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22 Long Rifle

A hit with a .22 is better than a miss with a .44

Michael Bane writes about the Ruger LCR-22

The solution to the challenge is, as it pretty much is with all guns, to shoot them a lot. A .22 option allows you to shoot them a lot, and cheaply. I’m going to go out on a limb here and suggest that if you’re new to CCW and think a snub revolver might be the way you want to go, I might get the .22 LCR first…no, .22 isn’t the world’s best self-defense cartridge, but it is substantially better than harsh language. Secondly, you will have a gun that you can shoot a lot and that you will keep even if you decide to go to a semiauto for CCW. If you feel comfortable with the .22, it’s an easy transition to the .38 (which I’ve been carrying for a couple of months now) or the .357 version.


Caliber .22 LR

Capacity 8

Finish Black / Advanced Target Grey (Cylinder)

Grip Hogue Tamer

Barrel 1.875″

Overall Length 6.50″

Weight 14.90 oz.

CA / MA Approved No

Front Sight Replaceable, Pinned Ramp

Rear Sight U-Notch Integral

MSRP (Price) $525

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While the 38 and 357 are very good choices for a pocket revolver, there are those who, for whatever reason, cannot tolerate the recoil of those cartridges from a lightweight revolver, but still need something which they can carry for defense. Ruger has answered this need with the LCR chambered for the 22 Long Rifle cartridge.

Advocating a 22 revolver for defensive purposes fuels a lot of arguments. It is by no means the ideal man-stopper. If I know that I am headed for a fight, and cannot avoid it, I want a good twelve-gauge semi-auto shotgun, loaded with buckshot, or a rifle, depending upon the situation. However, I cannot easily hide a shotgun in a belt holster, so I compromise, and carry a handgun, as most of us do. Any handgun carried for defense is a compromise. We must balance power, weight, size, and recoil before deciding upon the ideal carry gun. Most of us advocate a good semi-auto 9mm, 45, 40, or 10mm, but usually end up carrying something smaller as an everyday, everywhere, pocket gun. I carry different guns from time to time, usually a lightweight bobtail 45, or a high-capacity 9mm, or one of my 10mm autos, but when I carry one of these, I still have a 38 revolver or a 380 auto in my pocket. For a gun that is ALWAYS within reach, a lightweight pocket gun is very handy. Again, we come back to recoil. I get emails from folks almost everyday with severe arthritis who cannot tolerate the recoil of a lightweight 380, and even if they could, they lack the hand strength to manually cycle the slide. Choosing a revolver, again, the recoil is a factor in a weapon which is light enough to always be present. While the 22 Long Rifle cartridge is way down on the list of reliable one-shot fight stoppers, having a lightweight 22 that holds eight shots, as does this new LCR, is perhaps the best choice available for many people.

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