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hoggunner
September 10, 2003, 05:36 PM
Who out there makes the best little 22 pocket auto, or is there such an animal (meaning reliable and good)? I have been giving this a little thought.. the Walther American TPH is Out... thanks for your opinions... Hoggunner

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9x19
September 10, 2003, 06:49 PM
I have a Beretta 21A that has proven reliable, though its lack of an extractor keeps it from riding in my pocket.

Taurus offers the PT-22 that is a near copy of the Beretta, but with a DAO trigger system... mine's been reliable thru several hundred rounds.

My stainless American TPH has been a dandy, tho' I understand this is not always the case with them.

Good luck

Walt Sherrill
September 10, 2003, 07:41 PM
There are too many options, nowadays, available in .32, .32 NAA, and .380 to consider .22.

The .22 round is notoriously unreliable and very marginal for self-defense use -- especially when shot from a gun with a barrel small enough to allow pocket carry.

The .3xx centerfire rounds are more reliable, and the guns are essentially the same size as any .22 (except the very small .22 revolvers.) Autauga, Seecamp, Kel-Tec, North American, etc., etc.

firestar
September 10, 2003, 08:28 PM
I have had a few small .22lr autos. I have had, a Beretta 21A, Taurus PT-22 (Beretta rip off), Jenning J-22 and a Bersa 23 (kind of large).

Out of these only the Beretta is reliable enough to use as a CCW. The Taurus was a jam-o-matic even after TWO trips to the factory at my expense (the work was free but shipping is expensive if you have to ship the entire gun). The Jenning was decent for a few hundred rounds and was very accurate but made poorly and reliability went down the more rounds I fired. It was cheap ($50 new) but it never broke. The Bersa is a little large for what you are after but it is very accurate and as reliable as a Ruger MKII or Browning Buckmark.

The only one that is small and reliable in my experience is the Beretta 21A. With ammo it likes, it hasn't jammed on me yet. It doesn't like Winchester X-pert or Winchester Wildcat ammo but will feed many other types of cheap and expensive (relative to .22lr) ammo 100%. I carry CCI Stingers and shoot cheap Remington ammo for fun and practice.

I had a Kel-Tec P-32 that was as bad as a gun can be. It was unreliable and it broke on me after about 400 rounds. Even my Jennings J-22 didn't BREAK and I must have shot several thousand rounds through it. I would be wary of anything made by Kel-Tec until they have developed a reputation for reliability.

There is no sure thing in the world of guns but if you are looking for a reliable, tiny .22 auto, I would start with the Beretta and maybe save some money. I think the 21A is as good as it gets in a .22lr of this size. If the 21A doesn't work, I don't know to tell you. If my Beretta starts having the kinds of problems that I have had with the Kel-Tec or the Taurus, I am going to give up on tiny autos and just get a Ultralight S&W snubbie and be done with it. I probably should do this anyways but I am waiting on a deal, I can't see spending $600 for a gun that someone will sell to me for $300 once they find out how much they kick.:D Some people buy them and can't handle the recoil and then sell them cheap, that is what I'm waiting on.:D

coldshot03/04
September 10, 2003, 09:21 PM
I agree that the Taurus PT22 is a nice little handgun.

But IMHO? The KELTEC P32 Rules the Roost in the Mousegun World.
Sure you may need to do a little polishing here or there. But nothing major that your own Granny couldnt do.:rolleyes:







Post edited to remove rude comment.

Jeff OTMG
September 11, 2003, 04:30 AM
Okay then, a German Walther TPH or Walther PPK, both with alloy frames.

Ala Dan
September 11, 2003, 09:41 AM
They don't make 'em any more:

Iver Johnson TP-22*

*FootNote- Exact copy of the Walther; but more reliable!

Best Wishes,
Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member

tiberius
September 11, 2003, 10:19 AM
He never said it was for defense, just that he wanted a .22 pocket auto.

That said, I think that the Beretta 21 is the way to go. light, accurate reliable, terrible sights (three out of four ain't bad). I also like the tip up barrel because you can slip a specialty round (short, CB, shot, whatever) in the barrel for special situations, but keep the magazine in reserve with nomal LR ammo that feeds well. You can't do this with other autos.

The Taurus is similar but DAO, while the Beretta is tradtional DA.


Firestar, The P-32 takes .32ACP ammo, not .22 LR, perhaps this confusion is what led to all of your problems. :)

KT-P32
September 11, 2003, 11:46 AM
If you can find one. Intra Tec Protec 22lr. $109:D

Mike Irwin
September 11, 2003, 12:27 PM
Well, I've posted this repeatedly...

