The Best .22 LR Handguns for Concealed Carry

The Best .22 LR Handguns for Concealed Carry

Is a .22 LR pistol a good choice for concealed carry? Most of the time, probably not. But in some cases, a .22 you can shoot well and can afford to feed sure beats the alternatives. In Part 7 of our Pocket Pistol Series, I’m making a few specific recommendations for small .22 LR pistols and revolvers for self-defense (and a few you might want to avoid). The focus is on the best among the smallest and lightest .22s available, but I’ve also covered some models from the compact category.

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50 Comments

  1. S. Thompson on December 5, 2021 at 12:25 am

    The smallest I’d ever recommend carrying is .32 acp but that’s just me



  2. Estefania Ramirez on December 5, 2021 at 12:25 am

    Im a 5 foot women and i currently own an s&w mp shield ez and its imposible for me to conceal 🙃



  3. Evan Hoback on December 5, 2021 at 12:27 am

    Answer : none



  4. Don Craig on December 5, 2021 at 12:31 am

    I’ll give an A+ for the Taurus PT22, I’ve owned one for 10 years, I carry it, I practice with it, it’s reliable. I’ve also tried the Beretta, too small grip. I like the larger grip of the Taurus.



  5. Wes on December 5, 2021 at 12:32 am

    I would trust my LCP 2 and SW Compact in .22lr with quality ammo.



  6. Xx8 32Ace on December 5, 2021 at 12:33 am

    We’ve gotta get your videos out there, man. You deserve more subscribers!! Goodness!



  7. Larry Jones on December 5, 2021 at 12:34 am

    I have 2 of the naa revolvers. Up close, very good.



  8. Robert Stewart on December 5, 2021 at 12:34 am

    Must be great living in a country where you are so scared of your neighbours that you think you should carry a gun



  9. Screamin Minis MBC on December 5, 2021 at 12:35 am

    https://youtu.be/JhEAAIdLywA
    For all of you who doubt the effectiveness of a 22lr.



  10. Bodyshot Jake on December 5, 2021 at 12:35 am

    The new Federal Punch is a good option if your in the 22lr CCW



  11. Jim Hovater on December 5, 2021 at 12:36 am

    While not ‘pocket pistols’, I really love SIG’s P220 SA ‘Classic’ in .22LR, as well as Beretta’s M87 Cheetah. Since my current EDC is an S&W SD9, I’ve recently added an S&W M&P 22 full-sized to the mix. My wife’s fav EDC is her S&W 351PD.



  12. Tom Morwood on December 5, 2021 at 12:38 am

    …….But in the last video you torture tested 1500 rounds without a single misfire. Maybe "We" should stop spreading the myth that modern .22 rime fire is unreliable…………



  13. feldwebel5 on December 5, 2021 at 12:39 am

    If anyone is considering the S&W M&P 22 Compact, it is a single action pistol with an internal hammer so the frame safety should be used.



  14. dkop on December 5, 2021 at 12:40 am

    I’ve never had a single failure with my SR22.



  15. John Mast on December 5, 2021 at 12:41 am

    I have the Bobcat and the PT22. Truthfully while I like both, I prefer the PT22. I find it reliable and accurate. Magazines I swap out often and find it to be the better of the 2.



  16. greg gordon on December 5, 2021 at 12:45 am

    Used to use 22 long rifle for hog hunting(including a pocket sized revolver) and hogs are a lot tougher than people



  17. J. Clark on December 5, 2021 at 12:49 am

    My Bersa Thunder 22lr love it an has never had issue but cheap 22 ammo yes. Taurus PT22 another one that has never failed but with cheap yes. I carry here an there, in summer time. Now the Ruger LCP lite rack 22lr in great as well. Folks a self protection in side 15 yards works. I know…



  18. Gábor Orosz on December 5, 2021 at 12:50 am

    Not enough stopping power? Aim for the head, simple enough.



  19. Stuart Flora on December 5, 2021 at 12:51 am

    The ammo you chose for reliability is the real issue and there is high grade ammo such as ccp stinger that is very consistant



  20. BADD1ONE on December 5, 2021 at 12:51 am

    Lcp22. But a larger and the best 22 you’ll ever shoot. The taurus tx22.



  21. Triniboy Bobb on December 5, 2021 at 12:51 am

    Any 22lr handguns would be easy to conceal😂



  22. Doug H. in VA on December 5, 2021 at 12:51 am

    a .22 LR auto handgun is easy to shoot, can hold 6-8 rounds and a .22LR in the head or body will stop nearly any person or dog. Those are the 2 most likely attackers for nearly any person….



  23. Johannes Albrecht on December 5, 2021 at 12:52 am

    Walter PPK/S is the obvious choice.

    Name’s Bond, James Bond.



  24. David S. Logsted on December 5, 2021 at 12:53 am

    The Sig P938-22 is no longer made, and Sig stopped making it. Also, it has significant failure to feed issues.



  25. anthony barillari on December 5, 2021 at 12:53 am

    22lr right thur two 5/8 plwood take anyone down ez



  26. L on December 5, 2021 at 12:55 am

    I have an m&p 22 compact and I can confirm that it is an awesome gun, it’s one of my favorite guns that I own. However I would not want to carry it because of the manual safety. it’s too bulky and I could see it getting in the way. If there were a way to remove the external portions of it and leave it always turned off, or buy a version of the gun that just doesn’t have a manual safety, then I think it would be a great 22 carry gun. A carry gun that has a manual safety that is that easy to accidentally engage or disengage is deal breaker



  27. craigdamage on December 5, 2021 at 12:55 am

    I got a PPK/S .22 back in 2014. Took it straight to the range without cleaning or lubricating. 50rds of CCI Velocitor and 50rds of CCI Stinger. Zero malfunctions. Deliberately left it dirty without cleaning. Back at the range a few weeks later I did the same thing. 100rds of Velocitor and Stinger with no failures. Repeat again. No cleaning. Third trip to the range with a dirty gun it finally had one single failure to feed halfway through a 100rd box of CCI Mini-Mags. I’m pretty satisfied and feel confident with this pistol’s reliability. Keep it cleaned and lubed and feed it with "hyper-velocity" premium ammo and it won’t fail.



