Would a 22 revolver be a good carry weapon?
After more research, I've come to the conclusion that for carry purposes, I'd be better off with a revolver (simple, reliable, withstands abuse etc.) And I've also come to the conclusion that I don't want to spend a fortune on the pistol or the ammo - hence an older, quality, name-brand revolver. Short barrel, small etc.
I would want to be able to enjoy the gun for general shooting purposes (targets at the range), and since it's so small, I'm guessing that a .22 would be the most comfortable for practice, plus it would be cheap enough to shoot that I wouldn't have to break the bank by putting 100 or more rounds through it in a session.
In all my reading on this and other forums, everyone states that I should be looking at a .357 or a 9mm for self defense purposes. But in reality, would a .22 really be incapable of making an attacker think twice? I mean, having a .22 caliber bullet bury itself into your stomach would hurt. Same for being hit anywhere on your person. For the typical situations I might have the misfortune to encounter - home invasion, street robbery etc. - I'm having a hard time understanding how a .22 wouldn't be effective enough. Sure, a larger caliber and a more powerful weapon would be better, but is a larger caliber and more powerful ammunition simply overkill?
In other words, is there anyone here who has actual experience of being shot with a .22 or shooting someone with a .22? That's gotta hurt!