Underestimation can prevent you from using an object to its potential. Do not underestimate the value of the pocket rimfire pistol in your defensive handgun lineup as it can serve as a highly effective training tool.

Occasional ammo shortages notwithstanding, the .22 LR cartridge tends to be very affordable to shoot. A rimfire version of a defensive pistol can allow the shooter to improve both accuracy and weapon manipulation skills.

In addition, for anyone with significant upper body strength deficiencies or physical ailments, a gun chambered in .22 LR might be the only handgun that can be reliably operated. While few people would claim that a .22 will be as effective as a 9mm or .45 ACP at stopping a determined attacker, a pistol loaded with .22-caliber rounds and effectively employed can be a life saver.

Scroll through the gallery above for a few of the .22-caliber rimfire handguns on the market that are worth your consideration when it comes to CCW self-defense.

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Charter Arms Pathfinder

Kimber Rimfire Conversion Kit

North American Arms .22 LR Mini-Revolver

Ruger LCR-22

Ruger SR-22
Ruger SR-22

Sig Sauer P938 22LR Rosewood

Smith & Wesson M&P22 Compact

Taurus 22 PLY

Taurus Model 94

Walther PPK/S


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