This past weekend I increased my confidence in being able to defend myself. Although a SHTF scenario is always in the back of my mind, I live in the country, and I know that if I am threatened, there is more than likely no one that is coming to my aid in time. I need to know that I can stop a threat if it presents itself, and that means man or animal.
First of all, I was one of 25 shooters training that day, and I had no problem running my gun the entire 12 hours we were on the range. There were a couple of 10-22's that went down; one broke a part and the other just quit running because of carbon and powder build-up. There was also a Smith and Wesson M&P that was a disaster. We had to stop the training for lengthy sessions while we first scoured the ground for a lost extractor spring, and then again when the extractor broke altogether. There were two other Sigs along with mine, and we shot over 300 rounds that day, no stoppages. The guys with the ARs had periodic problems; nothing major, but they can't claim the same success rate.
I contend that a woman who can shoot a SIG522 and repeatedly hit her target, using a 25-round mag and a red-dot site is a greater asset than a woman who has trouble training all day with a full-size rifle and can't get her hits. This rifle also allows me to get off 6 or 7 rounds of rapid fire with recoil management and hitting the target, versus 1 or 2 rounds fighting the recoil of the heavier rifles, and more than likely giving up accuracy. The one thing I know for sure is this: I can be a good support system for my husband with this rifle.
And if I still haven't convinced you, and you're hell-bent on diminishing the effectiveness of my new self-defense weapon, well......I invite you to step out there and let me zap you with a few rounds from about 10 yards and see if you still think it's not a man-stopper! I may not be able to claim the cool factor, or massive firing power, and the sound of my .22 bullet "plinking" against the metal target isn't as formidable as a .223 round, but I guarantee you that I'll make my shots count when they have to and the bad guys will think twice about threatening me or my family.
Psalm 27:3 "Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident."