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Kudos for Phoenix Arms

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Tinker, Apr 24, 2013.

  1. Tinker

    Tinker Well-Known Member

    I've owned one of their HP22's for several years. Bought the pot metal junk after shooting one a buddy loaned me. On a whim, basically.

    Ran a zillion rounds of ammo through it in that time because it is a fine little plinker. The slide actually broke last time at the range. BTW, did not notice untill I got home and cleaned it.

    Called Phoenix, they said send it in. Six weeks later they send me a brand new pistol as replacement. I have only one complaint and that is that they don't make this pistol in steel and all the lawyered up safeties.

    I know these little pistols are not going to be heirlooms that you will pass down to your descendants, but you can't beat them for a cheap plinker to keep in the truck.
  2. MedWheeler

    MedWheeler Well-Known Member

    I agree. They're great pistols for the price. All the safeties are for Canadian import requirements. I have one, too, but haven't shot maybe a couple hundred rounds through it so far.

    Your experience with their customer service seems to be the norm, from what other owners have said.
  3. USAF_Vet

    USAF_Vet Well-Known Member

    I've looked at them. Thought about getting one myself. Haven't made the leap of faith, although I dont hear much bad about them, aside from the obvious.

    I think when I do buy a .22 plinker, it'll be a S&W 22a.
  4. Kiln

    Kiln Well-Known Member

    They're alright, I have had to replace mine under warranty but they didn't give me any trouble with it. They were very friendly and willing to help, they sent me a new pistol.

    Phoenix Arms makes decent guns with great customer service behind them if you break them. The major downside is that the frames are very frail inside the magazine well and are known to crack after a couple thousand rounds, this is why I had to send mine in.
  5. Tinker

    Tinker Well-Known Member

    Interesting. Did not know that.
  6. Kiln

    Kiln Well-Known Member

    What? No they're not. These guns are made in Ontario California, not Ontario Canada.

    The safeties are to help them not get sued out of existance by California's ridiculous anti gun courts.
  7. Robbins290

    Robbins290 Well-Known Member

    I agree! Great guns. Modified my safety for mag release. And made it so my mag free drops. Too bad i wore both on mine out. I guess they can only take a summer of 1,100 rounds a weekend. I decided to use it as parts guns after I could almost take the slide sideways. Planning on getting another one
  8. jrdolall

    jrdolall Well-Known Member

    I have maybe 2k rounds through mine and it has been great. Extra mags a re expensive so I only have two which makes it necessary to reload often. The gun feels good and shoots good. It is a $200 gun so I have no expectation that I can run 25k rounds through it in a year and have it hold up.
  9. whetrock

    whetrock Well-Known Member

    I've had a similar experience with my HP22, I traded an individual a Spyderco Manix 2 folding knife for mine, and initially felt like I came out on bottom, a couple of hundred rounds later I was grinning ear to ear with my new acquisition. It's a pot metal junker at the end of the day, but I can't help but enjoy mine, it eats Remington GBs like there's no tomorrow, and the accuracy was pleasantly surprising, surpassing my expectations by a great deal. I'd love the have the 25 ACP model for reasons unknown, I guess just to say I have a .25 ?

  10. MedWheeler

    MedWheeler Well-Known Member

    Kiln writes:

    That may well be true. The "Ontario" name is not what confused me; I did not know they were based in any "Ontario".

    What I had previously read was that they are/were also marketed for export to Canada as well as for sale within the US, hence my use of the term "Canadian import (not manufacture) requirements."

    That may or may not be true. Canada is even more regulatory regarding handguns than is California. But I did know they are manufactured in the US.
  11. flgolfer29

    flgolfer29 Well-Known Member

    I had never heard of Phoenix Arms before reading this thread. The photo posted above by whetrock has peaked me interest..

  12. JVaughn

    JVaughn Well-Known Member

    I had one in years past, it was always reliable.
  13. whetrock

    whetrock Well-Known Member

    They are what they are IMHO. So as long as the warranty stands, I wouldn't hesitate purchasing another, but I don't really need another at this very moment. They can shoot quite well given their super short sight radius. You'd like the accuracy. The company knows for to drum up the business, they're sort of a SNS, but more useable, and reliable. I'm not ashamed of that it's an affordable handgun, politicians hate those. I'm thinking of stashing mine in my Bug out Bag, seeing as I feel it's accurate enough to stand up to the task of taking small game in a pinch, as well as being a last resort SD tool.
  14. larryh1108

    larryh1108 Well-Known Member

    I've had one for many years. Fun, reliable, accurate and really a lot of gun for under $150. I may be sick but I have 10-10 round mags so I have 100 ready to go when I go to the range. I have twice as much in the mags as the gun.

    The secret to good functioning and long life is to change the recoil spring every 500-800 rounds, max. The springs are real cheap (quality) and cost around $3 each so it's well worth it. This also helps from battering the frame. I am considering one in the .25ACP just because. They are nice looking guns as well. Get rid of the silly mag safety and you are good to go. Best $125 I ever spent (for the gun). The Rangemaster Deluxe model has an additional 5" barrel. About $169 for the kit.


  15. Kiln

    Kiln Well-Known Member

    I thought you meant import from Canada. My mistake. What I thought was that you were saying that since it was an import it had to have certain safety features (like the Tokarev imports).

    Also, here's mine next to a Raven MP25:

  16. tipoc

    tipoc Well-Known Member

    I think Phoenix has been around in Calif. since the early 90s.

    They have had some good reviews in Gun Tests Magazine and others over the years. A good gun for the money folks say.

  17. Kiln

    Kiln Well-Known Member

    It was designed by the same company that built the Ravens back in the day. They stopped making the Raven but still manufacture the HP22 and HP25.
  18. larryh1108

    larryh1108 Well-Known Member

  19. jackblack86

    jackblack86 Well-Known Member

    one of my first guns and first 22 pistol. countless rounds very seldom a problem great gun for the money
  20. raubvogel

    raubvogel Well-Known Member

    A friend of mine has one. Only thing he does not like is tearing it apart to clean it. Otherwise, it seems to be a rather nice pocket gun.

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