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Old 11-26-2010, 02:01 PM   #1
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Default Phoenix 22 , good deal or not?

I was thinking about getting my wife a pheonix 22 for christmas. Their only like 130 dollars. Any first hand info that would help me out? Ive never fired one and dont know anyone who owns one.
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Old 11-26-2010, 02:53 PM   #2
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I will admit that I have no personal experience with this gun. I found this review: Phoenix Arms HP22A .22 LR Pistol Review

It seems to be more of a project right out of the box than I would prefer.
What is it's intended purpose?

If it's for self defense I think I would look further. If it's just for training & familiarization, then go for it. If you are looking for a super inexpensive handgun there are other choices. I would look at Bersa for small inexpensive carry guns. They seem popular and seem to have a decent reputation. If small and concealable isn't a concern, then look at Hi-Point. Kinda ugly but functional and a they reputedly have very good customer support. I bought my wife a Taurus .38 last year. It was reasonably priced and works well. However, Taurus has a bit of a mixed reputation, so due diligence is necessary.
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I was thinking about getting my wife a pheonix 22 for christmas. Their only like 130 dollars. Any first hand info that would help me out? Ive never fired one and dont know anyone who owns one.
my opinion. let your wife pick out a gun she is comfy with. a big mistake people often make when buying guns for women is it to go small thinking she is a girl girls need small guns. the smaller the gun the more unpleasent and difficult they are to shoot. im of the opinion that firearms should never be a surprise gift. the recipient should always be part of the decision process.

if you want her to be more involved in shooting let her pick something that fits her. not much worse than having a gun that sucks to shoot.

my wife surprised me out of all the guns i have she likes shooting the desert eagle 50AE the best. she wont touch any of the others besides her bersa thunder 380.

technically it is illegal for one person to buy a gun for another even as a gift.
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I bought one NIB. According to prevailing opinion on the net, they're the best of the worst. Mine needed some light filing/sanding on all the internal slide friction surfaces because it was seizing up after about 150 rds... Racking the slide a few hundred times while lubing when you first get it is important. Mine's been performing OK since getting past the above problems. It's an extremely mild shooter. A .22 for self defense isn't wise IMHO... Need .380 or bigger. Besides being too low-power, .22 ammo isn't highly reliable. I don't shoot it much... a cheap hidden last resort house gun for me.
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If you want her to enjoy the shooting hobby, let her tell you what she likes. Trust us on this one.

If you are buying her the Phoenix for personal defense, make sure you up her life insurance. It will ease your conscience for making a terrible mistake.

Never use cost as the sole criterion for the purchase of a firearm, regardless of use!
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I was thinking about getting my wife a pheonix 22 for christmas. Their only like 130 dollars. Any first hand info that would help me out? Ive never fired one and dont know anyone who owns one.
It is a very accurate gun, believe it or not. I sell them & a friend loves his. Of course he has removed all the extra safety devices from the gun. I would never carry it for self defense other than putting a CCI Shotshell down the pipe and used for snakes...
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technically it is illegal for one person to buy a gun for another even as a gift.
Jon, I wish you would not say things like this. A Straw Purchase is very different from a boyfriend or husband purchasing a gun for their significant other. I am a gun dealer & even the ATF will agree with me on this. Also a father or step-father purchasing a gun for his son? Be reasonable.

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If you are in the market for a cheap .22lr pistol, look at a S&W 22A. I know quite a few folks with them (including myself) and they are great. Once you figure out what ammo it likes (basically anything that isn't Remington), it shoots great. Quite accurate and far far easier to break down and clean than the Rugers .
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If you are in the market for a cheap .22lr pistol, look at a S&W 22A. I know quite a few folks with them (including myself) and they are great. Once you figure out what ammo it likes (basically anything that isn't Remington), it shoots great. Quite accurate and far far easier to break down and clean than the Rugers .
I have both the hp22a and the Sw22a and the Sw22a is a better pistol but your wife will most likely not like the heavy/larger sw22a. The hp22a is not a bad gun and is reasonably accurate and reliable with the 3inch barrel. It is also a project if you want to eliminate the extra safeties.

I had a slide crack but phoenix arms sent me a new gun. This is the biggest issue with the hp22a cracked slides seem to happen to any and everyone who has owned one for a few years. I would sell mine but its not really worth anything.
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