Looking for first rimfire pistol but can't decide which one?


October 27, 2008, 01:46 PM
I can't decide between a few different pistols. I am looking for a semi auto .22 that has a threaded muzzle (or adapters are avaliable for it) for plinking, target shooting, and a little rodent eradication.

I really don't want a Ruger MKIII, they just don't feel comfortable to me.


EDIT: I'd prefer not to spend over $400.

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October 27, 2008, 02:07 PM
The most versatile and suitable gun for your mixture of uses might really be a revolver with a barrel of 4-6". They can consume the cheapest, crappiest excuse for ammo letting you do endless plinking at very little cost and, yet most are decently accurate with premium loads for rodents.
If you don't mind a few scars you can get something like this for under $100 at gun shows. You would need to have the barrel threaded which might cost much or little depending where and who. Don't think anybody usually sells any guns with threaded barrels ready to go.
For a 22 auto the Bersa/Firestorm is a modified Walther design you might want to look at. Said to be very reliable with Remington bulk ammo from Wally World and really good customer support. Take a look at bersatalk and see what owners say.

October 27, 2008, 02:11 PM
Forgot to say they go for around $250. One drawback is extra mags can be high.

October 27, 2008, 02:24 PM
I have a beretta u22 neos. It is a 22lr semi auto. Comes with 2 ten round mags, replacement mags are 9.99 from CDNN sports online. It has a scope rail on the top. I have one and use it for target shooting, chipmunks, squirrels and just plinking. It is a great pistol, pretty bulletproof. Simple design makes it easy to take apart and put back together. I put a Red Dot scope on it and you can really do some damage then. They are priced around 200-250 dollars depending on what model you get. I am very happy with my purchase!

October 27, 2008, 02:35 PM
Ruger MKII or III and/or a Buckmark.

October 27, 2008, 07:56 PM
I really like my Neos. I've put over 10,000 rounds through it without a problem. The rear sight is a pain because it moves without an application of Locktite. Just put a red dot on the rail and forget about it. I shoot pin tops with it every Saturday and often beat the guys using Rugers, Brownings, and Smiths. It does have a heavy trigger, but very little creep. For the price, it's a great gun. Compared to the higher-end guns, it's still a good gun.

BTW, you can field strip it in about a minute. I highly recommend it.

October 27, 2008, 09:11 PM
ruger mkii or mkiii

October 27, 2008, 10:06 PM
Ruger Mk II or what have you.

Mines been around since the late 70's...probably never detail cleaned...and just keeps on ticking.

Marcus L.
October 27, 2008, 10:17 PM
Ruger MKII or MKIII. Best overall semi auto .22lr I've ever experienced.

October 27, 2008, 10:18 PM
Ruger MKII or III
Ruger Mk II
ruger mkii or mkiii

Please note, i said no rugers. They just don't feel good in my hands. I am willing to "settle" for a worse gun if i can shoot it better.

October 27, 2008, 10:22 PM
I'm probably going to get a walther P22, just because it is a good gun that feels good in my hands. Thanks for the help everyone.

October 27, 2008, 10:28 PM
Derp, I swear I didn't see that...honest...:o

Just as a thought...how do you like the feel of a 1911? If you're a 1911 fan then try a Ruger 22/45. All the pluses of a Ruger Mk II with a 1911ish frame for familiarity. Price is right in line with the rest of the Rugers too.

October 27, 2008, 11:13 PM
Not sure if you have any CZ's but if you do you could just buy the conversion Kadet kit. I have the Kadet conversion kit (they sell a complete pistol as well) and it has been nothing but great. Flawless gun. Accurate, great ergonomics, good sights, reliable, etc. Love the gun, GF loves the gun, friends love th gun. Have yet to have any jams, though I've never torture tested it. Seems really well built and is from a company that builds pistols known for their longevity and reliability. I personally don't care for the MK II. I had one of the guberment profile barreled (really thick target barrel right?) ones and though it was accurate, I couldn't get the thing to shoot more than a mag without jamming. I was younger, it could have been bad ammo or something, but I know at least two brands were tried. Boy was that thing a PIA the disassemble. Not that its that hard, but that MK II makes reassembling my 1911 seem as easy as shoving my finger up my nose! :D

October 27, 2008, 11:58 PM
Since you don't want the Ruger (my choice) I would reccomend either a Browning Buckmark or a Smith & Wesson 617.

SW also makes a semi-auto .22 and then there is the Beretta Neos.


