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Should I get it?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Schofield, Mar 3, 2009.

  1. Schofield

    Schofield member

    So right now my only gun is an ancient American Heritage LE .22 rifle. I really like the Walther look so I was thinking about getting a Walther P22. Does anyone have any input as far as if I should get it or not? How accurate is it? Is the gun as cheap as its pricetag or is it a totaly sweet handgun?
  2. Spyvie

    Spyvie Well-Known Member

    Constructed of potmetal, the gun is at least as cheap as it's pricetag.

    Try a Browning Buckmark or a Ruger MkII/MkIII
  3. Schofield

    Schofield member

    Yeah I looked at those but am not really liking the style so much. Is there a .22 pistol that is constructed well and has the centerfire pistol look? Or is it wishfull thinking?
  4. halfded

    halfded Well-Known Member

    I had one for a while with the 5-inch barrel. Mine had the threaded adaptor on the end. It kept coming loose after every other magazine or so. Don't know if you'd have the same problem with the factory barrel nut or not. Also, it seemed to get dirty pretty fast. After 100 rounds or so, every now and then I'd have to tap the back of the slide to get it to close all the way. Other than that, it was a great little plinker. Lots of fun to shoot and accurate enough for my purposes.

    There are lots of better .22 pistols out there for the money though. I've got my eye on a taurus tracker revolver. Always wanted a scoped revolver. Go with the buckmark or the ruger, you'll be a lot happier in the long run. Or there's the sig mosquito, no personal experience there though.
  5. benderx4

    benderx4 Well-Known Member

    Take a look at the Sig Mosquito. My local shop, however, recommended against this gun in that they get many brought back with a myriad of problems. We went with the Ruger Mark III.
  6. feudalson

    feudalson Well-Known Member

    i suggest a ruger 22.45 with a 4 or 6 inch bull barrel i have a 4 inch bull 22/45 and its a tack driver and built like a tank... great starter pistol.. ive heard of ppl haveing alot of problems with the p22
  7. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

  8. Schofield

    Schofield member

    I know it isn't a .22 but what about the PPS .40S&W?
  9. LibShooter

    LibShooter Well-Known Member

    I Love My P22

    It's fun to shoot. It looks and feels like a centerfire. The slide works like a big boy's gun. I think it's a great way to train for centerfire shooting at rimfire prices.

    Having said that, does the P22 have the quality feel and accuracy of a MK or a Buckmark? No it doesn't. But it makes up for all that in fun.

    I reccomend you get a P22 and then try a bunch of different ammo, and stick with the rounds your gun likes. Mine is a finicky eater.
  10. aHFo3

    aHFo3 Well-Known Member

    I recently traded mine. It was reliable with cci minimags, but I didn't like the pot metal aspect of the gun. I prefer my MKII. It was a very fun gun to shoot, and fairly accurate, much more than my brother's Taurus PT22.
  11. BCRider

    BCRider Well-Known Member

    The P22 looks more like a space ray gun to me.

    I know looks are a highly personal issue but most of the modern Walther offerings are just way out there for me.

    I've shot the Rugers and while they are very nice tools for putting close spaced holes in paper they lack the stronger "feel" of shooting that I enjoy. For my money there's other options that I prefer. The S&W 22A is a nice shooting gun and while it's in battery has a "centerfire" look to it. Similary I recently got a S&W 422. Another sweet shooting gun that has the look and feel of a CF gun until it racks apart.

    Then there's the higher priced options like the CZ Kadet. You won't get more centerfire lookng than that! Or the Kimber .22 1911 style gun in aluminium. I have only seen one in a display case but the numbers look great. All aluminium produces a nice light pistol that'll still give a bit of kick with the .22. Pricey as all getout though...

    I haven't shot a Buckmark but lots of folks like them. Something else to consider.

    Or if you were up here in Canada you could buy a Tanfoglio Force 22 like I did. Please try not to drool on your keyboard. And yes, it shoots as nicely as it looks... :D

  12. rduckwor

    rduckwor Well-Known Member

    You could buy a CZ of some sort and put their Kadet Kit on it. They're fine pistols and you would then have the option to train with the frame and firing chain of the real pistol while shooting a cheap 22 round.

  13. WoofersInc

    WoofersInc Well-Known Member

  14. Schofield

    Schofield member

    I saw both the CZ and the Sig, I really like both of them. I have never even heard of CZ though. Are they good?
  15. PT1911

    PT1911 Well-Known Member

    CCI stingers through a p-22, you will feel like you are shooting a 9mm.. not to mention the thing is extremely comfortable and looks pretty badass... there are more accurate guns out there, but for what you seem to be looking for, this is a great, accurate, aggressive looking 22 that can be enjoyed extensively at the range and even carried comfortably when the situation requires.. I HIGHLY recommend the P-22!!!!!!!

    you think a p-22 looks like a space gun and not the tanfoglio.... seems to me like that is buck rogers' sidearm of choice.. well... besides a grendel P-30... which I have.. LOL!!!!!!:neener:
  16. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member


    I bought one for my son when they first came out, mainly because being his first handgun, he liked the way it looked. Well the first thing to go was that useless barrel extension that frequently became loose after 100 rounds or so, taking the front sight with it. Next problem was the frequent jams and feed problems, accelerated as the gun became dirtier. And the worst part was the gritty and oh so heavy trigger pull on the gun. He still has it but doesn't really shoot it that much anymore.
    This past year when I took my daughter out to select a .22 pistol for her for Christmas, I told her she could have any one she wanted, except for a Walther P22. She ended up selecting a Beretta Neos. It had the best balance and ergonomics of all the others she tried.
  17. PT1911

    PT1911 Well-Known Member

    I have had my p22 for 2 years and put countless rounds through it.. as long as you maintain it as you would any other gun as a responsible owner, then you will never have a problem... the biggest issue people have is buying the 5000 ROUND SALE BOX of ammo at K mart and wondering why the gun cant cycle the crap.. its like putting a tasco on a browning and complaining that it isnt shooting well...

    I have never had a single failure to fire or extract that could be attributed to the gun. that is why I opt for the more high speed ammo and CCIs.

    as with most things, you get what you pay for...
  18. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member


    I started my son out with Remington ammo for his P22; not the bulk packs, but leftover ammo from shooting his Remington rifle. Way too many FTF and FTE, and not the cleanest of ammo. So I switched over to Federal Champions; still problems with FTF and FTE, but not quite as much fouling as with the Remington. Finally ended up with CCI MiniMags; fewer problems and definitely cleaner ammo, but still not anywhere near the reliability of any of my other rimfires. And the gun was as well maintained as any other gun we shoot; maybe even more so because of all the problems we had with it. I just don't think the quality was really there to begin with.
  19. PT1911

    PT1911 Well-Known Member

    well... if all that you said is in fact true, then you are the first of at least 50 people i know personally that has ever had any problem whatsoever with the P-22. even after shooting thunderbolts through it, the barrel leaded up pretty good, but still not a single failure to feed or extract... the only failure to fires I have ever had were attributed to a faulty round. the only thing I can say is occasionally every manufacturer produces a "dud," but given their track record from all that I have seen through mine, friends of mine and countless others, I consider the p-22 to be one of the most reliable guns that I own...
  20. Bill2e

    Bill2e Well-Known Member

    I just sold my P22, how ever it was a great gun while ai had it. fun to shoot, zero recoil, ate the cheapest federal bulk packs. I had it for about a year and got board with it and found a great trade deal for something I wanted more. I may pick up another one, but my friend has one two so I can shoot his.

    fun gun.

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