What is the finest, most realiable 22LR revolver on the market?


November 2, 2009, 07:02 PM
I'm looking for a good 22LR revolver for any SHTF situation. It has to be accurate and reliable. Any thoughts?

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November 2, 2009, 07:07 PM
My 1958 Ruger Single-Six fits into that catagory. Works for me.

November 2, 2009, 07:12 PM
None - too small a caliber.

November 2, 2009, 07:14 PM

And until I read that I was gonna help you with revolver choices.

November 2, 2009, 07:22 PM
The finest revolver on the market is a single action made by Freedom Arms.

That aside, I'm a Smith & Wesson man all the way.

November 2, 2009, 07:35 PM
Maybe his SHTF is rodents.

November 2, 2009, 07:39 PM
Maybe his SHTF is rodents.


I can just picture the evil army of zombie squirrels attempting to rob his pantry of all the nuts

+1 on Freedom Arms making some truly beautiful guns. If I ever have a couple grand to blow I WILL have one of their .45LC single action revolvers

November 2, 2009, 07:45 PM
What does SHTF stand for? I'm new around here.

I'm guessing it stands for some form of self-defense, given the mocking comments.

Well, a .22 LR still beats a .25 ACP if one wants to look at this in a positive way and a .22 LR still beats no gun at all, but even I know enough that a .22 that can't even manage to penetrate a windshield isn't a self-defense weapon (unless you have a loaded one right there and nothing else).

Jim K
November 2, 2009, 07:48 PM
Freedom makes a nice gun, but I still consider the S&W K-22 (the old model, not the current Model 617) to be the best .22 revolver ever put on the market. The 617 is the best DA currently made. I rate SA revolvers second except when intended purely for plinking, in which case both Ruger and Freedom make nice guns.

I won't comment on use of a .22 in a defense situation, except to note that it is better than nothing and has the advantage of using ammunition that can be carried in quantity at minimal weight.

(SHTF stands for the "sh*t hits the fan", a term which can mean anything from rats in the barn to nuclear war and a complete breakdown of the nation and society.)


November 2, 2009, 07:50 PM
**** Hits The Fan.

I don't know, having a .22 at the end of the world is a good thing, imho. Wabbits, squirrels, snakes, zombies, undead, sentries, etc.

I really likes the S&W 617. I've only had mine for about 96 hours, but have already put 1383 rounds through it. It. Was. Fun.

November 2, 2009, 07:51 PM
I agree, a Ruger Single-Six is a good choice. Most of them came with an additional 22WMR cylinder.

If you looking for a light weight bug-out bag type of revolver in 22LR, then a S&W 317. The Colt Cobra was available in 22LR as well.

If a larger double action is your thing, then look around for a Dan Wesson model 22 Pistol Pac. With this one, you have 4 different length barrels to choose from.


November 2, 2009, 07:52 PM
I like my ruger sp 101 4" barrel. the sights do seem a little cheap though.

November 2, 2009, 08:24 PM
I read somewhere that Navy Seals carry the 22 cal. on occasion.

November 2, 2009, 08:55 PM
Now that all of the guff is over, a reliable and wonderfully accurate .22 revolver is a K frame Smith and Wesson such as a used Model 17.


November 2, 2009, 09:27 PM
I would also say the S&W K-22 / Model 17 / Model 18. Most are 6" models, but there are some 4" guns out there (all Model 18s and few later 17s). Either that or a new S&W 617.

I would also agree that a 22 is better than nothing. And the choice of a revolver is wise, given the less reliable ignition nature of rimfire cartridges. I know someone with significant arthritis that results in sharp pain when shooting anything more potent than 22LR, so for that person, 22LR certainly makes the most sense.

November 2, 2009, 09:33 PM
A single shot .22lr handgun. THE finest SHTF weapon ever created.

November 2, 2009, 09:51 PM
The best choices for a bugout bag is the Ruger Mark II/III. It's great for self defense,
plinking and, with target sights, for hunting. The Single-Six also is a superb gun. It's
too slow for good self defense, but very fun to shoot and easy to clean.


November 2, 2009, 10:01 PM
Another vote for the S&W and Freedom Arms.

Discussion of SHTF scenarios is not typically allowed here, nor are discussions of TEOTWAWKI

November 2, 2009, 10:10 PM
A 22 for self defense, probably not a great choice. But I personally don't want to get shot by someone with a 22 revolver. Not going to try to steer this thread off track into the old 22 for self defense topic. There are other needs in a potential crisis. A 22 rifle such as a Marlin 39A would be a better choice in my opinion, but if you want a handgun....

My choice for a revolver for this purpose is: 4" Smith 617, Smith Model 17 or 18, 4" Colt Diamondback, or perhaps a Smith Model 63 if you want something a bit lighter but still with a steel frame.

Big Bill
November 2, 2009, 10:20 PM
I've got a new model Ruger single six convertable .22LR/.22 mag. I've also got a Ruger 22/45 .22 LR Bull Barrel. and a S&W Model 317 .22 ultra lite. I like the Ruger single six convertable best. However, if I had to pack one of them very far it would be the S&W. It's damned accurate for a little revolver.

November 3, 2009, 12:32 AM
My vote is for my 617 no dash. I've never owned such a tackdriver.


