Pimped .22 ???


March 1, 2007, 09:28 PM
My kids (12 + 15) will go shooting with me occasionally, but not as often as I'd like. My younger daughter is partial to my SKS, but my son is more into "fancy" guns. The only chrome you'll see on my mil-surps are a few bores and barrels. What are my choices in inexpensive chrome or nickel-plated .22 autoloaders? I'm hoping that will get him out with me a bit more. If he comes, so will she.
Any thoughts appreciated.

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March 1, 2007, 10:03 PM

One for him, one for her. About 250 list on their site. Maybe you can get a deal if you order 2 at once from your local shop?

March 2, 2007, 12:43 AM
Get a good stainless steel model and polish it to a high gloss. It's better to have a great shooting gun than buy one that's all show and no go.
One drawback though, bright shiny guns are murder to shoot in bright sunlight.

March 2, 2007, 01:06 AM
Some of the stainless-steel Ruger semi-22s can be had around mid-$200s.

Does it have to be flashy, or is swoopy okay? The new S&W 22a series runs around $180, and looks very sci-fi. They shoot great too, good deal overall.


March 2, 2007, 01:13 AM
One of those Taurus pocket .22 autos ought to have enough bling for your purpose.

March 2, 2007, 01:48 AM
How fancy do you wanna go?
If you really wanna throw some cash around you can get the Kimber Rimfire & CZ Cadet as a top end conversion and get each kid the center fire pistol to go with it. At 12 & 15 they're probably old enough for their own centerfires, under your supervision of course, and a 22 conversion kit for it would be icing on the cake - Just a thought ;) .

In the end the CZ Kadet is going to give you a full size .22 version of a duty/combat pistol for the best price.

March 4, 2007, 08:42 PM
22A neat gun.

Once s&w fixes, (http://www.prosefights.org/msd/wildhorsemesa/wildhorsemesa.htm#sandw) of course.

March 4, 2007, 08:47 PM
the walther p-22 is good

March 4, 2007, 09:14 PM
22A neat gun.

Once s&w fixes, of course.
With all respect BillP, the invoices shown in your link are from 2003. Considering Mr. Vanitas numerous postings on the reliability of the S&W 22As that are heavily used at the UT Austin Campus range I'm of the opinion that S&W has the bugs worked out. Frequent use on a range, particulary when the pistol is used to teach new shooters, tends to tell the tale of how well built a gun is. I'm sorry yours had a problem, but it does appear that S&W stood behind their product and fixed it.

March 4, 2007, 09:56 PM
Absolutely all bugs apparently worked out for 22A.

Plus s&w was a fun company to deal with.

Guys on the phone were really fun to talk to. "How many round do you shoot?"

I've also had problems with stevens 311 shotgun and remington 788 /22-250.

All were super reliable and fun to deal with.

March 4, 2007, 09:58 PM
Excellent to hear that S&W treated you right. Good customer service goes a long way in my book.

March 4, 2007, 10:09 PM
Check out the Browning Buckmarks (http://www.browning.com/products/catalog/firearms/category.asp?value=006B). Maybe something will jump out at you.

March 4, 2007, 10:14 PM
I broke a extractor screw off a stevens 311 20 ga shotgun.

Stevens sent replacement for free.

My worst handloading distaster was to break at bolt handle off a remington 788 /22-250.

I sent 788 to remington for repair.

Remington fixed for free and sent back the offending cartridge.


About the above.

My worst handling experience in 40 years.

March 5, 2007, 01:51 AM
Beretta NEOS... Something a 15 year old might find cool.

March 5, 2007, 06:03 AM
Well, I showed him dozens of possibilities. What did he choose...?

An Automag. Not only expensive, but according to all I read, a real POS.

I guess we'll have to think some more.

March 5, 2007, 11:23 AM
Not only expensive, but according to all I read, a real POS.

In my own limited experience with the .22 Automag, yes. POS is a pretty succinct evaluation. Had mine for maybe ... 3 months or so, if memory serves. Dumped it like a sack of wet garbage for a fraction of what I paid for it, just be rid of it.

Sooo many good suggestions in this thread... Good luck.

March 5, 2007, 11:24 AM
You might show him the carbon fiber Walther P22. Looks a little more fancy than the regular black one.

March 5, 2007, 11:48 AM
For what it's worth, I' can vouch for the Buckmarks. I have a Buckmark Bullseye that's been a dream.

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