I will carry anything from a 22 mag to a 45, 230 grain! ONLY because I have nothing bigger in a handgun. BUT then I do have truck guns in larger calibers. Mostly~~~~I carry. AND practice often.
My derringer is a 10mm. When the popo arrives I’ll need an ice application to my wrist and the attacker will need a patch for his sucking chest wound(s).
1. You don’t buy a gun like this so you can pick off people from the top of the University of Texas tower, the sensible approach is to look at it as a 5-shot derringer, a last-ditch option for close-up and personal work. If you’ve got five yards of separation from your assailant, you’re better off trying to beat feet than expecting to stop him with a .22 (of any description).
2. Shooters toss around the term “standard deviation” because they think it makes their stats sound more impressive when in truth all most know about SD is where to find a web page to calculate it for them. The guys in this video didn’t shoot enough rounds even to calculate how many rounds would be necessary to calculate a meaningful SD from, much less to calculate the SD itself. A mean deviation would have been a more meaningful (and useful) calculation. Or extreme spread for that matter.
It also bears mention that in 1992 there was a shootout between a South Carolina Highway Patrolman armed with a .357 (shooting .38+Ps) and a perp with an NAA Mini-Mag. The perp fired twice, hit the officer with both shots, the second wounding him fatally (even though he was wearing body armor). The perp survived being shot four times and is serving life for the murder.
So there’s no question the Mini-Mag isn’t completely worthless as a self-defense tool. It’s better than a sharp stick but its obvious limitations mean it needs to be used with greater circumspection than most other handguns.
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