How common are .22LR guns?


September 28, 2012, 04:30 PM
I was thinking about this earlier today, so I wanted to post a poll here. Obviously I hope we can get a nice little discussion going as well. I always recommend .22lr for a first gun and own a .22lr Rifle (Savage MKII) and .22lr pistol (S&W M&P22). So THR, how many of you have .22s? Do you recommend them for a first gun as well?

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September 28, 2012, 04:36 PM
Yes, I own both a longun and handgun in .22LR and I actually have plans to buy a couple more of each. Nothing beats a .22 for pure shooting fun per dollar.

September 28, 2012, 04:45 PM
How common are .22LR guns?
Quite Ubiquitous it seems. I think it is a must have caliber. One of the few it is easily justifiable to have multiple guns in one caliber. Then with the .22LR conversions for some guns it gets even better.
The real shocker for me is when someone is not aware of the whole .22 scene.

I recommend for a first gun or at least a supplement to a first gun. It is also a go to caliber for taking a less experienced shooter to the range.

You probably could have "I own mulitiple rifle/pistol in .22lr in your poll."

September 28, 2012, 04:50 PM
Sheese, I don't even know if I could remember all the different 22s I've had.

September 28, 2012, 04:50 PM
Yes I won both.
3 .22 revolvers.
7 .22 pistols.
7 .22 rifles.
And one .22 cal air rifle.

I can't imagine anyone keeping house without at least one .22 handgun and one .22 rifle.


September 28, 2012, 04:50 PM
You probably could have "I own mulitiple rifle/pistol in .22lr in your poll."

My thoughts exactly. It's the bubble I would have checked off.

I almost feel like a .22lr isn't just a firearm, it's a household commodity like a toaster or a hammer, or a working desk. If you're missing one, the house just isn't quite complete.

September 28, 2012, 04:55 PM
I really should have put an option for I own an arsenal of .22 pistols and rifles :D

Too bad you can't edit polls

September 28, 2012, 04:59 PM
I have:

1 .22 LR Rifle
1 .22 Mag Rifle
1 .22 LR Pistol
1 .223 Center Fire Rifle
1 .22 Pellet Rifle
1 .22 Bore Snake

FWIW, one Daisy Red Ryder .177 for the grandkids to shoot when they come over.
I have owned a Daisy Red Ryder ever since I was 6. Went thru about four of them in my lifetime. 68 years old and still like to shoot them.

September 28, 2012, 05:04 PM
I think the two most commonly owned cartridges/calibers are probably .22lr and 12 gauge.

September 28, 2012, 05:05 PM
Who can afford to NOT have a .22?

September 28, 2012, 05:07 PM
You forgot revolvers. But I have two 22 pistols and two 22 revolvers.

September 28, 2012, 05:11 PM
I assumed that by pistol he really meant handgun.

September 28, 2012, 05:14 PM
For 22’s I have three rifles, one revolver and one pistol.

September 28, 2012, 05:19 PM
You forgot revolvers. But I have two 22 pistols and two 22 revolvers.

Yes I did, it was not intentional. Sorry to all the 22 revolver owners, I hope to own one someday.

Mike J
September 28, 2012, 05:22 PM
I consider myself gun poor compared to most folks on this site. That said I have 2 .22 rifles & a .22lr/.22 mag single action convertible revolver. I "need" to pick up a decent .22 semi-auto pistol.

September 28, 2012, 05:26 PM
One-22 revolver
five -22 rifles
three-22pistols---forgot Colt Ace ( 45 convert to a 22 )
Always started kids & grandkids on 22 rifle.

September 28, 2012, 05:28 PM
.22lrs in our home , 3 pistols,1 revolver and 5 rifles

September 28, 2012, 05:36 PM
1 - Winchester 62A .22 short/long/long rifle
1 - Ruger Single Six .22 long rifle
1 - Ruger 22/45 Hunter .22 long rifle
1 - H&R 9 shot .22 long rifle
1 - Marlin-Glenfield .22 long rifle
1 - Single Shot .22 long rifle

and just throwing it out there.. 1 Marlin .22 Mag and 1 NAA .22 Mag mini revolver

Mike J
September 28, 2012, 05:37 PM
In the past the term pistol was used for revolvers also. Pistol only meaning a sem-auto is a recent development.

Sergei Mosin
September 28, 2012, 05:39 PM
First gun I ever fired was a .22. First gun I bought for myself was a .22. I get more enjoyment out of shooting my .22s than any other caliber - probably because I can shoot all day without getting tired or going broke.

As for .22 inventory, I have an autoloading rifle and pistol and a bolt-action rifle. Want a lever-action rifle. Keep telling myself I should get a revolver, but I'm just not that into wheelguns. The SP101 .22 appealed when it came back out, but then I handled one and remembered how much I dislike double-action triggers. The Bearcat is so darn cute I may have to get one eventually.

September 28, 2012, 05:39 PM
Let's see...probably around 25 rimfires of various shapes and sizes in the collection......

