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I may finally get a .22 pistol

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by chaim, Jan 22, 2003.

  1. chaim

    chaim Well-Known Member

    I never bothered buying a .22 handgun. I wasn't a big fan of the caliber in my rifles or when I rented a handgun and 9mm is plenty cheap to get in enough practice.

    However, I am starting to feel the need for a .22 for when I just want some really cheap play time. I may get a target type gun, a revolver or even a little .22lr pocket pistol. It isn't really for practice time since 9mm and .38 are cheap enough, just for cheap fun. I'm almost leaning toward a little pocket pistol to maximize the fun part out of this puny caliber. A friend had a .25acp Beretta Jetfire once that was amazingly accurate for its size so I may not totally lose out on accuracy anyway. Of course, there is something to be said for a more accurate gun too and I do love revolvers so either a target type gun or revolver are still on the table as options.

    Unfortunatly, I didn't get one before MD's new lock law went into effect and I'm probably a month off (maybe two) so I doubt any "pre-lock" guns will be around so it has to be from someone with built-in locks.

    That basically means a Taurus, a Walther P22 (I think), or a S&W unless I can get something used.

    What are your suggestions? I'm not counting on buying used (prices may be out the roof on used "pre-lock" guns soon anyway).

    I'm primarily thinking about a Taurus PT22 (pocket gun), Taurus 94 revolver (with either a 4" or 2" barrel), Walther P22 (because of the complicated take down and reassembly I wasn't sure about them before but now they are one of only a few options), or a S&W 22. The S&W is the only traditional target type .22 available.

    If I can find a used (or better, new) "pre-lock" gun I may consider a Ruger MkII (though they don't necessarily do that much for me I know they are great guns, very accurate and priced well) and I'd love a Beretta 21 Bobcat.

    I put it to the field for ideas and comments both about types (pocket gun just for fun, revolver, more traditional target gun) and models (primarily stick to those most available now in MD).
  2. Ted Bell

    Ted Bell Well-Known Member

    I am enjoying my P22. I started a thread about a feeding problem it was having from slide lock. I tweaked the follower a little and haven't had a problem since.

    As for take down and reassembly, takedown is a breeze. I will admit to having problems reassemling the gun the first time, but once you know what yuo are doing its OK.

    As you point out, shooting .22 is very nice on the wallet :D
  3. Calanctus

    Calanctus Well-Known Member

    Just picked up at P22 in Maryland, myself (on 01-03). AS far as I know, I don't think the integral lock on the Walther has been approved. Had a blast shooting it last weekend, just a couple hiccups. Keep in mind, all used guns (made before 1-1-2003) are still legal to purchase, so you may want to check the next gun show if you'd like a Ruger Mark II, etc. Good Luck!
  4. 10-Ring

    10-Ring Well-Known Member

    I've been shooting 22lr more & more over the last few months. Good cheap fun & trigger time is trigger time, right?
  5. Plan-B

    Plan-B Well-Known Member

    I have both the S&W 22A and the Walther P22. I've had some minor reliability issues with the 22A and none with the P22. I prefer the P22 as it is way more fun. But the 22A is noticeably more accurate. I just bought 500 rounds of "match grade" Federal ammo and it cost me $18. :what: In the world of .22 guns that is a lot of money. I normally use Remington bulk stuff for half that price.
  6. Ledbetter

    Ledbetter Well-Known Member

    Good decision

    You can shoot 10 times as much for the same cost. Make each shot count, and that will make you a pretty good shot.

    I have:

    S&W 422
    Ruger Gov. 6-7/8
    Buck Mark
    Beretta 21A

    I f I was only going to have one, it would be the first one I got, the Ruger, but with a four or five inch bull barrel.

    Good luck and good shooting.
  7. Kframe

    Kframe Well-Known Member

    I'd like to recommend a Ruger .22 pistol in any of its variations.
    A few months back I bought my wife the P-4, the blued .22/45 with a 4" bull barrel and adj sights. I think it was $239 or so.
    She loves it, and I covet it!
    So much so that just yesterday I traded some stuff for another .22/45, this time I got the "Great Eight" version, slabsided 8" blue barrel with adj sights. $269.

    Both of these guns shoot very well. I like cheap ammo, and currently have been buying the 550's of Rem. Golden bullets for $8.99. At 10 yards I can make dime-sized one-holers with either gun, and at 20 yards I have had some right around an inch.
    The better groups at 20-25 yrds are with Rem Target and Green Tag. At the 10 yard mark it doesn't seem to matter whether I use MiniMags, Goldens, or the good stuff.

    The great thing about the Ruger .22's is the wide variety of specs you can choose from, scads of aftermarket parts, thousands of used models available in the under-$200 range, simple operation, every smith out there knows how to work on them, and so on....

    I still love my S&W revolvers, especially the .22s, but I'm convinced it's hard to beat the Ruger .22 auto for general fun-gunning.
    :) -Kframe
  8. Jim K

    Jim K Well-Known Member

    I also recommend the Ruger. The Standard Model MkII is fine, but my choice for a few dollars more would be the 5" heavy barrel. There are still quite a few around in MD and will be for a little while longer, but don't delay if you want a new one.

    Don't go with anything in .25 Auto, as you have the worst of both worlds, expense and low power.

    And avoid the .22 pocket pistols, even if you can find one. If you can carry (unlikely in MD), you want something with more power; if for plinking, the good .22 autos will be much better.

    Also, don't overlook revolvers. There are a fair number of used Rugers around, single and double action, as well as the superb S&W K-22 and Kit Guns.

