Do you own a .22?


April 13, 2008, 02:12 PM
One of the greatest tools available for teaching new shooters is the .22 rimfire. I -cringe- every time I hear about a prospective shooter who gets handed Bubba's .44 magnum for their first experience.

You need one.

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April 13, 2008, 02:32 PM
Yup...both. I haven't been shooting all that long. A .22 rifle and a .22 handgun were the perfect way for me to become familiar with the basics of shooting inexpensively. I now shoot my .38 mostly, but hope to use the .22s to introduce other new shooters.

April 13, 2008, 02:35 PM
Got both, they are essential, especially because of the cost of centerfire.

But, the first handgun I ever fired was a friends .357mag Blackhawk. Loved it, don't regret it a minute. I guess maybe I handled it ok because I'd been shooting 12 gauge in trap for a while, but some people just like the bigger stuff, for the first time and every time thereafter.

April 13, 2008, 02:40 PM
And if not, then why not?

April 13, 2008, 02:48 PM
of course I own a .22. DUH!

April 13, 2008, 02:50 PM
No, but I should.

April 13, 2008, 02:53 PM
A bunch of them, actually. I bought 6 .22 rifles last fall.

They're all I've been shooting lately.

April 13, 2008, 03:00 PM
I'm guessing about 92-93% say they own at least one if not both!

For me it's both.

April 13, 2008, 03:02 PM
It's not IF, it's how many!

April 13, 2008, 03:08 PM
Okayfine - is this "the nit picking board?" If I could do it, I'd change the poll to "do you own at least one," okay?

April 13, 2008, 03:09 PM
I currently own 10 (I think):

2 Marlin mod. 60s
1 Henry Lever
1 Henry Lever youth
1 Marlin mod. 880
1 Henry Minibolt

1 S&W 22a
1 Browning Buckmark
1 Hi Standard HD Military
1 Heritage Rough Rider

Rimfire is the only realistic way for most of us to get serious trigger time. It's also, as others have said, the best way to introduce new shooters.

April 13, 2008, 03:09 PM
Of course! Both


How do you like the 22A compared to the buckmark?

April 13, 2008, 03:13 PM
Two bolts and a pump and one each revolver and pistol. And, I have always wanted a lever action and I have some spare cash soooo it may soon be six.

XD-40 Shooter
April 13, 2008, 03:18 PM
Yup, I own a Ruger 22/45 and a Remington nylon 66, both are great shooters, lots of fun plinking, great training, and cheap to shoot!:D

April 13, 2008, 03:20 PM
No, I do not own a 22.

I own a dozen of them. :neener:
(Which I know isn't near as many as some others have.)

And can think of about a dozen or so more that I'd like to have. :D

April 13, 2008, 03:22 PM
2 pistols, 1 Kimber 1911 conversion kit, 1 revolver, and 3 rifles.

April 13, 2008, 03:23 PM
.22s - I voted both.

Current Inventoy
Lever Action Rifle
Semi Auto Rifle
Glock 19 Conversion on the Way

Bolt Action Rifle

April 13, 2008, 03:28 PM
"You need one."

Indeed you do.

Try to take a .22 along every time I shoot my muzzleloader or a rifle above .30 caliber. It helps to take a break after 5-10 rounds and shoot 10-20 rounds through the .22.

April 13, 2008, 03:30 PM
How do you like the 22A compared to the buckmark?

It's really a "Coke or Pepsi" thing. I have a reddot on the 22a and just irons on the Browning, so shooting them is quite different. The Browning is a little nicer - better fit and finish - more "solid." However, there's no denying the accuracy and reliability of the 22a. Also, the S&W was way cheaper. If I had to pick between the two, I'd take the Hi-Standard.

April 13, 2008, 03:54 PM
A.) Remington 550-1 semiauto .22 rifle that belonged to my father.

B.) Winchester 9422 rifle I bought circa 1991.

C.) Walther P22 semiauto handgun I bought last December.

April 13, 2008, 04:22 PM
Yup, in my mind the .22 is some of the best cheap entertainment you can get, although it's not as cheap as it used to be :(

Every American should have the opportunity to shoot .22 in some environment, whether school or boy scouts or whatever, I think we'd have a lot more gunnies that way :D

April 13, 2008, 04:28 PM
A .22 bolt gun. The Marlin 981t.

