The Weapon of Next-to-Last Resort

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As Preppers we plan for the worst while hoping for the best, like all rational human beings. And as such I am a big fan of having redundant safety systems, something driven home during the many years I spent working on space systems like the Titan II and IV heavy lift systems, as well as the Atlas and Delta space lift vehicles, and all aspects of their launch control systems.  So I always have a backup and I know, the choices for a back-up gun are endless as there are so many short barreled autos available in impressive calibers, but here is a thought:
  • This is my go-to gun if I am ever very up close and personal, and may have lost my primary weapon (empty, taken from me, jammed). This is specifically for when I can tell by the smell how long it has been since he showered, I can see how long since he brushed his teeth by the food still in his gums and I have to focus on the fact that he is now even less concerned with his personal grooming than he is with making me dead. But it is what I might not be able to see that drives my decision. He may have my head in a bear hug and I can’t see the stroller behind him or the person rushing to my aid who is just a few feet away, neither of which do I want to shoot.

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So I want something that never misfires, doesn’t get jammed because I can’t clear the ejection port or slide from his body or the ground or my body, and I want to put as many rounds into him as I can to MAKE HIM STOP! Hence my choice of a small caliber wheel gun.

I know I will get the comment that the cylinder can be restricted by the bodies pressing against it. Maybe, I haven’t though of a safe way to test this theory. I also know how far a slide has to travel to eject a spent round and chamber a fresh one, again, assuming no body parts or the ground are going to foul its operation.

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So I have my little Taurus DX 9-shot in 22 long rifle with a 1.5″ barrel. Clearly some people are not a fan due to rim fire vs center fire , and here is a good case for that – Say No to a 9-shot 22 lr. But not good enough for me as this is indeed my gun of last resort, and with my luck my only shot might be right at my other hand wrapped behind this guys head, grabbing his man-bun or his pony-tail or mullet if I am that far south, and I so don’t like shooting myself. I have tried to avoid doing that since I did it clearing my Daisy Red Ryder BB gun when I was 9 years old. It hurt, it was the palm of my left hand, and it hurt less than all the times I caught my fingers in the lever, but still.

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So, in a simple test I shot 8 rounds at target panel 1 above in rapid fire from 15′, 8 rounds at target panel 6, again in rapid fire from 10′, and 8 rounds in rapid fire at target panel 5 at 5′. The double action performed well, no misfires and if you look at the picture at the start of the article of the Blazer ammo box you can clearly see that it had indeed spent too much time in my stash, near the bottom. The intended purpose of this gun is really to fire point-blank or after you have inserted the barrel into one of his orifices, any one, as this is no time to be choosy, or squeamish.

And, a side benefit of this weapon is it is a great “first” gun to teach people shooting. Small, light, easy to operate, not LOUD, doesn’t kick like a mule. A way to build some familiarity and comfort before moving onto other calibers. And 22 lr ammunition is again readily available (yet another reason to celebrate the deleting of all things Obama) and comparatively inexpensive.

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Of course, ALWAYS remember to have an empty chamber under a resting hammer in any wheel gun. As for the doubters among you who scoff that a 22 LR isn’t “lethal enough” I present the case of Bella Twin who accomplished her kill with 22 longs, not long rifles.

Why yes, I do carry a knife, a Bastinelli, as the LAST weapon of resort, doesn’t everyone?

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BTW, that Daisy Red Rider STILL shoots straight – you can tell by the number of pigeons and doves that end up in my recycle bin because they still don’t get the rule that defecating on my pool deck is a capital offense, even with the signs I posted. While I believe they may be recyclable I know for sure that they are biodegradable.  Be safe out there, and ready.

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Why have an empty cylinder (under the hammer) in EVERY revolver? Certainly that was wise back in Single Action days. Many modern DA revolvers have a “transfer bar” which only allows any impact from the hammer to the firing pin if the trigger is pulled. Or they have a block which prevents the firing pin from getting to the primer if the trigger is not pulled.

While not a major concern in a 9 shot revolver, it really starts to be an impact in a 6 shot revolver, and even more so in a 5 shot.

R. Ann

Point on that one: Most of the replica/SA revolvers made since 1990 have the bar or block saafety feature, too, and are no longer a risk of drop fires or the hammer getting slapped or partially thumbed and releasing forward. At this stage, it’s no different than carrying a semi holstered with the bolt released after the mag’s inserted (the way most do if it’s truly a self-defense or work gun and they’ve had enough training to be comfy). 🙂 Cheers! -RA (BTW: Best self-defense pistol is the one you can practice enough to be good with when it counts,… Read more »


Almost had to use that weapon of last defense saturday night. Its one thing to be full of bravado and talk shit, its another to look at the prospect of the beating you will surely take, vs the jail time if you defend yourself, kill him or not. I talked my way out of it. Barely.


I would also not use a rim fire. Any center fire is more reliable. I have a old Ruger 5 shot 38 special loaded with 125gr HP rounds.


Barack Obama was not responsible for the 22 shortage. Think about it. None of the popular self defense calibers were nearly as scarce.

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