Hi... My Name is Weblance, and I have .22 Pistol Disease


January 14, 2013, 05:25 PM
Well... it has happened again. The internet is a bad place. It costs me lots of money. Its simply too easy to sit in the comfort of your home, and decide that you just dont have all the pistols you need. You can reach out anonymously, and peak into others peoples lives, and hear them talk about how great this pistol is, or how cool that pistol looks. So, with that being said... this followed me home last night. Its a 6" Beretta Neos Inox. I already have a 4" stainless barrel ordered from MWG. I cant believe how smoothly the magazines work. My newest Ruger 22/45 magazines feel like they have sandpaper in them. Ruger needs to buy a few Beretta Neos magazines and run them up and down a few times. I will say that they work fine, but there sure is something to be said for a stainless magazine that is silky smooth. I haven't shot my Neos yet, but it sure is a neat looking, comfortable feeling pistol. I might get a chance to get to the range tomorrow, I will let everyone know what I think.


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January 14, 2013, 06:33 PM
IMHO the Neos is at its best with a red dot optic, the sights are not as good as on most other .22 pistols of its size.

Take down is something else Ruger could learn about from the Neos too.

My only real complaint is its not particularly left hand friendly, despite having ambi safety -- I generally do about 10-25% of my shooting left handed. Which brings up my other complaint, the safety rotates the wrong way :(

January 14, 2013, 07:19 PM
Nice Neos! If it fits your hand you will like it. They are fun shooters. :)

January 14, 2013, 07:58 PM
I'm not feeling sorry for you, I have it also.


January 14, 2013, 10:48 PM
Browningguy... thats a nice start.

January 15, 2013, 03:56 AM
The Neos is awesome and doesn't get the attention it deserves among the .22lr plinking pistols. The Neos I bought has been completely reliable with all ammo types and hasn't had any issues yet over several thousand rounds.

They're simple to field strip and there aren't tons of parts either which is a good thing (less things to fail) in my opinion.

The Neos is a lot less accurate than my Ruger MK3 but costed a lot less too. All in all the Neos is an excellent addition to any firearm collection and the few shortcomings that it has can be gotten over quickly when compared to all the good things about it.

January 15, 2013, 06:20 AM
The Neos is a reliable, fun to shoot plinker that has a great balance and feel to it. A fairly well thought out design that lends itself to easy disassembly for cleaning and maintenance. Magazines are well made and quick to reload. The factory sights aren't the greatest but the top rib design lends itself quite readily for adding any kind of optics, like a red dot sight, to it. All in all a good buy in a .22 semi-auto.

January 15, 2013, 08:09 AM
Let's be realistic. The Neos may be a decent plinker but it is not in the league of the Ruger MK II or even the lawyer modified MK III. The Rugers are built like tanks, very reliable and capable of excellent accuracy out of the box, depending on model. They also can be easily modified, ahd have been by many, many shooters to be match capable competition guns.

I'm glad you like your Neos, but how smooth a mag feels when it is inserted is not the measure of a .22 pistol.

January 15, 2013, 08:39 AM
I sold quite a few NEOS before getting out of the gun business, nobody ever came back complaining about them...

January 15, 2013, 10:25 AM
The Neos always had too much of Star Wars "Blaster" look for my taste. I don't have a thing against them beyond that, though:)

I think a good .22 pistol (or a baker's dozen for that matter;)) is a fine thing to have in ones collection. Out of several big bore revolvers, polymer "perfection" pistols, and about half a dozen other guns I bought for the exact same function, my bare bones Ruger Mk III goes on day hikes with me more than any other pistol. Tough as nails, good compromise with the 4" bull barrel, a pill bottle holds 50 extra rounds, short of big cats and bears (not an issue around here) nothing would WANT be shot in the face with it;) I DO wish they were easier to field strip. I can do it, but I would have thought that in 40 or 50 years they would have come up with a way to pop the buggers apart a little more easily without sacrificing reliability.

With potential new policies driving up the prices on everything, I have made serious friends with .22lr and plain ol Black Powder as of late;)

January 15, 2013, 10:31 AM
I think youve got the wrong sci fi film in mind...

Most of the guns in star wars were based on real weapons, like han solos pistol was built of a Mauser C96

And almost all the Stormtroopers guns were built off of either Sterlings or MG-34s

January 15, 2013, 10:36 AM
lol well yeah, Han's blaster was indeed more "realistic". All I meant was that it seemed to sci-fi in design.

January 15, 2013, 11:28 AM
I'm glad you like your Neos, but how smooth a mag feels when it is inserted is not the measure of a .22 pistol.

It's not how well they insert into the frame,,,
It's how smoothly they operate in the gun and while loading them.

In .22 LR I own several Rugers, several different Berettas, a Taurus, and several other brands as well.

The NEOS has the best mags I have ever experienced in a .22 pistol.

I don't know this for certain but I have been told that the Colt Cadet uses the same magazine.



January 15, 2013, 12:13 PM
I also own more than my share of .22's.
I agree that the one thing that's kept me from looking at the NEOS closer is it's futuristick looks.
Obviously that's not fair and admittedly, I've never even held one.
Gonna have to change that soon.

I'm a huge Ruger (and 1911) fan but my 22/45 MkII has fairly uncomfortable grip for me so I guess that proof for me that looks can be decieving.

January 15, 2013, 01:31 PM

I think the Colt Kadet and Neos share a similar design. I've always wanted to pick up one of the old Colt Kadets, as they weren't around that long and seem like a neat pistol.

Nothing wrong with the Neos, I just think there are better choices out there for not much more money. Like the Ruger MK series, and Buckmark.

January 15, 2013, 05:38 PM
Yeah, rimfire has been my latest thing the last year or two, also. My latest is a FEG Mark-II, based on the PPK/S-type design. Imported by Interarms back in the late nineties, and is essentially a .22LR version of FEG's popular PA-63. Got it about three weeks ago.

January 16, 2013, 06:09 PM
Range report added...


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