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“What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog

in the fight — it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”

– President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1958.

Many people mistakenly think the .22 Long Rifle cartridge is not a suitable self-defense, pistol round, so we need to take a harder look at its actual, ballistic potential.

Okay, it’s definitely not my first choice for defensive carry, but what if that’s all you have at the moment? There have been abundant stories in the media about hikers or campers being attacked, and even killed, not just by wild animals, but by people, in very remote areas where there is no law-enforcement presence.

Often, that small, .22 LR trail gun that you packed in case of snakes, wild dogs, or rabid raccoons suddenly becomes your primary weapon against an armed assailant who is an immediate danger to yourself and your loved ones. A recent example of this was the murder of one man and felonious assault with intent to commit murder by knife-wielding (17-inch, survival knife) attacker James L. Jordan, age 30, on the Appalachian Trail in western Virginia just last year, on May 11, 2019.

A .22 LR may....