Double Action 22lr

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by blackd24, Oct 26, 2021.

  1. Biblethumpncop

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    9ED51215-153C-417C-8118-D04750679E6D.jpeg 36913494-AD3E-4F12-93A1-550C4A9269A0.jpeg 60E2ABD1-72A2-4727-ADC4-429E739BBA35.jpeg 8F6BCC19-2BC0-43B7-B8EE-E35E934B2AA7.jpeg 9792B28E-9FCC-46CE-A853-EC9683148E1B.jpeg I bought my 6" Colt Diamondback around 1984, used for $235. I had saved for 2 years and had mowed a lot of yards. Dad of course bought it because I was too young, but I still have it. I had a gunsmith put a 4" barrel on it and can swap when I feel the need. I had it hard chromed with Metalife around 2008.

    I also had traded into a S&W model 18 about 10-12 years ago. I didn't like the shells sticking in the chambers so I sold it and made a profit. I wish I still had it.

    I had two, used High Standard Sentinel 9 shot revolvers. I gave one to a dear friend for his birthday. I sold the other but it was a fun plinker. Trigger wasn't great and the gun was okay, but my Colt was my go-to .22lr.

    I bought a new Charter Arms Pathfinder Target 8 shot .22lr earlier this year from the factory (Law Enforcement). I had high hopes that it would be a decent plinker to let my wife and daughter shoot. I sent it to the factory twice due to misfires and a .020" barrel/cylinder gap. I shot it after it returned the 2nd time and caught some spitting while shooting it so I decided to part ways with it.

    I guess my old Colt just has me spoiled and there is no need for me to look for anything else...but a model 17 or 617 will probably eventually find its way into my safe.
     
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  2. ThomasT

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    I have a S&W model 34-1 Flat Latch I am guessing was made around 1961. I bought it about 20 years ago for $250 OTD at a pawn shop. That little gun shoots like it has laser guided bullets in it.

    I have had two Taurus model 94s one in 22 and the other in 22 mag. The 22 had a 3" barrel and was a great little gun. The 22mag would stick cases so bad you almost had to use a rod to tap them out one at a time. I wish I still had the 22. I don't miss the 22 mag.

    I know you said double action but most target shoot single action anyway and single actions are usually cheaper. Maybe consider a Ruger Single Six with two cylinders. Mine is one of my most useful guns. I have two actually. Both are more accurate than I can hold from a field position.
     
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  3. toivo

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    I have a Charter Arms Pathfinder snubby and a S&W Model 17. You're right. The Charter Arms isn't even close to the Smith & Wesson in terms of fit and finish. That said, the CA hasn't failed me. The only real issue is that you will have extraction problems if you let it get dirty.
     
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  4. Lnf Crzr

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    Yours looks to be In better condition- yet would you consider $680 for a 18 model like yours a fare price nowadays? I have a 317 and 617… don’t need another…. Yet thinking
     
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  5. Lnf Crzr

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    Biblical officer ^
     
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    Sound reasoning there. :thumbup:
     
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  7. ThomasT

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    Another good 22 double action to have is a Taurus model 96. It is a K-Frame size gun that is modeled after the K-22. I had one way back around 1991 and cannot figure out why I sold it. They show up on gunbroker now and then for around $400 or so. Very nice guns.
     
  8. J-Bar

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    I have 4 S&W .22LR revolvers. Love ‘em, not gonna sell ‘em.

    But one of the most accurate .22 revolvers I’ve ever shot was a 6” Dan Wesson. Keep your eyes peeled for one with a few dings, and you can acquire a great .22 fairly reasonably.
     
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  9. Biblethumpncop

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    I would think $650-$700 would be a worthwhile price.
     
  10. cfullgraf

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    I have a couple S&W K-frame revolvers and a couple S&W J-frame revolvers, all chambered in 22 RF. All are good shooters and should last a lifetime.

    Buying one is a bit more money up front but the guns should last a long time uinder use if maintained prooperly.
     
  11. PzGren

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    Why so expensive?

