Phoenix arms .22 pistol


June 17, 2007, 11:43 PM
My friend and myself read an article in Gun Tests magazine last week.

They tested the phoenix .22, and beretta and a high standard.

They liked the cheap phoenix so I told him we should each get one. He ordered them friday and should be in tomorrow. I know they are, for the most part made of some zinc alloy, but according to their article they work just fine and they retail for $140.

Anyone had any experience with this pistol?

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June 18, 2007, 01:47 AM
I've seen plenty good reviews for them, and a couple really bad ones. I think the only negatives were actually on THR when I was searching for info on the Phoenix.

The real problem with a small .22 auto is finding a use for it. It's not really the most reasonable weapon for concealed carry; even if you thought it was powerful enough, you'd probably want the reliability of a revolver when it comes to rimfire ammo.

So most people would rather have something like an indestructable Ruger .22 for a target pistol which is still cheap, or something like a Smith 317 for a nice little .22 trail gun.

I think that's why you don't really see much info on things like the Phoenix, but when you do hear something it's usually that it's a fun little plinking gun that's a pretty good value. It's better than a Walther P22, and cheaper.

June 18, 2007, 11:01 AM
I put almost 1k rounds through the Phoenix .22 I had. It shot okay, but the rear adjustable sight was loose and wouldn't stay put. I never had any problems with the recoil spring (I read online they are supposed to be replaced every 500 rounds)

Out of the box I had some problems with reliable feeding. It would jam at least once per mad. Took a dremel to the feed ramp, and cycled the action a good 100 times. After that it seemed to be a pretty reliable little shooter.

I bought it because I like small guns, they are just funner to try and shoot for me. I sold it to fund the purchase of an AR, but I could see myself getting another someday.

June 18, 2007, 03:18 PM
A friend of mine has one. It's not the greatest thing in the world, and it jams every so often. He really seems to like it though, and he's a much better shot with it than I am. For that much money, I'd suppose it's worth it, besides, it's a .22, it'll pay for itself in the first box of ammo.

June 19, 2007, 01:26 AM
I had one of these and it actually shot quite well, but it had a problem with the trigger not resetting now and then. I eventually just sold it, as I wouldn't carry it concealed, and I wanted something larger for plinking. I had the long and short barrels for it, and it actually shot better with the short barrel. I kind of wish I still had it, just because I liked it, but then again, I haven't sold a gun yet that I didn't wish I had back :p

June 19, 2007, 02:46 PM
Phoenix Arms pistols do have issues.
Of all the things listed here I will also say they have one of the most confusing safety systems I have ever seen on a pistol.
Because of this quirk alone I will not recommend the pistol for defense use.

June 19, 2007, 10:17 PM
hey guys, new here to the forum, just wanted to give you my input on the phoenix 22, bought one in 95, shot it for about a year, not to often, the frame cracked, took it back to my firearms dealer, they sent it back and i received a new 22 [guarenteed for life] no problems since.

June 20, 2007, 05:28 PM
I got one. With minor ramp and slide rail polishing, it has been totally reliable and FUN!!! I am quite impressed with it for $115.00.

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