I don't have a .22 handgun yet but that's just because I have been filling other niches. It's the next niche to be filled though, and it will be filled with a Buckmark.

Although I do really want a .357 levergun....ugh.

April 13, 2008, 04:29 PM
No collection is complete without a good .22LR, and by good, I do not mean expensive.

Over time you should get a rifle or carbine, a handgun and a shotgun (smooth bore) in .22LR. They all have proper application.

April 13, 2008, 04:33 PM

April 13, 2008, 04:36 PM
Got an old 10/22 for my rifle, and a SIG Mosquito (that is bug-free, I might add ;) ) for my pistol. If I find a good deal on a .22 revolver, I'll pick that up, and am going to start saving for a dedicated .22LR upper for my AR15.

April 13, 2008, 04:40 PM
Sure, more than one of each.
Besides being great teaching tools, they're fun!

April 13, 2008, 04:40 PM
Yuppers..............................Marlin model 60 and a Ruger Single Six

Six O'clock Tactical
April 13, 2008, 04:41 PM
I have several .22 rifles. As soon as NYS allows me to purchase a handgun I will get my SP101 and probably a Walther P22. .22 will be my bestest friend in the world for a good month or so, but I will remain strapped up with the .357 for CC and rely on my past handgun experience and classes.

April 13, 2008, 04:56 PM
I came to the gun culture a little late in life.

I mean, I shot .22s in boyscout camp. And having been shot at point blank range in my shoulder and neck when I was 14yrs old, I was in no hurry to involve myself with firearms.

Approaching 9/11, before it anyways, I sensed a change coming over myself with regards to self-defense, defense of loved ones and my views of freedom as an American, I realized I wanted a defensive firearm.

SO I guess I passed the .22 ideology that a lot of gun owners get to experience.

To me, kind of a useless caliber for what I am looking for. Maybe if I ever get to move back to a nice private piece of land in the sticks again, I will get one.

April 13, 2008, 05:32 PM
Winchester 63
RECK .22 revolver
Browing Buckmark target
S&W 317

Sato Ord
April 13, 2008, 05:36 PM
Yep, a Remmington Nylon 66. Sweetest little .22 made in my opinion. Four and half pounds, holds fourteen in the mag, and the accuracy is great. It's so light it can be fired one hand like a pistol, too.

That being said, once I get all of the personal defense stuff taken care of my next handgun purchase will be a Ruger Single Six.

April 13, 2008, 05:40 PM
I have 28 .22s. ;)

Six O'clock Tactical
April 13, 2008, 05:41 PM
:what:Thats absurd.


April 13, 2008, 05:41 PM
Browning Buckmark and a Marlin Model 60

April 13, 2008, 05:42 PM
Half of the weapons I own are some version of a .22

Marlin Mod 60
Savage MKII
Ruger 77 MKII .22WMR
Rem 700 in .223
WASR 3 in .223

Ruger Sandard
Ruger MK I,II,&III
Iver Johnson 109

They are all shooters.
^Gator makes us all jealous!

April 13, 2008, 05:45 PM
I own a marlin 60, a 22 pistol is next on my to do list

April 13, 2008, 05:53 PM
Have both
1 pistol
2 rifles

April 13, 2008, 05:55 PM
I have a Contender G2 pistol with a bullberry 10.5" barrel. Bushnell 10X 3200 mil-dot scope, TAC-65 silencer, nut in forend for shooting off of a tri-pod.

April 13, 2008, 06:19 PM
I have a 10/22.

April 13, 2008, 06:24 PM
Man, I need to go shopping...I only have two Mark II and a Mark III.

April 13, 2008, 06:38 PM
Just added one more today. Ruger 10/22 Target model.

April 13, 2008, 06:56 PM
Let's just leave it as "several" . . . nothing turns an adult back into a kid like a .22 . . . the epitome of "fun with a trigger"/aka "time machine." My latest 10/22 build . . .

Ala Dan
April 13, 2008, 07:06 PM
both :scrutiny: ;)

April 13, 2008, 07:30 PM
Here you go:

Full-auto .22LRs:

Belt-fed .22LR machineguns (2 videos):

M16 (.22LR) w/silencer

April 13, 2008, 07:43 PM
22's would be fun even if they weren't cheap.

