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littlebluevette
June 12, 2012, 10:35 AM
What would be a good 22 caliber automatic to purchase? I am looking to get my wife involved in shooting and want to start her out on a small caliber without much recoil.

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holdencm9
June 12, 2012, 10:40 AM
Browning Buck Mark, Ruger 22/45 or Mk III, or get a Sig Sauer 1911-22 if you are after something that looks like a regular gun. S&W also makes a .22LR version of the M&P. Beretta Neos is a great pistol, or the 21A Bobcat is unique with its flip-up barrel (easier to chamber a round than racking the slide). Walther P22 and Sig Mosquito are also options although I am not a fan of those.

SleazyRider
June 12, 2012, 10:51 AM
An enthusiastic second for the Browning Buckmark Camper. Just hold one and you'll see why.

bannockburn
June 12, 2012, 11:07 AM
Browning Buckmark, Ruger MKII and MKIII, Ruger 22/45, S&W Model 22A, and the Beretta Neos are all decent semi-autos for the beginner. Definitely should have her try them all for handling, balance, and ergonomics before selecting one.

Clipper
June 12, 2012, 04:12 PM
My wife just appropriates my big ol' MKII (stainless 10" bull w/peep sights) for serious rimfire shooting, but has a el-cheapo Phoenix HP-22 that she's in love with for plinking.

Shear_stress
June 12, 2012, 04:18 PM
Whatever you do, don't let her shoot a Beretta 87 Cheetah. You will be out some cash if you do.

firesky101
June 12, 2012, 05:39 PM
Ruger 22/45 or MkIII. High standard makes some sweet .22's if you have the $$$.

bwana6
June 12, 2012, 06:18 PM
Another vote for the Ruger Mark III or 22/45.

SEE IT LIKE A NATIVE
June 12, 2012, 06:22 PM
I love my Beretta Neos , but I am tempted by the new Ruger SP-22! Kevin

weblance
June 12, 2012, 06:47 PM
Ruger 22/45 LITE or Ruger SR-22P

littlebluevette
June 12, 2012, 08:28 PM
Thanks.... I went out today and picked up a S&W. M&P 22 LR. Launched a few when I got home and think it will be a good training weapon for her. Will set her up with her first training lesson next week. :)

isaidme
June 13, 2012, 02:36 PM
Great choice on the M&P22. I have nothing against the Ruger target models but the M&P22 is going to give her the feel of typical automatic that you are hoping she will transition to.

Remllez
June 13, 2012, 03:29 PM
Look into getting her a S&W 422/622....rock solid reliable, available with 12 shot magazines, under barrel design for very little discernible recoil, aluminum frame for light weight easy 15 second takedown, excellent crisp triggers.

I have one with a 4 1/2 inch barrel and one with a 6 inch barrel, both have thousands of rounds through them with only primer related problems. The machining work on them is top notch and even though they are discontinued they can still be found ANIB for under $450.00

The under barrel design makes them excellent suppressor host pistols. Parts are available on gunbroker but I've never needed to replace anything as of yet. They are fixed barrel pistols and as such tend to be dead nuts accurate. I've never found any reason to complain about these fine little pistols.

stinger 327
June 13, 2012, 05:24 PM
Browning Buckmark very accurate and fun to shoot.

Fishbed77
June 13, 2012, 09:49 PM
There's no good reason I can think of to look beyond a Ruger Mark II/III or Browning Buck Mark.

Nothing else is in the same league unless you're willing to step up and drop the coin for a S&W Model 41.

HisSoldier
June 13, 2012, 10:13 PM
Watch out for die cast zinc alloy, big names are cheating their customers who don't know the difference. There is a huge difference!

There is also a big difference between those same companies of 50 years ago and now, today companies have no ethics nor morals.

danez71
June 14, 2012, 01:00 AM
I think the last 4 posts maybe didnt realize he made his decision and bought the gun already.

NG VI
June 14, 2012, 01:13 AM
If you don't mind spending a little bit more than the Ruger and Browning offerings, CZ makes a standalone Kadet, it's built on the steel 9mm frame, so you could later get her a complete 9mm top end and some magazines as a gift that will allow her to turn the gun she's most familiar with into a centerfire.

The Kadet is accurate, mine was super reliable, haven't heard otherwise from other owners, it feels like a 'real' gun, it's got some good adjustable sights, and it's not bad looking. You can also get her a nice set of wood grips as a present, it's the neat thing about getting a weapon that can be added to later.

