.22 Pistol Suggestions

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  1. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator Staff Member

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    It really is subjective. Only you can tell which you like best after trying them.

    I really like my Buckmark & my Trailside. The Ruger Mk I, II, & III's are great shooters as well.
     
  2. bigfatdave

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    InkEd, try this page, it has all the Ruger auto-loading .22 pistols listed, and their features/differences.
     
  3. CajunBass

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    I'm a Ruger fan, but the Buckmark is just as good. Pick the one you like best, or can get the best price on. If I'd picked a Buckmark the first time, I'd probably be a Buckmark fan. Find a used one and you'll save a few bucks most likely.
     
  4. kludge

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    Ruger grips don't fit me and the S&W 22A doesn't appeal to my tastes (buddy has one though, and it is a tackdriver), so I went with a Buckmark.
     
  5. EOC_Jason

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    Browning Buckmark is a nice pistol.

    I would choose a Ruger Mk II or Mk III over a buckmark though, usually they are slightly cheaper (it really depends on exact models though).

    The standard Mark II w/5.5" Target barrel is probably the most common and if you check your local pawn shops and online auctions, you can probably get one *easily* around $250-$300.

    As for preference between the regular and the 22/45, that's all up to you. I own both models and love each of them. I like the regular model because you can choose from a variety of aftermarket grips, I have the Volquartsen on mine. Also I would recommend the Volquartsen Accurizing Kit, makes night & day difference in the gun's trigger pull.
     
  6. C-grunt

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    I really like my Ruger MKIII 22/45. Its crazy accurate and very reliable. Also has a HUGE aftermarket for it. Hell you could probably completely build a Ruger .22 from aftermarket parts alone. LOL.

    That being siad I have seen some really good shooting done with a plain jane Buckmark as well. I think both are excellent .22 pistols and you couldnt go wrong with either.
     
  7. owlhoot

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    If you have a full size pistol for which a conversion unit is available, I urge you to get the conversion unit. Some are better than others. Get the best you can afford. You don't have to go through a dealer or the registration process for a conversion unit. You can order direct from wherever you can find the best deal. That saves a few bucks.
     
  8. Sky

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    Went hog blasting tonight just got back in and looked at this thread. My wife has been wanting a lighter plinker than the metro 45 and just so happened my gun range has a new Walther p22 new in the box for $325. I always try to disassemble a weapon before I purchase just to see how hard to take apart and get back together. Comes apart easy and goes back together like "what to heck is going on"? They supply a guide rod that has to be inserted in the spring when trying to put the gun back together.. It works but was rather awkward for my size 10 fingers! Wife is 92 pounds and I not sure she can get the gun back together due to spring tension. Like the size and the pistol was accurate out of the box. Dunno know if that is a good price or should I buy the Sig for $300...would like to have the .22 pistols by the same manufactures and size so holsters are interchangeable. The picture above along with the slightly less than ease of putting it back together without an extra guide rod has just about killed the deal for me. Especially if I find one for $200 in a minute on the Internet!
     
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    So has SHE tried it? My wife handles the somewhat complicated take down of her Colt Huntsman just fine. I expect a P22 would be terribly easy compared to that.
     
  10. ArchAngelCD

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    I own a Ruger Single-Six, a Ruger Mark II and a S&W M22A and like them all. Since all three are within your budget you won't go wrong with any of them IMO. See which fits your hand best and go for it!
     
  11. Sky

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    She has to put some serious effort into chambering a round in the 1911; but on tear-down/reassemble (1911) she is good. So replacing the spring and reassembling the Walter P22 is gonna be a considerable challenge. Slept on it last night and prolly gonna keep the P22...Apply liberal amounts of Break Free, swab the barrel, and brush the receiver, should run forever unless it blows up? She likes the feel and looks of the P22 so much she was taking cell phone pictures of it and sending them to half of Mexico! If I try to take it away from her at this stage I might need to come armed!! A year ago she had never fired any type of gun; now she thinks she's a Mexican Annie Oakley!! Well at least she will help or clean the Ar's!!
     
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  12. smallbore

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    I bought a Ruger MkIII 22/45 about a year ago. Great little pistol.
     
