Other than training in the military, I never spent much time around guns. They're cool, but not a fascination or hobby of mine. I will own a small pistol when I'm back in the civilian world and living on my own.
A .22 isn't as bad as a lot of people think, though. The basically zero recoil is a big advantage for people with very little shooting experience and it's potential lack of exit wound and internal ricochet damage can cause problems. Also, you severely limit your potential for shooting someone else on accident, either by missing or going through the first person to hit the second.
Good point. I had completely forgotten to mention the ricochet effect.
With that said, I probably wouldn't want anything less than a .40 or .45, although a 9mm would work. Of course, the best home defense weapon would be a shotgun, so it's really irrelevant.
Agreed. And yet here we are with .380s.
I want to find a gun that I like that comes in .40.
.45s are awesome, but other than the 1911 compact or the S&W Model 22, I don't know if I can think of any that I could carry concealed very well. And the Model 22 would probably be pushing it.
Of course, I have several pistols of larger calibers, but none that would be good for concealed carry.