Just my opinion.....Starting shooting is just what it is, starting something new. A few range visits and a couple lessons from a qualified instructor are far from putting a weapon in a person's possession for self defense.
Unless the person is committed to and accepts the seriousness of what pulling that loaded gun out to face an attacker means, they are not ready.
Let the girl work some more and get used to how to properly handle various firearms before making a critical, possible life/death decision. I'm far more of the "teach 'em how to avoid and escape bad situations", than to have 'em hang around and fire at the BG's with a small caliber gun. It's a false sense of security in most cases.
I'd have no issue with a 22 Stinger as self defense for myself and a 22 is often what I carry with me, but I also know that shot placement and taking dead aim are of high importance.
The commercial I saw about a UD Seal Diver shows the man recitinig the credo...and one line is never shoot a large caliber man with a small caliber bullet. AMEN!My thoughts...everybody has their own.
If I absolutely had no other choice, I would take the .22. I have a SR22 and love it, great range fun gun, kids love it. Will it kill ? Sure.
Would you use it to hunt 70 lb Coyote, or even a 150-200 lb deer?
I personally want a round that will stop ,in his tracks, a BG ,whom ,if high on sumpin, may not even feel the .22 for a while.
IF you have time in a defensive situation, SD or HD, to place a .22 perfectly, it still doesnt have that energy to STOP a big ole BG in his tracks.
Some situations, it MAY scare the BG off, but may not. I dont want to take that chance ,when protecting myself , and especially my family.
I CCW a Bulldog .44 spcl with Hornady SD ammo, and seriuosly looking at moving to .45 acp.
I know stingers are high velocity, but look at the ballistics....not enough energy for me.
You sir, now have my thoughts.
Just a question - I thought I read that some SR22's have trouble cycling with Stingers due to the length of the Stinger being slightly longer than other .22lr cartridges... no?
Thanks for the info, threetango. Hmmm, maybe it was the ejection part I read about troubles with seeing how the casing is a bit longer...??Here's my take.
To achieve higher velocities, they use a longer case and smaller bullet. The overall cartridge stays the same as a regular .22LR cartridge.