  9. 762x51

    762x51 Well-Known Member

    Just got into the .22 pistol realm myself (Ruger MKII Slabside). Definitely some good cheap fun. Great practice. I would also see what you could get a used MKII for...allthough a friend of mine has a P22 and it's a load of fun.
  10. Ledbetter

    Ledbetter Well-Known Member

    Role of the .22 pocket pistol

    Frogs. It gives them a sporting chance. Also good for making noise.

    Also, cheap practice with a short radius small auto, like a P32, NAA, Seecamp, etc. I didn't discover this utility until I had the Beretta 21A.
  11. seeker_two

    seeker_two Well-Known Member

    I love my Buckmark. Fits my hand well, super accurate, great trigger, and not a nightmare to take down. If you can find one, grab it. It's worth it...:D

    I think politicians need a safety lock more than guns... :cuss:
  12. makdaddy03

    makdaddy03 member

    I have been a confirmed 22lr/22mag. addict since God knows how long.
    You cant go wrong with any 22lr IMHO.
  13. JBP

    JBP Well-Known Member

    I'm sure that there is still an ample supply of pre-2003 new .22s in Maryland. Personally I've only bought two new handguns since the stupid case fingerprinting law went into affect. I have a Ruger Mark II 678G (my personal favorite), Buck Mark Pro, Beretta 21A, Ruger Single Six, and my old H&R 929. The Mark II & Buck Mark are both tack drivers. The 21A is finicky with ammo so be prepared to use some higher price brand like CCI Mini Mags or CCI Stingers. Also forget about using the sights on the 21A. I normally only use the .22WMR cylinder in my Single Six but it gives you an additional option to shoot. My H&R 929 is as accurate as my Single Six. I've seen them for under $150 at some local gun shops. The Timonium show is 2/7-2/9 & I'm sure there will be plenty of .22s on sale there.
  14. bompa

    bompa Well-Known Member

    There is an easy way out here...Do you have a centerfire auto pistol ?? Well there are 22 conversion kits for most of them..I have one for the 1911 made by Cienier and think it is great..It is not a match gun but it is accurate enough for everything except
    formal competition.. The kits are rather inexpensive,about $200
    will get you most all,and without the agravation of a new handgun purchase..
    Did I say that I like mine,it gets used more than everything else.
    550 rounds of 22lr for less than 50 rounds of 45..
    Can't beat that with a stick..
  15. trapshooter

    trapshooter Well-Known Member

    I don't care which

    .22 pistol you buy. Just buy one. As you say, they are (disregarding the initial purchase price), lots of cheap fun. They are usefiul, too. Target practice, etc. It doesn't matter, on that level, which one you get. Any of the ones mentioned will work. Given your location, you are somewhat limited, but you can still get something that is not too pricey, will work, and is fun and cool.

    No "toolbox' is complete without one.
  16. PlayTheAces

    PlayTheAces Well-Known Member

    Well, since you're asking about pocket guns I won't try to talk you into anything else. The only Taurus I own, and will most likely ever own, is the PT22. I bought it some years back under the advice of a gun shop owner I trusted, when like you, I wanted a .22 pocket pistol.

    He didn't steer me wrong. Within it's limits it's a good gun. I've had no problems with it (admittedly I don't shoot it that often), and it turned out to be more accurate than I expected. I've never bothered to shoot paper with it, but a couple of times I've shot metal plates at 15 yards and was surprised to find it would consistently hit the target.

    It isn't going to reach out very far, and isn't my first choice for personal defense. However, it's never jammed (yet), hits what I'm aiming at to 15 yards (the couple times I tried), and has been trouble free. I kinda sorta like it.

    Disclaimer: I really prefer my MKII or Huntsman at the range.
  17. Marko Kloos

    Marko Kloos Moderator Emeritus

    Everybody needs at least one .22 in their collection. Nothing like shooting all day for less than $10. My current plinking favorite is my Beretta NEOS.
  18. Nick96

    Nick96 Well-Known Member

    I'll assure you of this - get a .22 Ruger Auto and you WILL become a .22 convert. In this part of the country you can get a heavy barrel and adjustable sights for under $300 - and a "Plain Jane" model for under $250. Whatever Ruger .22 Auto you get, it will be reliable, accurate, sturdy and cheap to feed.

    Don't get a "mini" .22 first. You will be disappointed. Don't get a high dollar target gun first. You will feel ripped off.

    Get a Ruger .22 Auto and 1,000 rounds (for under $20) and plink away. Then if you want something more or something less, you'll have a benchmark.
  19. labgrade

    labgrade Member In Memoriam

    DO get a .22. DO NOT get a .25

    Too many options that are pretty sweet to list. I've had great sucess with anything Ruger, the Buckmarks (have a really old Browning Nomad that's pretty sweet), anything S&W revolvers.

    I'd go to a "shop," pick up several, try their triggers (if allowed - move on if not), see how one feels best & buy that one.

    .22s are sometimes finickey about loadings. One will like what the next one hates. Be prepared to buy a few different 50 round boxes to see what yours takes to favor. Buy lots of that.

    Everybody needs (no, not wants = needs) a .22 handgun & rifle. If not for you, for those you'd hope to help learn the ways ....
  20. TheFrontRange

    TheFrontRange Well-Known Member

    .22 fun-gunning

    Alright, all of you...I've been pondering a .22 handgun purchase for a little while now and have been leaning toward either a Ruger MkII or their 22/45 model...this conversation's really getting me fired up about making a selection! I'm gonna blame you all if I catch any heat from my wife about coming home this weekend with a new acquisition! :)

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