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Old 09-24-2012, 14:06   #1
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North American Arms .22 Mag

I carry a NAA >22 Mag as a backup and for home defense.
As a backup it is very light, easily concealable, and very
deadly or painful for close quarters combat, in the event that you loose control of your primary weapon. For home defense, in the closed quarters of a room, especially at night, the muzzle blast is deafening and the flash is blinding,(almost like a flash/bang grenade) the little short barreled pistol is much more than it appears. Though the sight of the little pistol is not very impressive, but one shot to a major joint will be very painful, where as a head or heart shot could be fatal. If you every get a chance to shoot these little pistols the mussel blast feels like some one throwing sand in your face and after the 2nd shot your ears will be ringing. Now that is from behind the gun, just imagine what it is like from in front. If you use the new Hornady Critical Defense ammunition which was is made for especially for short barrel guns, the possibly of of collateral damage is greatly reduced, were as penetration is increased and so is the bullet expansion. The little 45 grain bullet leaves the barrel at over 1,000 feet per second.
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Old 09-24-2012, 14:54   #2
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I have the 1 5/8" inch barrel .22 mag It is a fun gun to shoot but very difficult to shoot accurately, especially if under stress. I carry it sometimes as a BUG but it does not leave me with a great deal of confidence in stopping a crackhead. You are right with the flash and the concussion from the little buggar though . That might be a bigger defensive tool than the little hole it will make to get out of a tight spot. It is every bit as loud as my S&W 642 .38 . I would never consider it as a primary gun though , and would challenge anyone who would recommend it as such . I'm glad you said backup !!!!
Now, that being said , if it is all you have , any gun is better than no gun. The NAA is finely crafted firearm and is in no way a toy . I love the little thing.
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Old 09-26-2012, 16:53   #3
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I have the .22LR and carry it on occasion when I'm juts running to the store or out to eat. But the 5 and you're done aspect concerns me. I do carry extra ammo, but realistically I do not expect to be able to reload.

Reloading takes me at least 15-20 seconds while sitting in my bedroom, with no one trying to kill me. . .
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