September 28, 2012, 05:40 PM
I am down to about a dozen.

September 28, 2012, 05:43 PM
Rats. Every time stuff like this comes up, I have to really think about it and I inevitably forget a couple.

In addition, I have beaucoup gas-operated stuff for practiceys and funseys inside the house in .177 pellet and 6mm BB format.

One of my favorites right now is a propane-powered Mark IV AirSoft PropaneSoft clone. Powerful, amazingly accurate for something which throws a plastic ball*, "hefts" like a powder-actuated gun, and "actions" like one, too, even to the slide lock on an empty magazine.

And, like others, at least four BB guns when I was a kid. And all named. The first one, of course, was "Betsy," and I still use names for a couple of my guns. Example: My Mossberg shotgun is named "Irving." :)

What the hell, they name ships and B-17s and B-29s, don't they?

And once I got into "Fifi." That was goo--ood. She's a lot of fun and knows how to take a big load. :evil:

Terry, 230RN

* They've got an adjustable doohickey in the barrel which gives the plastic AirSoft PropaneSoft BB a spin. I swan, it's as accurate at close ranges as some of my powder-actuated toys.


September 28, 2012, 06:37 PM
You probably could have "I own mulitiple rifle/pistol in .22lr in your poll." Yep. :)

September 28, 2012, 06:44 PM
i have a couple dozen handgun and rifle...

September 28, 2012, 06:44 PM
I voted rifle. I don't know how you want conversions to be counted. I have a .22lr conversion for my Glock (complete 'upper'), but it isn't a gun unto itself.

Rollis R. Karvellis
September 28, 2012, 06:50 PM
1) Pistol.
2) Auto loading rifle's.
3) Bolt action rifle's.
Lot's of ammo, but not enough.

September 28, 2012, 06:50 PM
I own a couple of each and have bought and sold several over the years as well. I think they are not only fun (and inexpensive) but great to teach/learn with and a whole lot more fun to practice the fundimentals with. Much more fun than dry firing any day.

September 28, 2012, 06:54 PM
I have four .22 rifles, no pistols. But I plan on getting the Sig 1911-22 pretty soon.

September 28, 2012, 06:54 PM
I own more 22 firearms than any other cartridge. They get pulled out more often then the centerfires even though I reload and cast. I don't feel bad and start adding up the cost when I blow through a brick in one session. Everyone needs one.

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September 28, 2012, 07:04 PM
I have 6 22 rifles and 5 22 handguns.

September 28, 2012, 07:09 PM
The first handgun I bought was a .22LR revolver. The first long gun I bought was a .22LR rifle.

Definitely one of the most versatile and fun to shoot cartridges around.

September 28, 2012, 07:22 PM
First gun was a 1911... second was a Ruger 22/45 to complement it very shortly afterwards. I need a .22 rifle next and want several.

September 28, 2012, 08:01 PM
4 revolvers, 8 pistols, 8 rifles but 2 are mags and 1 is short only

September 28, 2012, 08:26 PM
Seems like a no-brainer to me in this day and age of high ammo and fun factor. At least one pistol and a rifle should be everybody's " gotta have " arsenal.

September 28, 2012, 08:38 PM
I own several. (3) Ruger 10/22's, cz 452, winchester 60, (2) 22/45's and a Walther p22. I shoot the pistols and the CZ a lot. Two of the 10/22's are NIB Talo guns.

September 28, 2012, 08:49 PM
For new shooters, I almost always recommend a 22 as their first gun. I have quite a few 22 rimfire firearms.

September 28, 2012, 09:01 PM
One of each type. Small bores have never been my thing; but they are fun to plink away with.

September 28, 2012, 09:24 PM
My dad owns a .22 rifle, I dont have a gun (yet).

September 28, 2012, 10:03 PM
I voted 'no', but I am debating between a Ruger 10/22, and a Ruger SR22p, and will likely own one by the end of October.

September 28, 2012, 10:14 PM
Anyone who actually shoots regularly will have a 22lr gun (or a lot of disposable income)
Last time I counted, there were as many 22 s/lr/wmr guns as everything else put together... They're fun and cheap to shoot, not having a couple rimfire guns is the market of the fudd or mall-ninja

September 28, 2012, 10:17 PM
1 single shot pistol (Contender)
2 revolvers
2 pistols
4 rifles (single shot bolt, lever action, and 2 semi autos)

The only guns I shoot more often are my black powder firearms.


September 28, 2012, 10:19 PM
Ya, 2 revolvers, 2 autos and 2 rifles.
Couple of boxes each week will keep you sharp.

September 28, 2012, 10:20 PM
got 4 .22 rifles:

Ruger 10/22 LR
Marlin 60 LR
Remington Nylon Mohawk, clip fed LR
Marlin 783 .22 Mag

All the kids learned basic marksmanship with pellets guns then moved up to the 22's and then on to .243. After that they were on thier own as far as calibers went.