November 3, 2009, 12:40 AM
i'm still drooling over that DW M22 pistol pac

my favorite will always be my 4" Colt Daimondback, but the S&W M-17 does come in as a close 2nd. the S&W's SA is nicer, but the DA of the Colt is unmatched

i have to agree that the nicest on the market is the Freedom Arms

November 3, 2009, 01:41 AM
If I were wealthy I'd own a Freedom Arms revolver. For 2k though I can buy several good quality revolvers. The other guns like the Smith 17, K22 are both excellent revolvers. My second choice after Freedom Arms however would be the Dan Wesson. The pistol pack above would be something I'd love to own.

November 3, 2009, 05:05 AM
Freedom Arms makes a .22? I remember looking into them and getting their catalog a few years back and thought they made nothing less than .357, with .454 Casulls seeming to be their main product.

November 3, 2009, 06:24 AM
Anyone know about this one? It looks pretty nice.

November 3, 2009, 07:24 AM
For $135 less, MSRP, than that Classic 17, you can buy a current 4" 617 that will hold 10 rounds - and whose SS requires less protection from the elements, etc. You can spend the difference on some nice Ahrends grips, a HiViz SW617 sight, Wolff springs, and have some ammo funds left over. Want something just over 2/3 the weight? Try the J-frame 5" 63. The larger Hogues and Wolff springs will run you ~$38 more. Both go bang when you pull the trigger... or, fire them SA.


I've had a 4" SP-101, admittedly in .32, Ruger MKII, Ruger Single Six, and even an H&R. Believe me... the 4" 617 available new now is a fine revolver and far surpasses the othe others in utility and accuracy. The current 5" 63 is second on that list. Either would make a great 'kit' component. Still, for really bad times, I think a 64 and a bucket of .38s, hopefully 148gr full wadcutters and LHPSWCs, would make me feel more safe.


November 3, 2009, 07:26 AM
my first go 22 is a ruger mk-11 in ss, my second is a older s&w 617 ss with a 2x burris, my third is a light charter arms in .22 mag.. eastbank.

November 3, 2009, 11:09 AM
Here is the Freedom Arms .22: http://www.gunblast.com/Freedom_97-22.htm

November 3, 2009, 11:46 AM
I have a Model 18 myself and do miss my old 4" Diamondback .22. Here is a candidate for "finest":


November 3, 2009, 12:24 PM
USFA - The New Model 12/22


November 3, 2009, 12:37 PM
I can just picture the evil army of zombie squirrels attempting to rob his pantry of all the nuts

If I had an army of zombie squirrels coming for my nuts, I would want a Single-Six w/ the spare WMR cylinder.

November 3, 2009, 12:52 PM
"If I had an army of zombie squirrels coming for my nuts, I would want a Single-Six w/ the spare WMR cylinder. "

I can hear your voice increase by an octave as you fumble with that SS to get the right cylinder installed for your available ammo. Those Zombie tree rats are mean...

You really want a DA capable .22 LR revolver for such a situation... and a DS-10 Speedloader, too!


November 3, 2009, 12:56 PM
Another vote for a 10-shot 617 here -- very nice revolvers. :)

November 4, 2009, 01:20 PM
While I really like my 17-3, my choice would be a single six or MK I, II or III. A 22 is not a good fighting weapon but you can carry enough ammo to keep you feed if game is available. JMHO : Bill

General Geoff
November 4, 2009, 01:32 PM
Model 63.



November 5, 2009, 09:36 PM
My favorite, by far, is the Ruger single-six, with a 6" tube. That is great and smooth. I also have a Taurus Tracker with a 6 inch barrel. That is cheap and has been very, very accurate so far. I only have about 2K shot through it, so I don't know how long it will stay that way, but for a range gun it is fun.

November 6, 2009, 09:27 AM
Any of these. (Smith & Wesson 17, Ruger Bearcat, Bersa Firestorm, Dan Wesson, Ruger Single Six, Ruger Mk II, MK III 22/45.) They'd all do the job.


But then I've already got them, so it would be sort of silly to go looking for more.

I'm too old to take to the hills, but the Bearcat is the one I carry around the "compound" here.

November 6, 2009, 10:21 AM
I am so jealous. I want that Dan Wesson. Bad.

November 6, 2009, 11:04 AM
Chalk up another vote for the S&W model 63 like the one in General Geoff's excellent photos. They're 10 ounces lighter than the 4" 617 for tote-ability and are very accurate. Should be an excellent small game gun. Very pleased with mine.
For emergency use I like the loading/reloading speed and shooting speed of a double action.

November 6, 2009, 05:41 PM
Hi, Cajun Bass
How the Bersa 22 perform?

Henry, fL

November 7, 2009, 06:50 AM
How the Bersa 22 perform?

It's a good shooter. As accurate as you can expect a gun like that to be. It likes CCI mini-mags to run 100% though. With those it runs like a Swiss watch, but chokes with cheap bulk ammo. Spare magazines are expensive, and at least for us hard to find, but it's not like we needed a dozen. We got one and were happy.

It was my wife's first carry gun. She put literally thousands of rounds through it, mostly the CCI stuff, and we never had a problem with it. It's sort of retired now that she's graduated to a G-19, but she still takes it to the range from time to time.

November 7, 2009, 03:34 PM
Thanks, CajunBass


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