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22 CAL. semi-auto handgun recommendation

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by brentfox, Dec 21, 2008.

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  1. brentfox

    brentfox Member

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    I am trying to find out if anyone could recommend a good 22 LR semi-auto handgun. That is one that does not jam on a regular basis, shoots strait and, is reliable. And, the less expensive the better. My experience with 22's is that they always jam.I have a 38/357 Mag that I use for a night stand gun. But, I am trying to find a 22 that I could use for the shooting range. The price of ammo adds up quickly for the larger gun.

    Thanks for any information you might have,
    Bent fox
     
  2. Petrock

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    I have to put this up right away and I've never been unhappy with a Ruger MK II Target. Especially in stainless. There are lots of them out there and very popular.
     
  3. motorep

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    I have a couple of S&W's that run real well- on the inexpensive side, a 422, which you can also find in stainless as a 622 (not to be confused with their revolvers bearing the same model designation). A bit more expensive, a Model 41, a very nice target pistol. 22's being what they are, I'm sure that someone could find ammo that neither of these will run on, but I haven't.
     
  4. bensdad

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    S&W 22A. Browning Buckmark. I have both. I love both.
     
  5. rugerman07

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    You can't beat a Ruger MK II.
     
  6. Mike Sr.

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    "am trying to find out if anyone could recommend a good 22 LR semi-auto handgun... **the less expensive the better**......Thanks for any information you might have,
    Bent fox
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    **Never could understand that logic?**

    Be that as it may, I'd suggest going to a pawn shop and buy a Ruger Mark 1 or 2 in Blue.

    Unfortunately you might have to pay a few more bucks for one with adjustable sights so the fixed sight model might be more in line with a budget.
     
  7. The_Shootist

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    Beretta Cheetah

    Never jams with a variety of ammo, accurate. Can't say inexpensive but you definitely get what you pay for with this pistol. The quality is outstanding.
     
  8. Floppy_D

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    I'm a big fan of Ruger's 22s. Can be found new under $300 with just a bit of looking, and used for around $250. I have a MKIII22/45, which shoots quite well. Anyone who shoots it wants one. I've yet to find ammo that it doesn't like. I might get a feeding failure every 500 rounds or so, but she's just lettin' me know she needs a bath.
     
  9. wbwanzer

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    I've got the Browning Buck Mark and love it. From what I've read, you can't go wrong with the Browning or the Ruger.
     
  10. Frank Ettin

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    If you can afford it the Smith & Wesson 41 is the "gold standard" IMHO. But you really don't need one, unless you really want it, of course.

    I've been very happy with my Ruger Mark II. I have the 5.5 inch bull barrel model in stainless. It's accurate and fun to shoot.

    In general, you'll find that .22 auto-loaders tend to be a little finicky. Some ammunition will work better/more reliably; but an occasional malfunction will not be uncommon. It has to do with the fact that it can be tricky to get a rimmed cartridge to feed from a magazine.

    But my Ruger (and my 41) have generally been very reliable with most ammunition.
     
  11. Deanimator

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    +1.

    I bought one to plink with when I was in the Army. Later I had a rail mounted on it for a dot sight. I shot bullseye matches with it for at least ten years before I switched to a High Standard.
     
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    Ruger Mark II Target Pistol

    Stainless

    I have NEVER had a jam or misfire and have shot over a thousand rounds of all different ammo to see which shoots the best!

    Once you have it, you can get all sorts of aftermarket parts!
     
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    I have the beretta U22 Neos,I haven't seen anyone on here talk much about it yet. Have shot over 2000 rounds through it so far- not one jam. The looks are not traditional, but it is a great plinking/gopher gun. I'm going to get another one for the kids. (I'm keeping this one!) I paid $199 for it new. It also has a rail on the top for a scope mount, I haven't put a scope on mine yet, it is accurate enough out of the box to get gophers at 25 yards. good luck!
     
  14. viking499

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    Browning or Ruger
     
  15. General Geoff

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    I have a Ruger Mark III Hunter that has not once failed to feed or extract on me, and I have about 1500 rounds through it so far.
     
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    +1 Ruger Mark II - slab side if you can find it.
     
  17. General Geoff

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    FWIW, the Mark II and Mark III are essentially the same thing as far as functionality goes; the Mark III just has a bunch of PC "features" like a loaded chamber indicator and magazine disconnect. So either one should serve you well.
     
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    I have a Ruger MkIII and I simply love the thing.
     
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    The Ruger is pretty much the standard, IMHO. Mk II or Mk III, in any barrel length you like, and there have been a number of lengths over the years.

    Take for instance the Ruger long barrel KMK10...
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  20. jcwit

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    Ruger Mk I, Mk II--Smith & Wesson 22--Browning Buckmark Any of these would be good. Check out the used market.

    Regarding the **the less expensive the better** he/she may have expenses that take priorty over spending much on ones self. This is an expensive time of year with the holidays and heating bills ect.
     
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    I have a Beretta U22 NEOS which has not had a single jam in almost 1000 rounds. I had a Browning Buchmark but sold it - it would jam after about 300 rounds and then a thorough cleaning would bring it back to life. I haven't cleaned the NEOS yet.
     
  22. RioShooter

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    I'll second the recommendation for the Neos as an inexpensive, reliable, and easy to maintain .22. I've had mine for over 3 years, and have over 10,000 rounds through it. The gun still functions flawlessly. You can field strip the Neos in about 2 minutes; no tools required. The only negatives are a heavy trigger and a rear sight screw that will not stay in place. I got used to the trigger and loctite fixed the screw.

    I eventually got a red dot. I regularly shoot pin tops with the gun, and usually beat the guys shooting Smith 41's, Rugers, and Brownings. :neener:

    Someday I'd like a Browning for shooting bullseye, but for now I'm really satisfied with the Neos.
     
  23. rugerman

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    I also vote for the Ruger Semi uto pistols, I got my first one (a standard model with a 4 inch barrel )when I was 8 and I've still got it and it still shoots real well. I also have a target model that is a tack driver. Both shoot well and are malfunction free as long as I keep them reasonibly clean. My son as a bull barrel and its been a good pistol to learn on.
     
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    I have a Ruger MkIII 22/45 and it has never had a misfire at all, thousands of rounds through it...
     
  25. .66Cal.

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    I found the Rugers rather pricey, very nice pistol no doubt. I shopped both new and used and even used Rugers were a bit high.
    I bought a used S&W 22A and I'm very happy with it. Also easy to clean which should also be considered.
     
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