    Welcome to 2021! I do not think that $1,000 is very expensive for a new S&W rimfire revolver and, as a high volume shooter, always found that the ammo cost - even shooting a .22 l.r. - will soon surpass the purchase price of the gun.
    I bought this 1952 K-22 used in the 1990
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    First chance I had I upgraded to this gun and it retired the S&W. I have paid more to feed it a steady diet, than I had paid for the Korth about a dozen years ago.
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  12. Tallball

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    I stalked Gunbroker for months before I finally found a S&W K22 that was affordable. It has ugly black grips and the finish is worn, but it's a wonderful shooter. If you're patient, and don't mind incorrect grips and worn finish, you can eventually find a good shooter for a good price.

    The Single Six is also a very smooth and nice shooter. I also got it inexpensively by being patient. If I didn't have a good 22 revolver and saw a nice used Single Six at a good price, I would snatch it up.


     
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    Just want you guys to know, this is a horrible thread. I'm now looking at several K22's on gunbroker....
     
  14. blackd24

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    hopefully not the one I’m bidding on!
     
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  15. heyboy

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    Pics for fun! I put these hard plastic grips on my Ruger and like them a lot. I thought I was buying rubber but ended up liking them for $20-something.

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  16. Seymour380

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    I picked a High Standard Sentinel 9-shot 22 lr this last year. It is a very fun plinker and goes with me to the range almost every time now. It was someone's safe queen for many years, and was unshot as far as I could tell.

    It does lock up a bit in DA rapid fire, but most of my shooting is SA. I think it just needs some more breaking-in.
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    A bargain at twice the price! Of course, I only paid $265 for it back in 1997. :p

    A nice K-22 and an Old Model Single Six are just about the most fun you can have with your pants on.

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  18. Old Dog

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    The used S&W market has gotten ridiculous. A revolver that sold for under $200 back in the day -- I'm now seeing these for $950 or over a grand. I wouldn't take any offers on my Model 63, it's just a fun gun.

    I also don't know why folks expect that firearms chambered in .22 LR have to be less expensive than other guns... Previous posters have articulated why this is not the case quite well. But, perhaps because so many budget guns in .22 were common for so long, some people just think that any .22 has to be a cheap gun.
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  19. Plan2Live

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    Are you making the assumption everyone is into reloading? Personally I find reloading tedious and boring which would likely result in me making a mistake, potentially a dangerous mistake. I'm fine with paying more for factory loaded ammo.
     
  20. blackd24

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    No, to me personally, the only benefit of 22 right now is less recoil. Since I reload, factory 22 is the same cost as my reloaded 38.
     
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    The only possible reasons I can think why the same model in .22 might be less expensive to produce is that the steel grade or heat treating process might be less expensive for a .22 than say a .357.

    But even that might not be enough of a difference to warrant a price differential. If the same steel or processes are used, obviously there would be no difference.
     
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    Very true. And I would never pass up a K22 -- or any gun -- because of the grips. That's like turning down a date with a beautiful woman because you don't like her shoes. :D
     
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  23. 375supermag

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    Hi...
    I have a Dan Wesson DA .22LR blued revolver that I bought several years ago at a gun show.
    Very accurate with several different types of ammunition.
    Don't remember what I paid for it but it was worth every penny. I should shoot it more often.

    It is a big heavy revolver that is probably heavier than it needs to be considering the chambering. It also is a very nice looking revolver.
    I can highly recommend Dan Wesson revolvers in any caliber. They are excellent accurate well made good looking handguns.
     
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  24. Space Ghost

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    My one, and only double action .22LR is the S&W 317.
    Not a target gun by any stretch of the imagination.
    It's very light weight, and destined to be that "kit gun" it's so often referred to as. It's one that can be thrown into a pack, and carried with a brick of ammo for camping/hiking/survival type deals.
    It does fairly good for what it is, and for how light it is.
    In fact, I think it's light weight (trying to hold the little thing steady) is the only bar to it having better accuracy.
    It was NOT, however, light on the wallet.
     
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  25. ThomasT

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    Yes and a hundred years from now Driftwood Johnson's Great Grandkids will be taking them apart and posting pictures of how they work and how they were built way back at the turn of the 21st century on whatever passes for the internet in 2022.

    Yes me too. I have one of the Taurus model 96's on GB I just got outbid on. I guess I will let it go. :(
     
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