Originally Posted by GunRunner
Not an answer but a question, how much did that Browning 1911-22 set you back? I saw one and thought about buying it for my son but at the price I could see myself buying a 22 when I could get a decent .45, 9mm, .40 cal for the same price.
Hey, GunRunner, sorry for the delay in replying.
I don't recall the exact amount, but it was somewhere in the US$500's, roughly the same as it is now at most gunshops and on-line.
Yes, it's pricey, but not overly so. I happen to a bit of a Browning admirer, was raised in a household of hunters and fishermen so I had plenty of experience with A5's etc., used a Hi-Power in my 11th-grade high school science project, learned how to shoot a .22 rifle with a T-bolt, and have been impressed by JMB's understated firearms and entrepreneurial brilliance, so that's a factor.
But more importantly, I continue to rail against folks who seem to think the best way to introduce a newbie to handguns is by putting a Hi-Power or a .357 magnum or larger in their hands and stepping far, far away, and then laughing at their resulting misery. The advent of on-line social media services like YouTube have taken this to a new level of poor judgement. I've been working on slowly introducing folks -- including flaming liberals like my daughter ;-) -- into the excitement that comes with confidence using firearms with a goal of reducing misunderstanding about gun owners and gun ownership (and concealed carry, open carry, and so on). You don't win that crowd over with a big gun. If anything, you start them out on paintball against plain ol' paper circle targets (notice I didn't say "bull's eye" there because it would upset some folks!).
This new Browning 1911-22 is _ideal_ for that. More than that, it's a sweet little handgun for some fun plinkin' without the weight of a Ruger .22 target pistol or a Browning Buck Mark .22 (I have one of those, too, for "The Grrlz" (I have two daughters)). The downsized frame (85% of the original) means it is much easier for smaller hands to hold, confidently, and the low recoil eases any fears about holding a series of explosives in one's hands. And it's a 1911! So it looks like the cool gun we've seen in so many movies and heard about in so many books and war stories.
For me, it's a no-brainer, I'm really happy I bought it and would do it again if I had a need. I also bought a couple of Taurus .22 LR nine-shot revolvers -- blued, with four-inch barrels -- for the same reason, the smaller frame caliber makes it "approachable" and easy to hold confidently, leading to a greater likelihood of satisfaction and success. Additionally, they'll learn how to care for the guns (did I mention they're blued?) and they can master both single-action and double-action firing. And -- ahem -- yes, the cost of the two Taurus revolvers together was only slightly more than the single Browning 1911-22, but I think I already explained my reasoning above.
Yes, there are other pistols you could buy -- many others, in fact -- and I encourage you to choose carefully (and also consider you can sell them again when your son has "graduated" to a larger caliber, I apologize but I don't know his age), but the Browning 1911-22 has a certain cachet to it, in addition to the advantages I already mentioned. I'm pretty happy with it.
By the way, as a result of my unofficial "orientation campaign", my somewhat liberal older daughter -- who once admitted she had decided she "needed to get her Republican on and learn to shoot a gun" -- has already started quizzing me about getting a concealed carry license. But she's also put her foot down (both feet, actually) and stated, unequivocally, that she needs to practice a lot more first before she takes the CCH class here in North Carolina, because she "never wants to be one of those people who buys a gun, puts bullets in it, stuffs it in a sock drawer or nightstand and never learns how to use or practice with it regularly." ;-)
Pretty cool, huh? I think I'm succeeding.
Hope this helps answer your question.