Ignition Override
September 28, 2012, 10:21 PM
The 1940's Savage bolt-action rifle.
1974 Romanian M-69 Trainer (it looks like a mini-Mauser, and has much better sights).

The next will be a Ruger Mark II, to be my first handgun.

September 28, 2012, 10:22 PM
Remington model 514
S&W 622
S&W K-22
Probably more..

September 28, 2012, 10:29 PM
I have 4 .22 rifles and a pistol. All 3 of my kids have a .22 rifle of thier own. There are several more to come soon, definately needed a "I have a plethora of 22's" option.

September 28, 2012, 11:20 PM
I think I am down to five .22 pistols and two rifles.

September 28, 2012, 11:22 PM

One of each. I find that's enough.


September 28, 2012, 11:23 PM
Yeah a couple dozen of them at present. Always in the market for more.:D

WNC Seabee
September 28, 2012, 11:34 PM
Let's see...

4 pistols
2 revolvers
4 rifles

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September 28, 2012, 11:37 PM
I know the caliber has long been part of the American Gun Culture to be sure. But I would think it' unprecedented current spike in popularity and sales (look at the explosion of AR22's, the incredible 10/22 accessorize craze, the plethora of 1911-22's etc.) is a result mostly of simple economics. Many people are practicing with their AR22/1911-22 instead of blowing through .223/.45acp. I think Joe Mantegna put it in simple terms during one of this season's Excellent "Gun Stories" TV show when he said "All Gun-Nuts have at least one 10/22 or the like in their collection." :) That being said, I sometimes think the caliber is seemingly 'dismissed' as almost a little novelty-like round when nothing more could be further from the truth (as it's often severely underestimated).

September 28, 2012, 11:44 PM
I voted for .22 pistol and then totally forgot about my .22 air rifle. My air rifle is actually louder than my .22 rimfire pistol.

I can never see the purpose of having lots of .22LR weapons. Or any other caliber for that matter. I have 2 handguns that shoot .40 and I consider that too much to the point of maybe selling one. I do plan on getting one of those AR-7 rifles to make a good lightweight camp firearm or maybe one of those new savage dual caliber single rifles. Choices choices.

September 28, 2012, 11:55 PM
not only do I own a 22 pistol and rifle but I own a 22 revolver( revolvers are NOT pistols)

September 29, 2012, 12:00 AM
...aah, you did not include a choice of "I own several .22LR rifles, at least one .22LR pistol, and at least one .22LR revolver."

Live and learn.

Does that help?

Best, Rich

September 29, 2012, 12:02 AM
everybody needs to have a 22lr pistol and rifle at home.

September 29, 2012, 12:06 AM
I have quite a few rim fires. Probably my favorite caliber.

This is a Brno#1 barreled action (c1940's) in a Klinsky stock, Nitrex scope. It's probably my most accurate.

September 29, 2012, 12:34 AM
I own three .22lr rifles and five .22lr handguns.

It is the best round for target practice on the planet.

September 29, 2012, 01:25 AM
How can anyone get by without several .22 cal. firearms!? I have three .22 handguns. There are four long guns in .22 rimfire. We go through hundreds of rounds every year. My grandchildren look foreward to our range trips with the single shots. Next trip I may start my grandson on the little semi auto. He will like ten shots between reloads! I think nine years old is about right...he has been shooting for three years now.


September 29, 2012, 01:35 AM
How can anyone get by without several .22 cal. firearms!? I have three .22 handguns. There are four long guns in .22 rimfire. We go through hundreds of rounds every year. My grandchildren look foreward to our range trips with the single shots. Next trip I may start my grandson on the little semi auto. He will like ten shots between reloads! I think nine years old is about right...he has been shooting for three years now.


I may go through hundreds of rounds...of one weekend.

Tim the student
September 29, 2012, 01:49 AM
Only one .22 handgun for me, but I own multiple rifles in .22.

September 29, 2012, 02:23 AM
Yeah, I'm a multiple .22 owner too. I have eight .22 handguns and at least twice that many rifles. (I haven't done a count in a while.) They're fun and cheap to shoot. What's not to like?

Furncliff, that Brno is gorgeous!

September 29, 2012, 02:27 AM
I think .22 is a must have caliber. It is great to learn on and is cheap (and fun) to shoot.

My brother and I have a lot of fun competing against each other with our .22 rifles. I think a .22 is a great rifle to learn the fundamentals of shooting. It gives a new shooter a good base to learn without having to deal with recoil, which we all know can cause problems for inexperienced shooters. Not to mention you can do a whole lot more shooting for a lot less expense.

I don't own a .22 handgun and I've never shot one. However, if I ever see one for a good deal, I definitely would not mine having one.

Ignition Override
September 29, 2012, 06:08 AM
No retail ammo price can begin to equate to 500 rds. for about $23.

A single well-placed round of "novelty" .22LR from 100 yards has been known to terminate people.

The Lone Haranguer
September 29, 2012, 08:32 AM
Only because of financial need did I sell any .22 firearms. Probably my favorite was the CZ bolt action rifle.

