Episode 66: Is .22LR Good for Self-Defense?


Topic: Is .22LR Good for Self-Defense?

Much time is spent debating the merits of 9mm vs. .45ACP and other calibers, but what about the good ol' .22 Long Rifle? Is there any reason why someone would use it as a self-defense load? Or is it ridiculous to even consider such a thought?! Listen in to hear what Riley and Jacob have to say….

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Riley Bowman is the Director of Training at ConcealedCarry.com and the Host of the Concealed Carry Podcast. He came up in this world initially through his 8-year experience with a state-level law enforcement agency in Colorado. Riley has trained extensively under instructors such as: Rob Leatham, Mike Seeklander, Tim Herron, Scott Jedlinski, Matt Little, Kyle Lamb, Dave Spaulding, Jeff Gonzales, Bill Blowers, Chuck Pressburg, and others, amassing many hundreds of hours of formal shooting and tactics training. He is an NRA Pistol Instructor, a Colorado P.O.S.T. Handgun and Patrol Rifle Instructor, a graduate of Trident Concepts Concealed Carry Instructor course, and a Modern Samurai Project Endorsed Instructor. He also competes in USPSA and 3-gun competitions including numerous top-10 finishes at major matches and championships. He is the current USPSA Carry Optics Colorado State Champion and most recently won 3rd place in Master Class at the 2022 USPSA Carry Optics National Championship.


  1. Carl Bailey on November 2, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    I’m kind of curious if either of you have had an experience with the .22TCM RIA/Glock conversions? It is kind of along the lines of a high capacity – high velocity pistol without the recoil of a 9mm.

    • Riley Bowman on November 2, 2016 at 9:23 pm

      Hey Carl, I don’t think either Jacob or myself have any experience with the Rock Island Armory .22TCM other than we held one at SHOT Show last year when they were first promoted.

      However, our instructor, Matthew Maruster, was able to secure one for review and demo a few months ago. You can see his written and video review here: https://www.concealedcarry.com/gear/heads-up-for-the-rock-island-armory-22-tcm-1911-video-review/

      It looks like a fun round, and I’m sure the ballistics would be impressive even though it is such a small caliber bullet.

      Thanks for listening to the podcast today!

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