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Old 02-09-2011, 04:35 PM   #1
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Hey guys, I'm looking for a semi-auto 22LR pistol that doesn't look like a Buckmark (I just dislike the style). I want a gun that looks like a real gun...y'know? I have a Beretta Px4 Storm SubCompact in 9mm, and would like to keep ammo cheap. Right now, I'm looking at two options.

1) Buy a centerfire caliber that there are conversions for. I was thinking either a 92FS/PT92, a 9mm 1911, or a 9mm Glock. Depending on what the recommendations are, I might get a convertible centerfire for my girlfriend and the conversion kit later.

2) Buy a ground-up 22LR handgun that's pretty.

3) Suck it up, get the Beretta U22 Neos and have the carbine kit option for later.

I'm looking to stay around $400 for a centerfire, plus the conversion (later). $300 for a ground-up 22LR pistol. The Neos is $275, but is Buckmark-style.

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Also, this is a longish-term thing, so I'm not looking for used gun deals (although an incredible deal wouldn't be the worst thing in the world). I will hopefully make the purchase by early May, though.

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Check out ISSC of Austria. They make a pretty cool little .22 that looks very much like a Glock, and I hear is well built.

Saw this on Bud's Gun Shop: ISSC M111001 M22D 22LR 4" 1x10rd mag DUOISS

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How about one of these? Cane has one and seems pretty happy with it.

American Tactical Imports AMT GSG M1911 22LR 5

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How about one of these? Cane has one and seems pretty happy with it.

American Tactical Imports AMT GSG M1911 22LR 5
I've been wanting one of those GSG M1911s for a while now....
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Yeah, I know...I've been kind of drooling over that gun. However, I don't know if I'm really the biggest fan of 1911's. I mean, part of me likes them and part of me really dislikes them. 1911 fans, please calm down. I'm 6'5" and find it to be slightly too thin for me. I haven't shot one, but I've held 5 or 6 and haven't been thrilled.

The GSG has definitely moved high on my list of what to buy, and for the price you can't beat it. It's only 50% more than the upgrade for a 1911, but it's about comparative advantage. I think I can get a 9mm 1911 for $400 and the upgrade for $200. That's $600 for a gun and a half. OR, I could get a 9mm handgun and the GSG 1911 for $400 and $300, so $700 for both guns. Yeah, it's $100 more...but it's two full guns.

By the way, I'm stuck on 9mm because it's cheap to shoot and it won't cause my girlfriend to start flinching when she starts shooting "bigger" rounds more often. I mean, she can handle a 9mm just fine now, but I want both of us to gain proficiency with a pistol. I guess I'll be looking at a second 9mm as well as a 22LR. Now I have to decide between a buckmark style gun and a "centerfire" style gun (yeah, I know a Luger looks more like a buckmark, but you know what I mean). I guess a lot of that is up to her, though.

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Well, since I can't talk you into a 22/45 like I have: Sig Mosquito all the way! Not pricey, has a real handgun look and feel and is a quality piece. You can find them in varius finishes and threaded barrels if you want. I read the reiveiw of the ISSC in Handguns Mag and they liked it. But for $400-$500, it really doesn't offer much. ISSC supposedly was responding to the Glock fans that wanted "Glock .22LR" practice pistols. The only problem with that is Glock looked at the market and seen that the aftermarket conversion kits made for $200 already have that market flooded. No point in reinventing the wheel and charging 2X the price, IMHO.

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I was just like you and wanted a gun that looks like a centerfire,but after reading how some of them are poorly made and how some of the guns like my new Ruger 22/45 are much better quality,I got an ugly 22/45 and after shooting it I am hooked on it,in the end you will appreciate reliability more than looks.

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IMHO (and I've owned all types) the best "real gun" .22s are the Sig Classic series. I had a P220 in .22 that was a really great shooter and was a real P220. Sig would sell you the centerfire top end if you desired to convert the .22 to it's bigger brother. All of the "real gun" style .22s are going to be considerably more expensive than the "ray gun" style of .22 (Ruger, buckmark, NEOS, etc.)

Exactly where are you finding 9mm 1911s for $400???

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My buddy bought a Walther P22. It was a good fit for my hand, and I like my Colt Government for fit. It never had a fail to feed, jam or ejection issue in the 250 rounds we fired through it. Small and compact, it looks nothing like the Buckmark.

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