What .22 autoloader is the easiest to clean?


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MikePGS
October 4, 2007, 06:10 PM
From what i hear, the rugers are a pain in the... well use your imagination... to clean, which is unfortunate because i like the mark 2, but would prefer to get something that isn't too big of a hassle. What in your experience is the easiest .22 autoloader to clean?

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KevininPa
October 4, 2007, 06:35 PM
I don't own one but I hear the Mark 2 isn't as bad as you think. What I do have is a Firestorm FS22. Reliable plinker. Push one lever, pull the slide back, raise a bit, slide forward and off. Easy field strip. BTW, I've been lookin' around for a used Mark 2 because I heard they were the easiest to clean. Maybe you can find someone who has one and can show you.


Kevin in Pa

Sunray
October 4, 2007, 06:39 PM
My Smith Model 41 is easy to clean. Rugers don't need to be taken apart for normal cleaning.

Jorg Nysgerrig
October 4, 2007, 07:11 PM
The Beretta NEOS is pretty easy to clean, as are the Walther P22 and the Sig Mosquito.

sm
October 4, 2007, 07:14 PM
High Standard Duramatic.
S&W 422, 622 series.
Beretta 21A

MrPeter
October 4, 2007, 07:24 PM
Just don't shoot remington, stick to federal, and you won't have to take it apart very often at all. Just keep 'er lubed and you should be fine.

I used to take apart my Walther G22 every time I shot it which was a serious pain in the (neck). I almost lost a tiny spring once, that I'm sure I would have a fun time replacing. Since I switched to federals, I have nad no malfunctions and don't have to clean after 100 rounds. In fact, I havent cleaned since I switched to federals, which was about 500 rounds ago without issue :)

Vern Humphrey
October 4, 2007, 07:28 PM
The Colt Woodsman is probably the easiest -- just lock the slide back and that's it.

sm
October 4, 2007, 07:38 PM
Vern! Sit down and be quiet...please...sir.

Listen Mr. Humphrey, some stuff we don't talk about.
Like Colt Woodsman's around here. Gee-Willikers! Didn't you get the Curmudgeon News Letter?
WE don't tell these whippersnappers some stuff. We Curmudgeons are supposed to be selfish, sneaky and not tell everything we know...grumble, mumble....;)

Repeat after me "Get the new Neos"

:D


Steve

Mad Magyar
October 4, 2007, 07:42 PM
Beretta 21A

+1

MikePGS
October 4, 2007, 07:42 PM
Get...the....new....neos.....


I've looked at woodsman's (woodsmen?) before but i think they're a bit more than i'd like to spend on a .22, but from what i've read they're definitely worth the money.

76shuvlinoff
October 4, 2007, 08:12 PM
The first time I took apart a mkII was a real event. I was totally unfamiliar with it. It was a borrowed gun just to "try out" and I wanted to take it back in pristine condition. I don't think it had been opened up in 10 years and I thought it was going to take me that long to get it back together.

I always think about getting one but I still don't own one yet.

modifiedbrowning
October 4, 2007, 08:15 PM
I'll echo KevininPa, the Firestorm 22 is pretty easy to clean.

quickcanary
October 4, 2007, 08:22 PM
The first time I took apart a mkII was a real event. I was totally unfamiliar with it. It was a borrowed gun just to "try out" and I wanted to take it back in pristine condition. I don't think it had been opened up in 10 years and I thought it was going to take me that long to get it back together.

Supposedly it gets easier the more you do it, and it's not that bad if you follow the manual word for word. I'll admit that the reassembly of this gun is what has put me off from owning one, though. I know it has a great reputation for reliability and accuracy, but I'm so spoiled by the field strip procedure of my Glock! I think I'd prefer a Buckmark, Neos, or 22A due to ease of maintenance. I'm willing to give up a smidge of accuracy if it will save me some time and prevent me from using four-letter words during the reassembly process. :D

wally
October 4, 2007, 09:00 PM
Beretta Neos and S&W M22A are about as easy as it gets, the Beretta goes back together a bit easier.

--wally.

Pigspitter
October 4, 2007, 09:04 PM
I have a ruger 22/45 and if you have a surface to use it can be cleaned really easily

PattonTime
October 4, 2007, 09:32 PM
I for one do not clean the interior of my guns every outing,
I always wipe down with a oiled rag , but I believe more guns
are hurt by being taken apart carelessly.

My S&W model 41, very easy to clean
Browning Buckmark, very easy and a wonderful gun.
I am not convinced I shoot the smith enough better
to justify its almost triple initial expense but it is a beautiful
classic gun and I love it

PattonTime

mjrodney
October 4, 2007, 09:32 PM
I own 3 Rugers between my bride and I, and I normally don't take them apart for cleaning. Once in a great while, yes, but some months between tear downs.