Snaps
June 14, 2012, 03:47 AM
I have a GSG 1911 which is a .22.

Shoots very well. Initially had some issues breaking guide rods but they seem to have fixed that issue

stinger 327
June 14, 2012, 03:48 AM
I have a GSG 1911 which is a .22.

Shoots very well. Initially had some issues breaking guide rods but they seem to have fixed that issue
What is a GSG?

Snaps
June 14, 2012, 03:51 AM
It's the name of the company, I think it's german sports group if I'm not mistaken.

http://www.americantactical.us/76/detail.html

These have been around for a couple years now.

EDIT: here's the one I have
http://www.americantactical.us/974/detail.html

was the first 22LR 1911 I ever saw so I bought it

YankeeFlyr
June 14, 2012, 04:35 AM
A centerfire pistol.

Quiet
June 14, 2012, 06:41 AM
In regards to the GSG...

The SIG 1911-22 is a GSG 1911 with different markings.
It's the exact same handgun. Just costs more because it's stamped SIG instead of GSG.

SIG contracted GSG to make certain .22LR pistols for them.
The SIG Mosquito was designed and made by GSG.
SIG liked the GSG 1911 and had GSG make them a copy.

littlebluevette
June 14, 2012, 09:42 AM
Great choice on the M&P22. I have nothing against the Ruger target models but the M&P22 is going to give her the feel of typical automatic that you are hoping she will transition to.
Thanks for the compliment. My wife gets her first lesson next Thursday. In the mean time I'm having a blast shooting it myself. I forgot how enjoyable shooting 22's are.

Walkalong
June 14, 2012, 10:30 PM
If you get interested in getting another .22 semi, consider the S&W Model 41, Browning Buckmark, Ruger Mark I, II, or III, Sig Trailside, & S&W 422, in no particular order.

The Sig TS and S&W 422 are no longer in production, but are great guns and can be found quite reasonable.

Certaindeaf
June 14, 2012, 11:33 PM
Look into getting her a S&W 422/622....rock solid reliable, available with 12 shot magazines, under barrel design for very little discernible recoil, aluminum frame for light weight easy 15 second takedown, excellent crisp triggers.

I have one with a 4 1/2 inch barrel and one with a 6 inch barrel, both have thousands of rounds through them with only primer related problems. The machining work on them is top notch and even though they are discontinued they can still be found ANIB for under $450.00

The under barrel design makes them excellent suppressor host pistols. Parts are available on gunbroker but I've never needed to replace anything as of yet. They are fixed barrel pistols and as such tend to be dead nuts accurate. I've never found any reason to complain about these fine little pistols.
I concur. I got a target 4" new years ago for like $175 (well, it was a gift).. I love it.

coalman
June 15, 2012, 12:43 PM
Ruger MII Bull barrel > Browning Buckmark Bull barrel > Ruger MIII Bull barrel

stinger 327
June 15, 2012, 01:29 PM
Aren't those Ruger .22 a nightmare to take apart and clean?

Ar180shooter
June 15, 2012, 08:57 PM
What would be a good 22 caliber automatic to purchase? I am looking to get my wife involved in shooting and want to start her out on a small caliber without much recoil.
Ruger Mark III would be my first choice. I've introduced a few women to shooting this, and it's usually their favourite. Actually, last weekend I was at the range with my Mk III, and the guy next to me was introducing a few people to shooting. He had a .38 of some sort (didn't take a close look at it), and a .455 Webly (really nice condition WW1 vintage too). I let one of the women try my Ruger (she was the only one that accepted my offer), and she really liked it, more so than the Webly (which the guy let me shoot later on, and it was awesome, shooting a near 100 year old pistol). It's hard to beat the Ruger for ergonomics and ease of use, IMHO at least.

MCgunner
June 15, 2012, 08:58 PM
The bigger guns like the Mk 3 can be pretty heavy. Have her handle anything my might be thinkin' about. The wife kinda likes shooting this, but it's MINE......:D

http://i44.tinypic.com/xt07o.jpg

Ar180shooter
June 15, 2012, 08:58 PM
Aren't those Ruger .22 a nightmare to take apart and clean?
They're not too bad. The takedown is a little complex, but after doing it once or twice, it's not too bad.

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