The smallest useful caliber?

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I don’t remember where I found this. For the record I believe this tactic is illegal in Alberta so don’t get caught.

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7 Responses to The smallest useful caliber?

  1. riverrider says:

    i have one of those. i’m quite sure of it in tight spaces, like contact distance. with hornady jhp’s it smacks hard enough to clear a brain cavity of gray matter. but if i have to shoot across the aisle or across the store i want more and typically carry at least a .38 snubby. lately the target rich environment has left me want for more rounds, still thinking it thru but for now just drop another snubby in my other pocket.

  2. MJR says:

    Very funny…

    Joel these mouse guns are not “illegal” per say. They are classed as prohibited. The idiots in Ottawa made any handgun with a 105MM barrel or shorter or chambered in .25 or .32 as prohibited to own. However if a person already had one at the time the legislation was passed they could keep it (nice of them eh?) and buy others. Remember the S&W M-19 I wanted to send you a while ago? That M-19 falls into the prohibited class because the 4 inch barrel is 101.6MM long.

    I’ve found this restriction on handguns as the Canadian equivalent to the tax stamps you guys need for short barreled long guns. For us if the total length of the firearm is 26 inches or more it’s classed as a short rifle. for example a leaver action Mares Leg for you is a hand gun while up here it’s classed as a short barreled rifle. My 12G would have needed a tax stamp down there but not up here. The shotgun I have for pest control has a 12 inch barrel the I bought from a place out west by mail order. No FFL on my part was needed, I simply went on line filled out the form added my visa card number and the shotgun was mailed to me. This shotgun is small nought to fit in my pack for those infrequent times I go camping. The exception to this is a semi auto long gun. For semi autos the barrel length has to be 18.5 inches or longer unless it’s .22 caliber.

    As far as registration goes, long guns of any legal length are not registered while all handguns are. As for carrying a handgun it is possible but there are a lot of hoops to jump through. For trips to the range one’s firearm license is all the authority needed. The handgun must be transported in a locked container. For us the system works and just like the system you guys have there are pluses and minuses.

  3. Kentucky says:

    To comply with Canada’s 105mm requirement, Ruger has increased the length of its 4″ guns to 4.2″ . . . almost 107mm. At least that’s what their spec sheets say. For all I know they are actually 107mm exactly.

    They still make guns with barrels shorter than that, but just don’t market them in Canada.

  4. Joel says:

    Okay, that’s good information. I was actually trying to make a funny, suggesting that in Canada there might be some completely unreasonable law against kneecapping your girlfriend as an aid to escaping an enraged bear. But if you say it’s okay to do that as long as you don’t use a prohibited gun type, I believe you. :)

  5. Mark Matis says:

    Well Joel, it’s only illegal if your “girlfriend” survives and reports what you did. On the other hand, if the resulting bear poop has little bells in it and smells like pepper spray, who’s gonna know?

  6. MJR says:

    Joel I understood that your post was an attempt at humor, droll as it may be. Witness the first two words of my post… “Very Funny.” :^) As for kneecapping a girlfriend, it’s only illegal if you get caught.

  7. Norman says:

    To comply with Canada’s 105mm requirement, Ruger has increased the length of its 4″ guns to 4.2″ . .

    This might be a “two birds with one stone” type of thing, but IDPA rules require a 4.2″ barrel on a revolver. Could be that IDPA did that because of Canadian restrictions, though.

To the stake with the heretic!