Looking for a 22LR Pistol

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by panic, Apr 11, 2010.

  1. panic

    panic New Member

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    Hey, Everyone!

    I'm looking for a 22LR pistol and like (1) the Buckmark Contour and (2) the Walther P22.

    I am already a Browning fan from shotgunning and have never heard anything bad about their products.

    However, I'm also a Walther fan from an old PPK I had. Unfortunately, I've heard rumblings of folks having issues with Walther P22's. I thought Walther had gone away at one point... Were they bought out by another manufacturer?

    I really like the look and feel of the P22, but don't want to buy any hassles. Any insight, experience, or wisdom would be greatly appreciated. Or if you think I should choose another weapon all together, I'm open minded!

    Thx!

    Paul
     
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  2. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Smith & Wesson owns Walther. From what I know of them, both are good pistols. The Browning is larger and heavier, so it somewhat depends on that as a factor. Good luck, the research is almost as much fun as the shooting. :cool:
     

  3. willfully armed

    willfully armed New Member

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    I have the Sig Mosquito. I also just got my suppressor for it and have been letting all of my buddies shoot it.

    Ive heard this alot- "Man, this is so much nicer than my Walther"



    I dont know many people who like thier Walther 22.
     
  4. FlBob518

    FlBob518 New Member

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    I have a Browning Buckmark and love it as a target pistol. Over 5000 rounds through it and not one jam. Wish I could say the same for my TCP .380!
     
  5. Shihan

    Shihan Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I wouldn't look past Ruger. The Mark III or a Mark II if you can find a nice used one. Also the 22/45 is a good one if you like the Polymer Frames, might like the Charger too. I am partial to the Rugers. Look for yourself and see what you like.
     

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  6. druryj

    druryj New Member

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    the Buckmark is heavier and more accurate but the P22 is a great plinker and a good "training" pistol. (It also has the "cool factor" going for it). lf you get a P22, run high velocity ammo in it, like CCI Mini Mags and keep it clean and you'll have good results. Mine has about 10,000 rounds through it now and just keeps on plinkin'.
     
  7. Mr. Bluesky

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    Mini-mag is too expensive, kinda defeats the point of shooting a .22. I run Federal Champion in mine for about half the price.

    I shot a friend's P22 when I was looking for my .22, and hated it. Jammed more than any other gun I've seen. +1 for the Buckmark and the Ruger Mk III.
     
  8. DrumJunkie

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    The Buckmark or the Ruger MK I, II, III are the only semi auto 22's I I'll have. Revolvers I lean to the S&W's...Or maybe one of th eold High Standards..I just love those things.
     
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  9. big shrek

    big shrek Well-Known Member

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    The big headache with the Ruger pistols is the breakdown for cleaning....you will find thousands of posts all over the 'Net about folks who got stuck/ran into problems.

    High Standard currently makes some very easy-to-deal with pistols...and is THE ONLY AMERICAN PISTOL MFR to win a Gold in the Olympics .22 pistol competition.

    Here's my 1940 HS Model "B", tons of other models available at reasonable prices.
    [​IMG]
     
  10. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    Rugers are not that hard to take down and put back together it just takes a little practice. Last time I looked Hi-Standard was not making pistols anymore either.
     
  11. NGIB

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    Agreed. If you follow the procedures, Ruger's are not the PITA folks make them out to be. The older High Standard .22s are AOK but only available on the used market...
     
  12. rjgnwdc

    rjgnwdc New Member Supporter

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    Ruger owner

    I would recommend looking at the Ruger MKIII it's a tack driver alright and with the Red Dot the dot covers the tack at 25yrds perfect

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  13. Quentin

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    I'm also a fan of the Ruger and have a Mark I, II and III. The other choices are good too but definitely add Ruger to your list.

    Got my Mark I in 1976 then the other two over the years. Nothing's broke yet, they're tough guns. And once you learn how to break them down and reassemble you're good to go. Plenty of videos on the web on how to do it.
     
  14. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Well-Known Member

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    I would suggest checking out the Ruger target pistols or the Buckmarks. The Rugers ain't hard to disassemble/reassemble IF you go according to the directions EXACTLY. I have 2 mk2s and a mk3 that I converted back to mk 2 (did away with the goofy magazine disconnect safety). Shihan and RSG can attest to the accuracy of my Rugers. The Buckmarks are also very accurate and usually have a better out of box trigger whereas the Rugers benefit from a trigger job or aftermarket hammers.
     
  15. utf59

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    I've shot both the Buckmark and P22, but have never owned either. The P22 was a little picky about ammo.

    The owners were having trouble with cheap ammo. (I wasn't close enough to tell whether it was a feeding or extraction issue.) When we started shooting one another's guns, I used some Federal bulk pack in the P22, and it had no issues.

    The Buckmark was flawless.

    Personally, I own a Ruger 22/45 and love it. I also own a Sig Mosquito, and I hate it. I understand the newer Mosquitos are better, but mine's a POS.
     
  16. FlBob518

    FlBob518 New Member

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    Was I unlucky or is the 500 box of Federal .22 increadably dirty ammo?
     
  17. rjgnwdc

    rjgnwdc New Member Supporter

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    That's about all I use in my Ruger, but you're right it is extremely dirty although it never give me trouble.
     
  18. Mr. Bluesky

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    It's a little bit dirty, but I don't mind cleaning more often if I can spend half as much on ammo! =P
     
  19. rjgnwdc

    rjgnwdc New Member Supporter

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    Amen Brother! That's what I'm talking about :D
     
  20. big shrek

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    High Standard is still in operation, they moved to Texas.

    Although folks are still decrying the move...they say the CT guns were made better...
    but heck, as long as they go bang & don't jam & shoot where ya aim 'em...;)