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22lr pistol with the smallest grip

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by lono, Sep 7, 2011.

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  1. lono

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    I have a daughter with small hands, she shoots my Ruger 22/45 MK3 but has trouble with the grip size. Note: She shoots with the gun resting on a bag and with my arms around her within an inch of the weapon.
    My question is what is the 22 pistol with the smallest/thinnest grip?
     
  2. Geckgo

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    .22lr derringer?

    22 pistols tend to be a little fat-in-the-pants, most of the autos are designed like the bobcat. I would recommend my pheonix arms pistol or a Jennings, but the anti-sns-crowd will bash that to death, so other than mentioning it in this sentance I won't bring it up.

    Some of the 22 revolvers out there might be better suited for her needs.
     
  3. Twiki357

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    Take her to a gun store or gun show and see what she thinks is a comfortable fit. A single action revolver would be most likely.
     
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    Ruger Bearcat
     
  5. Shienhausser

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    I think a p22 is as small a grip as I want to shoot.
     
  6. RaceM

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    You might look into some older pieces termed "pocket revolvers". Many have bird's head grips which work well with small hands.
     
  7. Deus Machina

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    The NAA mini-revolver has grips so small I can barely control one. It's a two-finger grip, if that.

    The P22 has a pretty small grip, but small-framed revolvers traditionally have grips that I, IMHO, find uncomfortably and disproportionately thin. Thus the oversized wood on them.
     
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    J frame Smith.
     
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    Ruger Bearcat or Walther P22 are the smallest grips that are decent quality handguns....and I use the term quality loosely to include the P22.
     
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    P22 is small and works just fine with decent ammo. My wife has small hands and loves to shoot hers.
     
  11. Sam1911

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    I was doing this with my daughter at 3 years old.

    Ruger Bearcat is the perfect answer, bar-none.
     
  12. ForumSurfer

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    Yep, what he said.

    If you are absolutely dead set on a semi, go with something that has a short, thin barrel (like the standard mark II's and III's). My youngest son gets fatigued quickly and his shooting suffers when using a longer bull barreled pistol.
     
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    eaa mini is about a 1.5 finger grip, but it has no trigger guard and is only safe in the hands of someone who has safety really drilled in to them.
     
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    Ruger Bearcat or Walther P22. Works fine for us bigger folks too so she'll never outgrow either gun.
     
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    All the semi autos will be a bit bigger due to the need to put the magazine inside. A revolver would likely be the best way to go. Ruger Bearcat as suggested already or if you can find a used one a S&W Model 34 kit gun.

    The nice thing about a revolver is that the grips are wood and thick enough that their shape defines the feel of the gun. Wood is easy to customize down to fit her hands. Then as she grows to bigger hands replace the grips with some new stock size panels.
     
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    I would go with Craig and BCRider. Both make a lot of sense.
     
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    The smallest .22 pistol I have is an Iver Johnson TP22 pocket pistol. It's about half a size smaller than a Walther PPK, with about the same lines and design.
     
  18. Damon555

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    People with smaller hands really enjoy shooting my Neos.....

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    I second that. I have a Neos U22 with a 6" barrel and it is very comfortable for my female hands. If you want a lower weight they make a 4" barrel, but I will say the 6" is VERY well balanced. Maybe take her to a gun shop and have her hold some. It will at least give her perspective AND some good bonding time ;-)
     
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    NAA revolvers are the smallest, but wouldn't be as easy to handle. I think the Ruger Bearcat suggestion was the best.
     
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    I think the walther would be a bad choice for a young shooter.
    As these guns tend to bite the hand that shoots them. It would be a shame to scare the young lady, and she may never want to shoot again.
    The wise thing to do would be take her to a gun shop and let her pick up as many guns as she can, To see what fits her.
    IMHO and S&W revolver in 22 would work or a ruger bearcat.
    A ruger auto would work but as they may be a bit heavy for a young girl. I would recommend a S&W 422 or a 622. light and thin and not to much cash.
     
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    cannot disagree w/ the Bearcat
    but also agree with the S&W 22 kit guns 4" 63/651, etc., and lots of different grips for 'em you can choose from

    pert-near ideal just might be a 22 kit gun w/ both cylinders, but I think that they are about as rare as hen's teeth
    our smallest hands lady did like my S&W 622 ok, but my kit guns really do fit her hands better
    (I think the current S&W 22A is pretty much same gun as 422/622.. they are a bit too light for some folks, not recoil of course, just too little inertia)
     
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  23. lono

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    Thanks to everyone for your input. We are headed to the gun store to see what fits. Report to follow.
     
  24. lono

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    Well we got a Walther P22. Have not been to the range yet but the very low weight and small grip seem to fit her very well. The only problem I see as of now is the heavy trigger pull but she will get used to it. Thanks again for all of your inputs.
     
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    My grand kids all started shooting with my P-22 when they were 6. With appropriate CLOSE supervision they were all able to handle it.
     
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