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Old 09-21-2007, 05:18 PM   #1
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Default Reliable .22 pistols

I took my daughter to the range last weekend to shoot. She shot my Mossberg 44 US .22 LR rifle and my Kimber .45.

Before shooting the .45, I had her shoot a .22 pistol to get used to feel w/o having a serious kick. She shot the Walther P22 and enjoyed it. It seemed like a fun pistol.

What other .22 pistols are out there that I should consider if I decided to go with a .22 for plinking and occasion CCW. My Kimber Pro Carry II will be my primary CCW.

Links to particular guns you suggest would greatly help.
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Old 09-21-2007, 08:53 PM   #2
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I have a Browning Buck Mark 22 and the husband just bought me a Ruger Mark III 22 lr Competition pistol with a Nikon scope. Still waiting for the left handed grips from Ruger. They were supposed to show today and aren't here yet ... so my new gun is naked.
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Old 09-21-2007, 11:00 PM   #3
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The Ruger Mrk III is a nice pistol.
I also like the older Colt Woodsmans/Huntsmans.
The Buckmarks can be hit or miss. A buddy of mine had one that he loved so he bought a target model and hated it.
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Old 09-28-2007, 04:46 PM   #4
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I beleve the best on the market for the money today is the Rugers. I`ve got 2 of the MK 11`s and with good ammo have never had any problems with function or accuracy.
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Old 10-04-2007, 04:55 PM   #5
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i don't own either, but the rugers and brownings both seem quite nice.

however, i did read recently (since i myself am in the market for a 22) that someone tested the loaded chamber indicator on their ruger mk III and found that it was unsafe. i guess the chamber indicator fastens itself around the rim of the cartridge..., which it's obviously a rimfire cartrige, and that if struck hard enough it'd cause the cartidge to fire. since/if you have children that may be a particular concearn. however, i've read other tests on this feature that have yeilded safe results, so it may well just be a myth created by a disgruntled ruger customer.
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I have a Ruger Mark I (6 in. barrel), made in 1964 that I bought used for $25 in 1972 from a friend. I have fired thousands of rounds through that pistol and I don't believe it ever failed to feed or fire. I have no experience with the newer Marks, but that old Mark I is fine machine. I now own 3 Ruger .357 revolvers, 1 .22 Single Six, 1 Ruger 9MM Semi auto pistol, and 3 Ruger rifles including a Mini-14 and they are all reliable. You can't go wrong with a Ruger .22 revolver IMHO.
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Old 07-16-2016, 03:57 AM   #7
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I agree the Ruger MK (I, II,III) series is great for plinking. Get the 7-1/2 bull barrel, these guns lend themselves

to being scoped, due to having been designed with a Nambu-style slide.

I also like the High Standard R101 Sentinel revolver. It shoots 22LR, 22, & 22short.
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Old 07-16-2016, 06:39 AM   #8
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If you want something really reliable and accurate, get a revolver such as a Ruger single six
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I have never been disappointed with any the High Standard revolvers old toggle release Sportking, or button release Supermatic Citation pistols.
You have to appreciate/love the ease of dissembly and cleaning the the newer HS semiauto's #1 retract slide and lock open, #2 drop mag, #3 press the barrel retainer toggle and or button, remove barrel, #4 ease slide off the frame) just try doing that to a Ruger Mk1/II/III or the Browning Buckmark !
Even had a old FIE Buffalo Scout that was a fun shooter.
I had a Ruger Single Six for a few years that was one the most accurate single actions Id had (sucks its 6 shot)
Today Ruger makes the double action LCR 22 and SP101 in rimfire as well as a updated Single Six with 4 more bean holes 'the Ruger Single Ten'.
Ruger's MkIII 22/45 Lite, the Ruger Charger, 'a pistol version of the 10/22 carbine'.
The you have the USFA Zip 22 that utilizes the Ruger 10/22 mags.
I have a shooting buddy that likes his Heritage Rough Rider .22.
One the guys has one wicked accurate Keystone Sporting Arms Hunter Pistol a 'Cricket bolt action single shot pistol.
And though they catch some bad press, I have a Taurus 941 Tracket that so far has been one my favorite rimfire double action revolvers. crumbseries=

And I had fun at the range with a friends Charter Arms Pathfinder .22 mag double action revolver.
And I love my shooting buddys Colt Cadet .22 pistol (kinda like a High Standard in a way) and not such a pain to clean as compared to his Buckmark. Which is a fine pistol, just not as handy to clean as the Citiation/Sportking or Cadet.
For one my all time fun .22 pistols was a used Intratec TEC-22 with laser sight, that bullet hose was a blast.
At one time I had a Calico M-110 is another fun and mostly reliable bullet hose (though sensitive to mag abuse *thanks to my kids over doing the spring when loading )
I pretty much cleared out my high capacity 50 rounds + fun guns during the .22 rimfire drought over the last 5 years.
I did shoot a Grendel P-30 (30 shot .22 mag Semi from the early 90's) that was ammo sensitive.
Ive read good things about Kel-Tec's PMR-30 pistol (anothe .22 mag semi)
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I back up the suggestion to go with Ruger. I've got a .22LR 8-shot revolver LCR and its a solid performer. And can work self-defense just fine.
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