Looking for a 22lr...


October 19, 2013, 11:33 PM
So I just recently bought a Ruger MkIII Competition, and Standard 6", S&W 22a 7", and Browning Buckmark Contour 7.25"...also have several other 22lr pistols, but I am particularly interested now in target length 22lr. barrel pistols. I am looking for something I can purchase new. What other target 22's are out there?

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October 20, 2013, 09:49 PM
You could try a haemmerli. Check the website.


October 20, 2013, 09:58 PM
Have you tried a Beretta Model 71 with a 6 inch target barrel?

October 21, 2013, 05:23 AM
Benelli MP95E or MP90.


October 21, 2013, 06:24 AM
S&W Model 41 with an optional 7" barrel assembly.

October 21, 2013, 06:42 AM
Phoenix HP22A with "range kit" (hey, you'd be surprised. :D )

October 22, 2013, 02:51 PM
I agree with bannockburn you need a S&W Model 41. Great Gun! I have shot one but never owned one. I have a buddy that has a High Standard Supermatic also a nice 22.

I have a Ruger MkIII hunter that I did a bunch of mods on. This really is the funnest pistol I own.

October 22, 2013, 03:45 PM
Phoenix HP22A with "range kit" (hey, you'd be surprised. :D )
I like the HP22A but the long term durability just isn't there. If you want a gun you're going to shoot a lot your best bet is to go with the MK3, Buckmark, Neos, or similar full sized gun made from steel.

This is coming from a guy who loves cheap guns, even zamak ones.

October 23, 2013, 06:53 AM
I agree, Kiln. But, he's already got a few, and I figure that the number of guns he has and the scarcity of available ammo would allow the Phoenix to last and last and last..

I also have something for "cheap" guns..

October 23, 2013, 09:46 AM
Nobody else loves the Beretta M71??? I'm surprised, great pistols.

October 23, 2013, 12:13 PM
Beretta Neos with the 6" barrel? I have the 4.5" but I'm not worried about target, just plinking :)

October 23, 2013, 02:15 PM
S&W Model 41 with an optional 7" barrel assembly.

Best I've shot personally.

Would be cool to see some surplus russian olympic style .22's on the market for cheap.

October 24, 2013, 12:33 AM
check into High Standard 22's, especially the Victor, best trigger out there


they used to be great - my 1978 Victor is superb.
But as for new --- I hear after they moved to Texas - they had some problems - but more recently, I've read online- the Texas guns have started showing up again at Bullseye matches.
also read online they are just as good as the Hamden MA guns - that's saying a lot - I'd sure like to know if that is true

you'll have to check whats going with them currently - Google them - maybe someone has done a review on their new guns - its been awhile (years) since I read anything about them

October 24, 2013, 10:41 AM
So I just recently bought a Ruger MkIII Competition, and Standard 6", S&W 22a 7", and Browning Buckmark Contour 7.25"
If you want to "step up" from the Ruger or Browning for a target pistol, you are going to need to spend $1000 or more to do so. The S&W Model 41 is a old favorite and has been very popular with target shooters and has a street price of $1100-1200. If the Smith isn't good enough, you might consider the Benelli MP-90, Walther GSP or Hammerelli SP-20 but I think these are running $1600-2000 retail.

If you are intereted in used guns, some of the High Standard line (Supermatic, Tournament, and Olympic) used to be very popular in bullseye competion, although I understand that current production is not considered as good. Another used option is the Browning Medalist, a very popular used gun which is available as a "kit" with barrel weights and a loading block all in a nice presentation case.

October 24, 2013, 11:37 AM
Perhaps it's time to consider a different style,,,
Consider a full-size duty pistol but chambered for .22 rimfire.

I'm not talking about a cheap clone,,,
Such as the Chia pet,,, eerrr,,, Chiappa 1911 or M9.

I'm talking about a pistol such as the Sig-Sauer P220, P226, or P229 Classic 22 (http://www.sigsauer.com/CatalogProductDetails/p229-classic-22.aspx),,,
They are all steel handguns that you can convert up to centerfire,,,
It simply takes the purchase of an adaptor kit.

