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Cheap Off-Brand Handgun That Turned out to be a Tack-Driver

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Tallball, Jul 27, 2019.

  1. aarondhgraham

    aarondhgraham Member

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    I (like FL Swamp Rat) own an H&R 922,,,
    It's a skinny 6" barrel and is way more precise a shooter than I am.

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    It's an odd specimen though,,,
    Mine is apparently a very early model,,,
    There is nothing that keeps the cylinder in register.

    At first I thought it was broken but several people on this and other forums said it's the way the early ones were made.

    In single action it out shoots every other .22 revolver I own,,,
    Or maybe I just shoot it better than the others.

    Aarond

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  2. jar

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    H&R made some really nice revolvers, semi-automatics and even machine guns.

    My H&R 22LR; a 923 from 1955:
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    The old beatup holster I used and thought was SO Cool!
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    My 732 38S&W Long from 1968:
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    My no model no name 1937-1938 38S&W, later called the Defender:
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  3. Jeb Stuart

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    Yep, cheaply made but runs like a frigging top and keeps on going. Can nail 3" targets doing rapid fire as fast as I can pull the trigger. Snobs HATE these guns. Lol, especially the one's that never shot one. Have been running these guns now going on 10 years.Phoenix Hpa 22
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    Also picked up this Rossi 32 S&W Long and in single action is amazing at accuracy. Was In NEW condition when I acquired it. Given to me from a friend whose Father passed away. She did not want it, and was given as a gift.

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  4. d'zaster

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    I had a S&W 639 that was a pleasure to shoot and crazy accurate. Sould not have sold it.
     
  5. d'zaster

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    Nevermind.....i don't have any obscure/off brand hand guns. Although Kahr has become an off brand due my experience w P380.....
     
  6. Gerald Dickerson

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    TriStar/Canik copy of the CZ 75...$225 OTD from a local shop, actually shoots as well as my CZ 75B Omega....

    Added night sights to both...my Truck gun now.

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    Stamped S120 on the side, shoots really well. Whoever traded it end must have never shot it, its stamped 18 for 2018 build date. Go figure.
     
  7. Tallball

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  8. OneFreeTexan

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    Jen Stuart...Love those Phoenix’s.....great little gun!!!
     
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  9. JeffG

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    On a whim, I bought an Iver Johnson Hawk (Commander) 1911.($550) Ceracote finish, full beavertail hammer. Good to go as any Colt I ever bought. I added grips, and a full length recoil guide and use Chip McCormick mags. All good!

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  10. jstert

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    $200 heritage roughrider 4.5” 22wmr/lr 9 shot single action revolver. it won’t likely be passed on lovingly to my unborn grandchildren as would a ruger single six or bearcat, but in my lousy hands it shoots just as well.
     

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  11. Meeks36

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    Rossi 971 stainless steel.357. Hit a water bottle at 50 yds off hand first shot. Payed $200. Wish I would have kept it. Thing was scary accurate.
     
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  12. ontarget

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    I love the consistent accuracy of both the Phoenix 22s and the Heritage RR 22s. I own 4 of each and they are all great shooters.
    The only one I've had an issue with is my 3.5 inch Birds Head grip HRR. It is shooting low left but I'm thinking that's all on me. Still haven't settled on a consistent grip with the birds head so I think I'm pushing it as I anticipate the shot breaking.
     
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  13. Tallball

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    Wow. Jim NE, Tallball, and Meeks36 all owned Rossi 971's and they were all tackdrivers.

    It might not be a coincidence.

    (FWIW, mine was from the Interarms era.)
     
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  14. jstert

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    i recently got a jimenez ja22 22lr semiauto pistol. chose the ja22 over phoenix because latter’s safeties and takedown seem a tad more complicated. i like the ja22’s size and feel, but need to shoot it more. the hrr’s birdshead grips are an odd duck to me, too bad because the associated 3.5” barrel is quite handy. my heritage and rugers with birdshead grips all found new homes. the 4.5” hrr with plowhandle grips is a fine inexpensive plinker.
     
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  15. ontarget

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    Yes the 4.5s with the plow handle are great . I've got 2 of them and a 6 incher too. Love them all.
     
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  16. FlSwampRat

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    I bought mine simply because I didn't have a .22 revolver. I figured it would make a good plinker, as well as a good introductory gun for any non-shooting friends who I might tempt to go to the range. To my great surprise and joy it turned out to be very accurate. Very pleased with the purchase.
     
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  17. DazedandConfuzed

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    My first pistol was a Taurus model 66. Newly married, I had to find at a price we could afford. In 1985 I paid $175 for the blued 6" version. Shoot and hits what I aim it at, so no complaints!
     
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  18. DRJ1911

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    Many years ago I was really into hi-powers and had several. I was at a gun show and saw a table that had two FEG hi-power clones for dirt cheap so I bought one. I brought it home and cleaned it and immediately shot the best groups I had ever shot with a hi-power. I liked it so much that I went back the next day to buy the other one but it was already gone. Yes it shot better than my Belgium guns.
     
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  19. Tallball

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    "My first pistol was a Taurus model 66."

    I think I had a 22 and a 380 beforehand, but my Taurus Model 66 was my first real handgun. I bought it almost new in 1988. I had to use it for SD twice. It was stolen in a burglary around the year 2000. It was a simple blued 4". Its trigger was very nice and it was more accurate than I was. It was probably as accurate as any handgun I've ever owned, excepting my best Smith revolvers and 22 autos.

    I replaced it within a few months. I got a used Taurus Model 689 for $199 at a LGS. It apparently hadn't been shot much. It shoots at least as well as the original. The 689 was the fancy version of the Model 66. It was stainless steel and had a ventilated rib. At first I put Pachmayars on it, but when I wore them out, I replaced them with Ebay Thai hardwood grips. It's still my preferred HD handgun, and I have many other options

     
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  20. Tallball

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    "...saw a table that had two FEG hi-power clones for dirt cheap..."

    Me too. Some guy was trying to trade his almost new one towards something else at a gun show in the late 1980's. He wanted $200 and the dealer was trying to work him down. I offered him $200 cash on the spot and walked away with it. I still have it. The only times it ever malfunctioned as when I tried to feed it a $5.00 box of Chinese ammo. It's as accurate as its somewhat gritty trigger and small sights allow. When my eyes and fingers were better it was very accurate. Even now it shoots just fine: as good or better than most service pistols.

     
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  21. Jammersix

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    Rock Island Armory 1911.

    Very pleasantly surprised, twice, now.
     
  22. Deanimator

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    I wouldn't call it "cheap", but my Citadel 3 1/2" M1911 is definitely a lesser known brand.

    I've been extremely impressed by it. It has without a doubt, the best out of the box trigger of any M1911 I've ever owned. It's also as accurate as any out of the box M1911 I've ever shot.
     
  23. Tallball

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    I had a Tarus revolver in the late 80's early 90's, basically a 6 inch k frame knock off that was fabulous to shoot. The cylinder got loose from hot loads and my favorite small gun shop took it in towards a new gp 100 + $40, still have the Ruger today.
     
  25. Mosin Bubba

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    I have a Hi Point 45: it won't shoot some of the sparkling groups posted in this thread, but it is much more accurate than its reputation suggests.

    I think it comes down to the single action trigger, the fixed barrel, and the huge weight of the pistol keeping everything steady - it's almost built like a target pistol just by economy and accident. Whatever the reason is, I shoot that Hi Point better than a Glock and much better than most DA autos like a Beretta 92.
     
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