September 29, 2012, 08:54 AM
Ive got my .22 collection down to just 1 pistol. It used to accompany 2 rifles. Ill replace them again im sure of it.

September 29, 2012, 08:56 AM
One rifle (CZ452). One revolver (S&W Model 18). One auto (Beretta 92fs Practice Kit). Still regret selling my single six convertible and may buy another one one day.

September 29, 2012, 08:58 AM
Interesting ratio so far, even if the poll is self selecting. 240 with at least one .22, vs 8 without.

September 29, 2012, 09:21 AM
Do you recommend them for a first gun as well?


I do if someone is going to "get into" shooting, but not if the individual just wants a defensive firearm.

In the first case the firearm is their entry into shooting sports. The .22 gives them a firearm that lets the shoots lots for less and that's always good.

In the latter it is a tool to serve a non recreational purpose and has to serve that purpose since another firearm may not be purchased. If they someone in the second group wants another firearm I then recommend a .22. i.e., Most folks have one shovel, but not always a good one or the right type for what they need while the gardener will have several.

Chevelle SS
September 29, 2012, 09:31 AM
1 rifle and two handguns

September 29, 2012, 09:39 AM
I have three:

Ruger 10.22
Henry U/L

September 29, 2012, 09:40 AM
It is probably the most prolific cartridge out there, I know I got a bunch of em...............

September 29, 2012, 09:43 AM
Took a minute to calculate the .22's hanging around the house..
Ruger Single Six
Ruger Mark 2
Ruger 10-22
Tarus Revolver
Marlin Mountie
S&W Airlite
Henry Survival pack rifle
Beretta 21a
Browning SA22

I still KICK myself for letting the Marlin 39 get away....

September 29, 2012, 10:09 AM
10 S&W .22 handguns
2 Browning Buckmarks
a 10/22
a CO2 BB pistol that looks like my M&P 9
a lever action Daisey Red Ryder
and my favorite is a Remington Model 512 that I paid for with money I earned picking up pecans on halves. I was 10 years old and that was 58 years ago. It's killed many squirrels, rabbits, and quail for the pot.
One day I'm going to buy a Ruger Single Six convertible. I've never owned a .22 magnum. I guess that should be for another poll.

September 29, 2012, 10:16 AM
I only have a few .22lr, my favorite is my Stevens 987 then is a Daisy model 8. Taught my kids with the Daisy and will teach the grandkids (grandkids are awesome, 6 now) when I can.

HSO, I have more shovels than .22s.

September 29, 2012, 10:33 AM
HSO, I have more shovels than .22s.

Funny. I figured something in his post would raise a comment. I have a lot of shovels (if you call a dozen or more a lot) and a lot of 22 firearms. I think the 22's win the race however.

September 29, 2012, 10:39 AM
1. Sig-Sauer P229 in .22 LR (with a 9mm conversion) -- EXCELLENT starter pistol

2. Marlin 981TS -- Bolt action for 22 short, 22 long, and 22 LR -- excellent bolt-action. Holds 25 shorts....

3. Marlin 795 -- autoloading .22 LR only. Excellent and VERY accurate starter autoloader.

I can shoot ALL of these in my backyard. Who would ever want a huge boomer that has to be taken to the local range, with its cranky old men and stupid rules (one shoot per TEN seconds, etc....)

Spats McGee
September 29, 2012, 10:39 AM
IMHO, every gun owner needs at least one .22LR. There's no substitute for trigger time, and no other caliber (of which I am aware) can come close to matching the .22LR in cost effectiveness. Besides, they're loads and loads of fun to shoot!

September 29, 2012, 01:06 PM
As this is about .22 rimfire..doesn't anyone else have a dedicated .22 short only like we do? (High Standard Olympic.) we also have a High Standard Trophy with several barrels and a .22 short only slide, as well as the original .22lr slide. (also other .22 rifles/pistols/revolvers.)

I thought everyone had at least 1 .22 (short/lr/mag) of some sort.

Mike J
September 29, 2012, 04:53 PM
As this is about .22 rimfire..doesn't anyone else have a dedicated .22 short only like we do? (High Standard Olympic.) we also have a High Standard Trophy with several barrels and a .22 short only slide, as well as the original .22lr slide. (also other .22 rifles/pistols/revolvers.)

I thought everyone had at least 1 .22 (short/lr/mag) of some sort.

I don't own anything that only shoots shorts now but the gun that I do really regret selling was a winchester pump action rifle that only shot shorts. My Father said he bought it when he was 15 which would have been in 1949. He gave it to me when he left my Mother. When I was in my early 20's I was drinking a lot, strung out on the wrong woman, & hurting for money. I lost it in pawn. That was a really neat little rifle. There are a couple of other guns I sometimes think I shouldn't have let go of but that is the only one I really regret selling.

September 29, 2012, 05:02 PM
I would be surprised if the 22 rim fire was not the most numerous of all guns.

