someone a firearm they lack the physical ability to operate, as they will not be able to use it effectively (or at all) and could end up simply arming their attacker. Firearms are an extension of the body, so it makes sense to take into account what a person's body is capable of accommodating.

    Just like if a person is incapable of managing the recoil of a .357 Magnum revolver to where they can take effective follow up shots, they are better off with a .38.
    You are right in all respects.
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    I have the S&W 9MM Shield as my side arm and the S&W AR-15. The AR is a good "base" out of the box but ended up spending more money dialing it in. (Stock, rails, scope, etc.)
    I'm with Elvis, My 22 choice is my Ruger 10-22 take down. Awesome gun!
    As for why the AR15-22? because in some states, that is all you can get. I cant get an AR-15 anymore in my state but I can get the AR15-22.

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    Quote Originally Posted by binaryboris View Post
    That is awesome and I hope when I am in my 70s I can still use the same wide range of firearms I do now. My parents both have physical limitations that make calibers larger than 22lr difficult to operate. My point is that it is pointless to give someone a firearm they lack the physical ability to operate, as they will not be able to use it effectively (or at all) and could end up simply arming their attacker. Firearms are an extension of the body, so it makes sense to take into account what a person's body is capable of accommodating.

    Just like if a person is incapable of managing the recoil of a .357 Magnum revolver to where they can take effective follow up shots, they are better off with a .38.
    Correct. A person should use whatever they can operate successfully.
    My wife is disabled and about 15 or so years ago could no longer operate my 1911’s. That’s when I bought her the 38 revolver. Light enough for her, plus relatively little recoil (compared to a 45 auto).
    A few years ago she joined a nationwide outfit called The Well Armed Women, and through them was able to try a different bunch of handguns.
    She settled on the Sig P-265, she can operate the slide, the 9MM recoil is tolerable and it has an excellent trigger.

    We live an a very low crime, rural area, and even I, the Old Soldier, mostly carry a Ruger LCP2 .380 auto.
    It’s on my hip right now as I’m getting ready to enter the grocery store. Bush’s beans are 10 cans for $10, so I’m getting 30 cans. Plus a 25 pound bag of rice.

    The LCP2 might be something older folks should consider.
    Not the LCP, but the LCP2, that is the improved model. That also now comes in 22LR, a brand new model. I’m thinking about getting one for farm duty since I gave my wife my Charter Arms 22 snubnose revolver.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rice paddy daddy View Post
    We live an a very low crime, rural area, and even I, the Old Soldier, mostly carry a Ruger LCP2 .380 auto.
    I'm with you, I just chose a differing manufacturer. I carry a SIG P238. With a light-weight Kevlar holster over my right hip I barely know I'm wearing it. If anything I'm having a problem finding that "be all" storage space for a spare magazine. If I change shirts or jackets I have to remember to take the spare magazine with me. It's not just the extra rounds, but who knows if the single magazine you have loaded into the pistol has reliable feed lips.

    Having said that, I believe I am in a "lower" crime area. My wife and I shop in one of the local malls and it boils down to one shot stopping. I'm also a friend of a wandering munitions salesman who drops off singular needs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Tourist View Post
    It's not just the extra rounds, but who knows if the single magazine you have loaded into the pistol has reliable feed lips.

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    By shooting it a lot? Why would you carry a magazine that you didn't know feeds reliably?
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    Quote Originally Posted by stevekozak View Post
    By shooting it a lot? Why would you carry a magazine that you didn't know feeds reliably?
    And if you didn't shoot a lot, you'd never know...............
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