While I’m sure everyone is familiar with the adage associating opinions with certain orifices, I will trudge ahead anyway. Often we have clients, both experienced and inexperienced, arrive with various forms of semi-automatic handguns chambered in .22 long rifle. While a .22 is great for practice, plinking, and hunting, it is a poor choice in a defensive firearm. Beside its Lilliputian payload, the darn things are just plain unreliable. Seldom ever does a .22lr chambered handgun (revolvers not included)) complete the CWP qualification course without a single malfunction. Now I know some will tell you a .22 beats having no gun at all. But, by that logic, a staple gun beats having no gun at all! The bottom line is this, carry the largest, absolutely reliable handgun you can afford. If you cannot afford one, sell something and get one!