Gun Pundit is helping with a Personal Protection Survey for Shooting Illustrated.Â Before reading farther, go take it! Then come back and hit more for my take on it.
I’m not sure what Shooting Illustrated is trying to find out here, but it sounds interesting. The poll questions are rather difficult to answer, because I don’t really like any of them in most cases. For instance, I’m not sure I’d pick a .22LR pistol over pepper spray, just because spray can deal with a wider variety of situations I’m likely to encounter, and I don’t have much information on the type of firearm we’d be talking about. Why does it have to be an either or? What kind of .22LR are we talking about? Pocket semi-auto? Derringer? It’s such an unclear question, I’ll pick pepper spray.
Second choice, are we talking penetration in ballistic gelatin, or penetration in the human body? Because those are two different animals. For penetration in ballistic gel, I believe a .22LR will go as far as a .45 ACP. But to reach vital organs in the human body, which is usually necessary to stop a threat quickly, you usually need to break bone. It’s momentum that helps you break bone, and that’s where a light bullet is going to be a problem.
Third question is about which firearm you’d pick for personal protection. None of them would be my answer, but I’d go with the .32 over the .25 or .22LR. Â Not crazy about the fourth question either, since the correct answer would be “Hit the right spot as many times and as fast enough as is necessary to stop the threat.”