Originally Posted by phideaux
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.