Opinions surrounding the best rounds for self-defense vary as widely as the guns that chamber them, and there’s likely no definite answer in sight — but when the time comes to protect ourselves, a .22 in the pocket is better than a .45 in the safe.

G&A wanted to find out which cartridges are most commonly carried these days, so we asked NRA Members what kind of firepower they prefer to pack. Check out our web exclusive video, then join the debate about your favorite personal defense cartridge in the comments below.


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