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.22 Short for Self-Defense? Well…

.22 short for self defense

What is the smallest caliber you would pack for self-defense?

Would you entertain the notion that a .22 Short is an adequate defense caliber?

Well, lucky for us, our friend mark3smle puts it to the test.

How low in caliber can you go before your self-defense firearm is too light? Well, the lowly .22 Short cartridge is tested out against ballistic gelatin by YouTuber mark3smle.

The tiny .22 Short cartridge came out in 1857 as the very first U.S. metallic cartridge with a tiny 29- or 30-grain bullet, pushed by 4 grains of black powder. Well, times have changed, but this cartridge still develops little penetration and knockdown power as proven in this test.

We’d like to thank mark3smle for taking the time to share this video with us!

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.22 Short for Self-Defense? Well…