.22 with easy takedown/reassembly?


March 8, 2009, 01:00 PM
I recently purchased a Colt Huntsman and enjoy shooting it. But I quite honestly find it to be a pain in the back to disassemble/reassemble for cleaning.

Any of the modern semiautos easy to field strip? (no driving out pins and trying to re-insert heavily compressed springs into tight spaces). I have a .22revolver, but I would also like a semi to teach the kids with and just for overall enjoyment. Not a competition gun, but enough accuracy to reward beginning shooters.

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March 8, 2009, 01:17 PM
I bought my youngest son a Beretta Neo U-22. Very easy to take down, clean, and reassemble.

edit: not very accurate, but fun to shoot.

March 8, 2009, 07:11 PM
Sig Mosquitos are quite easy to take down and put back together. You'll find some negative stuff about Mosquitos on the various forums, but the newer ones are a lot less trouble prone. Clean the gun first and use CCI Mini-Mags and there shouldn't be much problem.
They're a lot of fun to shoot, not too heavy for the kids, and really are easy to disassemble.

March 8, 2009, 07:30 PM
If you're lookin' for a plinker, go for a Firestorm FS22. They don't break down any easier than that. Accuracy isn't bad, and gets better with shooting, but it's not a Ruger. Definitely a great plinker!

March 8, 2009, 07:44 PM
Definitely more plinker than tack driver. Won't be for competition or hunting.

Thanks for the suggestions folks - keep 'em coming if you get 'em. Price is an issue if over $500, but I can fit in anything below or around that cost. Fit for smaller hands is a definite plus.

March 8, 2009, 07:46 PM
S & W 22A. Mine shoots great and is simple to breakdown and reassemble.

March 8, 2009, 08:50 PM
I have a new favorite .22lr. It's a Daewoo DP52. This is a very close clone of the Walther PP. If you can find one, it is an exceptionally well made pistol.

The Firestorm FS22 is OK but it isn't a quality gun by any means. It may suffice for fun plinking though.

The Browning Buckmark is a bit more involved in takedown, but it isn't hard and the Buckmark is an excellent pistol.

March 8, 2009, 08:56 PM
walther p-22 is hard to beat.. it is as easy to take down as any other larger gun...one step takes a few minutes practice, but after that, it is a breeze.. not to mention a blast to shoot...on of the most enjoyable guns I own..

March 8, 2009, 08:57 PM
+1 on the S&W 22a.

March 8, 2009, 11:07 PM
High Standard. The one I have is a Supermatic. Beautifully made, very accurate, very easy to take down. Push one button and the barrel comes off followed by the slide. Some have a lever instead of a button.

Choose only the Ct. made pistols.

March 8, 2009, 11:25 PM
i like the ruger mk2 or possibly the henry u.s. survival in a rifle. With those two you can't go wrong.

March 9, 2009, 12:02 AM
Ruger Mk II or Mk III

It can be interesting handling the bolt, but other than that, it's okay.

March 9, 2009, 04:05 PM
+1 on the Neos. I think a blindfolded monkey could take it apart.

March 9, 2009, 04:38 PM
(no driving out pins and trying to re-insert heavily compressed springs into tight spacesIf you are doing any of that to a Colt Huntsman, you are doing something very wrong.

All you need to do for normal cleaning is take the grips off, push out the mainspring housing retainer pin, and ---- well here:


March 9, 2009, 04:39 PM
I dont like the grip, but the S&W 22A is literally a single push button for takedown and barrel swapping.

Too bad they're ugly and feel like holding an overstuffed sausage.

Vern Humphrey
March 9, 2009, 05:36 PM
Why strip it at all?

More guns are worn out by constant stripping and re-assembling, and vigorous cleaning than by shooting.

I have a Colt Woodsman, made in 1938. I don't clean the bore -- .22s do not need their bores cleaned. I will sometimes lock the slide back, give it a good shot of brake cleaner, let it drain, then a shot of spray lubricant. That's all it needs.

March 9, 2009, 05:42 PM
You can try the Sig 226 in a pre-configured .22

It comes apart just like the regular 226... and you can order a 9mm/40 conversion for it later on.

Also, the Ruger MKII/III is a great gun. I have a video on the link below that has helped a lot of folks take it down.

March 9, 2009, 05:52 PM
Someone recommended Ruger? Seriously?

First of all you need a mallet to dislodge the mainspring housing assembly/bolt stop pin. Not always - but it's always been a very tight fit on all new Rugers I've handled. Second, keep that mallet if you want to separate the upper from lower for easier barrel cleaning. Third, if you ever need to take the lower apart, God help you - the safety, trigger bar, hammer, sear, bolt release and twenty thousand other parts all hang on a single pin driven through the frame, and need to be held perfectly aligned under spring pressure while you push that pin through. Then there's the whole part with reinserting mainspring assembly while reassembling..

THAT is the part most people have trouble with, since it requires that a doohickey hanging off the hammer fits perfectly into the correct recess on the mainspring housing. Since the frame is made from opaque metal, you just kind of have to tilt the gun one way, say a prayer to Beezelbub, tilt the the other way, then pull the trigger, then wave a dead chicken and find out that oops, wrong angle, and while it all went together smoothly the bolt won't pull back more than a quarter inch - do it again!

Come on. The Mk.I/II/whatever is a great gun. I love mine. That mainspring housing thing isn't that difficult once you've done it enough times to get the routine down, or have someone familiar with it explain...or just check youtube for instruction videos. But, easy to strip and reassemble? No.

The Wiry Irishman
March 9, 2009, 05:58 PM
S&W 41s are very easy as well. Just flip it upside down, pull the trigger guard up, and it'll disassemble itself without you have to touch anything.

March 9, 2009, 05:58 PM
Someone recommended Ruger? Seriously?-meowhead

Easy there turbo... every one is free to express their opinions. I personally don't find Rugers difficult to strip. Once you do it a couple of times its easy.

Might want to switch to decaf before you blow a gasket.

March 10, 2009, 12:07 AM
Why strip it at all?

More guns are worn out by constant stripping and re-assembling, and vigorous cleaning than by shooting.

This particular Huntsman had apparently been shot a couple times when new and then never messed with again until I got it. It wasn't cycling properly with several types of ammo, so I got online and found the instructions that RC mentioned, took it apart and found all kinds of fouling and rust around the assembly lock, recoil spring and its channel. While I was at it, the recoil spring had come off the assembly lock during disassembly and I did not have an amusing time putting it back in place. It shoots fine now and I may never need to strip it down again, but the whole process is far more complicated than any other type of firearm I own. Perhaps it just has to be that way, but I'm no gunsmith and don't like getting that involved in things. The instructions say to push out the mainspring lock pin. Maybe someone replaced mine with an oversized pin, but I needed several blows with a mallet to loosen it and to replace it.

I'd rather let the Colt age gracefully and get something I can mess around with if I want to or need to.

Vern Humphrey
March 10, 2009, 10:45 AM
My Woodsman is over 70 years old, and I shoot it all the time. I also carry it in the woods, often in bad weather. An occasional spray-and-drain session is all it needs.

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