A healthy squirt of Ed's Red or Hoppe's No. 9 into the chamber, a child's tooth brush and a patch gets rid of most of the chamber fouling.

Another squirt and a patch or two to dry things up.

Point the pistol up and a squirt against the bolt face. Work the bolt back and forth a few times.

Repeat.

Dry all off.

It's about all I do and one of the pistols I use for bullseye.

doc2rn
October 4, 2007, 10:48 PM
The Colt 22a is the easiest just undo the allen screw in front and separate by direction. However once you have learned the ruger nothing is easier, but I do know a guy at KVGC that shoots his all the time and has never had it apart to clean it. He just sprays it clean w/ a $.99 can of cleaner each time. Me I just like tinkering.;)

SouthpawShootr
October 4, 2007, 10:53 PM
My father's High Standard was an absolute joy to clean. Less than 30 seconds to fieldstrip. About that long to get back together. From what I understand, the new S&W 22As are similar.

My Ruger MKI has always been tight. And has always taken a bit of fiddling to get back together.

I had a Browning Buckmark and it was fairly easy to strip. Needed an allen wrench to do it though. I didn't like that. I liked the fact that the allen screws loosened during the course of a day's shooting even less.:scrutiny:

Vern Humphrey
October 5, 2007, 10:43 AM
Listen Mr. Humphrey, some stuff we don't talk about.
Like Colt Woodsman's around here.

I getcha!

Hey, you young 'uns! Don't get a Colt Woodsman! They're dangerous, unreliable and inaccurate. Carrying a Colt Woodsman can cause impotence, halitosis and psoriasis. If you find one at a bargain price, call one of us old guys and we'll dispose of it for you.

JoeHatley
October 5, 2007, 07:54 PM
Easiest: S&W Model 41

Joe

QUICK_DRAW_McGRAW
October 5, 2007, 08:10 PM
beretta mod 948

lock slide back with safety, push barrel back towards hammer and tilt upwards same time and remove barrel. clean barrel and internals slide barbell back into place close slide. don't in 5minutes or less.

sig226
October 5, 2007, 09:57 PM
The Neos is pretty easy to field strip. The Ruger is not that terrible, you just need to find someone to show you how it works. Ask your favorite dealer to spend a few minutes with you and show you how to do it. Once you understand why it goes together that way, it makes sense. It takes a couple of times to get the procedure down, but you also have to learn how to strip an AR-15, and millions of shooters can do that.

SouthpawShootr
October 5, 2007, 10:36 PM
Ask your favorite dealer to spend a few minutes with you and show you how to do it.

Oh, that's a good one. I once watched a local gunshop manager fieldstrip a 1911. He got it apart with just a little trouble, but could not get it back together. Called over another guy who was even less help. The shop owner, of course, is an avid collector and he could probably fieldstrip Ruger rimfire autos all day with his eyes closed. The other guys, I wouldn't trust them to change a vacuum cleaner bag. Depends on the shop, I guess.

highrider
October 6, 2007, 12:02 AM
I don't own one but I hear the Mark 2 isn't as bad as you think.

I own one. It's a pain in the ass. :)

greener
October 6, 2007, 12:10 AM
S&W 22A is very easy to take down. Lock the slide back, depress the disassmbly button, remove the barrel and remove the slide. Cleaning? All of them have funky little nooks and crannies.

From what i hear, the rugers are a pain in the... well use your imagination... to clean, which is unfortunate because i like the mark 2, but would prefer to get something that isn't too big of a hassle. What in your experience is the easiest .22 autoloader to clean?
I own one. It's a pain in the ass.
My MKIII was not easy the first time I tried it, so I did it 3 more times. After that, it was pretty simple.

I once watched a local gunshop manager fieldstrip a 1911. He got it apart with just a little trouble, but could not get it back together. Called over another guy who was even less help.
Watched a couple of salesmen and the owner try to get a P22 back together last week. It was fun watching someone else struggle with assembly.

Onmilo
October 6, 2007, 11:05 AM
Walther PP-PPK-TPH
By far the easiest to clean with the Bersa Firestorm and Daewoo DP-22 close seconds

guidosarducci
October 6, 2007, 12:15 PM
What about the 22 Kimber or the many 22 conversions for the 1911? The conversions run about $200 - $300, equal to or less than a new pistol, if you have a 1911.

tnieto2004
October 6, 2007, 01:03 PM
S&w 22a

pdowg881
October 6, 2007, 01:17 PM
Sw 22a

76shuvlinoff
October 6, 2007, 03:43 PM
LOL!

also regarding the 22lr conversions. I have one for my Kimber .45 and it's trick as get out. I love the thing but it is pricey and so are spare mags. The mags also don't have followers and they will not lock the gun open when empty..... but for plinking I think it's great.

bensdad
October 6, 2007, 03:54 PM
Smith & Wesson 22A.

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