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Looking for first rimfire pistol but can't decide which one?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by gvnwst, Oct 27, 2008.


Which one?

  1. Walther P22

    9 vote(s)
  2. Walther SP22

    1 vote(s)
  3. Sig Miosquito

    6 vote(s)
  4. Other (please specify)

    50 vote(s)
  1. gvnwst

    gvnwst Well-Known Member

    I can't decide between a few different pistols. I am looking for a semi auto .22 that has a threaded muzzle (or adapters are avaliable for it) for plinking, target shooting, and a little rodent eradication.

    I really don't want a Ruger MKIII, they just don't feel comfortable to me.


    EDIT: I'd prefer not to spend over $400.
  2. kitsapcharly

    kitsapcharly Well-Known Member

    The most versatile and suitable gun for your mixture of uses might really be a revolver with a barrel of 4-6". They can consume the cheapest, crappiest excuse for ammo letting you do endless plinking at very little cost and, yet most are decently accurate with premium loads for rodents.
    If you don't mind a few scars you can get something like this for under $100 at gun shows. You would need to have the barrel threaded which might cost much or little depending where and who. Don't think anybody usually sells any guns with threaded barrels ready to go.
    For a 22 auto the Bersa/Firestorm is a modified Walther design you might want to look at. Said to be very reliable with Remington bulk ammo from Wally World and really good customer support. Take a look at bersatalk and see what owners say.
  3. kitsapcharly

    kitsapcharly Well-Known Member

    Forgot to say they go for around $250. One drawback is extra mags can be high.
  4. sta500rdr

    sta500rdr Well-Known Member

    I have a beretta u22 neos. It is a 22lr semi auto. Comes with 2 ten round mags, replacement mags are 9.99 from CDNN sports online. It has a scope rail on the top. I have one and use it for target shooting, chipmunks, squirrels and just plinking. It is a great pistol, pretty bulletproof. Simple design makes it easy to take apart and put back together. I put a Red Dot scope on it and you can really do some damage then. They are priced around 200-250 dollars depending on what model you get. I am very happy with my purchase!
  5. gtmtnbiker98

    gtmtnbiker98 Well-Known Member

    Ruger MKII or III and/or a Buckmark.
  6. RioShooter

    RioShooter Well-Known Member

    I really like my Neos. I've put over 10,000 rounds through it without a problem. The rear sight is a pain because it moves without an application of Locktite. Just put a red dot on the rail and forget about it. I shoot pin tops with it every Saturday and often beat the guys using Rugers, Brownings, and Smiths. It does have a heavy trigger, but very little creep. For the price, it's a great gun. Compared to the higher-end guns, it's still a good gun.

    BTW, you can field strip it in about a minute. I highly recommend it.
  7. dieselmech

    dieselmech Active Member

    ruger mkii or mkiii

    AJMBLAZER Well-Known Member

    Ruger Mk II or what have you.

    Mines been around since the late 70's...probably never detail cleaned...and just keeps on ticking.
  9. Marcus L.

    Marcus L. Well-Known Member

    Ruger MKII or MKIII. Best overall semi auto .22lr I've ever experienced.
  10. gvnwst

    gvnwst Well-Known Member

    Please note, i said no rugers. They just don't feel good in my hands. I am willing to "settle" for a worse gun if i can shoot it better.
  11. gvnwst

    gvnwst Well-Known Member

    I'm probably going to get a walther P22, just because it is a good gun that feels good in my hands. Thanks for the help everyone.

    AJMBLAZER Well-Known Member

    Derp, I swear I didn't see that...honest...:eek:

    Just as a thought...how do you like the feel of a 1911? If you're a 1911 fan then try a Ruger 22/45. All the pluses of a Ruger Mk II with a 1911ish frame for familiarity. Price is right in line with the rest of the Rugers too.
  13. david_the_greek

    david_the_greek Well-Known Member

    Not sure if you have any CZ's but if you do you could just buy the conversion Kadet kit. I have the Kadet conversion kit (they sell a complete pistol as well) and it has been nothing but great. Flawless gun. Accurate, great ergonomics, good sights, reliable, etc. Love the gun, GF loves the gun, friends love th gun. Have yet to have any jams, though I've never torture tested it. Seems really well built and is from a company that builds pistols known for their longevity and reliability. I personally don't care for the MK II. I had one of the guberment profile barreled (really thick target barrel right?) ones and though it was accurate, I couldn't get the thing to shoot more than a mag without jamming. I was younger, it could have been bad ammo or something, but I know at least two brands were tried. Boy was that thing a PIA the disassemble. Not that its that hard, but that MK II makes reassembling my 1911 seem as easy as shoving my finger up my nose! :D
  14. texgunner

    texgunner Well-Known Member

    Since you don't want the Ruger (my choice) I would reccomend either a Browning Buckmark or a Smith & Wesson 617.

    SW also makes a semi-auto .22 and then there is the Beretta Neos.

  15. tomh1426

    tomh1426 Well-Known Member

    + 1 for the Beretta NEOs.
  16. 22LRFan

    22LRFan Well-Known Member

    I'm not sure what your current gun collection contains, but if you have a Glock or a 1911, you could look into purchasing a .22 conversion kit for it. Most kits are below the $400 mark.
  17. Kind of Blued

    Kind of Blued Well-Known Member

    My favorite is the Browning Buckmark Hunter. That's a beautiful handgun.
  18. gvnwst

    gvnwst Well-Known Member

    This is going to be my first pistol:(, so I can't get a conversion kit.
    The CZ looks nice, but is a little too much. The S&W 22A looks good, anyone know of thread adapters for it?

    I know I may sound a little narrow minded, just a lot of pistols I have found don't feel right and I can't hit diddly squat with them.
  19. Claude Clay

    Claude Clay Well-Known Member

    rodent removal + threaded = silencer? $200 tax stamp plus cost of makes for a 400 package. CB long or shorts may be a less $$ avenue for you. single-six is a nice item. a S&W 422 is another option
  20. gvnwst

    gvnwst Well-Known Member

    Yeah, but i am going to get a suppressor for more than just rodent eradication. I want a semi auto, not revolver. Never been any good with 'um.:uhoh:

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