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Why no more than ten?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by waynedm, Mar 6, 2007.

  1. waynedm

    waynedm member

    Feb 23, 2007
    Why is it that .22s always come with 10 round mags? Why doesn't anybody make say . . . 30 rounders for the P22? With how cheap the ammo is and how fun it would be you would think that .22s would come with much larger mags. Is there a law against it or something? The only one I know of that has higher than 10 rounders available is the 10/22. What's the deal?
  2. outofbattery

    outofbattery Active Member

    Apr 14, 2004
    A one word answer would be " rimlock".Ever wonder why the large cap 10/22 mags have that exaggerated banana shape?It's not for an AK-47 look,it's to help them feed more reliably.It's hard to get that curve into a pistol grip.
  3. FieroCDSP

    FieroCDSP Senior Member

    Nov 12, 2006
    Wooster, Ohio
    I don't know what the official story is, but I'd imagine it's a matter of image, design, and convenience (to the manufaturer).
    -Lets face it, a Glock with a 30round mag can be viewed by morons as "Evil":evil: Imagine what a P22 would look like with one. No so much Evil as hideous.
    -Design plays into it, as weight with a 22 is a non-concern. I don't think y P22 would be very comfortable with a 30 round mag. Not to mention the spring tension. You'd have to have a strong spring to move 30 rounds up a single-stack mag. This might cause feed problems on the P22, which in my experience, is already a bit iffy.
    -Convenience is the likely reason. While everyone one back during AWB1 was panicking over making 10 round mags, all of the 22's were ready to go. They could sell them almost anywhere without dragging them all back to replace the mags. I'd like to see a larger mag for my Remington 597, so I see your point. But I doubt if they're going to start cranking out anything but the current 10/22 mags.
  4. Father Knows Best

    Father Knows Best Senior Member

    Apr 14, 2005
    Minneapolis, MN, USA
    Actually, they do make larger mags. My Kimber Rimfire Super (a .22LR 1911) came with a 10 round mag, but I got a couple of 15 rounds mags for it from Ciener, who makes 22LR conversions.
  5. Ritchie

    Ritchie New Member

    Nov 17, 2006
    OUTSIDE the Peoples' Republic of Denver
    Larger mags are a fairly recent mania. Back in the Olden
    Days, a lot of .22 pistols were used in local club level
    bullseye target matches, and the dosage is 10 per target.
    With no specific reason to change designs and retool, many
    of the legacy designs continued with minor changes.

    That's my guess, and I'm sticking with it.
  6. amprecon

    amprecon Participating Member

    Dec 27, 2002
    Because in researching gun battles across the nation, it was realized that law-enforcement and suspects usually missed each other with their first 10 rounds. So that became the magic number used to limit magazine capacity in order to keep us all safe, even after being driven to the point of shooting at each other :evil:
  7. Roccobro

    Roccobro Participating Member

    Apr 6, 2006
    San Berdoo, CA
    They have +3 adapters for the P22 magazine now for just a few bucks.


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