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View Poll Results: Which is the better defensive pocket pistol caliber?
.22LR 6 8.96%
.32 ACP 61 91.04%
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Old August 13, 2018, 03:16 PM   #51
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^Well, bigger anyway...
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Old August 13, 2018, 03:34 PM   #52
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You guys need to watch more television. During the two world wars people died when something blew up fifty feet away. Just last month I saw chuck norris swallow a hand grenade and belch out smoke.

We aren't all chuck norris, but it's obvious from internet discussion and television that nothing short of artillery can keep a good man down now.
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Old August 13, 2018, 06:14 PM   #53
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Did not the 32 acp See Action in both world wars
People learn what works, or doesn't.

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Onward Allusion Yeah, but we're tougher nowadays.
The Moros in the Philippines merited bigger bullets and that was long ago.
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Old Yesterday, 12:13 AM   #54
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There may be advantages to the .22 in certain circumstances, like if you had to scrounge up ammo in a crisis or were worried about lugging around a lot of rounds. In most cases though, I'm still gonna pick .32acp. I've shot a lot of water bottles, soda cans, apples, etc. with both of these from various pistols. The .32 just inspires a lot more confidence, in a choice between only these two.

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If you can fit a .32 in your pocket, you can fit a .380
Now this is worth considering if we aren't forced between two choices. Take it a step further though. At least for me, if I can fit a .380 in my pocket, I can usually fit an LCR. That means .38 special, .327 federal, or .357 magnum (if I feel up for a beating). Heck, they also come in .22 WMR and 9mm. All of those are arguably better options.
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Old Yesterday, 12:22 AM   #55
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Lots of better options, but the question asked was between the .22 and the .32, and it seems most favor the .32 in that situation. For self defense, I would also.

For a general sport/utility pistol, .22LR, hands down.
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Old Yesterday, 02:02 PM   #56
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While some .32 autos are as big as some .380s, and some .380s are smaller than some .32s- You can't make a .380 as small as you can a .32 if the guns are minimal.
And you can't make a .32 as small as a .25.

Minimal .380s are unpleasant to shoot, and can malfunction easily from a loose grip.
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Old Yesterday, 02:10 PM   #57
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Too bad the .45s that were issued did nothing to improve the situation.

Look it up.
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Old Yesterday, 02:46 PM   #58
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You can't make a .380 as small as you can a .32 if the guns are minimal.
The Seecamp .380 is exactly the same size as the .32acp Seecamp. How they did it is amazing! And the Seecamp is about as minimal as you can go.
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Old Yesterday, 02:49 PM   #59
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And you can't make a .32 as small as a .25.
Actually, I have a NAA .32 Guardian that is a hair smaller than my Beretta 950BS, so there are exceptions. It does recoil a bit more.
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Old Yesterday, 03:25 PM   #60
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You guys need to watch more television.
I guess we need to be reminded from time to time that the "7.65 mil [has] a delivery like a brick through a plate glass window."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tU98uP7pXA8
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I'll need a suit now to carry my new Sig 232!
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.32 ACP beyond a shadow of a doubt.

It's basically a .22lr, fired from a rifle, with the added benefit of being a larger caliber bullet. It'd be the bare minimum if you had a choice, in my opinion.
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I figured my remark would be over some of your heads...
I said if the guns are minimal.
Show me a .32 or a .380 that is the same size as a Browning .25.

As far as an NAA Guardian being smaller than a 950- it's certainly not thinner, and it weighs about twice as much as the 950.
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