Opinions on SR22 & M&P 22

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by rudy, Dec 11, 2013.

  1. rudy

    rudy New Member

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    I'm looking to buy a 22 semi auto pistol. I have looked at and researched several different guns and narrowed it down to the Ruger SR 22 and Smith & Wesson M&P 22. I really liked the Browning Buckmark and Ruger MK III but the take down and cleaning is a real PITA. The main reason for the 22 is my two oldest grandsons really like to shoot my Glock 19 but with 9mm being scarce and expensive I need to go to something a little more practical for plinking. So any information I can get will be greatly appreciated. Thanks
     
  2. DrFootball

    DrFootball disappointed & disgusted, But DETERMINED... Lifetime Supporter

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    The Buckmark is not Nearly as difficult to take down as the Rugers are. I clean my Wife's for her, I should know....I have Rented the SR 22. Very nice, but I wish the barrel was a bit longer.
     

  3. Vincine

    Vincine New Member

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    22lr may be cheaper, but the 9mm is probably more available right now.
     
  4. sweeper22

    sweeper22 New Member

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    Buy the MP22.

    I like the S&W and the Ruger, as well as the Ruger and Browning target-type pistols. But the Ruger SR22 is pretty well a subcompact that won't lend itself to easy accuracy for novice shooters. It's a perfectly good gun otherwise. My mother has the SR22 and I might get one for myself...but the S&W MP22 is just going to be a more pragmatic and versatile plinker. It's got the size, barrel length, and sight radius of a standard combat pistol, and a 12rd capacity to boot.

    Both are excellent guns. The S&W will simply be more practical for most folks.
     
  5. chloeshooter

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    I have large hands and the SR22 is surprisingly a very good fit, when using the magazine extension on the grip. A great gun for everyone in my family, the sights etc. are very good trainers for my SR40. I don't know much about the S&W or the MP; I DO know that .22LR is harder to find than a unicorn where I live
     
  6. rudy

    rudy New Member

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    I've heard the same thing concerning the Buckmark from people I know that have both or have owned both at one time. I plan on renting both the SR 22 and the M&P to get a feel for each. I had the same thought when I handled the SR at the lgs. Thanks for your input.
     
  7. rudy

    rudy New Member

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    Luckily I've got a pretty good supply of 22lr and it's becoming more readily available in my area. And your right about the 9mm. It's a little harder to find the target ammo but the self defense is easy to find. Thank you for your comments, like I said I appreciate all the information I can get.
     
  8. ScottA

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    I would get the M&P 22. I like the size, bigger magazine, and fantastic trigger.
     
  9. rudy

    rudy New Member

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    I thought the same thing concerning the size of the two. One of main reasons I'm still looking at SR is the difference in price. The M&P is pretty close to same size as my G19 and the boys wouldn't notice much difference as far as size. Both of the boys are very good shots and the oldest one continues to move farther back and works at it until he's as accurate farther back. The younger one will do the same but it takes him a little longer. Of course he's four years younger but he's just as determined as the older one. Both are very athletic and have great hand eye coordination. I know it would take them more time to adjust to the smaller SR but they love challenges and I don't think it would be very long before before they adapted. As much as I've spent on 9mm ammo for them to shot I could have bought both guns by now. Thank you for your help.
     
  10. rudy

    rudy New Member

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    Thanks for your comments. That's the reason I joined the forum. I knew I would get great information from all the members. I thought the SR would be a good gun for my granddaughters to shot if and when they show an interest . I'm kind of leaning towards buying both after reading everybody's input. Maybe one will distinguish itself when I rent and shot both and make my decision easier. Of course it may make me buy both. Again thanks everybody for your input.
     
  11. rudy

    rudy New Member

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    That's the main reasons the M&P caught my attention. And most of the reviews I have read they mention how good the trigger is. Thank you for your information.
     
  12. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    My brother-in-law has one. I was very surprised how good the trigger is on that pistol.
     
  13. 4sig

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    if you haven tried the colt 1911 .22 you may want to do so. Boat one about 4 months ago and love it. Full size 1911 frame, long sight radius and shoots everything I run through it. Easy takedown
     
  14. rudy

    rudy New Member

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    I hope to get to the range next weekend to shoot both and hopefully get one before Christmas. I've seen some pretty good sales on both lately so this this would be a. Good time to buy.
     
  15. rudy

    rudy New Member

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    I didn't know about the colt. I'll look at the LGS around here and see if I can get my hands on one to look at. As I stated in my intro I'm fairly new to firearms beyond the 870 and 22 revolver I've owned for a while. Thanks for the heads up.
     
  16. racer1

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    Might as well look at the other Umarex guns while you are at it, since you are looking at the M&P and Colt. All made by the same company. You might also look at the Chiappa M9-22, shot one last week. Same size weight and function as my 92fs. My brother bought a blemished finish gun for under $200. I was impressed. Heck you could almost get 2 of them for the price of the M&P.

    Dave
     
  17. Winchester94

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    Definitely look at the Colt 1911 .22! It's a great gun; very reliable, good looking, accepts any aftermarket grips, and it has a 12 round mag capacity.
    Look at the Walther P22 and PPK .22 also.
     
  18. racer1

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    CDMN has SR22 starting at $279 in the monthly flier.
     
  19. DrFootball

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    And $349 with a laser!