April 13, 2008, 07:45 PM
There are people that don't?

Should we, like... take up a collection and help these poor, unfortunate folk?

April 13, 2008, 07:53 PM
I own a few .22s. I have at least 7 rifles, 1 revolver, and two semi-auto pistols in 22 rimfire. Lots of inexpensive fun. Heck I need another couple of .22 pistols and revolvers.

April 13, 2008, 08:03 PM
I have a 22/45 and a 10/22. As far as the bubba .44 situation goes I had an interesting situation a few months ago. A guy I shoot with had invited a new shooter to join us. The new shooter works with me. Upon arriving at the range shooting buddy tried to hand new guy a .454 Raging Bull. I refused to allow him to shoot it working him through the 22/45 to a .38 to a 9mm and a .45. Then he insisted on shooting the .454. He was wishy washy on gun rights, he is now progun unfortunately he has not been back out with us because his wife is rabid anti gun and he is not willing to upset the maritial harmony. I guess I can't blame him for that but a loss of a new shooter, makes me sad.

April 13, 2008, 08:09 PM
I have a Ruger MK II and two bolt action rifles. I bought my wife a S&W Model 34, .22 snubby. I also have a Beretta Model 21. I carry it with Stingers in it.

The MK II is one of the few guns that I have that I would never consider selling or trading. To be honest, I would not really feel sorry for myself if all I had was the MK II loaded with Stingers for defense. I'd prefer my Model 10, of course...but I could make due with the MK II.

April 13, 2008, 08:36 PM
Just fired my new Savage Mk II rifle w/ peep sights for the first time today, actually (and lost the locking screw for the elevation adjustment, to boot...). Though we've had a 10/22 'in the family' that I had access to whenever I wanted, this is the first 22 I own myself. I'll probably look to pick up a Ruger Mk III and/or a Walther P22 target pistol sometime in the not too distant future....

Georgia Gunner
April 13, 2008, 08:50 PM
I own three semi auto .22 rifles, two pump .22 rifles, and a browning buckmark pistol.

April 13, 2008, 09:25 PM
I don't own a .22 handgun, but have a Henry lever, glenfield 60, and 2 marlin 25n's.

April 13, 2008, 10:06 PM
More than one of each, in fact ... and why wouldn't you at today's ammo prices? Among others, I've got three Ruger Bearcats and a couple of Walthers in .22 caliber, plus a Ruger 10/22 and a Hamilton No. 7 single-shot. I'm also taking a close look at the Ruger Charger. How could any .22 shooter resist that?

April 13, 2008, 10:40 PM

April 13, 2008, 10:42 PM
My 650 H and R revolver is a lot of fun even though i get hit with hot gas in my face sometimes when i shoot it. I also have a mossberg 340 BD and a remington-i forget the model name-

April 13, 2008, 10:43 PM
I taught my Wife and Daughter on my scoped Ruger 10/22...

April 13, 2008, 11:01 PM
i own two rifles a marlin 99c with a 4x32 bsa and a savage mark II bolt action open sight i ve found the 22 is very cheap and fun.

April 13, 2008, 11:54 PM
S&W Model 17
Ruger Mark II Target
Ruger 10/22 (soon to be upgraded)

April 14, 2008, 12:24 AM
:eek: You mean to tell me there's SOMETHING ELSE???

April 14, 2008, 08:17 AM
At last count: seven .22 rimfire rifles and thirteen .22 pistols or revolvers.
I can shoot 500 rounds of .22 rimfire for the price of 50 centerfire rounds. Consequently, I shoot many more .22 guns than centerfire. The cost of shooting keeps rising and I keep buying more .22's.
The .22 is extremely versatile; everything from lowly 6fpe Colibri's, to CB's to standard LR's, to HV LR's, to Hyper-V LR's.
I can shoot .22 rifles and pistols in my city home basement range using Colibri and Super Colibri cartridges. It is great to shoot daily at home.
Sure, big booms are fun, but paper doesn't care what caliber it's shot with. And my hunting enjoyment is small game and .22 rimfire ranges. I mainly just have my centerfire arms for defense purposes.
Well, except for the .25acp pocket pistols which I collect. But those are mostly shot in the basement range with .25 airgun pellets loaded in primed acp shells. Sort of a home brew ".25acp Colibri" that is a fun round for basement shooting of .25 pocket pistols.

