Hmm, a local shop has just recently started stocking Taurus PT22s and PT25s. I know these are some of the guns that gave Taurus a bad rep for quality (which Taurus generally doesn't deserve). There are some good ones out there, but these are one heck of a crap shoot. Also, they really are big for the chambering. Small autos in .22 and .25 are really meant as pocket guns. Well, in weight they aren't bad, but in size they seemed significantly larger than the NAA Guardian in .32acp sitting right next to them. Still, they are light, and they are fairly small, so I guess they'd work ok as a pocket gun. Well, I am considering gambling on them anyway. These are brand new guns and the dealer is only asking $189. What do you guys think, at $189 is it worth the gamble. If I got a good one that is a great bargain for a working gun. If I get a bad one I'm not out very much money (less than $200 if I hold onto it, probably $100 or less if I sell it). Also, Taurus does have the lifetime warranty so even if I get a bad one it may be fixable, and for only $189 for a gun that I'm not expecting much out of it may be worth the headaches to get it working. If you are thinking that the price doesn't sound like much of a bargain, remember this is MD. We pay $550 for SA Mil-specs, $450 for Charles Daly 1911s, $420-460 for a CZ 75B, etc. Edited to add: Oh, gee the question... Is this a reasonable gamble based on the price? Also, which chambering should I go with? I know .22lr is questionable in an auto but .25acp is even more underpowered than .22lr. I would test this thing out for quite some time before I'd trust it as a backup (heck, I don't even live in a carry state right now). Also, it is true of .22 more than any other- there is .22 and there is .22, good ammo is good, but there is a lot of stuff that is terrible, I'd stick with quality ammo such as CCI. Either way I'd know if this particular example was any good and if my gun and ammo combo would work long before I'd be relying on it. Given that, would you still stick with the .25acp or would the .22lr be worth trying? I look forward to your responses.