Dear Preppers and Survivalists,
I had the wrong date set for this blurb, so here you go.
For the folks that don't read the comments, a reader recently experienced a burglary. The villains stole various items, "food, silverware, dishes, and appliances"
And, ... Their sense of security
Because of this experience, the reader, Anonymous, is thinking about purchasing a .22 LR caliber revolver.
Now, Anonymous says they (He or She) are looking at purchasing a new 10 round .22LR revolver from Smith & Wesson. They didn't say which model so I used a little 'google fu' (Thanks to Say Uncle for teaching me that term ; - ) to search for 'Ten Round .22LR Revolver from Smith&Wesson' which returned ...
S&W Model 617 and a review from Tanner's Gun Reviews with a YouTube Video from 1957Shep
At a suggested retail price of $829, it's an expensive revolver and the only one I found from Smith & Wesson.
So, ... I went looking for other ten round .22LR revolvers and found ...
Ruger Single Ten and a review from American Rifleman with a YouTube video from Haus of Guns
And, .. That's it. All the other .22LR revolvers are eight or six rounds, and some of them are more expensive then the S&W Model 617.
But, ... Like me, Anonymous has a budget. I don't know what it is, but (for me) less expensive is better when the quality is similar.
So, ... Here are some other .22LR revolvers that hold six and eight cartridges from ...
S&W Model 317 and a review from All Outdoors with a YouTube video from Harry Ruger-Six
S&W Model 43 C and a kind'a review at Smith & Wesson forum without a YouTube video
Ruger LCR Model 5410 and a kind'a review from Major Pandemic with two YouTube videos from Gun Blast.com and Hickok45
I have to stop for now, so make sure you watch the Hickok45 video. Like all the other articles and videos, Hickok45 has a lot of great things to say about using a .22LR revolver for defensive purposes.
.22LR Revolver for Defense
With all that I have written about the choices for .22LR revolvers, there is still more to say.
First, I suggest a revolver that the cylinder swings out because it's easier to reload instead of one with a loading gate.
Next, I suggest a double action (DA) or a single action/double action (SA/DA). A double action only (DAO) is preferred because you will only train with it in double action.
Remember: You don't arise to the occasion. You fall to your level of training. So, ... If your training sucks, you will suck
Next, shoot a hollow point (HP) cartridge over a full metal jacket (FMJ) or lead round nose (LRN) cartridge. With that said, FMJ and LRN cartridges will hurt or kill someone, too
Next, shot placement is very important, especially using a .22LR revolver.
So, ... picture a "T" with a "O" just above the "T." The "O" is someone's head, the cross bar of the "T" is someone's shoulders and the tail of the "T" is the person's spinal column. You want to shoot the villain from the navel, in a straight line up (the tail of the "T") to the head (the "O" on top of the "T") with multiple shots.
Or, ... You just shoot into the persons head, but that is difficult from a distance, even 10 feet, under stress.
Lastly, you need to try and use a larger cartridge such as a .38 Special, 9mm, or even the .357 magnum revolver.
22LR Revolver, Part Two
By now, some of y'all have gone 'Ouch!' on the prices for revolvers from Colt, Smith & Wesson, Ruger, and others.
Well, ... You can always go 'previously owned' or better known as a used revolver. You will need to search you local firearms dealers, pawn shops, talk to friends, and visit the on-line dealers such as Guns America, Gun Broker, Guns International, and others.
Just So You Know:
According to WeaponsMan, Gun Broker caved to protests when they tried to sell George Zimmerman's Kel-Tec PF-9 pistol
Another option is purchasing a new .22LR revolver from another manufacturer, such as Taurus, Astra, Harrington & Richardson, or some of the other low cost companies.
Just a Little More
Sorry to tell you this, but ... As you get older, you get weaker.
This means your current defensive pistol, that you're currently able to rack the slide to chamber a round, may become difficult or impossible to shoot. The double action only (DAO) revolver, (with a heavy trigger) that you can shoot, may become impossible to effortlessly squeeze the trigger. This also means the large caliber pistol's or revolver's recoil may become impossible to handle.
So, you (in your 'old' age) may have to switch to a .22LR semiautomatic like the PPK, a .32 caliber Seecamp LWS pistol, or a ... (since we're talking about revolvers ; - )
American Rifleman - Rock Island M206 .38 Special Revolver
M1911.org - Armscor M200 Series Revolver Review
YouTube: FreakinPeanuts - Rock Island M206 .38 Special Review