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Old 01-23-2014, 02:33 AM   #11
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i have a phenix not bad but for a extrra 50 go for the smith

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Old 01-23-2014, 02:45 AM   #12
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I had the Phoenix and I had nothing but problems with it.First was it jammed like crazy and the frame and slide cracked.Sent it back and got a new one,still jammed.I put it towards a trade.I know many have had good luck with it.Maybe it didn't like me.lol

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Old 01-23-2014, 02:51 AM   #13
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You don't want Phoenix or any of the "ring of fire" guns unless you are a tinkerer who enjoys a challenge. What is whacked about the ring of fire guns is if the were polymer and rebranded they would bring $500. They are striker fired and accurate in comparison to other guns of the same size.

Ring of fire guns are worth $75 used in very good condition.

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I have a Ruger 22/45. Awesome gun. I have tens of thousands of rounds through mine. Nothing bad to say.

I also have a Heritage Rough Rider. I have had it for over 10 years. Maybe 15 years? It is a great gun. But it is not a completion gun. If you just want to go to the range and hear a bang you would probably be happy with either. If you want to try to outshoot your friends at speed type contests...get the Ruger. If you can afford the extra $100...get the Ruger anyway. It is a much better gun. But the Rough Rider would work if that is what you can afford.

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I have all 3 of those,
The phoenix is a plinker ,and not a great one,
The Heritage is a plinker, and not a very good one.
The S&W 21A is a good gun, mine is flawless, accurate, and I take squirrels with it. Good gun.
I generally agree with these thoughts.

My first thought is...spend a bit more if you can (Ruger SR22, 22/45, MK, Browning Buckmark, SW MP22 are viable $300-500 options depending on your demands). Going cheap on a gun can result in frustration.

But if the budget demands less, the S&W is a pretty decent gun. The Beretta Neos is another option. They're ugly as sin (my opinion), but they're good guns.
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THe Heritage Arms Rough Rider I have is a good gun and lots of fun to shoot. The good thing is it does shoot shorts, longs, long rifles and the quiet rounds. If you get one with the 22Magnum cylinder, you have one more ammo option.

Also, I don't go through ammo quite as fast as the magazine fed pistols I own.

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Save for a ruger

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unless i can get one close to $200 i can't get one. i'm on a fixed and tight budget, my wifeand i talked and on a 22lr not to go much above $200. i might queeze out $230 but it won't be easy.
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If I had any doubts, they ended when I saw a Phoenix slide break in half during practice. Not cracked - a clean break. The only 22 I've seen it happen to.

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There is the Chiappa 1911-22.I've seen some selling for a little over $199.I've never fired one but I've heard mixed reviews about them.Rimfire semi-autos are weird like that.I think they work better in a revolver.

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