.22 - Tell me your fav!


April 4, 2012, 10:02 PM
Hello, just a short Q, but I want to know personal experiences w/your .22LR autos, I have a budget, but looking for a great practice/comp targeter.

as always, thanks for your input!

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April 4, 2012, 10:03 PM
My Ruger Mark I is pretty darned awesome. As is my Marvel conversion Kit.

Vern Humphrey
April 4, 2012, 10:06 PM
The Ruger automatics are danged good -- I've owned several MK Is and MK IIs. My favorite automatic, however, is the Holy Grail, my 1938 Colt Woodsman.

April 4, 2012, 10:09 PM
I only own two autoloading .22LR pistols, both Rugers. Of the two (Mark II Target and Mark III Hunter, both stainless), I have to favor the MKIII Hunter. I love the wood grips, fluted barrel, and sweet trigger pull.


April 4, 2012, 10:11 PM
Mark III 22/45. 5" barrel model. I like the Ruger action and the 1911 grip angle makes it fit my hand well. Removed the mag disconnect and modified the last shot hold open so I can "slingshot" it. Perfect .22 pistol now, IMO.

April 4, 2012, 10:20 PM
I only have one, a S&W 622 with a 6" barrel. A guy tossed it in the deal when I bought a Kimber from him. At least it works.

Steve CT
April 4, 2012, 10:39 PM
My preference is a Buckmark, a Ruger would be a fine choice as well.

Other choices would depend on your budget. either of those would be my minimum choice.

April 4, 2012, 10:42 PM
High Standard Model HB

April 4, 2012, 11:08 PM
I had a Ruger MKI - not bad, accurate, never jammed. The trigger always seemed "mushy" though.
The current 22 is an older Hi Standard Victor. A bit picky about ammo, magazines and tuning but a sweet shooter.

April 4, 2012, 11:13 PM
Ruger MkIII-competition, but haven't shot my colt 1911-22 rail yet.

April 5, 2012, 12:10 AM
ruger 22/45. its a great target gun, very accurate.

iv since replaced all the internals with volquartsen .the volquartsen upgrades costed abit but was well woth it, the stock trigger was just fine but now its just amazing. id love to know the pull weight on it cause it cant be more then 2#.

April 5, 2012, 12:24 AM
My second .22 handgun I got is my S&W 422. A year or so later I came across one of the 4.5 inch barrel all stainless 2206. These two are my core. I've got a few others but the S&W's are my go to .22 guns for matches.

This may change a little as I recently tripped over some sort of clearance pricing on a Ruger 22/45. The nicer version with the separate grip slabs. So it HAD to come home with me. I've shot Rugers before and enjoyed them. But the time was never quite right. Now I've got one of Bill's defining designs in my collection. The first couple of shooting sessions show that it's certainly a keeper. I still love my S&W's but they'll have to make a bit of room to welcome the new Ruger since I doubt it's going anyplace.

April 5, 2012, 12:28 AM
Of all my .22's, the winner for great trigger, accurate, good looking, reliable, AND affordable goes to.....

Browning Buckmark!

April 5, 2012, 12:55 AM
There's a few good ones. I prefer the Ruger Mark II Target.

April 5, 2012, 01:10 AM
with exception of a Ruger Mk1 back in the 70's, Ive never had a .22 auto that worked/feed reliable enough to be worth a darn.. Therefore my answer would be Ruger Single Six.

April 5, 2012, 01:24 AM
I have 3.

Beretta Bobcat
Colt/Umarex 1911

The Ruger is the best quality and most accurate. It is a high quality gun. Will outlast me. The Colt/Umarex is the most fun though. It is accurate enough for plinking. Time will tell how it will hold up. The Beretta is a neat gun. I have only had it for a month or so and have only put 250 (trouble free) rounds through it. Not enough time to really make a recommendation.

April 5, 2012, 01:29 AM
Personally, my favorite is the Colt Woodsman. It is the first .22LR pistol that I ever shot and I still love it.

A very close second would be a Ruger MkIII

April 5, 2012, 06:07 AM
My tried & true Ruger Mark II. :D

April 5, 2012, 06:18 AM
I'm with rugerman07; my very accurate and very reliable Ruger Mk. II Model 512.

