Advocating the use of a .20-caliber bullet for personal security is fraught with peril. Of all the trainers whom I respect, none consider a .22 or .25 a serious “manstopper.” But it’s easy to find reports of aggressors being stopped by the lowly .22. In some of these cases, it only took one shot to end the threat. In others, it took several shots. Does that differ from other handgun bullets? I think we can all agree that the bigger the bullet, the better it will perform when defending one’s life—unless, of course, a small caliber is all you can shoot accurately due to age, strength or health issues. Mark Moritz had it right when he said, “The first rule of gunfighting is to have a gun,” and any gun in any caliber is better than empty hands.

Additionally, the .22 has long been known as an excellent training cartridge. Its low recoil and cost make it a natural for working on the most difficult shooting skill: trigger control. The primary reason most new shooters flinch when shooting is because they anticipate recoil and its explosive effect at the end of their extended arms. But using a .22 virtually eliminates this issue, making proper trigger control easier to achieve. When I go through periods where I just can’t seem to hit targets as I should, I slap a .22 conversion slide onto my carry pistol and focus exclusively on trigger manipulation. And, believe me, it really helps.

Ruger’s LCR (Lightweight Compact Revolver) snubbie is one of the few truly revolutionary designs of the past 100 years. Its patented friction-reducing-cam trigger system differs from all other revolvers in both design and trigger feel, offering a very smooth action straight out of the box—not 1,000 rounds down the road. When taking into account the aforementioned advantages to shooting a .22, it makes sense for Ruger to chamber their LCR revolver for this venerable cartridge. Jeff Cooper once said the .38 snubbie was a gun that was “carried much and shot little” because, even without +P ammo, it could be hard on the shooter after a few hundred rounds, especially when shooting an alloy-frame gun. But anyone of any age can shoot a .22 all day.


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  • chuck the knife

    Make the L C P in 22 would be very nice and may be hold 10+shells

  • Howard

    Yep, any gun is better than no gun.But for the same price why not get the LCR in
    .38 or better .357.Here’s another thought,why doesn’t Ruger make a 9mm LCR
    and stop toying with the .22 as a defense caliber ?

  • lovs2sell

    Pretty sure my ruger Sr 22 would do the job if needed.

  • I don’t understand (although there may a good reason) why Ruger doesn’t make this pistol with an interchangeable .22 Mag cylinder. With Critical Defense Ammo now available in .22 Mag., this pistol could be a much more effective defensive firearm.

  • The .22LR is the most underrated round in ballistics. It caused major damage to Press Secretary Brady and Robert Kennedy. Ask the families of those men if that round is “just a little above a pellet gun”….the .22lr round is a nasty little round, and deadly as a pissed off Western Diamondback.