Join Date: Jul 2019
Location: Political and climate refugee in Texas.
I would be somewhat interested in it, but I have reservations on a semi auto rimfire.
Have nothing against a .22 for a defensive get off me gun. They will work. But being a rimfire, I want the capability of pulling the trigger again if I get a dud. The semi takes two hands and two seconds you won't won't have in a close range defense situation. And 99% of the time, it will be very close range. A few feet instead of yards.
I like pocket size defense guns. Just force of habit formed over a lifetime. I habitually carry in my right hand pants pocket. Easy to get to, and inconspicuous to slip a hand in a pocket and have the gun right in hand ready to go if things look hincky. I don't like the time it takes to reach under a cover garment to get a gun out of a hip holster or pancake.
The Ruger LCP .22 looks like a good practice gun if you already have a .380 LCP, but I'd be more interested if it were a .32acp or even a .25acp. I have some arthritis issues in my hands from a life of cranking on Bridgeport mills and Hardinge lathes, and the past two years have seen some changes. I can no longer shoot a aluminum frame J frame or Ruger LCP .380 without some discomfort or pain. But I can crank 300 rounds of .22 through a Ruger LCR with no problems. For over 30 years my self defense gun was a North American Arms mini .22 revolver because it was the only gun I could totally conceal in anti gun D.C. Its still my most carried gun in the hot weather since I moved to Texas.
Still, I am a bit interested. Modern .22 ammo is a lot more reliable than it was in my youth. I can't recall the last dud I had, and I shoot about half a bulk box of Federal every week with either my S&W 63 or the Ruger LCR, with some through the NAA mini's. CCI seems to be very reliable. A LCP in .22 would be a nice easy gun to shoot, and it would fit in my pants pocket. I'm not wild about the extra unneeded safety on it though. I do like Ruger products. I have an ancient bearcat that has like a zillion rounds through it.
Don't over do it, just enough will do.
Last edited by cb51; 01-31-2020 at 09:11 PM.