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Old July 14th, 2017, 04:01 PM #1
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Marksmanship versus caliber

So many times, we see discussions, debates, and diatribes about which caliber is best. This article from the USCCA addresses what I think is the true measure of stopping power, marksmanship. https://www.usconcealedcarry.com/really-stops-fight/


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Brilliant article.
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Marksmanship versus caliber

I saw a perfect example of this on Saturday. I had a student at the range shooting for the very first time ever. She is a small woman and has the beginnings of arthritis in her hands. After her third shot with a Ruger SR-22, she proceeded to put 16 rounds of 22lr in the 9, 10, and X rings at 25 feet. .380 ACP, 38 Special, and 9mm all had too much recoil for her. When we were done shooting, I showed her 22lr hollow point for defensive purposes and encouraged her to keep practicing with 22lr. She understands that she may need to take several shots, but as a brand new shooter, she is already confident.
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I saw a perfect example of this on Saturday. I had a student at the range shooting for the very first time ever. She is a small woman and has the beginnings of arthritis in her hands. After her third shot with a Ruger SR-22, she proceeded to put 16 rounds of 22lr in the 9, 10, and X rings at 25 feet. .380 ACP, 38 Special, and 9mm all had too much recoil for her. When we were done shooting, I showed her 22lr hollow point for defensive purposes and encouraged her to keep practicing with 22lr. She understands that she may need to take several shots, but as a brand new shooter, she is already confident.
where were the other caliber shots at a more realistic self defense distance of contact to 7-10 yards?
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My wife had been accompanying me to the range for years and when she was ready to purchase her first gun she chose a Ruger Mark. She has demonstrated the ability to safely and effectively use other calibers including 32ACP, 9mm, 40 S&W, but she is much more accurate and comfortable with her .22LR Ruger. She understands that in a defensive situation the smaller round will not perform like a service round but the comfort and familiarity factor can't be dismissed, either. I would much rather her put two or three 36gr CCI mini-mags into an intruder's torso than one 9mm into his arm and one through my front door and into my neighbor's house.

Sometimes us 'gun nuts' tend to forget that there are lots of Constitution-loving Americans who don't even like guns but own firearms to exercise their constitutionally protected rights and/or for personal protection. Some of these folks don't enjoy shooting and may be truly recoil and noise sensitive. Personally, I am happy that they have chosen to be armed even though they don't enjoy shooting. If they lack the desire or arm/hand strength or ability to handle noise to be able to train with larger calibers, but do take the time to train with something that they can tolerate (like a smaller 22LR or 25ACP), then kudos to them and God Bless them for it.
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where were the other caliber shots at a more realistic self defense distance of contact to 7-10 yards?


All shots where taken at 25 feet (8.33 yards). She was on the paper with those, but her apprehension over the recoil of everything above 22 was enough for me to recommend she stay with the 22. The other reason I took that approach is because I first want her to develop basic marksmanship skills. If she is apprehensive over larger calibers, she won't go to the range, and if she doesn't go to the range, her skills will not develop. Going to the range helps to develop many things including resistance to the noise of gunfire. Maybe in a year, she'll be able to consider something more powerful, but for now, she is fine.
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LOL my bad. You must be a small bore competition shooter. You said feet and I saw yards.

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LOL my bad. You must be a small bore competition shooter. You said feet and I saw yards.

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I understand. Normally, I speak of yards or meters, but I took her to On Target to shoot. Their lanes are marked off by feet.
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It really doesn't matter what caliber you shoot, if you don't hit the intended target, you better hope the noise scares them to death. I have read on other forums all the arguments for stopping power vs accuracy. I you cant hit your target you will stop nothing!! Even USCCA has stated that usually it take more than one shot to stop and individual and end the threat. So we are back to accuracy again, even if you manage to put a shot on target, the threat will not usually stop with one shot, unless its a head shot. The follow up shots must hit the mark also in order to stop the threat.
Shoot what you are confident with, I pray that you never need to use deadly force.
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We mention 22LR for women, one might also consider 22 magnum for a lady or even a man. Hornady makes critical defense in this caliber and Smith makes a very nice revolver chambered for it with very little recoil from a nasty little round.
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