I have a Taurus TP-22.

So far I have nearly 2,500 rounds of Winchester Wildcat ammo through it with no, and I mean NO, failures of any kind.

ZERO failures to fire.

ZERO failures to eject.

ZERO failures to feed.


I did have some problems with CCI Blazer not going off with the first strike. I solved that problem by switching back to Winchester Wildcat, where the run of PERFECTION continued.

As for the .22 round itself being unreliable...

I've had FAR MORE failures to fire with centerfire ammunition over the past 25 years than I have had with .22 rimfire ammunition.

In this day and age the .22 rimfire is as reliable as modern centerfire ammo.

NEtracker
September 11, 2003, 01:35 PM
Walther P22 with 3.42" barrel.
Small, light, good for small varmints in the field or on the farm.

DougB
September 11, 2003, 02:05 PM
I was going to suggest the no-longer-made Iver Johnson TP-22, but Ala Dan beat me to it. I have one that's pretty reliable with Remington high-velocity ammo (though it wasn't with Federal). If I were going to carry one for self-defense, I'd test it with a variety of ammo until I determined which worked most reliably.

Also, I must disagree with Ala Dan's footnote:

*FootNote- Exact copy of the Walther; but more reliable!

The TP-22 is quite a bit thicker than a Walther TPH. I think it is more like the thickness of a PPK, but with the grip and barrel shortened to TPH dimensions. I really wanted a TPH, but bought the TP-22 instead because it had a good reputation and cost less than half as much.

Also, I did a little research before I bought mine, and it turned out that Iver Johnson TP-22s have been manufactured in two locations (New Jersey and Arkansas I think - though its been awhile). I think there were some minor mechanical differences as well (one had a hammer block safety?). I think basically the same design was also made/marketed by Erma (Germany) and American Arms(?). All this is a little fuzzy (its been a few years). I think these are decent little pistols, and I've seen used ones around for reasonable prices.

If you can go a little larger, I also have an FEG .22 that is about PPK size and is very reliable. It is easier (and more fun) to shoot due to the little extra grip and barrel length.

Doug

TODD3465
September 11, 2003, 02:28 PM
Berretta 21 used to have one, great gun.

hoggunner
September 11, 2003, 05:14 PM
Well, after reading all the post,,, I think I will pass on the little 22... thanks folks for all the advice... Hoggunner

Waitone
September 11, 2003, 08:03 PM
I have a PT-22 that repeatedly jammed when using standard velocity .22LR ammo.

I changed to high velocity and the jamming stopped.

Remember to keep it well lubed and use high velocity ammo and it will work just fine.

Al Thompson
September 11, 2003, 08:14 PM
Hoggunner, what are you planning to use the pistol for?

Jim Washburn
September 11, 2003, 08:37 PM
I like my Smith & Wesson 2213 and carry it comfortably in my pocket sometimes. Some folks report reliability problems with these. Mine has been totally reliable, and I'm happy with the accuracy.

Jim

Litlman
September 11, 2003, 08:55 PM
Taurus PT-22 Many rounds through it and no malfunctions.

hoggunner
September 12, 2003, 12:21 AM
CCW... I now carry a Glock 27,Kimber compact.. Just thought a little 22 would be fun... but I see now,,, I would grow tired of it in about one day and not be happy,,, so I will stay with the 27 and Kimber.... thanks guys...

tiberius
September 12, 2003, 08:36 AM
Oh well all of the .22's mentioned would be terrible CCW's anyhow, fun shooters though.

Ala Dan
September 12, 2003, 11:25 AM
ATT: Doug B- -

You are probably correct, as the lil' Iver Johnson was
about the same size as a Walther PPK; and it was a
tad bit thicker.

But, mine was highly reliable, and it just loved
.22 LR caliber "Stinger's". Too bad, it was taken in
the '94 car-jacking of my wife's car; and it was NEVER
recovered!:(

STOLEN FIREARM ALERT: 13 OCT 1994 1230hrs

IVER JOHNSON (TP-22) with S/N : AE 23221

ANY CONTACT- HOLD AND NOTIFY YOUR NEAREST POLICE AGENCY FOR N.C.I.C. VERIFICATION

BESSEMER, ALABAMA POLICE DEPARTMENT HOLDS A STOLEN FIREARM REPORT

Best Wishes,
Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member

Climb14er
September 12, 2003, 12:20 PM
I had a Beretta 21A and found it to be accurate and reliable.

One caveat: the .22 LR ammo can be finicky so keep the pistol very clean.