  13. bigfatdave

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    There are many ways to put the p22 back together.

    Generally I compress the spring until the guide rod is poking out the front of the slide, and then hold the rod in front while fitting the upper to the lower.

    Or I use a section of cleaning rod to replace the guide. It is easier because you get more rod out the front and can wiggle it to get things to line up.

    There's a whole Walther sub-forum over on rimfirecentral, plus waltherforums ... most people find the p22 quite easy after they get used to it.
     
  14. Sky

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    Seems like anything I do the first time is getting harder??? Like the cleaning rod idea thanks for the info....last night I just snaked the barrel, squirted some Break Free, and brushed the firing pin area and figured it was good to go. Will check out the other sub-forum on the P22....Thanks again..
     
  15. bigfatdave

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    That's OK if you were shooting fairly clean ammo, or weren't shooting much.

    But the failures my p22 has aren't because of a dirty barrel or bolt face, they're caused by the crud in the action. Break-free (or CLP, or whatever spray-on solvent you like) coupled with a good compressed air blow-out are the solution I like, but it required at least getting the slide off for cleaning and lubing.
     
  16. gun guy

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    there is a huge market for 22's, lots of opinions, i picked up an old hi standard military trainer, bull barrel at a gunshow for $75. i wanted a lil tackle box gun. the blue finish is pretty much gone, but the bore is clean, there are no signs of abuse, the internals are good, it feeds everytime, hits to point of aim. shop around there are lots of good deals on 22's. as to all the complaints, issues with walther, since s&w took them over, thats just tip of the iceberg, i would consider, anything, besides a walther, a rock, a sharp stick, anything, but thats just my opinion.
     
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  17. Vern Humphrey

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    You got a Hi-Standard auto for $75?

    That gun was there for me!!
     
  18. Red Tornado

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    It's been a while, so what did you get?
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  19. DasFriek

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    S&W .22a for a reliable easy to dissemble low cost gun, Very accurate also.
    Ruger MKIII 22/45 Built for a lifetime, Cost a tad more and PITA to disassemble.
    Buckmark- Never owned one, But a top pick for most people.
    Sig Trailside- Heard good things about.
    If you own a 1911 full sized you can get conversions that are very nice.
    Dont buy 1911 .22lr only guns, May work fine but not the quality to last a lifetime.
     
  20. X-Rap

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    I like the MKI and MKII Rugers but have not carried either for a couple yrs. since I got the Kimber conversion. It shoots as well as the Rugers and is all 1911 except it doesn't lock open on the last shot.
     
  21. jolly roger

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    Some folks dog the S&W 22A but I have one that is seriously accurate and reliable. As accurate as my Model 41 and I'm not scared to scratch it up plinking in the woods :) Good buy for the money.
     
  22. RugerGirl

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    I've had my Ruger Mark I for a while (Big Ruger Fan so this is a very biased opinion) and it shoots very well. But I'm more of a .357mag kinda gal.

    My Ruger Mark I is for sale...I posted it earlier today. We could discuss prices if interested. :) Pictures are on my listing too. I don't shoot it anymore, nothing wrong with it, I just don't enjoy it as much as my GP100.
     
  23. TriTone

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    I've got a MKIII and a buckmark, and they're both great shooters. I have to say the trigger as sold on the MKIII is crap for a target pistol. The Buckmarks is closer to a target trigger. I would compare them to my S&W 41 but that wouldn't be fair on any front. OK I will anyway, the SW41 take about 2 seconds flat to field strip, and 2 seconds to reassmble; the MKIII is a pain in the butt to dissassemble and reassemble. The buckmark isn't great either, but much easier than the MKIII for sure.

    So with the buckmark have a better stock trigger, easier dissassembly and reassembly, and being arguably as practically accurate for a pistol in its price range as the stock MKIII. GO with the Buckmark.

    All that said, if you can get a hold of a S&W 41 in any way, do so, the tirgger on that baby breaks like a glass string and is incredibly accurate to boot.

    P.S.: if you foresee having the time/skill/money to upgrade a MKIII in the foreseeable future, go with a MKIII with a bull barrel, and you can get a nice target pistol built for yourself, not just a plinker!
     
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