Economical Target Pistol

Discussion in '.22 Rifle/Rimfire Discussion' started by Hightide, May 9, 2013.

  1. Hightide

    Hightide New Member

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    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?
     
  2. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    For the money those Rugers are pretty tough to beat.
     

  3. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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    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.
     
  4. jackrich3

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  5. mrt8110

    mrt8110 New Member

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    I havw sold them for Bass Pro in MA.,they do look nice but to me they are cumbersome to hold.Had no negative feedback from those who bought one,they all had big hands! Cliff:)
     
  6. mountainman13

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    The 22A is a great starter budget pistol I always recommend it for new shooters getting into the sport. I prefer the ruger, it tends to be a bit more expensive.
    Btw you said colt huntsman, you do realize what you have there,right?
     
  7. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    Of course the Ruger will be top of many's lists. I'd recommend checking out the S&W M&P 22 as well. I was very impressed with the trigger on that gun.
     
  8. FrontierTCB

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    I have a Ruger 22/45 and I really like it. It's very accurate. The only complaint I have is that it is a complete PITA to strip and reassemble.

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    I paid about $300 for it back in Dec.
     
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  9. mountainman13

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    Lol that is the typical complaint. It's really not that bad if you know a couple of tricks. It can be aggravating as a hornet in your pants the first time. Lol
     
  10. Sonic82

    Sonic82 New Member

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    Rugers and Browning Buckmarks have the best reputations IMO.
     
  11. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    Since you didn't reply and I would be remiss not to say anything. The colt hunstman (based on condition) when .22 ammo in available is $1000+ gun. I've seen them sold to ffls for around $150 (cringe) and then promptly flipped for close to 10 times the price.
    Don't make that mistake.
     
  12. FrontierTCB

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    Ha, yes I've pretty much got it down now. The first time took me about two hours I wanted to smash it with a sledge hammer. lol
     
  13. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    That's about how I felt first time I did a trigger job on one. Lol
     
  14. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    Okay. In my opinion, the Ruger Mark I, II, or III are very nice .22's. I don't want to hear any complaints about stripping it for cleaning. :) If I can do it, you all can do it. I bought my Ruger from JonM who could take it apart and put it back together within a minute or so with no tools. I'm not that good but it's not that difficult to do, either. The worst trouble I had with my Mark II was trying to install a new thumb safety to go with my Valquartsen grips. But I'm telling you, every time I shoot that pistol I forgive it for being a "problem child".
     
  15. NobleEagle

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    I have a Ruger Mark II, a Browning Buckmark, and the Smith and Wesson 22-A1. Although I enjoy all of them, as far as weight, comfort, trigger pull and accuracy I will say I use my Smith and Wesson 22-A1 more than any other. It's just very enjoyable to shoot and it won't break the bank. Fantastic training pistol from my wife and kids as well. The target shown is at 45 feet with Federal 36 gr. ammo. Extra magazines are inexpensive and it's a great target / backpack gun. The original price is pretty good too at about $300 or so. I have no complaints and highly recommend it.
     

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  16. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    I have a Ruger 22/45. I wont be getting rid of it anytime soon. Super accurate. I never clean it. (Because it is a pain in the butt) And it always goes bang. My step daughter has a 22A. I took it apart to clean it for her. I was not impressed. To each his own. I believe my Ruger is much more accurate. Maybe I am a lot better shot. Well I know I am. But I still like my Ruger better.
     
  17. drvsafe

    drvsafe New Member

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    Economical? Try an Airsoft gun.
     
  18. hkhunter

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    Dont remember the name but the bolt latch upgrade for the Rugers takes all the fuss and frustration out of taking apart and reassemble. They had the kit at NRA convention for $55
     
  19. Missouribound

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    I have the 22a with a cheap Red Dot from Walmart. At 15 yds there is one hole in the target where I emptied 2 mags. I certainly like the 22a with the 7" barrel. It's a full size gun with the appropriate heft for target and general plinking. Mine was around $200....but that was 10 years ago. Keep it cleaned and stay away from Remington ammo and it's just fine. Get the one with the better fibre optic sights is you aren't going to add your own red dot or holographic..
     
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