Best .22LR choice

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by Squawk, Dec 20, 2013.

  1. Squawk

    Squawk New Member

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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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  2. Gatoragn

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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.
     

  3. John_Deer

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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!
     
  4. Squawk

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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.
     
  5. DrFootball

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    Chiappa also makes a 1911-22, and an M-9-22.. Both very affordable..
     
  6. Squawk

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    Can you speak to the reliability of the Chiappa pistols? Reliability is main concern.
     
  7. DrFootball

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    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....
     
  8. xring3

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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
     
  9. qwiksdraw

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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.
     
  10. DrFootball

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    "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....
     
  11. WNGMSTR

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    Sig Sauer Mosquito.
     
  12. Squawk

    Squawk New Member

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    I think we can agree that it looks a lot like a PPK.
     
  13. DrFootball

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    Slightly, yes...but a close examination shows what's different between the two...
     
  14. Squawk

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    I wouldn't give that POS to anyone.

    We ended up getting him a SR-22.
     
  15. DrFootball

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    Really? Sorry I can't agree based on many folks here who have had issues. Buy a blemished Chiappa copy of the M9 or the 1911 for well under $300.
     
  16. WNGMSTR

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    One mans POS another's stalwart.
     
  17. qwiksdraw

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    Thanks, You are 100% correct. I know that but wasn't trying to get too detailed and wordy in my reply. While the BT22 is in the OP's price range, the Walther PPK is not.
     
  18. DrFootball

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    You first have to FIND one!! They don't make them in 22LR or 32ACP any more, or if they do, it's few and far between.
    Yes they Do look somewhat like a PP/PPK,....if you can find one in 22LR grab it! 10 rds., and it will (I'm told) eat any ammo...
     
  19. qwiksdraw

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    Oh! You can find the BT22 and they are still being made. The BT32 is no longer being imported in the US.

    So, if you are looking for a BT22 at a great price, check this out:
    http://grabagun.com/bersa-thunder-22-22lr-10rd-matte.html

    and be sure to check out the flat rate shippping on firearms, $5.99
     
  20. DrFootball

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    Thanks. We're meeting with the BERSA Rep. At SHOT,..so we will ask as to availability in my corner of the US!