I think I currently have 18 rifles and handguns in 22 long Rifle (19 if you count the conversion unit for my AR15).

September 29, 2012, 05:11 PM
No retail ammo price can begin to equate to 500 rds. for about $23.

A single well-placed round of "novelty" .22LR from 100 yards has been known to terminate people.

Doesn't sound like the kind of legal use I have in mind for any of my firearms.

September 29, 2012, 06:41 PM
I don't typically recommend it as a first gun. Most of the people I've converted to gun ownership buy it/them for protection, and I never recommend .22LR for protection purposes. I'm not saying I'd never recommend .22LR for a first gun, though.

I own a 10/22 on which I did an LTR job. While a .22 pistol/revolver could be a lot of fun on range trips, I don't really have a use for one at the moment.

September 29, 2012, 06:48 PM
A 10/22 is easily turned into a very good LTR

September 29, 2012, 07:01 PM
I have owned 10/22s but never thought of them as a Long Term Relationship

September 30, 2012, 12:13 AM
My 10/22 is definitely a long term relationship. I have loved it for years.

September 30, 2012, 12:18 AM
I didn't think that acronym was too well known.

LTR = Liberty Training Rifle. You are likely to hear this term around those involved with Project Appleseed of the RWVA (Revolutionary War Veterans Association)

September 30, 2012, 12:19 AM
I have owned 10/22s but never thought of them as a Long Term Relationship

Being old I was going to have to ask what LTR stood for, now I understand.

I didn't think that acronym was too well known.

LTR = Liberty Training Rifle. You are likely to hear this term around those involved with Project Appleseed of the RWVA (Revolutionary War Veterans Association)

You posted that one min. before me. Now I understand what that acronym means.

September 30, 2012, 01:30 AM
WoW... Let's see

Ruger 10/22 Target
Ruger 10/22 Standard
Ruger Charger
Ruger 22/45
Sig Mosquito
Sig 226 22lr Classic
Sig 229 22lr Classic
Sig 522
GSG MP5 Carbine
GSG MP5k pistol
GSG 1911
Kimber 1911 Rimfire Target
Walther P22
S&W M&P 22
Colt 22lr AR
Browning Buckmark
Whitney Wolverine
Savage 64
Armscor AK22
Henry golden Boy
Henry standard in 22Mag

I just really dislike 22's obviously..... I shoot 22lr more than any other chambering. I have my eye on more 22's at this time so I think it is becoming an addiction. Having a lot of them suppressed doesn't help either.

September 30, 2012, 01:31 AM
Seems to me like you either own one, or a bunch

September 30, 2012, 01:45 AM
I don't have one... had a Marlin 60 a while back, but decided for sell it. I bought it due to fond memories of my dad's Model 60, but the one I bought didn't measure up.

I'll get new 22 eventually, but not sure which.

September 30, 2012, 06:09 AM
Rifle, pistol and two revolvers. Thought about getting an NAA Mini, but that money can go to better things right now. Fun and cheap practice. Also useful for getting people who ask me to take them shooting for the first time.

September 30, 2012, 12:32 PM
5 long guns, 3 handguns.

September 30, 2012, 12:35 PM
There's certainly nothing wrong with a .22 caliber firearm, and they are great learning firearms to be sure, but I just don't have a need for one right now.

Due to my work schedule and my family life and my other interests I really don't have that much time to shoot.
So when I do shoot I prefer to practice with my carry pistols, which are in 9mm Para and .45 Auto calibers.

And to be honest, these days I find the .22 to be a bit boring to shoot.

September 30, 2012, 06:52 PM
I suggest it m[ight be more informative to ask "how many ?". The caliber lends itself to so many aps and age brackets its likely a shooter has owned - and probably still owns - multiple iterations of this caliber. >MW

September 30, 2012, 07:58 PM
My favorite gun is my Browning XS Ultra, but the ones that I shoot the most are my Browning Buck Mark and CZ 452. And I have something like 15,000 of .22 LRs in my basement. For fun at the range, they sure can't be beaten.

September 30, 2012, 08:25 PM
Re: the shovel comments
I'd rather spend a day with a .22lr in my hands than with a shovel in my hands.

September 30, 2012, 08:34 PM
Re: the shovel comments
I'd rather spend a day with a .22lr in my hands than with a shovel in my hands.
I believe you are in good company.

October 1, 2012, 12:44 AM
Currently have one unreliable .22 rifle, a Colt Woodsman pistol and a Ruger SR22P. I have plans to buy even more .22's due to the cheap ammo and fun per dollar issues. There are so many fun .22's available now it makes life difficult!

October 1, 2012, 07:44 AM
A .22lr was the first gun I ever shot when I was a wee laddy and I'll never forget it :)

Lately more than ever I am really appreciating .22's inexpensiveness compared to other calibers. That being said, even if all my ammo was free I'd still shoot .22, it's just really fun for plinking, very accurate, and doesn't wear you out. It's especially great for teaching beginners the operation of different styles of firearms, as well as how to get really accurate with them.

