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#5993518 - 10/25/15 02:16 PM go big or go home in a box?
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22LR vs 45 for conceal carry

OK guys I know there is no competition between the 2 and I dont want it to be that way.

But I need to make a decision. And these are my only 2 choices. WHY? Because I refuse to buy and stock another caliber.

I now have my CHL. I am thinking of carrying 22LR as my conceal weapon since I can carry my 45 on my hip if needed after Jan 1st.

Or do I sell my full size 45 (which I love) and buy a compact 45 (which I will probably love) to carry and be an all around pistol and never mind a carry 22?

I personally like the idea of carrying just 1 pistol for muscle memory. But what say the guys that have gone thru this and made their decisions based on experience. Thanks guys for your input!!
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#5993536 - 10/25/15 02:31 PM Re: go big or go home in a box? [Re: Bigfoot]
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Seems to me that 22lr is an impotent round for CC. I don't think you are considering shooting squirrels with whatever you use as CC. CC is for protection. What will 22lr protect you (decisively) against?

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#5993577 - 10/25/15 03:01 PM Re: go big or go home in a box? [Re: Bigfoot]
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22LR would be my gun of last resort for a CC firearm. They will kill someone, but a 45 will do it ALOT quicker with less rounds.
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#5993600 - 10/25/15 03:18 PM Re: go big or go home in a box? [Re: Bigfoot]
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Of the two, .45.

A self-defense weapon is not for covenience or fun. It is to stop a threat to you or a loved one's life. A .22 is a poor choice for that purpose.
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#5993616 - 10/25/15 03:30 PM Re: go big or go home in a box? [Re: Bigfoot]
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8 or 9 rounds of a CCI mini mag or higher velocity 22LR is definitely a lethal round especially with the ability to have quick and accurate follow up shots. No doubt it is capable of protection in my mind. No it wont win a tactical gun battle but it is hard to decide on how tactically I need to be prepared. defend against 1 2 3 or 5 people?

Is it better to have one primary weapon vs 2? I think that is my biggest dilemma in my mind. I just dont see myself carrying a full size 45 everywhere I go that is why I was thinking of the small 22







Edited by Bigfoot (10/25/15 03:33 PM)
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#5993628 - 10/25/15 03:39 PM Re: go big or go home in a box? [Re: Bigfoot]
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I'd keep both, save for a compact 45 and then carry and extra mag.
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#5993633 - 10/25/15 03:43 PM Re: go big or go home in a box? [Re: Bigfoot]
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Originally Posted By: Bigfoot
8 or 9 rounds of a CCI mini mag or higher velocity 22LR is definitely a lethal round especially with the ability to have quick and accurate follow up shots. No doubt it is capable of protection in my mind. No it wont win a tactical gun battle but it is hard to decide on how tactically I need to be prepared. defend against 1 2 3 or 5 people?

Is it better to have one primary weapon vs 2? I think that is my biggest dilemma in my mind. I just dont see myself carrying a full size 45 everywhere I go that is why I was thinking of the small 22







I'd rather stop the threat with one well placed shot, not several.. That's just me..
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#5993691 - 10/25/15 04:22 PM Re: go big or go home in a box? [Re: Bigfoot]
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Originally Posted By: Bigfoot
22LR vs 45 for conceal carry

Because I refuse to buy and stock another caliber.

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Work on this problem and the rest will come easy. If your carry gun is not comfortable ,your in for many hours of discomfort .
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#5993697 - 10/25/15 04:23 PM Re: go big or go home in a box? [Re: Bigfoot]
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I have several full size 1911's but I carry a Colt Defender. It's easy to carry, quite comfortable really. With the spare mag I don't worry about round count. Work with it a bit and 75 foot is
deadly
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#5993717 - 10/25/15 04:38 PM Re: go big or go home in a box? [Re: Bigfoot]
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No to the .22 !

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#5993751 - 10/25/15 04:53 PM Re: go big or go home in a box? [Re: Bigfoot]
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Kahr CW45, and forget the mouse gun.
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#5993793 - 10/25/15 05:22 PM Re: go big or go home in a box? [Re: ju993rnaut]
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Originally Posted By: ju993rnaut
I'd keep both, save for a compact 45 and then carry and extra mag.


^^This^^

Springfield XDs .45 ACP, and get East to build you a holster. Lately I have carried mine all day long and was not inconveinienced at all. Small little package holding 5 + 1 rounds of .45
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#5993842 - 10/25/15 05:43 PM Re: go big or go home in a box? [Re: Bigfoot]
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I think I miss worded my question guys. I am not looking to compare 45 and 22. I am looking to compare is it better to have

-22lr pocket pistol and full size 45 and switch between them as carry weapons

or

- sell my full size 45 and buy a 45 compact and just have 1 weapon to carry at all times

thanks








Edited by Bigfoot (10/25/15 05:44 PM)
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#5993862 - 10/25/15 05:52 PM Re: go big or go home in a box? [Re: Bigfoot]
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Sell and buy carry 45.

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#5994079 - 10/25/15 07:36 PM Re: go big or go home in a box? [Re: Bigfoot]
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This thread reminds me of the conversation I had in one of my dealers with a DPD UC Narc, when I was looking at a "hideout" piece or a carry gun when I was doing Pawn Shop Cash Collections, and carrying way too much cash by the end of the day. My dealer, Ed House at Texas Gun's in Richardson was closing out some small Beretta's and small frame Colt Dectectives.

The Narc sez, when I asked to see a 25ACP Beretta for my wife's night stand shooter, She 's gonna shoot some fool with that and Pizz him off, and he'll beat her to death with it...and pointed to a pair of matching Colt Dective 38Spl's except one was blue and other was bright Nickel...and said them right there are your ticket...the bright Nickel for you and the blue gun for her...and pulled out his own bright nickel shooter out his back pocket. Sez every AH in sight can SEE this'un when I pull it and KNOW I'm gonna use it on whoever it's pointed at....and scatters folks like cockroaches. I got his message that you get One Chance to disable someone intent on doing you harm, and regardless if he's drunk stoned or whatever...you got One Chance to get away, or protect your self. PCP was big in those days, in the mid 1970's...and I was making bank Deposits of $5k to $25K a day from the 20-30+ Pawn Shops I called on regularly every week.

I wound up with a tuned LWT Colt Combat Commander 45ACP I wore in the small of my back ...and a very highly tuned S&W M60 in my boot with .75lb letoff SA & just under 2lbs DA that still lives on MY night stand....40 years later.
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