What is the smallest caliber you'd trust for self-defense?
"What is the smallest caliber you trust to protect yourself?
My personal favorite defense gun has always been a Beretta Jetfire in 22 short. I’ve carried it for many years including while hiking. I never leave without it in my pocket. Of course the first rule when hiking in the wilderness is to use the “Buddy System”. This it means you NEVER hike alone, you bring a friend, companion, or family member.
I remember one time while hiking with a companion when out of nowhere came this huge brown bear charging us and was she MAD. We must have been near one of her cubs. Anyway, if I had not had my little Jetfire, I wouldn’t be here today. Just one quick shot to my companion’s kneecap and I was able to escape by just walking at a brisk pace. It’s one of the best pistols in my collection."
You shot your companion in the knee cap?
Posted by: Marcus Poulin at March 27, 2012 11:24 PM
Whiskey plus blog tool = sarcasm of the highest order!
Posted by: Gene Hoffman at March 27, 2012 11:37 PM
Hey. It was in quotes. David was just -- telling a story. Yeah. Telling a story.
Posted by: Jim D. at March 27, 2012 11:56 PM
That's a riot!!!
Posted by: Jim at March 28, 2012 01:50 AM
Classic!! And very well played, sir. You don't have to out run the bear, you just have to out run your friend.
Posted by: Greg in Allston at March 28, 2012 04:50 AM
Some times having the best pair of Nikes is more useful than a firearm...
Posted by: Harry Schell at March 28, 2012 09:46 AM
Now you did it!
It's in writing and will become a 'fact' and a statistic in some Brady marketing material.
Posted by: Mark Steele at March 28, 2012 10:30 AM
The smallest caliber I trust and carry is 9MM in a M9. No smaller. Then .38 Special, then .45 ACP. After that we are getting into riffle and shotgun calibers :-)
Posted by: Frank at March 28, 2012 12:01 PM
So I was shooting the breeze in the parking lot with one of my buddies when the subject of carry guns came up. I told him I pocket carried a .32 and he starting denigrating the .32 and claimed that carrying one was useless.
I asked what he carried and he proudly proclaimed that his fo-tay would stop any attacker.
I put my hand in my pocket and said "OK, I'm going to shoot you with my .32 now, what are you going to do about it?".
He furtively glanced at his car which contained his fo-tay because it was too bulky to comfortably carry all the time and conceded the point.
Posted by: Brian at March 28, 2012 12:47 PM
It's an old joke, but you found a great new way to tell it.
If the question of 'smallest acceptable caliber' is truly being asked, then I'd say that caliber is the wrong criteria. You need to judge the cartridge. Looking at bore diameter alone, I'd happily go under .22. Not many bad guys are going to make it past a .17 Remington.
Posted by: Jeff at March 29, 2012 01:19 PM
Too funny - you totally got me. FIrst time I heard this joke it was about golfers, but this is certainly a better version.
Only gun I trust - Glock 23.
Posted by: Online Law Degrees at March 29, 2012 04:02 PM