I know that I am going to ruffle some feathers and raise some eyebrows with what I am about to tell youbut. I am a retired Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriff. What I am about to says is backed up by FBI statistics,personal observations and information supplied by other professionals. Over my 20 year career I was repeatedly asked, "what is the best firearm for home and self defense". Not wanting to supply anyone with bad information I did my research. Below is the results.
During my research, what constantly came out on top was a quality, high capacity,semi auto, utilizingquality 22 caliber hollow point ammunition. Here is the reasoning behind the choice. Several years ago the FBI did a survey on persons killed by a firearm. The results of that survey was that more persons were killed by the 22 long rifle cartridge than all other calibers combined
. I took a trip to the coroner's office and talked with the doctors. What they told me only confirmed what I had already learned. Large cailber handgun bullets do not always make the massive wounds we expect them to do because of the lower volocities of the bullets. The 22 on the ofter hand has a tendency to, because of light bullet weigh, to bounce off of tissue and make several passes through the interior of the body. Further more the 22 hollow point is more likely to expand because of their construction and the fact that the bullet is more likely to exit the barrel in excess of 1100fps. I have personally handled 2 murders and 4 suicides. We can discount the murders because one was strangled and the other was killed with a knife. All 4 suicides were with a single shot from a 22. The only woman shot herself in the stomach an inch above the navel with a revolver. One of the males shot himself in the chest, with a rifle,just above the heart. The last 2 males both shot themselves in the head using small pocket sized autos. Now I could go on and on spouting facts but I am sure you get the picture.
I want to leave you with more reasons for the 22. Most persons that rarely shoot, (most of the public), are afraid of the recoil of a larger caliber pistol and therefore are likely not to practice with their weapon. The ammo for a 22 is less costly. A brick of 22's cost at or less than the price one on box of another caliber which also promotes more practicing. Shot placement bests bullet diameter every time. When you practice try this. Place 2 shots in the chest followed by 2 to the head and when you practice slow down and go for accuracy, speed will come later. Practice at 21 ft., satistics have proved that most gun fights happen at that distance or less.