Originally Posted by Hightide
I am considering purchasing a new .22 pistol for some economical but serious target shooting. I have an old Ruger Mark I and a Colt Huntsman. However, it's time to get something new in the rimfire area.
I would like to stay under $500 or so. Consequently, considering a Ruger Mark III with the bull barrel. However, I just noticed the Smith & Wesson Model 22A with the 7" barrel. Frankly, I love my MP 9mm and I like the fact that the 22A has a rail for some after market sights. However, I have not met anyone who owns one.
Any and all thoughts and input would be appreciated. Preferences? Reviews on the SW? Comparisons? Other makes to consider in this range?
I don't have the S&W M&P 22 personally, but I've done a fair amount of research. If memory serves they are actually produced by Walther and distributed by S&W. is that the correct way to say that?
Anyway they're supposed to be great 22 handguns. My advice is to get one if you like your M&P 9 so much. They're supposed to feel almost the exact same in shooting, with the obvious exception of caliber which means recoil. But the ergos are exactly the same, unless for example your 9 doesn't have a thumb safety. As I understand all the M&P 22s have one.
I'm very sure you can find a good used one in your budget if you do your homework.
I know you we're talking about the 22A and not the M&P 22, but that's my advice since you already have the 9. But I'm sure the 22A is a fine pistol too.