I shot Peters hardball and this fed through very well. Some of the Winchester and CCI loads, used to get caught in the mag while feeding.

czhen
September 13, 2003, 11:57 AM
The same quality, great accuracy, 100% reliable and cheap pistol.
HTD1
FL

senior
September 16, 2006, 08:30 PM
got one and it rests in the drawer, nothing but a piece of crap, tried three different mags, FTE, FTL AFTER FIRST 2-3 RDS, cleaned spotless, greased rails, the whole speel even tried stingers, same thing, 2 maybe three rds and jam or ftl, finally just accepted i got a piece of junk and tossed it into the junk drawer, not knockingTaurus, i got a p145 m.p. that worked like a charm and went bang with any ammo, but that 22 is bottom of the barrel $180.00 junk

Geronimo45
September 16, 2006, 09:17 PM
Maybe it's just because we shoot .22 in such huge quantities - or a manufacturing problem. Either way, 22 ammo is either dirtier than centerfire or not made to as high of standards as centerfire. There's liable to be variations in case sizes between different brands and batches. That could be one source of trouble in .22 pistols.

usp9
September 16, 2006, 11:16 PM
Best 22 pocket auto

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Who out there makes the best little 22 pocket auto, or is there such an animal (meaning reliable and good)? I have been giving this a little thought.. the Walther American TPH is Out... thanks for your opinions... Hoggunner



Why eliminate the TPH? It is a fine mousegun.

However that leaves the Beretta 21 Bobcat
I.J. TP22
Excam PX22
Taurus PT22

Of these the TPH is the best, followed by the Beretta.
TP22 and PX22 are TPH clones but bigger.
Taurus is a jam-o-matic in my experience

Geronimo45
September 16, 2006, 11:23 PM
TPH's are a little pricey for a .22 midget auto.

ImprezaWRXSTi
September 16, 2006, 11:28 PM
kel-tec p32 FTW

weregunner
September 17, 2006, 04:14 AM
Guys, Hog just got done saying that any reason for this thread is over. THAAAt's ALL folks! I have a Taurus PT22 and it has never failed me if I took care of it.The point is moot. Time to move on.

Kankujoe
September 17, 2006, 04:48 AM
My Iver Johnson TP-22 is very reliable. I've had it since 1984 and have put many many rounds through it. I have used it for CCW off and on when the situation or weather made it difficult to carry anything larger. I keep it hidden in my vehicle now as a backup for my other backup.

I know it is taboo to suggest anything smaller than a .380 as a CCW but any gun with you is better than any gun at home or in your car.

Pilot
September 17, 2006, 10:50 AM
I bought a Beretta 21A as a novelty. I never thought it woudl be 100% reliable and fairly accurate for its size. I use CCI Minimags and it works great. I now carry it as a BUG.

Onmilo
September 17, 2006, 11:46 AM
I had great luck with the Beretta 21 and 950(.22 Short).
I am especially fond of the 3 inch barrel 950 in .22 short.

I think the Walther TPH is a much more reliable and all around better gun in .25acp than .22 LR

knifestuff
September 17, 2006, 12:13 PM
Wilkinson Arms Auto-Nine; underappreciated and unknown by many. Have had two for twenty years and they go bang every time. Great design--integral sight simliar to the Guttersnipe design and very concealable.

mr.trooper
September 17, 2006, 01:20 PM
There are too many options, nowadays, available in .32, .32 NAA, and .380 to consider .22.

The .22 round is notoriously unreliable and very marginal for self-defense use -- especially when shot from a gun with a barrel small enough to allow pocket carry.

The .3xx centerfire rounds are more reliable, and the guns are essentially the same size as any .22 (except the very small .22 revolvers.) Autauga, Seecamp, Kel-Tec, North American, etc., etc.

Thats NOT what he asked. How about we assume that he has a few brain cells huh? The man simply asked what pocket 22s function reliably; he did not ask for your cookie-cutter speal on the combat effectiveness of the 22lr. ;)

As for the subject at hand, iv handled the Beretta 21, and it looks like a finely crafted firearm. If i were going to use a 22pocket pistol as a BUG or whatever, i would choose this first, and the Taurus clone second.

johnbarth
September 18, 2006, 02:14 PM
I have a CZ Duo .25/6.35mm that will shoot along side any semi auto out there. They're hard to come by, but worth the search.

Essex County
September 18, 2006, 02:55 PM
and I've owned just about all mentioned. Most reliable was the Berreta, the absolutely worst was the Tarus PT22 that craped out after about 60-65 rounds. It went back to the factory and came back it still didn't function worth a damn. John Moses created the .25 ACP for a reason. It will function it a quality pocket auto.........Essex

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