Is that a TRS on your Ruger?For decades the caliber argument was dominated by those that advocated the "bigger is better" philosophy. They would go into great detail about the Moro insurrection in the Philippines etc. No one was a bigger proponent of this point of view that Col. Jeff Cooper the father of the Modern Technique of handgun shooting.
When the "Colonel" died back in 2006 the defensive pistol community had already been thoroughly infiltrated by a "new" generation of pistol experts.
These new guys were NOT inclined to follow the tenants of the Modern Technique and they were prepared to forge their own way.
Part and parcel to this "newer than modern technique" was not so much the overt rejection of the M1911 and the .45ACP caliber, but the adoption of the 9mm, high capacity plastic guns of the future. In doing so these new experts had to resolve the "dissonance" involved with adopting a "lesser" caliber. This was done by repeating the mantra that; "any caliber will do if you do" or " all pistol calibers suck so pick the one you can shoot best" or "training is the key so pick a caliber that you can afford to shoot a lot". This pretty much kept them from being haunted by the ghost of the "Colonel".
An unintended consequence of these arguments was the rise of the; well .22RF should be adequate for defensive shooting because, I shoot it well, all pistol calibers suck etc. etc., and I can afford to shoot .22RF a lot.
Where in lies the truth?
Somewhere in between I expect.
As for .22RF; it's best suited for "offensive" pistol shooting.
Agreed. I saw plenty of people fail to qualify with the Rem 870 in my 8 years.I'm all for calling the .22 a decent round, but that guy was full of himself almost on a nutnfancy level. "It's hard to miss with a shotgun" is typically what someone that only gets info from video games says...
There is a difference between being dropped on a deserted island and self defense. The .22 is great for taking small game. For a self defense round, it sucks. If it's so great, why don't any police agencies use it? A .22 is better than nothing, but I will never call it a good self defense round.Those who say the 22LR is not good for self defense as well as many other small calibers they do not know anything about ballistics.
Same arguments you hear over an over again about a 9mm Luger not being appropriate for self defense and the .223 Remington not
good for deer/pigs/bear and even certain varmints and all that non sense too.
More times than not, less ends up being more in the end. Why: Better accuracy / follow up shots, something with less section might
loose energy 'slower' yet provide decent sectional density (SD = penetration). Any comfortable and economic shooting is going to make
anyone a better shooter by allowing more practice.
If I was dropped in deserted island and I was given the option to choose one gun my choice would be a backpack O/U rifle with a 22LR and .410
smooth bore. There might be very little or maybe nothing those two little casings could not do all in a very light package.
This will allow one to carry plenty of ammo (including some subsonics) in a survival situation creating a substantial strategic advantage.
The list of benefits of 22LR goes on and on.