April 5, 2012, 06:21 AM
Mk III stainless. The only .22 pistol I own.


April 5, 2012, 07:13 AM
* The best I have is a Colt Woodsman Match Target, but these are pretty expensive these days.
* Almost as good is my Browning Buckmark Field 5.5 which has an excellent trigger, as is reasonably priced too.
* The Beretta NEOS is a bargain. Not as nice as the other two but competent and cheap.
* I've got a S&W 622, that shoots pretty well. Good gun but not a favorite.
* for fun I shoot a Daewoo DP52, a Walther PPK/S, a Bersa T22, none though are really match quality.

April 5, 2012, 07:14 AM
Niiice, thanks for pics too :)

April 5, 2012, 07:40 AM
Buckmark and CZ Kadet

April 5, 2012, 07:53 AM
Ruger makes a damn fine .22 pistol (especially the Single Six) but in my heart I really love the Browning Buckmark pistols.

Especially this one.

[Browning Buckmark Challenge]

April 5, 2012, 08:01 AM
I have two Ruger Mark II Targets and they are good, solid guns. But if you really want to know my favorite, it's my old Hamden-made High Standard Victors and Trophies. There's no comparison between them and the Rugers. MUCH better guns and they also have a completely unique look and feel like nothing else that is currently offered. They've got style and class!








April 5, 2012, 08:01 AM

Probably my Benelli MP95E "Atlanta" target pistol. It is scary accurate, and easy to shoot well. It is a match gun, so not one I would carry in the field to plink.

I shoot my four Ruger MK II's the most however. Two are 5.5 inch bull barrels, which I think is the sweet spot in the line as far as size, and accuracy goes. One is full of Volquartsen parts, the other I am keeping totally stock. The third is a "Standard" model 50th Anniversary gun, and the fourth a 4 inch bull barrel 22/45 (MK II era).

Last but not least, as it is also one of my favorites, is my CZ Kadet which has also been mentioned. It is actually the Kadet Kit conversion unit which works on both my 75B, and PCR, but I keep it pretty much on the B. It is accurate, reliable, and great fun to shoot a service size pistol in .22. Its a real money saver for plinking, and a great .22 in its own right.

Heck, they're ALL my favorites!

April 5, 2012, 08:05 AM
It seems to change with the wind for me...but if I had to keep just one it would be a old pre-woodsman...you have to be picky with ammo, but it just feels so darn good in your hand.

Now the one I am currently having the most fun with is a GSG 1911...that thing is just flat fun to play with.

The War Wagon
April 5, 2012, 08:15 AM
Mark III 22/45. 5" barrel model. I like the Ruger action and the 1911 grip angle makes it fit my hand well.

MUST concur. As my carry pieces are ALL 1911's, it makes for economical practice on the hand/eye coordination, breathing control, trigger discipline, etc.

AND it's fun to shoot! :D

Ian Johnson
April 5, 2012, 08:16 AM
ruger mkII govt target model

kim breed
April 5, 2012, 08:20 AM
MK I ruger/integrally suppressed
Colt Woodsman
Colt woodsman match target
If you miss with either pistol its your fault.

April 5, 2012, 08:24 AM
i have an awc amphibian--certain cool factor and i just bought a stainless steel target. i eliminated the mag disconnect on both and tricked them out with the volquartsen kits. both accurate as heck.

still thinking about a cut and thread for a can on my target model--but the next mod will be to install a burris fastfire 111. :evil:

April 5, 2012, 08:36 AM
Ruger Standard model, Ruger Mark II Target and Ruger Mark III target. I like my Rugers three equally well and use the one most appropriate for the task. Or just close my eyes and pick one.

April 5, 2012, 08:59 AM
I have a Mk I and a Woodsman, but I wind up using a Ciener conversion on my Kimber most of the time. (15 rd magazines. :)

April 5, 2012, 09:36 AM
MK I ruger/integrally suppressed
Colt Woodsman
Colt woodsman match target
If you miss with either pistol its your fault.

Woodsman Match Target is also one of my favorites to shoot, but if I ever owned one it would be a safe queen.

April 5, 2012, 09:45 AM
Ruger Mk.III and Ruger 22/45 Mk.III.

With CCI Standard rounds you get a bullseye gun.

April 5, 2012, 11:01 AM
One more Ruger Mk 2.....