I currently own two .22lr rifles, a semi-auto Nylon 66 and a bolt action Remington 521-T that was made in 1946, but is brand-new accurate and in excellent condition.

I also own a .22lr SAA (Peacemaker) clone revolver made by J.P. Sauer & Sohn that is amazingly accurate.

For semi-auto handguns I have a Jennings J-22 that was given to me by a friend who found it in their attic. I've heard all there is to hear about these lil guns and have decided I got lucky with mine, as it's literally 'unbelievable-accurate', I've made shots that just made me scratch my head, as well as 100% reliable with CCIs, which is unusual from what I hear. Mine is a really fun gun and I'll never get rid of it, I shoot it every time I go shootin'

and last but not least I have a Kimber .22 conversion upper and spare mags that turn either of my .45 1911s into a .22lr. It is just tons of fun and cheap shootin. Really glad I bought it when I did.

next up I definitely plan to get a .22 magnum as soon as conveniently possible, and plan to add many more .22lr rifles and handguns as well over the years :)

October 1, 2012, 12:30 PM
Did not see any poll option for: "I own over three dozen .22LR long guns and hand guns".

October 1, 2012, 04:43 PM
Probably not many would be clicking the "three dozen" response. :)

October 1, 2012, 05:17 PM
I've owned quite a few .22 rifles and pistols. :) Really wish I had a few of them back, especially a 1966 Ruger single six convertible, a 1966 Ruger Bearcat, Remington Nylon 66 (late 50s).
My wife grand kids and I presently enjoy my Henry octagon and Ruger SR22 pistol. :cool: What great fun it is to buy a brick and spend time with them shooting holes in cans, paper, spinning targets or praire "rodents". One of the worst things we can do is to refer to them as "dogs". :fire:
Rod van Pelt

October 1, 2012, 05:23 PM
I don't have a .22, and my only experience with one wasn't pleasant. It was a revolver that had virtually no kick, but the amount of heat and muzzle blast I felt was greater than I've felt with any other revolver I've fired, including .357 magnums and a Judge I once rented. It was rather uncomfortable to shoot. If I had started on that firearm, I would honestly have said "no, I'm going back to my BB guns."

I do not own a .22, and I will never own a .22. I do not anticipate even shooting a .22 again. I have much more fun with my .40 and 9mm autos than I do with my Dad's .22s. I started out several people, including my friend's little sister, on my .40 and it was fine. I don't see the big deal about the .22, other than the price.

October 2, 2012, 12:06 AM
Probably not many would be clicking the "three dozen" response.

Oh I don't know, give me a little more time, I'm about halfway there.

October 2, 2012, 01:25 AM
Currently, I have a bolt-action and SA .22 LR, a .22 LR/Mag revolver, and a .22 Mag rifle.
I also have access to (and will eventually get) another .22 LR SA rifle.

I have thought about trying to find one of those "Colico" .22 LR "pistols" with the 100 round rotary magazines that goes on the top of the gun. Problem is I haven't found one at the local gun shows or stores.

October 2, 2012, 02:09 AM
I love my 22's
I just want a lever action and a da/sa revolver and Ill have in my mind a complete collection.
I have one or more of each:
sa 22lr 22mag
22 auto loader
bolt action single shot
bolt action magazine fed
semi auto tube fed
semi auto removable mag
single shot pistol
pump action tube fed

I also have 22 conversions for several gun.

My wife's guns are a 22 autoloader and a tubular semi auto.

I try to introduce anyone willing to try out shooting that they buy the pass and the ammo I'll bring the guns... they love to be able to shoot all afternoon on $20 for ammo.

As cheap as 22 rifles can be found for... it surprises me that people don't like them more.

22's are shot so frequently that I am setting up a range bag just for 22's as a grab and go to the range for fun.

1911 guy
October 2, 2012, 02:19 AM
Only one .22 handgun, but several .22 rifles. Mostly bolt guns, but a lever or two and one semiauto. The stocks have all been altered (except for my own Marlin, dedicated to squirrel hunting) to fit shooters of all ages. I'm the "crazy uncle" who gets all the neices and nephews to shoot, and proper fit is an aid to proper instruction.

The .22 is the "gateway drug" to shooting. Aw, c'mon. It's just a little .22. Next thing you know, my diminutive relatives are bouncing home to tell Mom and Dad about the .45 they shot, the clay pigeon they busted (sitting on a wire target stand) and the "looks like an M-16". Incidentally, most of the mob are girls under 14. I only have two nephews and one son. I remind the boys that they have to work hard at shooting well, because some girls have a natural aptitude for it. And you don't want to get beat by a girl, right?!

Yup, lots of .22 rifles.

October 2, 2012, 11:05 PM
2 pistols and about 7-8 Rifles.