April 14, 2008, 08:21 AM
4 of them

2 rifles, 2 handguns.

trader vic
April 14, 2008, 08:31 AM
5 rifles & 4 handguns...Lots of fun & cheap to shoot...NRA PATRON LIFE MEMBER

Prince Yamato
April 14, 2008, 01:04 PM
Oh poo... I voted "no" and then realized that I have a Beretta 21a pocket pistol... but I never shoot it. .22 just doesn't do it for me. I don't feel enough kick to make it worth my while. I personally like smaller caliber pistols (9x19 and smaller). With .22 I think, "well, I might as well just spit at my target." If I purchased a silencer though, I might enjoy the round a little more.

April 14, 2008, 01:49 PM
Ruger 10/22

Bersa 644 (.22 auto that looks alot like the Thunder .380, only in .22LR). It's a blast to plink with.

April 14, 2008, 04:08 PM
Of course!! should be the only answer. Cheap, quiet, good for teaching others to shoot, no recoil, cheap, cheap , and cheap! I'm actually low on .22's right now... only four of them in the gun safe.

April 14, 2008, 04:11 PM
Why not just get a BB gun?

April 14, 2008, 04:26 PM
BB guns don't shoot as far. :)

I recall when I first started shooting handguns and 357's bothered me recoil-wise. Starting out larger is receipe for developing bad shooting habits.

I have more than a few 22's. Last three rifles were 22's and they were all purchased in the last 6 months.

Bazooka Joe71
April 14, 2008, 04:31 PM

And as of today, I just received my M261 .22lr conversion kit for my AR15.:D

April 14, 2008, 04:45 PM
i have several 22 rifles but only one 22 pistol. i just bought a phoenix arms seems to be a decent little hand gun

April 14, 2008, 04:47 PM
You're kidding, right?

.22 is the one gun I don't think I could manage a household properly without.

The first gun I ever fired was my dad's H&R .22 revolver. He shot the snot out of that gun. He's had to replace internal parts in it to keep it running. It is one of those that looks like a single action Colt, but will fire double action. My brothers, sisters, and I all learned to shoot with that little revolver.

When I got old enough to buy my own guns, I was enamored of getting a Glock, but I hadn't fired a gun in years and everyone I talked to told me to get a .22 first. So I bought a Ruger .22 pistol. I shot the snot out of that gun. I got to where my brother with his rifle couldn't keep up with me and that little .22. I learned trigger control, breath control, and a proper sight picture with that gun. I've had one broken part -- and the gun still worked perfectly. I only discovered the broken recoil spring guide when I stripped it down to clean it after about 1000 rounds since the last time. My 11 year old started getting failures to cycle, so I knew that it was time to clean it, and that's when I found the broken part. Cleaned it, ordered a new part, and went and shot it a bunch more.

It was my only gun for years. I had that gun with me when my wife and I were on a road trip and somebody decided to try to come into our hotel room. That was the first time my wife was really glad that I had bought it, and the only time since that she's complained about guns was if I spent money I shouldn't have. If we plan it out, she's totally on board with it because she knows.

Whenever the arthritis (injury induced, I'm still just a big kid) is kicking my butt, the .22 is my carry gun, just like it was when it was my one and only.

My son and daughter both fired their first rounds through my Ruger when they were 2 or 3 years old, sitting on my lap, at a big box that was only a few feet in front of us. Earplugs, muffs, glasses -- they were so cute! I held the gun up, they wrapped their hands around it, and pulled the trigger.

11yo has her own single shot rifle now, and loves to go shoot it once or twice a month. She doesn't appreciate it when I make her do dry fire practice, but her groups improve when I do. 8yo has a bb gun.

Neither of them has ever done anything stupid with a gun. They know that anytime they want to shoot, they can, and anytime they want to touch a gun, they can, and they know how to unload all of my guns. There is no mystery, so they aren't going to sneak in and play. They don't have to.

