In Defense of an Alternative Firearm Defense Duo

If you ask 50 firearm enthusiasts what the best caliber for an everyday carry (EDC) and backup gun (BUG) is, you’ll likely get several different answers. Everyone has their preferred firearm and their reasons for them. But it’s important to clarify that it’s certainly not just a matter of preference. There will always be the gun store counter or campfire debates regarding the merits of the 12 gauge vs. AR-15 in .223 Remington vs. a .300 AAC Blackout upper in the home, or the 9mm vs. .40 S&W vs. .45 ACP on the hip.
That, however, doesn’t mean there are “right” answers, and that’s what this is about. It’s a focus on two calibers, both in the .22 caliber family, and making an argument for their viability as legitimate defensive options. Since there aren’t 100% correct answers and there’s no universally perfect pistol that’s the right caliber, size, capacity, brand, and color for everyone, this is an example of a combination that could work. Although it may prove a non-starter for some, this combo could be perfect for you.

.22 WRM for EDC

The .22 WRM, or .22 Magnum, isn’t exactly unknown. Though it’s been around since the 1950s, it’s one of those cartridges that went through a renaissance, enjoying a burst of popularity that eventually faded. They were even compared to the super-hot, armor-defeating FN 5.7x28mm. But it was overhyped and interest cooled. Which is a shame because it’s a cartridge that deserves a second look. While the best .22 LR ammo is nothing to sneeze at, the .22 WRM is significantly more powerful than .22LR—it packs a punch. And with a pistol like the Kel-Tec PMR-30 (as the name suggests), you can carry 30 of them in a magazine. That’s a whole lot of gun, and one with low recoil and low muzzle flip to boot.

.22LR for BUG

There’s virtually no question that the introduction of a gun into a situation where one’s safety is threatened is, a decent proportion of the time, going to be enough to defuse that situation. In high-stress, high-adrenaline situations, many-to-most people are going to see a gun, and not look at the bore to judge caliber before making their decision whether to continue or stop what they’re doing. That seems to be an underrated factor when determining what makes for a good carry gun. A gun being a gun is often going to be enough on its own.

However, when it’s not enough, the .22 LR shouldn’t be discounted as a valid caliber for self-defense. In fact, the .22 LR has a lot going for it. It possesses even lower recoil and muzzle flip than the .22 WRM, which means superior repeatable shot placement. Pistols chambered for .22 LR tend to be light, they’re not as loud as larger calibers, and for someone with smaller hands, that can improve shot placement—which, as any defensive shooting instructor will tell you, is the name of the game.

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