22 CAL. semi-auto handgun recommendation


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brentfox
December 21, 2008, 03:18 PM
I am trying to find out if anyone could recommend a good 22 LR semi-auto handgun. That is one that does not jam on a regular basis, shoots strait and, is reliable. And, the less expensive the better. My experience with 22's is that they always jam.I have a 38/357 Mag that I use for a night stand gun. But, I am trying to find a 22 that I could use for the shooting range. The price of ammo adds up quickly for the larger gun.

Thanks for any information you might have,
Bent fox

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Petrock
December 21, 2008, 03:22 PM
I have to put this up right away and I've never been unhappy with a Ruger MK II Target. Especially in stainless. There are lots of them out there and very popular.

motorep
December 21, 2008, 03:30 PM
I have a couple of S&W's that run real well- on the inexpensive side, a 422, which you can also find in stainless as a 622 (not to be confused with their revolvers bearing the same model designation). A bit more expensive, a Model 41, a very nice target pistol. 22's being what they are, I'm sure that someone could find ammo that neither of these will run on, but I haven't.

bensdad
December 21, 2008, 03:36 PM
S&W 22A. Browning Buckmark. I have both. I love both.

rugerman07
December 21, 2008, 03:36 PM
You can't beat a Ruger MK II.

Mike Sr.
December 21, 2008, 03:39 PM
"am trying to find out if anyone could recommend a good 22 LR semi-auto handgun... **the less expensive the better**......Thanks for any information you might have,
Bent fox
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**Never could understand that logic?**

Be that as it may, I'd suggest going to a pawn shop and buy a Ruger Mark 1 or 2 in Blue.

Unfortunately you might have to pay a few more bucks for one with adjustable sights so the fixed sight model might be more in line with a budget.

The_Shootist
December 21, 2008, 03:40 PM
Never jams with a variety of ammo, accurate. Can't say inexpensive but you definitely get what you pay for with this pistol. The quality is outstanding.

Floppy_D
December 21, 2008, 03:40 PM
I'm a big fan of Ruger's 22s. Can be found new under $300 with just a bit of looking, and used for around $250. I have a MKIII22/45, which shoots quite well. Anyone who shoots it wants one. I've yet to find ammo that it doesn't like. I might get a feeding failure every 500 rounds or so, but she's just lettin' me know she needs a bath.

wbwanzer
December 21, 2008, 03:42 PM
I've got the Browning Buck Mark and love it. From what I've read, you can't go wrong with the Browning or the Ruger.

Frank Ettin
December 21, 2008, 03:45 PM
If you can afford it the Smith & Wesson 41 is the "gold standard" IMHO. But you really don't need one, unless you really want it, of course.

I've been very happy with my Ruger Mark II. I have the 5.5 inch bull barrel model in stainless. It's accurate and fun to shoot.

In general, you'll find that .22 auto-loaders tend to be a little finicky. Some ammunition will work better/more reliably; but an occasional malfunction will not be uncommon. It has to do with the fact that it can be tricky to get a rimmed cartridge to feed from a magazine.

But my Ruger (and my 41) have generally been very reliable with most ammunition.

Deanimator
December 21, 2008, 03:54 PM
I have to put this up right away and I've never been unhappy with a Ruger MK II Target.
+1.

I bought one to plink with when I was in the Army. Later I had a rail mounted on it for a dot sight. I shot bullseye matches with it for at least ten years before I switched to a High Standard.

Friendly, Don't Fire!
December 21, 2008, 04:00 PM
Stainless

I have NEVER had a jam or misfire and have shot over a thousand rounds of all different ammo to see which shoots the best!

Once you have it, you can get all sorts of aftermarket parts!

mwsfarm
December 21, 2008, 04:02 PM
I have the beretta U22 Neos,I haven't seen anyone on here talk much about it yet. Have shot over 2000 rounds through it so far- not one jam. The looks are not traditional, but it is a great plinking/gopher gun. I'm going to get another one for the kids. (I'm keeping this one!) I paid $199 for it new. It also has a rail on the top for a scope mount, I haven't put a scope on mine yet, it is accurate enough out of the box to get gophers at 25 yards. good luck!

viking499
December 21, 2008, 04:03 PM
Browning or Ruger

General Geoff
December 21, 2008, 04:04 PM
I have a Ruger Mark III Hunter that has not once failed to feed or extract on me, and I have about 1500 rounds through it so far.

Boba Fett
December 21, 2008, 04:11 PM
+1 Ruger Mark II - slab side if you can find it.

General Geoff
December 21, 2008, 04:29 PM
FWIW, the Mark II and Mark III are essentially the same thing as far as functionality goes; the Mark III just has a bunch of PC "features" like a loaded chamber indicator and magazine disconnect. So either one should serve you well.

