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Old 12-20-2013, 11:32 PM   #1
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I took my 13 year old cousin shooting this summer, and ever since then, he has begged his parents for a gun.

I'm looking for a .22 pistol for under $300. Reliability is most important. Looks being 2nd most important. It needs to look like a full size gun. Not like a buckmark or 22/45.
Accuracy is last. Doesn't need to be super accurate.

Any advice is greatly appreciated. Trying to figure out what I can tell my uncle to buy.

I was looking at the Sig Mosquito line. And the M&P 22. The Service Pistol look is what he wants.

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Old 12-21-2013, 01:01 AM   #2
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Colt Umarex Gold Cup or a Sig/ATI GSG 1911 .22LR to start the young man off on the search for the Holy Grail, the perfect 1911.

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I don't know how to tell someone to buy less than the best pistol. You are ruling out two of the best 22 LR pistols on the market. The 22/45 is designed to emulate a 1911. I don't know of a semi auto pistol that is more full size than a 1911. Good luck with your search!

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Basically it's more important to him that the gun look cool (1911, Glock, XD, M&P, Sig, etc.) than how accurate it is.

Also important that it disassembles and cleans like a normal pistol.

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Basically it's more important to him that the gun look cool (1911, Glock, XD, M&P, Sig, etc.) than how accurate it is. Also important that it disassembles and cleans like a normal pistol.
Chiappa also makes a 1911-22, and an M-9-22.. Both very affordable..
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Chiappa also makes a 1911-22, and an M-9-22.. Both very affordable..

Can you speak to the reliability of the Chiappa pistols? Reliability is main concern.
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Can you speak to the reliability of the Chiappa pistols? Reliability is main concern.
Not the 1911 copy. I have the M-9. 2,000 + thru mine. Only time it FTE's is with crappy ammo( thunderbolts). Keep it clean and it's great..you can even get a Blemished one for $200 bucks. Factory new they are $279-$289....
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Well, I rather like the Ruger MKII but that probably would not be cool enough...unless you like the feel of a P08 Luger

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The Bersa Thunder 22 is a very reliable and accurate 22 semiauto for under $300. It also looks a lot like the gun James Bond uses. Kinda adds to the cool factor.

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The Bersa Thunder 22 is a very reliable and accurate 22 semiauto for under $300. It also looks a lot like the gun James Bond uses. Kinda adds to the cool factor.
"James Bond" carried a Walther PPK, except in Dr. No( the first movie-1962) where he still carried the Beretta 25ACP. More recently Commander Bond carried the Walther P99 in the last several movies before Daniel Craig took over the Role...
The Bersa is a slightly longer slide and barrel....
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