October 3, 2012, 01:31 AM
I don't just own one of each. I own 10 rifles and 4 pistols. I'll probably own a few more rifles by the end of the year. I love .22lr's. Pumps, bolt action, single shot, simi auto, falling blocks, rolling blocks, and just about anything that will shot a .22lr. Heck I even have a .22lr adapter for a flare gun. A brick or .22s and some aluminum cans is a good way to spend a few hours. Especially if you have a nice range gun that can hit them at 150 yards.

October 3, 2012, 08:09 AM
I own a Marlin 7000 and a Beretta 87 in .22lr. Nice and cheap to shoot. Actually im looking for a Mas45 .22lr.

October 3, 2012, 10:10 AM
Obviously from the results of the thread (great input by all) we can safely say that what we thought all along is true:

1) People have lots of .22lr guns & ammo
2) People have lots of .22lr guns & ammo
3) People have lots of ...:D

It's an American Icon that is cheap, fun, diverse, (key variable for me is big-time PRACTICAL) and plentiful.

Lastly people are using the .22lr in these very current turbulent economic times we live in as a training platform (1911-22 and AR22 instead of the .45acp and .223 etc.).

Long live the .22lr!!!;)

Roadking Rider
October 3, 2012, 10:38 AM
I own both Ruger 22/45 RP, a Ruger 10/22 Carbine and a old bolt action Marlin DL81.
I could spend all afternoon just shooting those three and be quite content.

October 3, 2012, 08:31 PM
I'm a firm believer that "you can't have too many rimfires".
I also believe that a .22 should be a person's first firearm and most firearms training should begin with a .22.


I pulled these out of the safe when I was making room for one more. Makes a nice "group" pic.

From l to r:
Ruger 10/22 (Wifey's, unmodified)
MAS45 (French)
CZ452 Special
Savage 93R17-BV (.17HMR)
Marlin 39A Golden
Charles Daly Superior II (Serbian made by Zastava - mine)
Charles Daly Superior II (Serbian made by Zastava - Wifey's)
CZ452 Varmint (.17HMR)
Custom 10/22 (mine, highly modified)
Savage MKII

October 3, 2012, 08:40 PM
MAS45, cool stuff! Not your common everyday 22 that most own. How does your's shoot? Haven't really shoot mine a awful lot, but it is a blast to shoot if you don't mind the heavy trigger.

Oh I don't know, give me a little more time, I'm about halfway there.

CZGuy, I'm past that point, but I'm slowing down to a crawl and you could catch up. Keep on buying! Better yet, keep on shooting! Enjoy.

October 3, 2012, 10:56 PM
Yep - a bit heavy on the trigger.
Nice little field rifle w/ real good iron sights. Not my favorite open sighted rifle (see the CZ452 Special) but, I had seen another a few years ago and regretted not buying that one.
And I couldn't pass on this one - untouched, still wrapped in wax paper, covered in cosmoline, w/ 6 mags & sling.


October 3, 2012, 11:19 PM
Maybe 30-35 total? Possibly more. :what:

October 3, 2012, 11:32 PM
Did anyone not start their real gun training on a 22? They are the ultimate beginner gun and the cheapest way to sharpen your skills. The lowly 22 is still the cheapest way to spend a day at the range. I've got 2 rifles 2 revolvers and 1 auto pistol in 22 and all are the most used of my guns and none are neglected. I also have a 22 air rifle.

October 3, 2012, 11:37 PM
I agree with you robhof. There is a thread here about buying a shotgun for home defense as a first gun. I agreed, but I mentioned that the OP really needed to think about a 22 rifle. I learned with a 22 rifle. Actually learned the basics with a BB gun, but the real learning happened with the 22 rifle.

October 4, 2012, 12:14 AM

I'm sure that was the case for mose of us.

October 4, 2012, 12:55 AM
I have five .22's in my house right now, and I have bought and sold probably a dozen or so over time. I still find it fun to take my good old 10/22 to the range and blow through a couple hundred rounds.

October 4, 2012, 01:21 AM
I have 7 .22s, more than any other caliber by at least double.

Ignition Override
October 4, 2012, 01:39 AM
How about for a first handgun?

A Ruger Mark II or Browning Buckmark will be my candidate for ingraining primary instruction on handguns.
There is no chance that extended practice with 9x18 Makarov or .380 could be done at a similar price.

October 4, 2012, 01:35 PM
This is like going on a car forum and asking how many people own gasoline-powered vehicles....

October 4, 2012, 02:06 PM
My rifle training (as opposed to have a try shoots) was on a .308 Palma match rifle. My handgun training was on a 9mm CZ85.
I probably had 2000 rounds of .308 & 20,000 rounds of 9mm down range before I started shooting .22s.
But the majority of my range time is with .22s these days, in pistol, rifle and revolver.

The above back to front world was more a function of the dumb gun laws in Australia though. The rifle club that justified my license shot Fullbore/ Palma exclusively, so that's what I trained on. My pistol club was IPSC & big bore silhouette, so I shot centerfire there too.
My GF and I went to a gun shop once, she liked the idea of an air-rifle. Nope, govt doesn't trust her with one, its not on her paperwork. So I bought her a 9mm Beretta instead. Govt. logic isn't.

