.22 short handguns


June 7, 2004, 08:51 PM
I am considering the purchase of either a revolver or pistol chambered specifically for .22 short. I'm looking for a high-quality, target type handgun. Are there any in current production?


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June 7, 2004, 09:02 PM
well, any 22lr revolver will do the trick.

June 7, 2004, 11:06 PM
Not sure of any in current production....but Smith & Wesson once had a .22 short variation for the Model 41, used an aluminum slide for the lighter blowback.

Standing Wolf
June 7, 2004, 11:11 PM
High Standard used to make Olympic pistols with aluminum slides.

I believe both Benelli and Pardini make .22 short rapid fire pistols. I saw one of the latter on a bullseye range a year or so ago: roughly $500 used.

James Bondrock
June 7, 2004, 11:29 PM
I did not see anything specifically chambered for .22 Short. Nevertheless, check out this link (www.nygord-precision.com) to an importer of some note of this type of firearm.

June 8, 2004, 01:49 AM
I believe those Colt Jr. of the 1960s fire the .22short

June 8, 2004, 01:52 AM
Olympic-style rapid fire competitions are shot with pistols chambered for .22 Short. All of the big target pistol manufacturers build them, Pardini, Walther, etc.

These pistols tend to be pricey, so be willing to shell out the bucks.

June 8, 2004, 06:50 AM
Are there any in current production? Last time I looked, Pardini and Walther.
Cost of ammo turned me off though more than the cost of the pistol.
Match grade .22short is ultra expensive. IIRC, it's ~ $100 per 1K and up.

June 8, 2004, 10:31 AM
Knock yourself out.

Aside.... Bought a Pardini from Don Nygord bout a dozen years ago. When he was on the left coast. Treated well. Would buy again.


Wil Terry
June 9, 2004, 06:10 PM
But you don't hafta have a 22short pistol to enjoy this most delightful of plinking cartridges. I buy 22short ammunition by the case for my ASTRA CUB and COLT JUNIOR 22short pistols. Both are deeelightful plinkers that shoot far better than you would ever imagine.
On the other hand the RUGER BEARCAT eats up a fair amount of the 22shorts and shoots 'em with fine accuracy. My wifes S&W K22 puts 22LR and 22short ammo in the same group at 40 yards so she also eats up a bucch of 22shorts when we go shooting.
There are no flies on the 22shorts performance!!!

June 9, 2004, 10:41 PM
Ditto Will Terry-exactly!:D

June 10, 2004, 12:32 AM
I don't know if there are any .22 Short firearms in current production. Any .22LR should shoot .22 Shorts (though you may experience some failure to feed / eject problems in semi-autos). Actually, I have an old bolt action rifle with an adjustible magizine for .22 Short, Long & Long Rifle. And when I bought it over 30 years ago - you could get all three types of that ammo pretty easily.

It's my understanding that there were really two purposes for the .22 short:

1. For use in ultra small semi-automatic pistols popular in the early to mid 20th century.


2. Competition shooting - with target shooting specific rifles & handguns.

Now days, it's very hard to find .22 Shorts, and expensive (same with .22 Longs). There is plenty of .22LR ammo out there that ranges from average to superior quality. So there really isn't much need for Shorts or Longs among the general shooting public. However, if you run in those circles were such "unusual" ammo is used - those folks would likely be better reference sources for advise on the best firearms chambered specifically for it.

June 10, 2004, 09:18 AM
"Olympic-style rapid fire competitions are shot with pistols chambered for .22 Short"

Not any more.
The ISSF banned out the .22 Short from 2005 (I suppose, maybe 2006) and the .22 LR will be mandatory for rapidfire competitions.

June 10, 2004, 09:41 PM
Really? I've heard rumors to that effect in the past, but nothing in a couple of years. I'll have to ask around next time I'm at the Olympic Training Center.

9 m&m
June 10, 2004, 10:13 PM
Ive heard RG-10s are high quality .22 short revolvers.:eek: :rolleyes: but in all seriousness just buy a nice .22lr revolver and shoot shorts in it.:)

June 11, 2004, 03:56 AM
Beretta 950 was made in 22 short, in both 2.5 and 4" bbls.

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