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

.22's in 2011

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by sprice, May 20, 2011.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. sprice

    sprice Member

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2008
    Messages:
    916
    Well I bought a 1911 in .45 but I find myself needing a .22 to complement it, because of current ammo prices.

    So what's a good .22lr handgun that is reliable, durable, and most importantly will help me feel like I'm shooting my 1911? (safety and grip angle- muscle memory stuff)

    This will be mostly a target pistol, I have a dan wesson pm-7 so whatever is set up closest to that would be great. Target sights, lightweight, and cheap magazines are all a plus. I will also take it backpacking.
     
  2. Shear_stress

    Shear_stress Member

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2005
    Messages:
    2,728
    Sounds like a good .22 conversion kit is what you need.
     
  3. Tomcat47

    Tomcat47 Member

    Joined:
    May 24, 2007
    Messages:
    1,316
    Location:
    South Carolina
    + 10 Conversion kit! :)

    Im getting one of those myself... look for threads here at THR on conversion kits.

    Some brands are Ciener, and Marvel, Kimber makes them too.

    Make sure it is compatible with your gun!
     
    Last edited: May 20, 2011
  4. DanTheFarmer

    DanTheFarmer Member

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2010
    Messages:
    379
    Location:
    New Hampshire
    Hi All,

    I have a Ruger 22/45 that fits the bill. If you read the Ruger literature it claims to work well as a cheaper trainer for a 1911 because the controls are in the same positions and the grip angle is the same.

    I've found the results to be mixed. The Good News - My 22/45 is a great pistol. It is reliable, accurate, fun to shoot, and all the good things you could want in a 22lr.
    The Bad News - For me, the experience of shooting any 22lr is so different from shooting any 45 ACP that I don't think it functions very well as a trainer.

    Check out the Ruger and see if you think it will work for you. I think it is fine all on its own but for me it doesn't work too well as a trainer (through no fault of its own).

    Good Luck!

    Dan
     
  5. CZ57

    CZ57 member

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2005
    Messages:
    1,533
    Location:
    Heart of Texas
    Conversion kit or the new Browning downsized 1911. I hear their release is imminent.;)
     
  6. J Lambs

    J Lambs Member

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2008
    Messages:
    168
    Location:
    Harrisburg, North Carolina
    Picked this up a few weeks ago. Sounds perfect for your needs.

    [​IMG]
     
  7. sprice

    sprice Member

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2008
    Messages:
    916
    Are there any good conversion kits with bolt hold open? What about browning buckmarks?
     
  8. tpelle

    tpelle Member

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2003
    Messages:
    422
    Location:
    Northern Kentucky
    I have a Ciener conversion that I sometimes shoot on my Colt Series 80 pistol. Works fine as long as you download the magazine by one round.
     
  9. Zach S

    Zach S Member

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2003
    Messages:
    5,515
    Location:
    Western NC/East TN
    I have a Ciener conversion on a dedicated AMT Hardballer frame. Works great all the time, as long as I load the mags with Federal bulk or CCIs.

    Advantage Arms and Tactical Solutions offer conversions with BHO. I think the long discontinued, now rare, and therefore appropriately priced Colt .22 conversion had BHO as well.

    Edit: The only thing I regret about my .22 conversion is the fixed sights. While I was shopping for one, it seems like they were all backordered, so I got the first one available, a fixed sight Ciener. I wish I'd held out for adjustable sights.
     
    Last edited: May 22, 2011
  10. harmon rabb

    harmon rabb Member

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2009
    Messages:
    2,699
    I have a 22/45, and trainer my ass. The trigger and the major difference in recoil are so different that I find my 22/45 pretty useless as a trainer for anything but how to shoot a 22/45. Don't get me wrong, it's a great gun, and mine will eat any crap brick ammo without issue (which is a tall order for a 22 semi-auto)... but I do not agree that it will in any way make you a better 1911 shooter.
     
  11. TonyT

    TonyT Member

    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2004
    Messages:
    1,353
    Location:
    Michigan
    If you want trigger time with your 1911 then the conversion kit is a good idea. Otherwise a dedicated 22 is probably the better choice. I have several 22 conversion units for my 1911's as well as a S&W Model 41.
     
  12. Strahley

    Strahley Member

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2009
    Messages:
    890
    Location:
    Kansas
    Browning Buck Mark or Ruger 22/45
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page