I hate to beat a dead horse here, but I need a small <1lb pocket pistol. I'm a revolver guy, and I've always thought of .380 to be rather weak...but the fact is, I'm not going to find a 12oz 44 magnum like I want.
So, I'm thinking about the Ruger LCP, but I'm still not so fond of the .380. I was just looking up the specs in Wikipedia, they list roughly 200ft lbs @ 1000 FPS. Comparing that to the even smaller .22 Magnum, we're talking 300+ ft lbs and 1500+ FPS.
I know there's more to it than just those numbers. I've always considered any .22 to be laughable for self defense, but hell, it seems to have 50% more power than .380! (and it's cheaper, too)
I don't want to start a caliber war, but am I wrong to compare these two so closely? Is there a situation where the .380 would be a better man stopper than a .22WMR? The other thing with .22 is that I can fit a whole lot more rounds in a small gun...