Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: The Wild, Wild West, ,
Re: carry weapon
I rarely go anywhere unarmed (goes with my job, I'm a motorcop).
Colonel Jeff Cooper taught that "The first rule of gunfighting is BRING ENOUGH GUN."
He also taught that if you MUST buy a tiny pistol (.22, .25, .32), don't buy any ammunition. If you buy ammunition, you'll be tempted to load it. And if you load it, you'll be tempted to carry it. And if you carry it, you may be tempted to try to use it to defend yourself, instead of running away and hoping that your attacker only has a .22, .25 or .32 . . .
If your ONLY option is a subcaliber pistol, 1), practice until you can hit a 2" circle at 10 feet, 2), don't shoot from any greater distance than 6 feet, 3), if you can run, don't shoot at all, and 4), if you have no other choice, keep the gun hidden, then surprise your attacker, put your shots right into the Adam's apple, then DISENGAGE and RUN.
All of the above said, the minimum pistol that I would suggest for what you want to do is a Walther PPK in .380ACP, and stainless steel. Check your local gun shops and gunbroker.com. There's some .380 ammo which is supposed to be great for defense.
Myself, I work for an agency which has standardized on the .40 S&W. I got this opened to the 10mm Auto, which is the same bullet but a full-sized cartridge, not the "Short & Weak."
The bottom line, however, is to carry what you can HIT with. If you can't reliably hit with any particular gun, DON'T CARRY IT. Practice, practice, practice!
Smile! I could be BEHIND you!