Need opinions on a good .22

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by charliegirl, Aug 24, 2011.

  1. charliegirl

    charliegirl New Member

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    I'm new to this world (some of you know this and I thank you for your advice thus far!) and I'm looking for a good, reliable .22. I will eventually graduate to a larger caliber (for concealed carry). But for now, I'd like to work on target practice and go through several thousand rounds before I get anything else. Looked in all the gun magazines on the shelves at Barnes and Noble and they all have plenty to say about other calibers, but not so much the .22. So, if you guys know of a good one, I'd like to hear it!
     
  2. Firearms4ever

    Firearms4ever New Member

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    Well first off I'd like to ask are you looking for a semi automatic or revolver?
     

  3. Gojubrian

    Gojubrian New Member

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    Get a Browning buckmark. A lot of guys here will say get a Ruger, but don't listen to them or anyone else, get a buckmark. ;)
     
  4. charliegirl

    charliegirl New Member

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    Semi auto .22.

    I noticed that Ruger is quite popular in general. They must be doing something right??
     
  5. Firearms4ever

    Firearms4ever New Member

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    I would recommend Ruger then. I think the reason Ruger is popular and becoming more popular is because they're prices are fairly good and their products work and are excellent quality firearms.
     
  6. Jay

    Jay New Member

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    Buckmark. When you sit down to clean one of each, your brow will be considerably more furrowed after the Ruger, than with the Buckmark.

    uhhh, yep, I do have both...... just sayin...
     

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  7. Gojubrian

    Gojubrian New Member

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    Rugers are great guns, but I'm bias toward Browning! It's so accurate and smooth it's boring.
     
  8. sweeper22

    sweeper22 New Member

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    Ruger MKIII
    Browning Buckmark
    Ruger 22/45
    GSG 1911 22lr

    These are the best semi-auto dedicated rimfires for the money (all can be found between $250-450)...and they're listed in order on my own opinions. There are others that you might find work really well for you, but the above guns are also quite popular. "Popularity" is important, because it generally translates to abundant and affordable parts, accessories, and support.

    If you decide you want a multi-cal conversion setup (like a 22lr/9mm), also look at CZ (or EAA clones), Sig P220/226/229, or 1911s.
     
  9. Poink88

    Poink88 New Member

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    Another vote for Browning Buckmark (or close 2nd Ruger Mark series).
     
  10. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    GSG 1911-22 hands down!

    Graduating from rimfire to concealed carry is your stated goal.

    Very few CC firearms look/function like the Browning Buckmark or the Ruger MKIII. Both are great guns but for target shooting.

    The GSG 1911-22 is of the format that many of us here every day carry. (EDC)

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    GSG 1911 22LR $332.00 SHIPS FREE

    Many of us here have this pistol and to a person, it is the best 1911 format rimfire you can get!

    It's the pistol of choice for me when I teach a new shooter our sport.
     
  11. wjkuleck

    wjkuleck Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    My first handgun was a Ruger Mark I Target. Note that there never was a "Mark 1" series; the target version of the original Standard Model was designated "Mark 1." Retrospectively, after the Mk II and Mk III series, the original Standard Model has been called "Mk I" to differentiate them from the later pistols.

    I purchased this pistol in 1964; it has given perfectly satisfactory service since them. I still have it.

    The challenge of reassembling a Ruger is greatly exaggerated, in my experience. If you can line up the sear and disconnector in a 1911, and then get the hammer strut in the mainspring cap, you can reassemble a Ruger.

    My current favorite Ruger is the 22/45 RP (Mk III).

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    Regards,

    Walt
     
  12. BlindOldMan

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    The only .22s I have currently are a Walther P22, Bersa Thunder 22, and a Firestorm 22. I really (really) enjoy the Firestorm. It was inexpensive and shoots wonderfully. I used it to teach my daughter and many friends before they graduated to higher calibers.

    I have owned a Buckmark but sold it in a fit of madness some years ago... great gun too.
     
  13. lobospaw

    lobospaw New Member

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    walther p22 or ruger mark 2not 1 or 2.... mark 2

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  14. vincev

    vincev New Member

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    I have to go with the Ruger over the Browning.Had both and the Ruger always had 1 hole groups off a rest where the Browning couldnt.
     
  15. Thebiker

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    Late vote for the Ruger. My wife has a Mark II Govt. Target model with a bull barrel. Shoots the center out of targets at 15 yards, free hand:D. Haven't seen her do that since Wednesday (8/24). And she hadn't had it to the range in over six months, usually shoots a Sig P239.
     
  16. Toll13

    Toll13 New Member

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    I love my U22 Neos
     

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  17. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    my vote is ruger also. my mk3 is currently 1300 rounds without cleaning it will get cleaned soon as it malfunctions.
     
  18. Ambrola

    Ambrola New Member

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    I have to agree with Cane. The CSG is the best 22 you can get for the money, and its a tack driver also. $307.00 shipped to your door? No brainer!!
     
  19. jonboy2530

    jonboy2530 New Member

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    You guys seem to like ur semi autos....so I will be the odd man out. Heritage rough rider.... It's 22lr, accurate, single action ( very important when teaching kids IMO). And they r cheap about 180 bucks NIB. Your choice of barrels. With the revolver u have less FTFs than autos. Now there is also the single six out there for twice the money.
     
  20. Overkill0084

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    The Browning or the Ruger are both good choices. I have a MK3 5.5 BB blued and it has been quite nice. At the time, I was price sensitive and the Ruger was the better deal at the time. I did look at the brownings, and they are quite nice. They both come in a mind numbing number of configurations. The price changes accordingly of course. Then of course, there is the aftermarket. I may be wrong, but from what I've seen the Ruger has the larger aftermarket support.
    Not having messed with them, I can't comment either way on the GSG. They certainly look like a nice gun.