April 5, 2012, 01:43 PM
My CZ Kadet kit is probably my favorite. 1992 CZ75 transitional in Cerakote Graphite Black and Burnt Bronze:


April 5, 2012, 06:33 PM
Have at least 14 different .22 cal handguns, everything from 1911's to Lugers....by far the best of the lot are the Smith & Wesson model 41's.


April 5, 2012, 09:23 PM
I'm going to have to go with the Buck Mark. Mine is every bit as good as a S&W41.

April 5, 2012, 10:16 PM
Olympus, great collection! I have 1 High Standard 107 Tournament, (Military). Built like a Swiss watch. It is my #1. #2 is my Dedicated CZ Kadet. #3 is my Beretta 87.

April 5, 2012, 10:22 PM
Walther P22. mmmmm

April 5, 2012, 10:34 PM
Gosh! ...... Sooooo Many Good ones!

Just bought another Ruger Single Six

S&W 422 in 4" & 6"
K-22 Masterpiece
Taurus 94
Walther P-22
Ruger Mk1, 2 & 3

It is very hard to choose....but I lean toward the ruger Mk2 as one of favorites in Auto and I really Miss a Single-Six Convertible Stainless!

That CZ looks Nice I must say!

I am looking hard at the Browning 1911-22....If for nothing else but Nostalgia!

I was looking to buy a Single Ten just this past week....and a Single Six walked in front of me and forced me to buy it!....Really ! It did! ..... so right now it has become a favorite....:D .... 9-1/2" Barrel...It is a lot of fun!

April 6, 2012, 01:56 AM
S&W 22a is the best for the money. Mine is very accur.

April 6, 2012, 02:54 AM
s&w model 41. well worth the money.


April 6, 2012, 02:55 AM
The stainless Colt "Cadet" & Target .22's have either 4" or 6" barrels and don't skip a beat.



April 6, 2012, 03:34 AM
+1 for the Buckmark

April 6, 2012, 04:03 AM
I have not shot a .22 in years as I reload and shoot at least once a week but I would have
to say its a .22 Colt frontier.

April 6, 2012, 07:32 AM
I only own two autoloading .22LR pistols, both Rugers. Of the two (Mark II Target and Mark III Hunter, both stainless), I have to favor the MKIII Hunter. I love the wood grips, fluted barrel, and sweet trigger pull.


I love my Mark III Hunter as well.

Beauty, accuracy, quality, availability, reasonable price (I bought mine barely used for an even more reasonable price), ...

What's not to love?

April 6, 2012, 10:01 AM
I wanted a 41 for the longest time....saved my pennies and went shopping. It was just not for me, it was just too fat. I also looked at other S&W offerings and all of them the grips are made for people with bear paws....I am a skinny little dude...just dod not get the feel I was looking for....less confortable holding the 41 then I am holding a GI 1911.

Really wanted one tho....ended up spending the money on the pre-woodsman.

April 6, 2012, 12:11 PM
Buckmark and P22.

The P22 is fun to shoot, but not all that accurate beyond 15 yards. But the Buckmark is my go to gun. It seems I always take it with me to the range, and no matter what I shoot that day, I always close the session with a couple hundred rounds through the Buck.


April 6, 2012, 01:27 PM
I like my Neos.

And it was cheap.

April 6, 2012, 01:28 PM

April 6, 2012, 07:15 PM
In my view, you can't top a Walther PP-series pistol in .22 caliber. It's simply a classic. They also tend to be spendy but worth the price if you want the best.

Good alternatives are the Ruger Mark-series pistols, the Browning Buck Mark series-pistols, the Colt target pistols, and the original Whitney Wolverine. If you look around and stay patient, you can find them at reasonable prices.

April 8, 2012, 06:13 AM
Sorry slipped the Bearcat in. I have a single six also that I love.


April 8, 2012, 05:17 PM
I have three Rugers: Standard, Mark II Target and Mark III Target. They just keep getting better. Inexpensive, reliable, rugged and fun to shoot. Ten minutes with the manual and disassembly and reassembly is a breeze.

April 8, 2012, 05:26 PM
summed it for me.

Thank you Mr. Humphrey.


