Re: .22 rifle vs. .38 handgun
Yep. Not to take away from the little .22 LR; it is an extremely important and useful weapon. It really does inflict damage out of proportion to its size, but not as much damage as medium bore handgun cartridges.
Really the very things that make the .22 so well suited in general shooting tasks (hunting small game, plinking, target, hiking, emergency firearm) also make it a poor choice for use against most human threats. For the record, even organizations that use the .22 LR on humans only do so with total surprise and an extreme situational advantage to begin with.
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