Today I was talking with a colleague at work, and he mentioned he was planning to buy his wife a gun for self defense. I waited for him to ask my opinion, but he didn’t, so I asked what kind of gun he was planning to buy.
“Oh, a .22, of course.” He then went on the explain that it was perfect for his wife – lightweight, low recoil, inexpensive to buy and to practice, and deadly.
“After all, there was that woman in Duluth last week who used one to kill that home invader.”
What I wanted to say was, “Okay, that worked for her, because it was the one she had at the time, but it’s not the one I would pick, if I could pick ahead of time, which is what we’re doing.” But I didn’t.
Instead, we talked about the best way to make a .22 a viable self defense weapon. Whoever uses it has to be able to deliver a lot of shots to vulnerable areas of the attacker’s body. We’re probably talking about 8 or 10 shots to center of mass. Or being willing to make head shots.
I left him with the task of finding out if his wife was willing to do what it took to make a .22 work. Could she make head shots, or would she be able to hold her ground and make multiple shots to other areas, like the pelvic area?
Thanks to a woman who did what she had to do, I’ve changed the way I see self defense handguns. Would I pick a .22 for myself as a self defense gun? Probably not. But, if I’m ever in a situation where my Buck Mark is the only gun I have to use, at least I know what to do. And, more importantly, I know it can be done.