Long shot,17 cal will out do the 22.At times I carry a 22 pistol,Walter makes a nice auto.Also a Walter PPKS 380 and a<quoted text>A 22 is a good controlled up close killer hand gun. But at a distance it looses speed.
I shoot my 22 custom build rifle at 100 Yards, and I use the Walmart Federal 36 grain hollow point that I buy in Bulk, which is the best Ammo made today for the 22 rifle. The bullet will hit hole for hole at 25 yards, and will drop 6 inches on a hundred yards.
Now comparing that with the next best gun is the 22 magnum, it will drop 2 inches on a hundred yards with cci hollow points, and will hit a clay pigeon target place on the ground at the 100 yard range.
Lots of people say the 36 grain mag is better, but I can't get as good of a group on 100 as I can with the regular cci ammo.
So if I was going to depend on a 22 it would have to be the magnum, which I do have in a Black Widow, and American arms and a ruger single 6, and several others. I also have the 2 shot derringer in a 22 mag. But it isn't as accurate as the 22 long rifle in a hand gun.
So buck for baldy, I don't think I'd use any one of those mouse guns for personal protection.
Now the Mafia probably uses them for execution style killings , "So I am told", and they are good for Killing hogs close up, with a shot between the eyes and then jumping over into the penn and cutting their throat. But thats about all a 22 is good for, with the acceptance of killing squirrels or rabbits.
I use mine for recreational purposes such as target shooting.
32 ;along with a 38 bodyguard S/W.sometime a 45 in small of my back.Just depends on what I'm wearing,where I'm going and how I feel.But I always carry something. Me I just love the dam things.Have several long weapons,eyes not so good
anymore,100 yards,I'd better drive truck to get a little closer.Scope reflects with implant in right eye.Better at night.GOSH