I'd say that what you can shoot comfortably and accurately is what you'd want for self defence. Better to hit with .38 or 9mm than miss with a 10mm!
This one. Shot placement is much more important than caliber. Lots of people want to argue caliber. Why I don't know. If you can't score a hit in the vitals than it don't matter what you shoot them with. To spite what some think nobody is going to die instantly from a 45acp or a 10mm shot to the hand or lower arm etc. Plus if you miss altogether....well, we in LE we call misses law suits. Anyway, I have read numerous reports from other agencies having to shoot a perp numerous times with the "wonder guns" including a guy in California that was shot 20 something times with a 10mm and still kept coming.I'd say that what you can shoot comfortably and accurately is what you'd want for self defence. Better to hit with .38 or 9mm than miss with a 10mm!
That's a good line for your signature...Somethin is better than nothin. With that said the smallest caliber I currently carry is 9mm. Altho I do have an itch for a LCP which would primarily be carried as back up. Its all about shot placement a .22 cal will kill someone with the proper shot placement. Not that Id be comfortable just havin a .22 in my pocket, but its better than just havin lint in your pocket.
What happened to your friend, Tim?Here is a good true SD story that an aquaintence of mine had happen to him about 3 years ago...... He was at the atm at approx. 0215hrs in the morning when a suspicious man started towards him with a gun in hand ready to do whatever he had in his mind. My friend we will call him Tim for the purposes of this post drew a meager .22LR walther p22 and with one lucky shot above the BG's right eye down he went never to come back. Needless to say the BG died on the spot but it just goes to show you that yes shot placement is much much much more important than caliber hell if you are really good with a .17hmr then carry it im sure it has enough rounds to at least slow someone down enough to retreat which is the only goal of SD (to go home afterwords not to the morgue) I'm sure there are those people out there that will say the point is to kill him but what I was always taught was that the objective is to stop the immediate threat and if that means you have to kill them then so be it but trust me when I say going to extra mile after the BG is already down will def take your case from SD to Premeditated unless you have johnny cockran on your side LOL