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GrkGod454 02-24-2012 05:33 AM

.22LR Pistol
I spent the last couple of hours researching a .22LR pistol. Here is what I have narrowed down my list to: Colt Goverment .22, Ruger SR22 and a Walther P22.

This gun will strictly be for practice/target shooting. The reason for my choices are as follows. The main choice behing the Colt is that it is a 1911 chambered in .22 and I believe it will help me with familiarise myself with the 1911 (possible .45 1911 purchase in the near future). The same applies for the Ruger and Walther since I already own a G17 Gen4.

I chose not to go with a .22 conversion kit for one simple reason. The kit itself costs almost just as much as these three examples and I would much rather have one gun set aside for this purpose alone. I do not see the point in having one gun for a dual purpose when two seperate guns can accomplish the same goal for the same amount of money.

My next line of thought goes to the .22 ammo itself. I have noticed there is a huge market out there to choose from. I was concerned with a "break in period". I took the advice of some friends and put 124 gr. (I recall buying a box of higher pressure ammo but don't recall what kind) ammo downrange through my G17. Is there any recommended ammo in regards to this or does the same scenario fall into place? From what I have seen so far, people recommended to me a few boxes of the more expensive CCI ammo and than just switching to your value pack 500 round box you can pick up for $12.

Any insight on the gun/ammo I have spoken of, good or bad would be highly appreciated. Heck, even if I forgot to mention any gun that you guys love please feel free to share!

Oblivion9 02-24-2012 05:43 AM

Have a p22. I like it. Finicky about ammo but eats Remington thunderbolt or mini mags. Thunder is cheap.

Take down is OK...but putting back is nasty.

Everyone who holds or shoots it, loves it. Great ergonomics.

I have a GSG 1911 - 22lr as well and the p22 is more fun because it is more of a challenge. The GSG is 5" and heavy and hardly moves when it fires. Kinda boring really.

GrkGod454 02-24-2012 06:17 AM

How about the Sig Mosquito and the 1911 .22?

g17frantz 02-24-2012 07:12 AM

I just picked up a S&W M&P .22 and its superior over the P22. The fit and finish is amazing and feeds the cheap bulk. Not as finicky with ammo as the other semi-auto .22 pistols

Oblivion9 02-24-2012 08:23 AM

When I got my p22 there were only a couple of options in non target. 22. The mosquito had some issues back then.

Would have loved the m&p

Powersportgiant 02-24-2012 10:50 AM

Definitely add the M&P 22 to your list. If I did not already have a P22, that would be my choice.

redfox 02-24-2012 02:37 PM

I like the p22. Forget the value pack ammo and use a quality ammo like minimags and it is great. Take down and reassembly is easy for me.

Oblivion9 02-24-2012 06:53 PM


Originally Posted by redfox
I like the p22. Forget the value pack ammo and use a quality ammo like minimags and it is great. Take down and reassembly is easy for me.

My only problem is holding that guidrid while trying to get the slide on. Slipped the other day and shot the rod and spring across the room.

chewchew 02-24-2012 07:00 PM

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This is good up to 50 yards and cheap too.

GrkGod454 02-24-2012 07:25 PM


Originally Posted by chewchew
This is good up to 50 yards and cheap too.

There we go! Is that yours? What is your experience with it? Does it eat up cheap .22 rounds or do you stick with CCI?

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