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In Defense Part One; Concealed Carry .25 ACP, .32 Auto, .22 Rimfire, .32 H&R Magnum & More

In contemplating an every-day weapon for concealed carry we need to consider the cartridge. At the low end is the oldest commercially offered cartridge of all time, the .22 Short rimfire. Introduced by Smith & Wesson in 1857, although the 22 BB cap is a little older and was cab with a round 22 caliber BB inserted in a cap around 1845. So, the .22 has a tried and true heritage. Today the .22 long rifle would be about the minimum we should consider to be the minimum. There are some up to 9 shot and revolvers and small very concealable autos as well. The 22 magnum is a serious contender. Now about those centerfire rounds.

.25 ACP

The .25 ACP has been around since about 1905, and has a reputation of being a very inadequate defensive round. The .22 Long Rifle being considered a more effective man stopper. The .25 ACP is the smallest commercially available centerfire cartridge and was designed for self-defense, in extremely concealable firearms. Known is Europe as the 6.35x16mm SR (semi-rimmed).

.32 Auto, .380 ACP & .22 Rimfire

Next up is James Bond’s .32 Auto. This round is available in the Walther PP or PPK used by Bond in the movies. The .32 ACP was a popular European police caliber for many years. It was introduced in 1900 for another FN pistol, the FN M1900. In the US the 32 ACP is still considered a bit anemic. The 9mm Kurz, or .380 ACP is a 17mm long case with a light, usually around 95 grain bullet. Considered the absolute minimum caliber by many in the US for serious selfdefense, the .380 ACP is a favorite chambering in backup and off duty weapons. The low end in the wheel-gun (revolver) is the .22 rimfire, either .22 long rifle with the .22 Magnum being even more desirable. There many .22’s available in up to 9 shot revolvers. But the next consideration in defensive ordinance is the .32 H&R Magnum and its big brother the .327 Federal Magnum.

.32 H&R Magnum & .327 Federal Magnum

The .32 H&R Magnum was a collaboration between Harrington & Richardson and the Federal Cartridge Company. Introduced in 1982 it is a lengthened .32 S&W Long, and operates at a higher pressure. Modern concealable revolvers in this caliber hold 6 rounds versus the same gun frame in .38 Special with 5 rounds. Around 2007 Strum Ruger and Federal introduced the .327 Federal Magnum, upping the pressure to 45,000 psi from the 21,000 of the H&R Magnum. All .327 Magnum’s can chamber both 32 S&W Long and .32 H&R Magnums. More recoil and bright flash, but the .327 Federal Magnum approach .357 Magnum power. Revolvers tend to be very reliable, but suffer low ammo capacity and are a bit bulkier due to the cylinder. Most concealed carry revolvers are slipped into the pocket and are have the hammer shrouded or the hammer is bobbed so that that is will not hang-up on the clothing during a draw. Generally, these pocket blasters have around 2-2½ inch barrels and sport 5 shot cylinders. The .327 Federal Magnum and the .32 H&R Magnums as mention squeeze in an additional shot, for 6 total in the same frame. The compact is chambered for .38 Special or .357 Magnum. The .38’s are usually load with +P ammo, falling power higher than a .38 Special normal loading and a .357 Magnum.

Custom Shooting Ranges for Training & Practice of Concealed Carry & Other Guns

Concealed revolver calibers ‘sorta’ like ends with the .38 and .357. Calibers like the .45 Colt and .44 Magnums are just too bulky for concealed carry with one exception. The Charter Arms Bulldog comes in a 5 shot model that can be loaded with .44 Special or .44 Special +P ammo. A recent phenom is revolvers chambered in 9mm or 45 ACP. Some of these are fairly concealable but approach the maximum size for this type of weapon. Contact Shooting Range Industries for information on our custom shooting ranges today!

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