  28. NightSnacks Hikes on December 5, 2021 at 12:56 am

    Been thinking of adding a back up gun. Maybe I’ll consider .22? Maybe .22wmr?



  29. Wojtas P2 on December 5, 2021 at 12:58 am

    People disregard 22LR too much in my opinion, they will change their mind when they will get 1 shot by this little guy probably 🙂



  30. Dave Harris on December 5, 2021 at 12:58 am

    Great video.



  31. Dylan Bundy on December 5, 2021 at 1:00 am

    Do not buy a walther p22 it’s junk i had nothing but problems with the one I used to own



  32. John Patterson on December 5, 2021 at 1:00 am

    Lol 12 pound trigger . Buck mark target micro is way better than that crap you have .



  33. Doron Stauber on December 5, 2021 at 1:02 am

    Beretta Model 71.
    Period.



  34. Charles E. on December 5, 2021 at 1:03 am

    I prefer the Ruger LCP 2. I own one and it runs flawless. I also carry it.



  35. First Last on December 5, 2021 at 1:03 am

    Statistically 22LR fails to stop threats one third of the time. You can put out all the statistics you want about 22 stoping threats when they actually land but the overall statistically fact that they fail one third of the time in real world situations is very important in choosing a self defense gun. Especially if it a small semi auto like this guys says. You are literally playing Russian Roulette with 3 loaded chambers with a 22 semi auto pistol.



  36. NightSnacks Hikes on December 5, 2021 at 1:05 am

    Firm believer in carrying the gun YOU shoot best. Glock 19 isn’t the most comfortable but it’s what I hit best with. It’s a tool to save your life not a box of kittens



  37. Shoesters on December 5, 2021 at 1:06 am

    Love me the 22



  38. ttboy2004 on December 5, 2021 at 1:07 am

    Next time do your homework you don’t clear the Beretta 21a by racking the slide as it has no extractor you move the lever to release the barrel which pops up



  39. Cindy Bonner on December 5, 2021 at 1:09 am

    The Beretta Bobcat is a POS! We bought one and it would not eject ANY ammo we tried. We returned it for repair under warranty. We allowed the 6 weeks they said it would take and Beretta consistently ignored our inquiries as to status. When it was finally returned, my husband used it for trading material the following day. We will NEVER buy another Beretta!



  40. Racker on December 5, 2021 at 1:11 am

    I have had an olrder Barretta .22lr pistol for years. I have even carried it as a backup on occasion. It has always gone bang when I pulled the trigger. I probably should the replace the main spring. When I was on a range alone (not a really good idea), I would set up some targets between the targets and starting point so I could practice enroute downrange to paste up my rifle targets. It is small and I was surprised at how often I could hit targets at quick point/shoot situations. It was a fun situation. Thanks for the video.



  41. Patroski Williams on December 5, 2021 at 1:12 am

    Luv mi keltec p17 best 22lr I ever owned



  42. Ray Ditzenberger on December 5, 2021 at 1:12 am

    Any carry gun is not meant for a gun fight. They are to discourage a thug from a personal attack. They pick what looks to be a weak victim. A round or 3 of .22 in center mass is probably going to discourage such an attack. Even the noise will bring unwanted attention from any bystanders.



  43. Frank Walker on December 5, 2021 at 1:16 am

    Ruger LCP II is a great pocket 22. I can’t get past you recommending the beretta bobcat then knocking the Ruger sr22’s reliability. But everyone has their own experiences & tastes, and this is 2yrs old now. Heck even pushing some 380’s and not even mentioning Ruger lcp? At least this isn’t another glock channel. Buy what YOU want & get good with it.



  44. Walscott Smith on December 5, 2021 at 1:16 am

    My first ever handgun from expansion2 on wickr satisfied so far



  45. -- on December 5, 2021 at 1:18 am

    At 5:20 you mention getting grip on the slide to clear a malfunction on the bobcat. Since it has no extractor, racking the slide will do nothing to clear a malfunction, the barrel has to be flipped up. (Unfortunatley, a good successor to this, the lcp 22, can’t be racked to clear a malfunction either unless you remove the magazine (it jams otherwise). If you can’t tap rack bang to clear a malfunction, it’s a poor semi auto 22 for use



  46. anthony barillari on December 5, 2021 at 1:20 am

    shoot thousands rounds thur sr22 only one or two times failer to eject but that only happened when gun was new



  47. Ray Ditzenberger on December 5, 2021 at 1:22 am

    If i buy a gun with the intent of being in a gun fight it will be a Ma Deuce.



  48. Greg Nixon on December 5, 2021 at 1:23 am

    Re S&W 23 C: Can you like a pistol like this that isn’t $800?



  49. John Mast on December 5, 2021 at 1:23 am

    If you want to make Any NAA pistol shoot able get yourself the holster grip. Changes the pistol completely



  50. Joseph McQueen on December 5, 2021 at 1:24 am

    Cci that’s all I have to say