Average Joe
December 21, 2008, 04:34 PM
I have a Ruger MkIII and I simply love the thing.

rfwobbly
December 21, 2008, 05:11 PM
The Ruger is pretty much the standard, IMHO. Mk II or Mk III, in any barrel length you like, and there have been a number of lengths over the years.

Take for instance the Ruger long barrel KMK10...
http://www.chuckhawks.com/ruger_kmk10.gif

jcwit
December 21, 2008, 05:25 PM
Ruger Mk I, Mk II--Smith & Wesson 22--Browning Buckmark Any of these would be good. Check out the used market.

Regarding the **the less expensive the better** he/she may have expenses that take priorty over spending much on ones self. This is an expensive time of year with the holidays and heating bills ect.

GD
December 21, 2008, 05:27 PM
I have a Beretta U22 NEOS which has not had a single jam in almost 1000 rounds. I had a Browning Buchmark but sold it - it would jam after about 300 rounds and then a thorough cleaning would bring it back to life. I haven't cleaned the NEOS yet.

RioShooter
December 21, 2008, 05:31 PM
I have the beretta U22 Neos,I haven't seen anyone on here talk much about it yet.

I'll second the recommendation for the Neos as an inexpensive, reliable, and easy to maintain .22. I've had mine for over 3 years, and have over 10,000 rounds through it. The gun still functions flawlessly. You can field strip the Neos in about 2 minutes; no tools required. The only negatives are a heavy trigger and a rear sight screw that will not stay in place. I got used to the trigger and loctite fixed the screw.

I eventually got a red dot. I regularly shoot pin tops with the gun, and usually beat the guys shooting Smith 41's, Rugers, and Brownings. :neener:

Someday I'd like a Browning for shooting bullseye, but for now I'm really satisfied with the Neos.

rugerman
December 21, 2008, 05:36 PM
I also vote for the Ruger Semi uto pistols, I got my first one (a standard model with a 4 inch barrel )when I was 8 and I've still got it and it still shoots real well. I also have a target model that is a tack driver. Both shoot well and are malfunction free as long as I keep them reasonibly clean. My son as a bull barrel and its been a good pistol to learn on.

MP3Mogul
December 21, 2008, 05:37 PM
I have a Ruger MkIII 22/45 and it has never had a misfire at all, thousands of rounds through it...

.66Cal.
December 21, 2008, 05:44 PM
I found the Rugers rather pricey, very nice pistol no doubt. I shopped both new and used and even used Rugers were a bit high.
I bought a used S&W 22A and I'm very happy with it. Also easy to clean which should also be considered.

tradja
December 21, 2008, 10:31 PM
Well, I'll throw in another recommendation for a pawn-shop blue Ruger MkI or MkII. Depending on your area and negotiation skills, you should easily come in under $200. (At the last gun show, a walker sold a minty blued MkI for $150, :eek: but another guy got it before I could get to the ATM. :mad::(:banghead: ) My MKII is simply a delight.

I searched high and low for the Bersa/Firestorm .22 (a Walther PPK clone), but mine was especially finicky about ammo - wouldn't cycle Federal bulk, and since I didn't want a .22 that would only run on $$$ CCI, it got replaced. Keep in mind the warning in previous posts that almost all .22 autos can be picky about ammo - that has definitely been my experience as well.

Another budget consideration would be to get a .22 conversion kit for an auto that you already own, like a 1911, CZ, many Glocks, etc. I had a 1911 conversion kit but it could barely group a mag on a sheet of paper at 15 yds, so I sold it too.

Every gun is different, but my buddy's Buckmark is a jam-o-matic that sprays hot debris out of the action with every shot (powder residue, lead shavings, or ???). No gunsmith that he's contacted will work on it, so he's stuck.

A friend in Washington paid $150 for a H&R Sportsman 9-shot .22LR revolver. I haven't fired it yet, but it is in great shape and the trigger is not nearly bad - DA is somewhat heavy but very buttery, and the SA is crisp. If I found one like that, I'd get it.

Litlman
December 21, 2008, 10:45 PM
High Standard, Hamden made model Supermatic Tournament Military, Beretta Cheetah. S&W M-41. S&W K22 for a wheel gun. Little Taurus PT 22 , all run well for me.

matai
December 21, 2008, 11:14 PM
I love my Ruger Mark III 22/45 Slabside, shoots great, eats up everything I've put in it, and very accurate.

VetteVert
December 22, 2008, 06:53 AM
You will be well served by spending a few dollars extra and picking up a mk II/III (I'd search for a II myself).