.22 is the only ammo I can reasonably afford to stockpile in the thousands of rounds. Every paycheck, I buy a couple of bulk boxes. It is cheap enough that ten or fifteen dollars is enough ammo to keep me and my kids entertained for hours and hours.

Anybody who thinks that .22 is boring needs to go shoot one, no other guns along, at some dirt clods, with a kid. Maybe shake up a can of soda or 6 and let that kid blow them up. Milk jug full of water. Just see if they can keep a grin off their face when that little boy or girl starts giggling with glee as the can jumps around spraying foam.

Nobody has learned everything they can in life, and that includes from the simple things like a .22. A good .22 is a good measure of marksmanship basics. It is very gratifying to put tiny groups together with a .22 pistol at distances others think are scoped rifle ranges.

I'm glad I've got a few, and I wouldn't be without one.

April 14, 2008, 05:08 PM
I have a Ruger 10/22 and a Henry Under-Lever in .22

The Henry is a great gun to introduce younger shooters too especially as they seem to love ‘racking the lever’. It is quite accurate over 25 yards and is also great fun for a bit of plinking.

Kind of Blued
April 14, 2008, 05:20 PM
I don't, because a friend of mine lost it, but it was the first gun I bought; a Browning Buckmark Hunter .22LR pistol.

I'm a big subscriber to the "Your first gun should be a .22 rifle or pistol" school of thought, preferably both.

Learn all of the essentials without the distraction of recoil, and get them effectively HOOKED with lots of shooting for very little money.

The only exception is for people (usually women) who need a gun in a hurry because some creepster has been hanging around their outside windows, etc.

If that's the case, and I know them, I'll just give them one of mine!

April 14, 2008, 05:22 PM
One rifle and four pistols.

April 14, 2008, 06:42 PM
i said no. but i want both!

April 14, 2008, 06:49 PM
I have a .22lr rifle. I need to get a .22lr handgun because practicing with my .40 cal is maxing out my budget and taking the fun out.

April 14, 2008, 08:10 PM
Seven or so.

April 14, 2008, 08:14 PM
Last time I counted, I have at least six. Lots of fun. The most bang for the buck. Especially with ammo prices these days.

April 14, 2008, 08:43 PM
My rifle is a CZ 452 .22 magnum, I also have access to my fathers CZ452.22lr that I bought for him.

My pistol is a .22 conversion kit for my Beretta 92, I also have access to the S&W 617 I bought for my father.

One financially sound day I will buy a Ruger Single Six convertible to replace the one I sold to finance my dads 617. *sigh*.

I've been mainly shooting rimfires for the last 18 months due to a shoulder injury, if I hadn't had them I would have had to give up shooting.

April 14, 2008, 09:25 PM
Own some air guns, also . . . like I said, "nothing turns an adult back into a kid like a .22" . . . an air gun fosters the same effect . . .

All will shoot "holes in holes," recognizing the range limitations, taking the time to find the right pellet, and practicing . . . all are very quiet (one, for all intents and purposes, is virtually silent, the others range from nearly negligible sound at the muzzle to 91 decibels at the muzzle) & I "own" my yard. Plus, I can't always go the range and trigger-time, sight acquisition, breathing technique, & trigger mechanics are the same as with a centerfire . . . practice, practice, practice doesn't necessarily make perfect, but such DOES improve your technique.

April 14, 2008, 09:47 PM
yep got both.....

Ruger 10/22 and a PT-22 and yes I want

April 14, 2008, 10:23 PM
I have a couple Ruger 10/22s, and Browning Buckmark. I'll still have them when everything else is banned.

April 14, 2008, 10:44 PM
Pump, auto, lever and bolt rifles, two bottom feeder pistols.

April 14, 2008, 11:13 PM
I cannot imagine a gun safe without, several, .22's of various types.

I do not have a large collection by any standard. However, there are seven .22's in my safe holding positions of honor. Some came from my dad, one from my grandfather, one from my father-in-law, the rest I bought. You just got to have .22's in the collection! They're FUN!


April 14, 2008, 11:26 PM
The first gun I bought (aside from toys) is a Ruger 22/45, which has been fired less than it deserves (time constraints), but has beither been cleaned not complained in the time I've owned it. One day, I promise, I'll learn to take it down and clean it, but it's certainly the most intimidating gun to disassemble, of the ones I own, yet the least intimidating to actually shoot.

