.22 handgun recommendations?

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by TheGunLady, Feb 2, 2010.

  1. TheGunLady

    TheGunLady New Member

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    I have pretty much every caliber in a handgun that I want except for a .22. I do borrow/rent them regularly. You just can't beat the cost of the ammo.

    But every time I go shopping for a .22, I always find something in a different caliber that I can't resist for about the same money. Sigh.

    BUT, I am determined to buy one this year. I want to make a *careful* choice on this considering it's probably the only .22 I'll own. I've looked at/shot several, and can't make a decision (although I have ruled some out completely).

    What do you .22 owners recommend, and why?
     
  2. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    The finest .22 available IMHO. A S&W 617 10 shot...

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  3. wb_carpenter

    wb_carpenter New Member

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    Browning Buckmark camper would be my recomendation.

    I personally have a phoenix hp22a not what I would consider a "quality" firearm but its reliable and I'm reasonably accurate with it and for $80 used you cant beat it.
     
  4. utf59

    utf59 New Member

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    I like Rugers for reliability and accuracy. I like reliability even if I'm not going to use it for self-defense, because clearing jams and the like at the range isn't fun, and my .22s are all about fun (as long as safety is observed first). And a gun that hits what I aim at is also fun.

    I have been disappointed in my Sig Mosquito, though a friend of mine has one (a more recent model) that works quite well. Another friend also has a S&W .22 auto (don't recall the exact model name) that he's happy with. I find it has some misfeeds, but it's not too bad.

    Depending on your budget, I believe Sig also makes a higher-end .22. If you like revolvers, S&W makes a nice .22 as well.

    There will be others along shortly to discuss Buckmarks, Neos, and others.

    I hope you enjoy whatever you decide on.
     
  5. Mr. Bluesky

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    The S&W Model 41 is the cream of the crop. Just pick one up and you'll know what I mean, it's the most naturally-pointing firearm I've ever held, plus they're wicked accurate. Very pricey, though.

    I own a Ruger Mk III, and love it. It's a pain to take down, but resilient enough that I only have to disassemble it about once a month. It's a big, heavy hunk of steel, but as durable as they come, and heavy isn't undesirable for a plinker. I've only been shooting for a few months, and I can drive tacks with it.

    For lighter frames, I shot a few while I was deciding on my Ruger, and my favorite of them was either the Browning Buckmark (Aluminum) or the Beretta Neos (Tupperware). Did not enjoy the Walther P22 at all.
     
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  6. MoHawk

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    Mosquito or P22
     
  7. Missileman

    Missileman New Member

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    NGIB--that's one gorgeous 617!

    GunLady, might want to consider something that compliments your centerfires, such as a SIG with a .22 topend, or a 1911 with a .22 conversion, etc. That way you practice with the same gun as your big bores...
     
  8. YoungGunWill

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    If you like Ruger, I love my Single Six. A 525 Value pack from Federal ammunition and add that Six, you'll have a good weekend!:D
     
  9. canebrake

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    I really hate to argue with you but;
    • If you are referring to a competition mind-set shooter, that may work. (I'm not a competition shooter and wouldn't know.)
    • But, if you're talking about a fighting mind-set shooter, there is no practice with anything other than your PD WEAPON, chambered in, and using your carry ammo!

    If you want to shoot cheap for a plunking weekend of fun by all means, get the conversion kit.

    Just don't fool yourself into believing it is Personal Defense training/practice!

    That mind-set WILL get you killed!
     
  10. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    Although I posted a pic and recommended a 617, I have other .22s as well including a Sig P220 and a Ruger Mk III Hunter. The reason I highlighted the 617 is this is a gun that you'll proudly pass down to a younger generation. These ain't bad though...

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  11. Mr. Bluesky

    Mr. Bluesky New Member

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    You're planning on wearing out your Ruger? My great-grandkids will be shooting mine, most likely.
     
  12. Agent_H

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    Another plus one on the Ruger. I enjoy mine a lot. Take down is a pain until you get the routine then it is a fine plinker. Worth the money. S&W 41's are wonderful... Need to get me one of those :)

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  13. Mr. Bluesky

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    Same, but it's way down my list. Need to get a snubby to carry, and at least one 1911 first.
     
  14. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    NGIB I will give you $500 for that 617....

    If you want a revolver. Spend the money and get a smith 617 or Model 17 K-22 Your gonna pay dearly but your gonna love it for ever.

    for semiauto I would look at a Browning Buckmark or a Ruger MkII or MkIII..... Both will serve you well for year and years
     
  15. TheGunLady

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    That's an excellent point. I do especially like the conversion plan. However, I hear they're more susceptible to jams. True or not in your experience?

    I also see a lot of recommendations on the longer barrels. Pros? Cons?
     
  16. TheGunLady

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    I have to admit, I've been drooling over one of those. But I just have to choke at the price! Oh, the other guns I could have for that money! (Slaps self and reminds self of the astronomical savings on ammo she'll reap)

    I do only have one revolver right now - a s&w 640. Have a killer Bianchi shoulder rig and Bianchi minimalist hip holster for it as well. I adore that outfit! :D

    Truly that 617 is a nice gun.
     
  17. willfully armed

    willfully armed New Member

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    the 617 is nice, but if you want a real sweet shooter, Colt New frontier .22

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    mine has literally near 50000 rounds tun through it. shoots like it was new.
     
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  18. NGIB

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    Thanks Tango but I'll be passing this one on to my kids.

    As far as reliability of the Sig P series in .22, I only have about 700 rounds thru the P220 and NO malfunctions yet. The first day I shot it I put 300 rounds through it just to see if it would act up when dirty - nope. It has eaten CCI and Federal bulk. My Ruger has also been great, I did remove the loaded chamber indicator and mag disconnect though as they tend to affect reliability...
     
  19. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    YOU sure NGIB we all know that smiths are cheap junk that are made by a bunch of Clinton loving douche bags. I would sell it to me just to get it out of your safe because it may turn your other guns liberal......