This is from their website: Be sure to check out the new SIG SAUER X-CHANGE Kit™ is the perfect accessory for your SIG SAUER Classic .22 rimfire pistols. Now shooters can add SIG SAUER centerfire performance with just the change out of the slide assembly, barrel, recoil system, and magazine to any of the standard production pistol calibers; 9mm, .40 S&W, and .357SIG. Exchanging components does not alter the reliability or accuracy of either assembly.

Another option is the CZ-75B Kadet rimfire pistol,,,
It is a near exact duplicate of their wonderful CZ-75B in 9mm/40.


I own both of these beauties and the Kadet is a true joy to take to the pistol range,,,
Unfortunately CZ has stopped production of the complete Kadet pistol,,,
But I know the warehouse distributors still have some in stock,,,
A range acquaintance of mine recently purchased a new one.

If you find a CZ-75B in 9mm,,,
CZ still makes and markets the Kadet Adaptor Kit (http://cz-usa.com/products/view/cz-75-kadet-adapter/),,,
This adapter kit will convert the centerfire to .22 in moments.

Just a different option for you to consider.



October 24, 2013, 11:41 AM
For new:
New model High Standard.

The SW41 has the ability to quickly change barrels so you can go from 5 to 7 inch in 10 seconds.

October 24, 2013, 07:45 PM
Best target .22's:

Pardini SP

Other target .22's:

Benelli MP-90/S (don't bother with the 95)
Matchguns MG2 (good luck getting it reliable)
Walther GSP Expert

Do not buy:

Walther K200


Off-hand rapid fire:

October 24, 2013, 10:15 PM
HP22? Seriously? The OP asks about target pistols and the suggestion is a pot metal POS? I have one. My newer SR22 is a billion times better, is even more accurate, but it's not a target gun.

I have a buddy with an addiction to bullseye shooting and he's quite good at it. He has a S&W 41 that I've shot. Pricey, but I'll echo the recommendation if what the OP wants is a target pistol. I'm sure the Hammerli is good, but have no experience with it. Looks a little Buck Rodgers for my tastes, but looks ain't what makes small groups. The thing does look like a SERIOUS competition pistol.

October 25, 2013, 02:33 AM
Some people think the M41 is the be-all, end-all of bullseye pistols. It is not.

The Pardini and the FWB have superior triggers and reliability while equaling or surpassing the M41 in accuracy. The Pardini and FWB are Olympic-caliber pistols.

You won't see Sgt. Keith Saunderson shooting a M41 in the Olympics; he shoots the Pardini SP (and holds the world record in Men's Rapid Fire). The current bullseye .22 record for a match was set with a Marvel Unit 1 conversion on a dedicated lower. Before that, it was held by a GSP (non-expert model)

October 25, 2013, 10:28 AM
Some people think the M41 is the be-all, end-all of bullseye pistols. It is not.

No, but its a very good target pistol that, while not cheap, is much less expensive than the true "olympic-grade" pistols you mention. As such, its probably a more realistic suggestion for most people who are not national championship level shooters.

October 26, 2013, 09:19 AM
I normally see M41's around 850-1000 or even higher. You could get a used Pardini SP for around $1300.

October 26, 2013, 01:24 PM
For serious target shooting I recommend Benelli, Pardini, Walther, Hammerli, FAS Domino and other big names like the ones mentioned.
If you want, instead, an inexpensive, all steel, fun shooting gun, that looks like a traditional pistol and not like a futuristic machine, take a look at the Norinco TT-Olympia: I leave the range with a big smile everytime I shoot this little pistol (2300 rounds and counting). I can't believe it's so accurate considering the sights, the sight radius and... the price!
My vote for the Olympia is:
proud ownership: 0 of 10;
proud shooting 10 of 10.

October 27, 2013, 10:43 PM
Thank you all for your input. I have been researching prices reviews and all that have been mentioned. On a side note I collect anything 22lr and my most recent acquisition is a S&W 34-1 2" with box and papers in mint condition. Soon when I get a chance I will post pics of my 22's. For me its my favorite of all the calibers I own.

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