Probably the most common comment I’ve received in light of recent situations (aside from “glad you’re okay”) has been “ditch that .25 and get a “real gun”. I’m not going to argue that the .25 is lacking in the terminal punch category, however I want to debunk a couple of common arguments I’ve heard about the .25 vs. other pocket sized guns. Remember, I carry in a pocket because belt carry with a reasonably sized pistol just isn’t feasible for me right now.
- A .22 would be better! – No, it wouldn’t. The ballistics figures you see for hot .22s are usually from rifles or pistols with at least a 4 inch barrel. When you shrink the gun down to the same size as my Jetfire, the ballistics are pretty much the same. Plus, you have the issue with rimfire cartridges not being as reliable as the centerfire .25 ACP cartridge.
- A .25 has no stopping power! – And yet, despite everyone that’s said that, no one has volunteered to stand downrange and catch Gold Dots out of my mousegun. 🙂
People seem to forget that carrying a defensive firearm is a personal decision, and that solutions that work for one person may not be the best solution for everyone. That’s why if you’re happy with your Kel-Tec or Ruger pocket gun, I’m not going to tell you to switch to a gun that holds more ammo and has less recoil. Out of my 2 inch gun, the Speer Gold Dot rounds I use are going about 900-950 fps, which as established beats the pants off a knife fight or a sharp stick.
And besides, James Bond carried a .25 caliber Beretta for many of his early books. If it’s cool enough for Bond, it’s cool enough for me!