April 9, 2012, 07:56 AM
My favorite? Gotta be the IZH-35M.


kim breed
April 9, 2012, 08:08 AM
Woodsman Match Target is also one of my favorites to shoot, but if I ever owned one it would be a safe queen.
The Colt target match is fully engraved and has Gold inlay. refuse to own a safe queen. gotta shoot them all.

April 9, 2012, 08:34 AM
By far the most fun .22 I own. PLR 22

April 9, 2012, 08:39 AM
By far my most favorite 22 semi auto handgun is my Hi Standard Victor! I won a lot of pistol matches with it, and it's put a ton of small game in my freezer too... I've owned a LOT of handguns, but not one shot as good as my Victor.

Runner up, is my OLD Colt Woodsman...


April 9, 2012, 09:25 AM
Love that Colt Cadet. Hard to find.

April 9, 2012, 02:35 PM
Smith and wesson 2213

April 9, 2012, 02:52 PM
Ruger 22/45 then the Ruger MK II is my favorites, I also have a Buckmark it's get some love but not as much as the old 22/45. It probably should be said the 22/45 is suppressed but even then it's never given me any problems and is very accurate as in shooting 12 guage spent hulls at 15 yards, I know it's probably not as good as some people could do but the old Ruger is my go to 22 pistol except for the S&W 15-22p which is a different breed of pistol altogether.

April 11, 2012, 06:59 AM
Ruger MKII's, way better than the 22/45 imo. The only time I shoot the 22/45 is when I shoot a halibut. The single sixes are great also.
they were right side up in photobucket lol

April 11, 2012, 07:19 AM
My pistol is a Sig Trailside and I also like my Savage rifle. My daughter also has a savage cub she regularly outshoots me with.

Sent from my MB855 using Tapatalk 2

April 11, 2012, 10:31 AM
I just passed 1000 rounds in my new Ruger SR22. This little fart is flawless and accurate. I'm really liking it lately for plinking and kit gun use. It's light and pocketable.

April 12, 2012, 02:29 AM
I absolutely love my little Browning Buckmark Camper...

April 12, 2012, 08:17 AM
Benelli MP95E "Atlanta".


April 12, 2012, 03:59 PM
Ruger 22/45 Mk III. I've added a red dot to help the aging eyes. Need to do the mag disconnect mod and VQ sear and trigger and she should be good to go. Maybe the slingshot mod too...

April 12, 2012, 04:44 PM
The only .22 pistol I own (yet) is a MK III 5.5" bull barrel Target model & it's blued because adding $80-$100 more for stainless just didn't appeal to me on such a modest $349 gun (though I paid less on sale).

When it comes to a combo of performance & price, I don't think there is any option that can beat it.

I'll admit the stainless version of this model looks even better. I'm a fan of Ruger and the MK III Hunter with that gorgeous 6.88" fluted barrel and lovely cocobolo grip panels is the most attractive in their line up. The fact it comes with the HiViz sight is also perfect, as I'm not a fan of black on black sights that simply lack contrast I want.

I perfer the heft of the traditional steel frame over the lighter polymer 22/45 version. Also love the distinctive Luger-style grip angle of the entire MK series that's been produced in countless variations continuously since 1949. Seeing how it's stuck around so long & is still a top selling .22 I guess a few others must like it too.

April 12, 2012, 05:04 PM
Ruger KMK-512 Mark II. In all fairness, probably only because I've never owned a High Standard Trophy or a S&W model 41. I'll put this one up against most of the rest.


April 12, 2012, 07:17 PM
Ruger mark IIIs are at the top of my list. I also like the Bersa thunder .22. the sweet shooting ppk/s clone that i can shoot all day.

April 12, 2012, 07:25 PM
I have 2 Ruger mk2's, one stainless the other blued. However I really like the Kimber 22lr conversion on my SA milspec...Does that count?


April 12, 2012, 07:42 PM
My favorite is a High Standard, model GE. I have many times been impressed with the accuracy of a Ruger Mark II (5.5 bull barrel), though an aftermarket trigger would help.

April 12, 2012, 08:50 PM
Great turnout, I may never decide, now.... hehe
Anyway, I only have .22 revolvers, but this ones nice :D


Keep 'em comin!

April 13, 2012, 04:19 AM
S&W 422--- Light, dead-on accurate, cheap when I bought it.

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