Tell me about the Taurus PT22


January 27, 2013, 08:49 PM
Anybody know anything about these? Any common problems I should know about or anything. I've never owned a Taurus before but I have heard some bad things about them. I traded a tacticool sks stock and a few other sks parts that came with my sks for a pt22 with only about 50 rounds through it. (

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January 27, 2013, 08:51 PM
I liked mine, but it wasn't as reliable as I'd like, and I just really had no use for it. I traded it for a .22 Buckmark, much more practical for what a .22 auto-loader is good for.

January 27, 2013, 09:04 PM
Yeah I'm thinking about trading it. I haven't shot it yet so hopefully that will change soon. I have a Sig Mosquito that I love.

January 27, 2013, 09:05 PM
Love mine. Click here for my initial-impression range report:

I've shot it quire a bit since then, and still have had no malfunctions with quality ammo. Not a defensive gun for me, as I have more suitable options, but wouldn't "shake in my boots" if I went out one day with only it on board.

And some more info I provided in that thread:

Hey, the OP back here to add some more info for anyone who is considering one of these guns. Keep in mind (if this is your first gun with a tip-up barrel) that these guns do not have an extractor. If you try to clear the chamber the way you're likely used to, by racking it, the round in the chamber will not move. When you release the slide (and you will; it's hard to hold onto!), any subsequent round in the magazine will be fed into the back of the chambered one, resulting in a double-feed jam. Because the slide is so hard to pull, it will require some effort to clear it. So, always clear the chamber/barrel by using the tip-up lever, not the slide.

On a related note, use the same function to clear any misfire. In thousands upon thousands of rimfire ammo I've fired, I've never had one fail to light off, but there are those who swear rimfire ammo is not especially reliable. Should you find one round that does fail, you'll have to remember not to use your typical TRB drill to continue firing your pistol.

January 27, 2013, 09:10 PM
Mine was garbage. The worst auto I ever had. Jammed at least once per clip. Couldn't wait to rid myself of it.

January 27, 2013, 09:13 PM
i have two coworkers with them. both are junk and im lucky i wasnt the third. im disappointed because i wanted one pretty bad until i saw their problems first hand.

one can be fired with the thumb safety on. the other ones back of the slide comes off the frame some times during recoil. both are jamomatics with cci, fed, and rem. ammo.

January 27, 2013, 09:21 PM
Bought one for my Mother, because she wanted a gun and because of arthritis, could not find a .22 revolver that she could pull double action, or an auto that she could rack the slide.

Shoots fine, as long as we stick with CCI mini-mags. El Cheapo bulk stuff gets "iffy" on ejecting.

January 27, 2013, 10:21 PM
I have the PT22PLY. Have just shot it maybe 300 rds but it has never vapor locked and is pretty accurate for what it is.

January 27, 2013, 10:30 PM
Mine works pretty well. I never use anything but Mini-Mags in it. Its bolt buffer self-destructed the first time I fired it, but the replacement one has been in there for several hundred rounds with no issues. They might have just had a bad batch of plastic for one production run.

I just use it for fun at the range, and wouldn't really consider it as a serious self-defense gun. Once my friend used it for bullseye practice when his target gun malfunctioned. He didn't do so well ... :D

January 28, 2013, 02:04 AM
Get the PLY22. They're extremely light and so far mine has been awesome. The DAO trigger pull is pretty long but isn't too bad at all IMO. The ergonomics are great on it too and unlike many other small pocket pistols, you won't suffer from slide bite due to the grip being too small.

Just stick with CCI ammo and you'll be happy. If you try shooting cheap bulk ammo through it, you're more than likely going to have issues.

My first range trip I tried several different types of bulk ammo and wanted to throw my new gun into the woods. I thought it was a massive POS and was just about to join all the people talking bad about Taurus guns. Then I switched to CCI minimags and haven't had an issue since then.

Feed it quality ammo and it'll do what it is supposed to do. The design lends itself to easy disassembly/reassembly when cleaning so that is another big bonus.

January 28, 2013, 05:16 AM
Mine was the best looking, worst performing gun I have owned. Junk.

January 28, 2013, 07:27 AM
My own Taurus PT22 cycles just fine with CCI Mini-Mags. Never had an issue with it.
It was a little gritty out of the box, but it's smoothed-out some over time.
That said, I much prefer my Beretta 21A over my Taurus PT22 for a tip-up .22LR pocket pistol. I just prefer the Beretta's SA/DA action over the DAO/bobbed-hammer of the Taurus. That's just my own preference.

January 28, 2013, 04:14 PM
Mine was the best looking, worst performing gun I have owned. Junk.
They're pretty ammo sensitive. This was probably your problem.

I love how some people take a gun to the range, fire it with one type of ammo, then go around the net proclaiming it to be junk.

January 28, 2013, 06:01 PM
People gotta remember that these little blowbacks need a stiff recoil spring to protect the slide from damage. Having a weaker one might make the gun function a little better with bulk ammo, but could subject the gun to damage should the shooter load up with good stuff (such as CCI MiniMags.)

I think the problem many have is they "cheap out" on the ammo purchase, then complain the gun's a POS when it won't run it.

This goes for all the small .22 pistols, not just the Taurus.

January 28, 2013, 10:00 PM
I had one, and honestly, it took some trial and error to figure out what ammo the gun liked. But once that was ironed out, it ran GREAT and we put a couple thousand rounds thru it.
Most people say they run lousy with cheap bulk ammo. Many shooters are reporting having pretty good luck with CCI MiniMags. Mine ran flawlessly with Velocitors and nothing else.

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