Sebastian at Snow Flakes in Hell has a good viewpoint on this topic. People buying a gun for self defense should buy what they are going to use and become competent with that - to them its just a tool and they are lieky to only own one and shoot it rarely. For those of us who are becoming shooters, a .22 is a vital part of becoming competent. Also 2000 rounds of .22 is a hell of a lot cheaper than 2000 rounds of match grade .308. :)

October 4, 2012, 02:08 PM
I own more than 10 of both rifle and handguns in caliber .22 LR & short.

They are a hoot to shoot and I get to practice ALL my skills and the only difference is recoil.

October 4, 2012, 07:41 PM
I have four .22 revolvers.
Six .22 pistols.
eight .22 rifles.
I would also really like the .22 Ruger SP101 if I ever see one in my LGS.

October 5, 2012, 02:00 AM
This took off so much better than I could have ever expected! I'm really glad the community was willing to take the time to vote on this. I did it to show a new shooter that a .22 was not only a great starter gun, but that ever very experienced shooters lover their .22s. I'd say you all exceeded exceptions!

To the 2% of you without a .22 - Get one!

Capt. Ct.
October 6, 2012, 12:30 AM
I grew up in Oregon and was stationed in Idaho for a year. I've had several of both pistols and rifles. Stuck in Ct. now and only have a Ruger pistol for the range.

October 6, 2012, 01:00 AM
.22s can get pretty addictive.

Only got 3.5 rifles (old Savage 24 owner), but up to 6 handguns now and got my eye on #7, the elusive new Ruger SP-101.

Might pick up a CZ rifle one day to see what all the fuss is about.

October 6, 2012, 01:35 AM
Might pick up a CZ rifle one day to see what all the fuss is about.

Fair warning. It's hard to stop with just one.

October 6, 2012, 04:59 AM
Browning Buckmark Camper, Marlin Model 60 and a Ruger 10/22 carbine. I own many handguns and a few rifles and a shotgun. I'm into handguns, but it owuldn't be complete without a few 22 firearms.

October 6, 2012, 09:09 PM
How common are .22LR guns?

Well, I own both several .22LR Rifles and Pistols.

In the Deep South, .22LR Rifles and Pistols are as common as dirt.

October 6, 2012, 11:38 PM
So far 80% own a .22lr in both hand & long gun. I can't imagine too many of us being surprised?

October 6, 2012, 11:54 PM
Yes, best first gun.

3 pistols
1 pistol
8 rifles

October 7, 2012, 08:46 AM
.22 Single Six is the best handgun trainer ever invented for kids (or big kids too).
We have a couple .22's but aren't over the top.
A couple of handguns (One revolver, one pistol), A couple rifles, (One bolt, one Semi).
I would like to add a good lever to the stable, but haven't found the right one.
And another single six would always be welcome....preferably the 6.5" stainless

October 7, 2012, 10:47 AM
...and a Taurus PT22 "trainer" for the front pants pocket 9mm.

Just curious, what kind of 9mm do you have that your PT22 might make a good "trainer" for? I have a pocket P11 but I don't think my "PT's" would provide for a good training platform for my particular situation (wish they would as I would be up lot's of "ammo bucks ;))."

I have a couple of PT22's and one PT25 and I think you will be quite pleased.


October 7, 2012, 10:56 AM
I own more than 10 of both rifle and handguns in caliber .22 LR & short.

They are a hoot to shoot and I get to practice ALL my skills and the only difference is recoil.
Ditto ...

October 7, 2012, 11:16 AM
.22 Short single shot Derringer - 1
.22 LR Revolver - 4
.22 LR Semi Auto handgun - 5
.22 LR conversion kit for my 1911 - 1
.22 LR Rifle - 9
.22 Mag Revolver - 1
.22 Mag Rifle - 1
.22 WRF Rifle - 1

I honestly am surprised at the number to .22s I have. If someone had asked me and a didn't really take the time to think through them all, I would have said something like "oh, probably 5 or 6". Adding them up...I'm a bit shocked that, between my wife and I, we have 23!!

October 7, 2012, 11:23 AM
Yeah, 5 or 6 is my standard answer to questions like this, but there are actually more 22's.

October 7, 2012, 11:47 AM
1 Marlin 60 from the 80s
2 Marlin 39A's, 1952 and 1977.
1 Ted Williams lever action single shot circa 1971? (My very first .22 from my folks).
1 Armscor semi auto barn gun, a true beater I traded a boom box for about 1985. I saw one at the gun show yesterday they were asking $269 for... really?
1 Kimber conversion for my .45

October 8, 2012, 12:29 AM
I have a lot of .22s..........but I won't be done, until I have a Whitney Wolverine.

October 8, 2012, 02:56 AM
Only 22 I own is a ruger 10/22 rifle but a 22 pistol is next on the list!

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