October 28, 2008, 12:08 AM
+ 1 for the Beretta NEOs.

October 28, 2008, 01:40 AM
I'm not sure what your current gun collection contains, but if you have a Glock or a 1911, you could look into purchasing a .22 conversion kit for it. Most kits are below the $400 mark.

Kind of Blued
October 28, 2008, 01:45 AM
My favorite is the Browning Buckmark Hunter. That's a beautiful handgun.

October 28, 2008, 09:54 AM
I'm not sure what your current gun collection contains, but if you have a Glock or a 1911

This is going to be my first pistol:(, so I can't get a conversion kit.
The CZ looks nice, but is a little too much. The S&W 22A looks good, anyone know of thread adapters for it?

I know I may sound a little narrow minded, just a lot of pistols I have found don't feel right and I can't hit diddly squat with them.

Claude Clay
October 28, 2008, 10:16 AM
rodent removal + threaded = silencer? $200 tax stamp plus cost of makes for a 400 package. CB long or shorts may be a less $$ avenue for you. single-six is a nice item. a S&W 422 is another option

October 28, 2008, 10:25 AM
Yeah, but i am going to get a suppressor for more than just rodent eradication. I want a semi auto, not revolver. Never been any good with 'um.:uhoh:

October 28, 2008, 10:35 AM
The Walther P22 comes with the barrel threaded (as long as you don't get the ********** only version).

October 28, 2008, 10:37 AM
I know you said no Rugers, but have you considered the 22/45? I have one specifically because the Ruger MkII and MkIII feel uncomfortable.

The 22/45 is setup to have as similar to a 1911 grip angle and controls as possible and it does a good job at it.

October 28, 2008, 11:01 AM
Have you considered a Wolverine? An original? The barrel end is threaded, by the way.

Please avoid a P22. The few others' guns I've tried have jammed on me.

October 28, 2008, 12:05 PM
Ruger MK II. It will be more accurate and reliable than the others and last a lifetime or more.

October 28, 2008, 12:17 PM
I have a buckmark that I really like. They aren't too expensive but the silencers can make them pricey.

October 28, 2008, 12:18 PM
Ruger MK II. It will be more accurate and reliable than the others and last a lifetime or more.

And, as i said before, i won't be able to hit anything.

Does anyone know of thread adapters for the S&W 22A?

October 28, 2008, 02:34 PM
I like both the U22 Neos and the S&W 22A

October 28, 2008, 06:41 PM
I bought a Sig Mosquito because I loved the way it feels. Bad choice!! It just hasn't performed the way I would like. It won't group for crap and jams constantly. I would have to go with a Ruger if I had it to do over again.....

October 28, 2008, 09:08 PM
I like both the U22 Neos and the S&W 22A
I hope I'm not intruding, but I'm also going to be in the market for my first .22 pistol (and first pistol in general). I've shot the Neos and it seemed pretty nice, but the sights were very wide. Are there different sights available? Also, how reliable is the S&W 22A? Ive heard some good very good things about the accuracy, but conflicting reports on the reliability and durability.
for some reason the rugers just don't do anything for me, and I like the browning buckmark, but it's a little more expensive than the others.

October 28, 2008, 09:12 PM
I'm glad you chose the walther. It's totally on my short list!

October 29, 2008, 09:06 AM
i know a lot of people dis them, but i really like my walther p22. i have had a ruger mkII a while ago, it was nice also, i really do not remember why i sold it to be honest. it was butt ugly though. unless you like that german luger look. my older brother thinks that anything other than a browning buckmark is junk. but what does he know. i am certain there are a lot of nice firearms out there that are just as good or better. anyway, find one that is in your budget, that you like the looks of and FITS YOU WELL. and you should be happy. make sure you try dry firing it BEFORE you buy it. you dont want to get it home and find out it has a horrible trigger! then, buy tons of ammo! these things are addicting.

October 29, 2008, 04:35 PM
I voted P22 your picks.
However I also have a browning Buckmark. Very nice with a FastFire from Burris.

October 29, 2008, 05:04 PM
then, buy tons of ammo! these things are addicting.

allready in the works. Spikes tactical .22 AR upper in the mail to complement this pistol.... :evil:

October 29, 2008, 05:55 PM
Buck Mark.

October 29, 2008, 06:23 PM
Browning, S&W, Beretta. They all make a really nice 22.

If you want a Sig, look for a trailside.

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