Should You Choose a .22 or a 9mm?

When deciding on a personal handgun, there are many options out there to choose from. If you are a new shooter, buying your first gun can be a little overwhelming. You know you want to buy something you will be comfortable with, which is why most gun experts and stores recommend the .22 and the 9mm handgun. Starting with a smaller gun and getting familiar with using it will help to build your confidence in using larger guns later on. If you are just beginning to learn how to handle and shoot a firearm, some gun ranges will let you test out different models to see what you like and don’t like about different ones.

Each of them have pros and cons for the gun owner, so here is some helpful information about both options, so that you can make a well informed choice.

The .22 Handgun

The .22 is a lightweight gun, and easily carried in handbag or concealed on your person. It is one of the most often purchased small firearms in the US, and easy to handle. It is stocked in most gun stores, sporting goods stores, and even big box retailers. It is the one most gun experts will lean toward (for a new shooter) over the 9mm for several reasons. One, it doesn’t have a lot of recoil, which is great for learning to shoot. It works well in tight spaces, too. The ammunition for a .22 is widely available to purchase, too. Another advantage to the .22 is that it is budget friendly. One downside is that it doesn’t seem as “powerful” to some gun owners, which leads them to use the 9mm. Overall, experts say it is a great weapon to own for self defense purposes.

The 9mm Handgun

A step up in power from the .22, the 9mm handgun is another popular choice for new shooters. It does pack a more powerful shot. The bullets are larger, and the recoil is stronger. It is also widely stocked in many stores, and carried at many shooting ranges. The 9mm is easy to operate as well. Like the .22, it is an easy to handle weapon. One downside to the 9mm is that it isn’t as easily concealed on your person since it is a little larger weapon. It is highly recommended as a personal self defense weapon.

Which is Best?

Both the 9mm and the .22 are accurate weapons, and can be used well by novice shooters. Even if you don’t buy a .22, (but most experts recommend owning one), you should definitely know how to handle one. No matter which one you choose, you should take a gun safety course to learn how to handle your firearm properly, and get comfortable shooting it. Regular time at the gun range will help with this, too. You should also plan to keep your gun locked up when not in use, whether it be a safe, or a gun cabinet. It should also be stored empty. Safety first!

Hopefully this will help you to decide between owning the .22 or the 9mm. You may decide you want to have both! If you are an experienced shooter, which gun would your recommend to newbies?

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I’m Laura P, aka, Passion Prepper, aka, Storage Prepper! I’ve been homesteading nearly all my life and prepping for the last 6 years. I strongly believe our great country of America was built on self-sufficient families like mine and yours. Politics bores me, learning new stuff, getting outside and living life thrills me.

One comment on “Should You Choose a .22 or a 9mm?

  1. Zee says:

    This is one of the most insane things I’ve ever read about self defense.

    I’ve certainly heard of recommending .22 to new shooters for *learning purposes*, but I’ve never heard anybody ever suggest actually carrying a .22 for personal defense. In fact I’ve never heard anything but the opposite. A pretty quick Google search can show this.

    Regardless of the relative power of the calibers (although that is an issue, and using 22 for defense is ridiculous on that front), 22 rimfire isn’t reliable in the way center fire cartridges are.

    Carrying a 22 is better than carrying a stick, but that’s about all you can say for it. Unless you hit a vital spot it’s not even all that likely to stop a determined attacker. Nobody recommends carrying a 22 for defense.

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