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Old 07-25-2012, 05:15 AM   #1
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Default Choosing a .22 handgun... - now that I've chosen the SR22, what about ammo? (post 23)

I currently own a 9mm and want to get a .22 handgun. I'm having trouble choosing one. Any suggestions?

I think my top criteria are smallish in size and reliable. My purpose is primarily "fun" shooting but also a secondary gun for defense should I need it.

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I currently own a 9mm and want to get a .22 handgun. I'm having trouble choosing one. Any suggestions? I think my top criteria are smallish in size and reliable. My purpose is primarily "fun" shooting but also a secondary gun for defense should I need it.
We got my girlfriend a Ruger LCR 38 Special. Then we got her a Ruger LCR 22. I've shot them both extensively. The 22 is something else. It weighs about as much as a potato chip, is super accurate, and reliable as dirt. And talk about cheap to shoot and practice with! One other idea. Is there a 22 conversion kit for your 9? But I think your preference is for a second gun. Well there are a ton of 22 revolvers which would fit your requirements. I've only shared my personal experience with one which would fit your needs. The LCR 22 would be an excellent CC backup as well. I'm sure others will chime in with their experiences and opinions.

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I'm biased, but the gun I most enjoy for shear shooting pleasure is my GSG 1911-22.

At ~$300 it's a great deal and you can shoot the thing all day for <$20!

German Sport Gun 2210M1911B 1911 22LR 5" - $302 delivered

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I'm biased, but the gun I most enjoy for shear shooting pleasure is my GSG 1911-22.

At ~$300 it's a great deal and you can shoot the thing all day for <$20!

German Sport Gun 2210M1911B 1911 22LR 5" - $302 delivered
I have the Sig version of this gun, couldn't agree more. You get the feel of a full size 1911 and the tame recoil and low cost of .22lr ammo.
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I've shot a couple S&W M&22 and came away extremely impressed. The Ruger SR22 is another centerfire-styled 22lr that's getting pretty good reviews.

The target-style pistols from Ruger (22/45 and MKIII) and Browning (Buckmark) are going to be your best bet if you're after pin-point paper-punching.

All of the above models can be found for $300-450.

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I'm biased, but the gun I most enjoy for shear shooting pleasure is my GSG 1911-22.

At ~$300 it's a great deal and you can shoot the thing all day for <$20!

German Sport Gun 2210M1911B 1911 22LR 5" - $302 delivered
+1. With some purdy wood grips, mine would look just like Cane's. Lots of affordable trigger therapy with a GSG 22. Getcha one!
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The target-style pistols from Ruger (22/45 and MKIII) and Browning (Buckmark) are going to be your best bet if you're after pin-point paper-punching.
I was thinking exactly this when I read the first post. I have a Mark III and love it. Will shoot forever if you treat it right.
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if you want good accuraccy for target shooting. you will need to look at ruger mk2 and mk3 series. and also browning buckmark's. if you really want something a little smaller as you stated your going to lose longer distance accuraccy. but gain concealability. in that case i highly recomend the ruger SR22. inside of 15 yards you can hit keep it in the bullseyes outer ring. out to 25 its a lot more spread out but mostly still on an 8 inch target. as far as reliability, ive fed it CCI mini mags, Federal , remington, winchester bulk packs. fiocchi and blazer. all have fired good except blazer. blazer got it super dirty and then after being dirty the blazer would not feed the next round. all other brands did great.

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Considering that a 22 is primarily a plinking and target pistol, I would not recommend the LCR 22. The sights and sight radius are awful, and that will lead to very difficult shooting from a gun that should above all be fun. Look for a pistol with a longer sight radius.

Some great suggestions have been made. Personally, I have a Smith & Wesson Model 17 revolver. It is very accurate, dirt simple, and eats any ammo without a hiccup. 22's are notoriously finicky about which ammo they like. The current version is the 617. Ruger also has the SP101 in 22 as well. It's a relatively new model and I don't know how difficult it is to find right now.

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Beretta neos. Get the short barrel version and you have a smallish accurate fun gun. Cost 250-300 bucks depending on where you shop.

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