For Conceald Carry; A .22 Mag, .32 ACP or a .38 Special?

Discussion in 'Centerfire Pistols & Revolvers' started by Rhuga, Nov 6, 2011.

  1. al45lc

    al45lc Active Member

    Mar 8, 2010
    colorful colorado
    Agreed, except that my Wife's .38 Taurus snub can put 5 shots in a 4" group at 25 feet. Could be the ammo in your case, some are finicky.
  2. Dutchboy

    Dutchboy Member

    Jun 5, 2010
    .22 magnum is loud, surprisingly loud. And out of a short pistol barrel, it's ballistics are about like that of a .22 LR shot from a rifle. So shot from a pistol, the .22 magnum is a loud, little bullet. You better be a very, very good marksman under pressure to be effective.

    I'd stick with the .38 Special for concealed carry if I were you.

  3. franco45

    franco45 New Member

    Nov 8, 2011
    I carry a 642 in the winter. But I also throw my 22 mag. NAA Pug in my jacket pocket as backup. I just purchased a Ruger SP101 in 357 mag. which will be my everyday winter carry when I find a good holster.
    I used to carry a Kel-Tec p32. One night I had a close call and found myself wishing I had a little more firepower available.
  4. gun runner

    gun runner Former Guest

    Nov 23, 2011
    South Texas
    get a desert eagle and keep it in your drawers jk . I would go with whats most comfortable within your preferences. Any one of those calibers will work okay against a individual that is trying to harm you are trying to harm a family member or friend. I would go with the lightest but highest caliber you can get. Really I would go with the .38
  5. Caneman

    Caneman Active Member

    Oct 22, 2010
    you don't want to piss off the BG you want to eliminate the threat... out of those three it would be the .38 hands down...

    EVERETT New Member

    May 9, 2011
    a 38 is nice but lets look at the facts why was a 45acp made ? to stop people , what does it do ,,, it stops people , thats why the military used them for how long again ?? go 45acp u cant go wrong with it :patriotic:
  7. gun runner

    gun runner Former Guest

    Nov 23, 2011
    South Texas
    It depends where you shoot the individual at but yes that caliber has alot of stopping power. :cool:
  8. Boris

    Boris Former Guest

    Oct 1, 2010
    Stopping power is a feel good buzz phrase. There is no such a thing. Americans get tunnel vision sometimes. 9x19mm has been in service longer than 45 and has been used in more war by more army's than any other pistol caliber world wide. If it were a failure no one would use it. So would that mean it has more stopping power than 45ACP?
  9. carver

    carver Moderator Supporting Member

    The OP limited us to three choices, .22mag, 32APC, and .38spcl. I voted for the .38. I like large bullets! I carry the .45ACP, or a .44spcl. But that's not what the OP was asking for. I would also like to recommend that if you do carry the smaller guns like the .38spcl, or others that have limited fire power, that you carry two of them! New York reload! Drop the empty gun, and grab the loaded one! With only 5 - 7 rounds of ammo that is not considered to be the best man stoppers, you might want a little insurance. Though I carry a large caliber weapon, I still always carry a BUG!
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