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First handgun: .22lr or 9mm?(specific models)

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by T-Ray, Jul 6, 2008.

  1. T-Ray

    T-Ray Well-Known Member

    I'm hoping to expand my range of guns and a handgun is next on the list. Should I start off with a .22 or do you think I could start with a 9mm? I could shoot a 9mm semi and a .22lr revolver at my grandma's, but I probably won't be able to go for a while. I have held some .22's and the Beretta Neos fit me best. I'm pretty sure i'm going to get a semi, so do you think i should get a 9mm or a .22lr to start? (i have smaller hands (10 glove size))

    Has to be under $300 new or used, doesn't matter. Mainly for shooting little targets here and there, possibly for rabbits, and occasional range days
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2008
  2. Rmart30

    Rmart30 Well-Known Member

    22's are cheap to practice with..... that would be my first choice.
  3. T-Ray

    T-Ray Well-Known Member

    Ya, i was kinda (really) leanin towards a .22 b/c the gun is cheaper, and the ammo is wayyyyyy cheaper. I just wish i could buy sooner...
  4. MrAnteater

    MrAnteater Well-Known Member

    You didn't say how much money you are willing to spend or the primary use for the handgun. That makes all the difference.

    If you are only using this handgun for plinking, get a .22 cal. Nothing comes close to the ammo price.

    If you want a home defense/CCW piece, get a 9mm. Some 9mm's, like Glock, have .22 conversion kits available from Advantage Arms for an extra $250. It might be worth it if you shoot frequently.
  5. Luis Leon

    Luis Leon Well-Known Member

    If you want to do a lot of shooting go with a good .22. Half the fun is making the choice of which to buy. Just decide on a price range and shop/research/read... then finally buy. I always take a .22 or two the range, good fun, inexpensive to shoot.


    Luis Leon
  6. yhtomit

    yhtomit Well-Known Member

    There are well-known and evidently well-liked .22 top-ends for Czs and Witness pistols as well; I plan to get one for my yet-to-pick-up Witness .45. On the other hand, there are some excellent .22 autoloaders (esp. if you watch sales) that might cost you no more than one of these half-a-gun conversions, and which in the event of a problem with the internals leave you with at least one functioning gun.

    Shooting .22 is undeniably fun -- it's eyebrows-on-the-ceiling fun, and cheap enough to get in a lot of real practice. However, to me it's more satisfying to shoot a larger caliber at least part of the time, even if it means fewer shots to savor the cost of the ammo.

    So whichever you choose, your next step is to start saving for the other ;)

  7. presspuller

    presspuller Well-Known Member

    Everybody needs a .22 or four.
    Some day when you move on to something bigger and you need some trigger time its always good to pull out the .22 for some cheaper practice.
    If I am kinda out of practice I will use a .22 to get back in the game before I start burning up the expensive stuff.
  8. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member


    For a range gun, a .22LR autoloader can't be beat. Ammo is still relatively cheap, and 500 rounds at $22.00 can go a long way through a couple of range sessions, at least. Now compare that to 5 boxes of WWB at $22.00 a piece, and I think you'll be able to see the savings pretty quickly. The Beretta Neos is very nice pistol; I'm also partial to the Browning Buckmark series as well.
  9. tlen

    tlen Well-Known Member

    Last I checked ammo prices at WMT 9MM Winchester white box [100 rounds] was $18.42 and FEDERAL "VALUE PACK" .22 [36 GR HP/550] was $11.97. If you are just starting out and want to shoot a lot need one say more ? I recommend a Ruger MKII or MKIII pistol; I have a plain Jane MKIII678 with a red dot scope that works for me. :)
  10. T-Ray

    T-Ray Well-Known Member

  11. Pilot

    Pilot Well-Known Member

    Any modern CZ-75 variant plus the .22 converson Kadet Kit.
  12. Luis Leon

    Luis Leon Well-Known Member

    lots of bangs for the bucks

    I will second what many say about a conversion kit for a full-size 9mm like the CZ.

    I own the following .22 rim fire handguns, S&W K22 (circa 1947), model 63, model 41, and a p22. The .22 that always comes to the range is the kadet kit that fits all three of my 9mm CZs, (P01, 75b and 75bd). I will always love shooting .22s.


    Luis Leon
  13. Calhoun

    Calhoun Well-Known Member


    GREAT combination!
  14. T-Ray

    T-Ray Well-Known Member

    how much would that setup cost?
  15. greener

    greener Well-Known Member

    or six or seven or eight:D

    If you are starting with handguns, start with a .22 for all the reasons above: low cost ammo, great learning tools, inexpensive ammo, low recoil, etc. Besides for punching holes in paper or bunnies, a .22 is a fine addition.

    In the under $300 range the S&W 22A, Ruger MKIII (blued) or some of the base Buck Marks are good starter pistols. All are accurate, reliable and well built. When I decided to start shooting after a very long time of either not shooting or shooting only for military qualifications, I started with a 22A. Two of my next three handguns were .22lr's. Although I shoot a fair amount of centerfire, I shoot 5 times the number of .22 rounds. Just plain fun to shoot.
  16. T-Ray

    T-Ray Well-Known Member

    I held both the 22a and the neos and the neos fit me better and was lighter (+for me), and since it seemed like they were pretty much the same gun, besides a few things, i figured i would like to spent the 10 or so dollars more on a gun that fits better. I still haven't bought one yet, am hoping to hold out till i can go to the range, but i figured i like the look of the neos better than a buckmark, MKIII, it fits me well, is cheaper, is a beretta, and haven't heard any real problems (people complain about the look, but i prefer it over the others mentioned). Really, it's between the neos and the 22a, and i'll probably hold each a few more times, then buy the one that i like better. But i still like to hear from yall.
  17. psyopspec

    psyopspec Well-Known Member

    My first handgun was a .45; I initially skipped getting a .22 because I needed one gun that could pull duties for HD, learning to shoot a handgun, and CC. If I could have afforded it, I'd have started on a .22. However, if HD/CC aren't in your plans, and you're just buying a handgun to learn to shoot handguns, the .22 will be fine.
  18. T-Ray

    T-Ray Well-Known Member

    cc isn't in my plans. Neither is hd, but if need be, i'll use what i have. but i'd probalby grab the 12ga before a .22 pistole. I just want a pistol to have cheap fun with.:D:D:D That's safe fun, of course;)
  19. glockman19

    glockman19 Well-Known Member

    Ruger Mark II or III
  20. Funderb

    Funderb Well-Known Member


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