The 41 is obviously out if $$$ is a concern, but IMO the 22A should also be out. My mkII comp has never jammed and will run dirty as heck (who wants to stop and clean when blowing through bulk packs with friends?). That is *not* the case with the 22A. It isn't a jam-o-matic, but has a fair shair of malfunctions.

VV

Sevengunner
December 23, 2008, 12:17 AM
When I bought it new, FTFs were common; however, that problem went away as it aged. The next drama was that the safety walked down from the Fire position to the Safety position as I shot thru the magazine. Most recently, with less than 2K rounds through the gun, the slide cracked. I had to send it back to S&W at my own expense and I had to pay for the repair.

It's a fun gun to shoot, but I would not buy it again.

sm
December 23, 2008, 12:25 AM
That is one that does not jam on a regular basis

I can name two guns that are not inexpensive, and they are not new guns either.

One of these days when I can, I want these.

- Colt Woodsman

-Beretta 70 series

Pilot
December 23, 2008, 05:59 PM
A Ruger MK II, Browning Buckmark or CZ with Kadet Kit will serve you well.

wanderinwalker
December 23, 2008, 08:48 PM
Another Ruger Mark II vote here. Find a clean used one, give it a good scrubbing, and you're good to go. Add a couple of bricks of ammo and you're probably looking at $230-240.

I have a Mark III 22/45, and while a solid and accurate little pistol, it seems to malfunction more than my father's Mark II did. Feed it better ammo, like CCI Mini-Mags, and it runs like a top. CCI Blazer also shoots well in it, at significantly less cost than the Mini-Mags. Feed my Ruger Wolf Match Target, and it thinks it's a Bullseye gun; scary accurate! :cool:

The Rugers are tough to beat though!

Redneck with a 40
December 23, 2008, 09:17 PM
Ruger MKII, mine has been absolutely awesome, 3000 rounds fired, the Federal bulk packs from Wal-Mart work great in mine.

Jkwas
December 23, 2008, 09:23 PM
My S&W 22A never misses a beat. Easy to clean and shoots great. But I'm sure all the above mentioned guns are just as good. I wouldn't turn down a ruger, that's for sure.

2nd 41
December 23, 2008, 10:49 PM
as suggested...Model 41 S&W
It's a lifetime of quality & fun. This pistol is the 1 to have.

Peter M. Eick
December 24, 2008, 03:29 PM
Save up the money and get a 41. I have picked up two recently because I found that one was not good enough. They are great at the range.

http://pages.sbcglobal.net/eickpm/41_7_121908.jpg
http://pages.sbcglobal.net/eickpm/41_55_121908.jpg
http://pages.sbcglobal.net/eickpm/41s.jpg

I was playing with my 41's at the range just this week. I was shooting 50 shots offhand at 50 ft. Not my best shooting but it was quite windy.

.66Cal.
December 24, 2008, 04:00 PM
"I am trying to find out if anyone could recommend a good 22 LR semi-auto handgun. That is one that does not jam on a regular basis, shoots strait and, is reliable. And, the less expensive the better. My experience with 22's is that they always jam.I have a 38/357 Mag that I use for a night stand gun. But, I am trying to find a 22 that I could use for the shooting range. The price of ammo adds up quickly for the larger gun."

Thanks for any information you might have,
Bent fox

I believe your best bet is to shop the local gun shops for a used pistol in any of the aboved mentioned.
Good luck and lets us know what you found. :)

trekgod3
December 24, 2008, 04:54 PM
Beretta Neos- $199 to $229 at Gander
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk223/NicksGunPics/Beretta%20U22%20Neos/IMG_00111024x768.jpg

JackBauerWannabe
December 24, 2008, 08:24 PM
nobody is mentioning those guns....in my opinion they would be nice because they function just like normal autoloaders...they have slide locks decockers etc...... no bueno??

kym
December 24, 2008, 08:29 PM
I've heard the mosquitoes jam a lot. I have two ruger .22 autos. Great guns.

mljdeckard
December 24, 2008, 08:40 PM
Dunno which .22s you have been shooting that jam a lot,

My dad's old Ruger Mk I is beat to snot, has most of the bluing worn off, and is dead reliable. We have my grandfather's old Colt Woodsman that is our family's favorite.

I've had an AA Glock conversion that wasn't great, one of the mags would jam a lot, and it was so lightweight, it felt like a toy. The guy I sold it to says it works much better now, apparently it needed extensive break-in.

I now use a Ciener arms conversion on my 1911, which shoots sub 2" at 25 yards, and comes with 15 rd magazines. It needed break in, and it works best with stingers or velocitors, (I don't know if it has ever jammed with them,) and if I build a dedicated frame with lighter springs, I bet it will cycle anything very reliably.

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