1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

What .22 autoloader is the easiest to clean?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by MikePGS, Oct 4, 2007.

  1. MikePGS

    MikePGS Well-Known Member

    From what i hear, the rugers are a pain in the... well use your imagination... to clean, which is unfortunate because i like the mark 2, but would prefer to get something that isn't too big of a hassle. What in your experience is the easiest .22 autoloader to clean?
  2. KevininPa

    KevininPa Well-Known Member

    I don't own one but I hear the Mark 2 isn't as bad as you think. What I do have is a Firestorm FS22. Reliable plinker. Push one lever, pull the slide back, raise a bit, slide forward and off. Easy field strip. BTW, I've been lookin' around for a used Mark 2 because I heard they were the easiest to clean. Maybe you can find someone who has one and can show you.

    Kevin in Pa
  3. Sunray

    Sunray Well-Known Member

    My Smith Model 41 is easy to clean. Rugers don't need to be taken apart for normal cleaning.
  4. The Beretta NEOS is pretty easy to clean, as are the Walther P22 and the Sig Mosquito.
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2007
  5. sm

    sm member

    High Standard Duramatic.
    S&W 422, 622 series.
    Beretta 21A
  6. MrPeter

    MrPeter Well-Known Member

    Just don't shoot remington, stick to federal, and you won't have to take it apart very often at all. Just keep 'er lubed and you should be fine.

    I used to take apart my Walther G22 every time I shot it which was a serious pain in the (neck). I almost lost a tiny spring once, that I'm sure I would have a fun time replacing. Since I switched to federals, I have nad no malfunctions and don't have to clean after 100 rounds. In fact, I havent cleaned since I switched to federals, which was about 500 rounds ago without issue :)
  7. Vern Humphrey

    Vern Humphrey Well-Known Member

    The Colt Woodsman is probably the easiest -- just lock the slide back and that's it.
  8. sm

    sm member

    Vern! Sit down and be quiet...please...sir.

    Listen Mr. Humphrey, some stuff we don't talk about.
    Like Colt Woodsman's around here. Gee-Willikers! Didn't you get the Curmudgeon News Letter?
    WE don't tell these whippersnappers some stuff. We Curmudgeons are supposed to be selfish, sneaky and not tell everything we know...grumble, mumble....;)

    Repeat after me "Get the new Neos"


  9. Mad Magyar

    Mad Magyar Well-Known Member

  10. MikePGS

    MikePGS Well-Known Member


    I've looked at woodsman's (woodsmen?) before but i think they're a bit more than i'd like to spend on a .22, but from what i've read they're definitely worth the money.
  11. 76shuvlinoff

    76shuvlinoff Well-Known Member

    The first time I took apart a mkII was a real event. I was totally unfamiliar with it. It was a borrowed gun just to "try out" and I wanted to take it back in pristine condition. I don't think it had been opened up in 10 years and I thought it was going to take me that long to get it back together.

    I always think about getting one but I still don't own one yet.
  12. modifiedbrowning

    modifiedbrowning Well-Known Member

    I'll echo KevininPa, the Firestorm 22 is pretty easy to clean.
  13. quickcanary

    quickcanary Well-Known Member

    Supposedly it gets easier the more you do it, and it's not that bad if you follow the manual word for word. I'll admit that the reassembly of this gun is what has put me off from owning one, though. I know it has a great reputation for reliability and accuracy, but I'm so spoiled by the field strip procedure of my Glock! I think I'd prefer a Buckmark, Neos, or 22A due to ease of maintenance. I'm willing to give up a smidge of accuracy if it will save me some time and prevent me from using four-letter words during the reassembly process. :D
  14. wally

    wally Well-Known Member

    Beretta Neos and S&W M22A are about as easy as it gets, the Beretta goes back together a bit easier.

  15. Pigspitter

    Pigspitter Well-Known Member

    I have a ruger 22/45 and if you have a surface to use it can be cleaned really easily
  16. PattonTime

    PattonTime Well-Known Member

    Cleaning 22 Autos

    I for one do not clean the interior of my guns every outing,
    I always wipe down with a oiled rag , but I believe more guns
    are hurt by being taken apart carelessly.

    My S&W model 41, very easy to clean
    Browning Buckmark, very easy and a wonderful gun.
    I am not convinced I shoot the smith enough better
    to justify its almost triple initial expense but it is a beautiful
    classic gun and I love it

  17. mjrodney

    mjrodney Well-Known Member

    I own 3 Rugers between my bride and I, and I normally don't take them apart for cleaning. Once in a great while, yes, but some months between tear downs.

    A healthy squirt of Ed's Red or Hoppe's No. 9 into the chamber, a child's tooth brush and a patch gets rid of most of the chamber fouling.

    Another squirt and a patch or two to dry things up.

    Point the pistol up and a squirt against the bolt face. Work the bolt back and forth a few times.


    Dry all off.

    It's about all I do and one of the pistols I use for bullseye.
  18. doc2rn

    doc2rn Well-Known Member

    The Colt 22a

    The Colt 22a is the easiest just undo the allen screw in front and separate by direction. However once you have learned the ruger nothing is easier, but I do know a guy at KVGC that shoots his all the time and has never had it apart to clean it. He just sprays it clean w/ a $.99 can of cleaner each time. Me I just like tinkering.;)
  19. SouthpawShootr

    SouthpawShootr Well-Known Member

    My father's High Standard was an absolute joy to clean. Less than 30 seconds to fieldstrip. About that long to get back together. From what I understand, the new S&W 22As are similar.

    My Ruger MKI has always been tight. And has always taken a bit of fiddling to get back together.

    I had a Browning Buckmark and it was fairly easy to strip. Needed an allen wrench to do it though. I didn't like that. I liked the fact that the allen screws loosened during the course of a day's shooting even less.:scrutiny:
  20. Vern Humphrey

    Vern Humphrey Well-Known Member

    I getcha!

    Hey, you young 'uns! Don't get a Colt Woodsman! They're dangerous, unreliable and inaccurate. Carrying a Colt Woodsman can cause impotence, halitosis and psoriasis. If you find one at a bargain price, call one of us old guys and we'll dispose of it for you.

Share This Page