Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Peakbagger46, Nov 30, 2022.
At the lower end are the current Heritage revolvers (6 & 9 round cylinders in both .22lr & .22mag), and the Ruger Wrangler. The Diamondback Sidewinder is another but DA with 9 shots, lr & mag. If vintage is ok, the Hi-Standard Sentinel is tried & true. I have a Heritage and am disappointed with its accuracy with .22lr; I need to shoot it more with the .22mag cylinder too see if it prefers that ammo. And I have an old J C Higgins model 88 (made by Hi-Standard) that is an accurate plinker. All these have non-steel frames that might not be rugged enough for your back country conditions.
My preference? The older Model 43 with adjustable sights and slightly larger grip. I happen to own one and the lack of weight makes me smile every time I pick it up.
I'd probably just find the right Uncle Mikes nylon holster for it.
They are still in production and of the same idea as the early S&W Kit guns (Model 34, Model 43, Model 63, etc.)
I love my wheel guns, but if was picking out a 22lr kit gun for use in the wilds I would get a MK4 Lite, slap a RDS of my choice on it and call it good.
22lr SA revolvers tend to be better shooters, IMHO. The Single Six is very nice. I own a couple. (It doesn't matter as much to me that the sights are adjustable, as much as they're big and easy to see.) The Bearcat is a smaller version with fixed sights, I think? If you don't want to pay much, the Heritage will go bang.
Heritage Rough Rider 22lr New by Tallball posted Jul 27, 2021 at 12:39 PM
I’d probably go with a Single Ten.
So, you already have a revolver for defense. Is "survival" needed as brought up by others?
If not, and you're wanting the .22 for plinking (recreational shooting), that sure makes things fun and less serious.
Looks like the old alloy frame Bearcat (or I-frame) is your size and weight goal. What's those old model Bearcats weigh? Less than 20 ounces?
Back in the day, my pocket plinker was my Beretta Bobcat. It sure is light and small, but it has tiny sights on a short barrel and sure takes a lot of Kentucky windage to make it hit a target of opportunity.
Nowadays, my "pocket" plinkers are my Bearcat Shopkeeper and 1st gen CA "Pathfinder". The adjustable sights on the CA are a huge plus, my Bearcat requires remembering what Kentucky windage to hold.
If money was no problem, I'd want a new 8-shot S&W 63 or an adjustable sight Bearcat. But that 3" barrel Ruger LCRx makes a lot of sense too, although just a bit bigger than those other two guns.
If I wanted to spend a lot less money, I'd probably bump up the size to a Ruger Wrangler. But Wranglers are chunky compared to little Bearcats. J-frame sized DA revolvers get closer to Bearcat size than Wranglers.
Both of these pocket plinkers of mine have 3" barrels. 23 oz. on the left, 19 oz. on the right.
Single Six/Wrangler size versus J-frame size. 33 oz. for this particular 4.6" barrel Single Six.
Holding and shooting a Bearcat is almost the same as shooting a snub nose DA/SA revolver with the old school wood grip panels as shown in the photos above. In fact, the Bearcat above has a slightly larger grip circumference than that j-frame sized gun, which is why I added a grip adapter to the CA.
So, if one can shoot an old school j-frame, the remaining question is "can you fit your finger into a Bearcat trigger guard"? I can.
About the only thing I have that fits the bill, 22 Long Rifle Kit Gun, is this Model 63. It was made sometime around 1980. I don't know how much it weighs, but it is small, has a 4" barrel, and is made of Stainless Steel, so you could take it with you even during a downpour. I don't know how much it weighs, it is not an airweight, but I don't see the point of a super light 22 anyway.
I just checked the S&W website, and the Model 63 is still being made. It comes with a 3" barrel now, round capacity has been increased to 8 shots, and it weighs 24.8 ounces.
I think if I was in the market for a new kit gun, the current Model 63 would be just the ticket.
Peakbagger46; aluminum or some other alloy may. I've always wanted a Bearcat Shopkeeper, but seeing as how I can't shoot my M63 worth a darn because of my beefy clubs, I don't think that I could do any better with the Bearcat. You can see that I tried putting larger grips on it to no avail. I shoot my M617 much, much better.
My 63 is a 3”. I wish it was a 4” sometimes.
Price got added in post 15.
I took that more as a suggestion...
I actually didn't see that post. Well with that being the case I would still be in for a MKIV.
However, being that @Peakbagger46 seems to desire a wheel gun, I personally think a stainless Ruger Single 10 would be a very nice kit gun, simple, easy to carry and nice single action trigger for accuracy.
The H&R and Iver Johnson 8-shot break top revolvers can be pretty good deals, as was the High Standard Sentinel.
My own choice would be my Interarms/Uberti Dakota single action. It is the most accurate wheelgun I've ever owned, and I bought it lightly used for a song back in the 1990s.
Now on to double action trigger pull of rimfire revolvers. No matter what brand you go with, a rimfire revolver will always have a heavier double action trigger pull versus the same model in centerfire. The reason for this is that it takes more force to set off rimfire primers then it does to set of centerfire primers. If you lighten up the DA trigger pull too much you will get light primer strikes/failures to fire. It is just the nature of the beast here.
Now for what I own and use. I only have two rimfire revolvers and like both of them. I have a H&R 949 9 shot and a Taurus 2" 942 8 shot. I find that I carry the 942 more often now days. I also have a few semi auto 22 pistols too. I sendup carrying either my Glock G44 or my Kel-Tec CP33 more often than my other semi autos. The G44 is the same size as a G19 but it is pretty light weight and easy to carry.
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