.22 LR pistol recommendations?

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by Stuflames, Oct 19, 2010.

  1. Stuflames

    Stuflames New Member

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    Yes, it does have to be a .22

    I'm thinking a Walther P22. . .I don't really know much about comparing .22s, though, and it's hard to find info about these guns in my experience, most reviewers and the like don't seem to bother with this caliber outside of rifles. . .
     
  2. Stuflames

    Stuflames New Member

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  3. NGIB

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    You'll see a lot of bad reports about the P22 (as well as the Sig Mosquito). I may just be lucky but I have one of each that is reliable and fun. This being said, they are not target quality guns by any stretch of the imagination. They both feel somewhat like toys as they are very light and kind of small. For a "real" .22 pistol that does not look like a .22 pistol, I highly recommend a Sig classic series .22 - which are available in the P220, P226, & P229 sizes.

    If you go this route, you can also buy the appropriate centerfire kit and have 2 guns in one...
     
  4. Missileman

    Missileman New Member

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    Ditto on that recommendation--my SIG P220 in .22 is a great performer.
     
  5. M14sRock

    M14sRock New Member

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    I loved my P22 for a fun plinker. Traded it to a friend. But my son and two of my friends still have theirs and they are all GTG.

    For accuracy, try a Buckmark, Ruger, or High Standard.
     
  6. hideit

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    i had a P22 but found it was too small for my hand so i sold it
    i put about 1,000 rounds of CCI mini mag thru it and never had a problem
    i had a ruger a long time ago and sold it because i didn't like the design/looks

    now i am without a 22 and if i had the $$$ i would get the sig 226
    i am also interested in the two 1911's that come in 22lr from CHIPPA ($300) or the new GSG 1911 german sports gun ($370)- i have held both and the GSG is same weight of a real 1911 - i really like this one

    you didn't mention what you intend to do with your new 22lr pistol - have you also considered the S&W 617 DA revolver or the Ruger Single Six for SA western style
    then there are:
    Ruger Charger and S&W M&P 15-22 Pistols that can have large capacity magazines
     
  7. freefall

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    Buy a Ruger .22/45 in stainless with a 5 1/2" bull barrel. It will be the best shooting pistol you'll ever own. Don't bother to thank me, just remember me in your will.
     
  8. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    If I were in the market for a semi .22, I'd probably be looking at a Browning or Ruger. I'd recommend my Smith 17 in a heartbeat however. I can't say enough good things about it. Accurate, eats all .22 without a hiccup, easy to shoot
     
  9. Mr. Bluesky

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    Ruger Mk III, hands down. If you're looking for something in the P22's price bracket, the Beretta U22 Neos is the best of the polymer-frame .22's.

    I didn't care for the Walther, and the two I have shot were very malfunction-prone.
     
  10. c3shooter

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    Another Ruger Mk III fan. Got a new one about a year ago, $250, shoots like a carbine, eats any 22 LR I stuff in the mag. Some folks complain about re-assembling one stripped for cleaning- once you learn the technique, takes 90 seconds.
     
  11. Mr. Bluesky

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    And it's even faster if you remove the magazine disconnect, replacing the hammer and bushing with Mk II parts.
     
  12. brolin_1911a1

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    Browning Buckmark followed by either the Ruger MkIII or a High Standard. They are the creme of the crop of .22LR pistols. Accurate enough for hunting small game like squirrels and rabbits, yet light and handy enough for just general carrying while hiking and/or plinking.
     
  13. EdwardH

    EdwardH New Member

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    I have a Sig Sauer Mosquito and I love it. I'd recommend it.
     
  14. CHLChris

    CHLChris New Member

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    In a previous thread (can't remember which one) Cane convinced me of the benefits of a GSG-5 1911 built specifically for the .22lr round.

    They are, like $375 and are a complete, real-deal 1911. Inexpensive, but not cheapo.

    It is definitely on my list!
     
  15. brolin_1911a1

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    If you already have a 9mm or .45ACP handgun, the .22 conversion kits from Marvel, Advantage, Kimber, or Ciener are also an idea worth considering.

    I had Ruger MkII. I gave it to my son as a welcome home when he left the Marines Corps because I found that I simply didn't shoot it anymore: when I wanted to shoot a .22LR pistol I put my Ciener kit on my Brolin Arms 1911 and shot that instead. Today, instead of Ciener I'd probably own an Advantage <http://www.advantagearms.com/>, Armscor, or Marvel <http://www.marvelprecision.com/>kit. The Advantage is available for either 1911 or Glock handguns. Ciener kits <http://www.22lrconversions.com/> are available for the 1911, Glocks, Browning Hi-Power, and Beretta/Taurus PT92. Any of the above kits will turn your centerfire self-defense handgun into a nice plinker that's inexpensive to feed and practice with.
     
  16. Hollander

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    I also have a Mosquito and have a lot of fun with it. Had about 6 months and it has close to 2000 rds through it. With the adjustible sights you get it fairly accurate. When I bought it I cleaned and lubed it and then racked the slide about 400 times. Broke it in with CCI minimags but now shoot Federal Bulk pac or Remington Goldent bullets. Have an occasional fte but for the most part the gun is a great deal of fun. Good luck with whatever you choose.
     
  17. utf59

    utf59 New Member

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    If you get a Mosquito, get one of the newer ones. The older ones (like mine, alas) had problems. A friend of mine has one of the newer ones, and has had hardly a hiccup from it.
     
  18. County Boy

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    I'm a little bias, seeing how I worked for S&W up here in Houlton,ME. I own both a 622 plinker w/ adj. sights and a 22A with tasco red dot scope, I like the interchangeable barrels for this gun, both guns are very reliable and will shoot any ammo without a hitch. Everyone here has a great opinion and whatever you choose I hope you have alot of fun with it.
     
  19. RJMercer

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    .22

    I have a Browning Buckmark with a 7" heavy barrell that can drive a nail at 75 yds. Fun, reliable, accurate. Takedown for cleaning is a bit of a bear. Ruger MKII is another good bet, buddy of mine has one that holds its own against my buckmark.