And the first long-gun I bought was also a .22 -- a Savage bolt action, synthetic & stainless. I have since acquired a few other long guns, but for my purposes (pure plinking) none of the others are necessarily more satisfying, at least on a cost-per-ounce-of-fun basis. The .22 does not offer any shoulder-WHOMP, but then, that's not a bad thing ;)


April 15, 2008, 02:13 AM
Of course.....what fool doesn't???

April 15, 2008, 07:21 AM
Of course.....what fool doesn't???

:neener: Oh, just scan down through the posts. :banghead:

I guess you meant that rhetorical.


April 15, 2008, 09:49 AM
I own, shoot and adore several 22LR handguns and rifles. I am 'into' 45Colt aka long colt and 22LR calibers the most now more than some other past and presently owned firearms in OTHER calibers.

Last Sunday @ Deer Creek, I shot my Ruger Super Single Six (I did not use the 22WMR cylinder.) and my S&W Model 317 - Kit Gun.


PS: I have other posts about my favorite firearms on this board too.

April 15, 2008, 09:59 AM
My first .22 was a Mossberg 702 "Plinkster" and recently I purchased a ruger 10/22 and installed a Volquartsen trigger and extended magazine release.

April 15, 2008, 11:03 AM
Both, Anschutz rifle and Anschutz Exemplar pistol.;)

April 15, 2008, 12:13 PM
I don't consider any gun collection complete unless there is a 22 included.
With the increase in ammo prices I suspect the "lowly 22" will make a surprizing resurgence in popularity.
Personally, I looooove shooting both 22 handguns and rifles. They don't beat this old man to death, therefore I can shoot longer, for less money.

April 15, 2008, 12:24 PM
Forgot the Bobcat in my pocket!!!:D

April 15, 2008, 12:33 PM
1954 WZ48 Polish Trainer in .22LR - I love this rifle, it weighs as much as my Swiss K31 and is a tad bit longer, it was a great rifle to help me get used to these milsurplus rifles and it's still very fun to shoot.

April 16, 2008, 02:59 AM
got the handgun, going to be adding a rifle soon.

April 16, 2008, 03:17 AM
Had a .22 Ruger but gave it to a friend. I now only have centerfire guns. I will be getting another one soon, but it maybe a Sig Mosquito.

April 16, 2008, 03:21 AM
I voted yes.

I currently only own one .22: a rifle.
(The only rimfire amongst those centerfire revolvers & carbines.)

Will eventually buy a handgun to go with it.

But for now, that rifle is enough in .22.

It was good enough for Annie Oakley, too.

Made me start this thread (


April 19, 2008, 06:40 PM
Yes, a Walter P22, but I seem to not shoot it very often since I bought a few other guns.

April 19, 2008, 06:45 PM
First rifle was a Chipmunk. Then I got my Rem 511-X and first pistol was a Smith Model 17 K22 masterpiece with 8" barrel and target trigger and hammer and microclick adjustable rear sight. Before it was stolen it have taken the lives of many ground squirrels in CA. That was a sweet shooting pistol. When I find another one I am going to buy it.

If I make a wishlist it is populated by more rimfires than centerfires. I love centerfires but you can just do so much with a rimfire. I still do not have a 17HRM 17M2 or a 22Mag.

April 19, 2008, 10:35 PM
Yup. Both. Multiples.

April 19, 2008, 11:03 PM
best practice gun there is. for both discipline marksmanship technique. mastering a 22 leads to better handeling and accuracy. i learned on a 22 and both my boys learned on a 22

April 19, 2008, 11:12 PM
A good .22 rifle is by far the most useful tool I own.

April 19, 2008, 11:13 PM
Yup, own lots of both.

April 20, 2008, 09:20 AM

Remington 12C pump (1926)
Remington 24 Speedmaster auto (1935)
Ruger 10/22 (2007)
Ruger Mark II Government Target (1997)

I shoot all of them

April 20, 2008, 09:38 AM
Ruger rifle, S&W revolver. So, half of everything I own is chambered in dangerous "bunny killer" rounds.

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