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Looking for a .22 Kit Gun

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Peakbagger46, Nov 30, 2022.

  1. Bwana John

    Bwana John Member

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    S&W 43, 63
    Ruger SingleSix or BearCat
    Ruger MK 2
     
  2. OlKrom

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    I actually got a great deal on mine after a customer ordered one, got home with it and then realized his finger was too fat to fit into the trigger guard so he wanted to sell it.
     
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  3. Kookla

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    Have xxl hands and had a few bearcats. Never have had a problem with their small size, but always run into the same issue of the action binding after a few cylinder fulls of shooting. The few I've had I've traded off, but something about them is still very appealing to me.

    For something that would get banged around in a tacklebox, I think I'd look at a Wrangler or something like that.
     
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  4. crstrode

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    An economical choice is the Taurus model 94. A great stainless 9-shot kit gun. Mine has served me well for over 30 years.
     
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  5. ontarget

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    I have a blued Taurus 94 that I'm quite happy with. Occasionally get a failure to fire in D/A but it never misses a beat S/A. I always figured I'd polish things up a bit to see if that would cure the problem, just haven't gotten a round tuit yet.
     
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  6. .308 Norma

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    Yeah, I would too. However, just because I call my old Model 63, and now my Glock G-44 my "kit" guns, doesn't mean I carry either of them in my tackle box. I've always carried my so called "kit" gun at 5:00 o'clock on my right hip while I'm out fishing or just bumming around in the hills.
    As a matter of fact, I bought a padded, nylon flap holster for my G-44 for that very reason - it's slow to draw from, and "tearing" the Velcro on the flap loose is noisy enough to scare off a ground squirrel once in a while, but it sure enough protects my "kit" gun. :thumbup:
     
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  7. Kookla

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    Have shot a G44 and liked it. Doubt they'd do it, but if they built a .22 on the slim G48, that'd be something else.

    And for the record, I doubt I could throw a pistol in a tackle box and head out fishing.
     
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  8. Rubone

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    For a semi-auto "kit gun" a guy couldn't go wrong with one of these...
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  9. JFrame

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    I'm a revolver guy at heart, but I think someone else mentioned the Walther TPH. I always thought it "punched above its class" in terms of accuracy, and always wondered how it might work as a minimalist kit gun. It got some knocks for reliability, but I never found it to be an issue with quality ammo (CCI Mini-Mags and Stingers exclusively).

    Having said that, if I were going to go for a .22 LR as a "kit gun," it would be my S&W 63 (bottom handgun, second photo). :)

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  10. tallpaul

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    As I was reading the op's post I thought the same albeit I was thinking my ruger mk III lite ... I searched for a long time for a deal on a "kit gun" and I love my revolvers . I ended up with a ruger sp101 in .22lr I like well enough but the Ruger mk's n the like are a solid choice in the kit gun category n are worth a look for the application. I would still love a Smith kit gun or a Ruger 4 5/8 single six. I do think a Ruger Wrangler
    4 5/8 with adjustable sights would be really great but I haven't seen one ... yet :)
     
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  11. pharmer

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    I've had the 63 over 40 years. Haven't shot it in over 30. The 34-1 goes with me almost every time at the range. It's hard to hit with but big fun. Joe
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  12. tallpaul

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    Not always bud... Smith k frames can have great rimfire triggers the same as centerfire..centerline... and I believe the old Colt mid frame rimfires are the same
     
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  13. 12Bravo20

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    You are right, it is not always the case. BUT it is the case the majority of times. And YES I have seen plenty of S&W rimfire revolvers that have a heavy DA trigger pull when compared to S&W centerfire DA trigger pulls.
     
  14. JERRY

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    For feeding myself I'd prefer a single action trigger pull over a double action trigger pull. If truly a kit gun is wanted a ruger birdshead single action would be the trick. Now if barbeque guns are what you really want to show off than there are others to choose from.
     
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  15. Old Hobo

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    The Ruger LCRx is lightweight, touch over one pound, has adjustable sights, and holds 8 rounds. The 3" barrel is fine for plinking.

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  16. dickydalton

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    The closest I can do is this Model 51 22 mag. I bought it brand new about 50 years ago.
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  17. tallpaul

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    I have seen Smith centerfires with hard n even rough centerfire actions compared to others of the same model. Easy enough to tune. USUALLY the small frame revolvers have the harder double action pulls n even single action pulls to a degree is not due to being a rimfire but because the mass/weight of the hammers is not as much that requires the higher spring weights to set off primer materials...
     
  18. Hal

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    My late father in law passed a H&R 922 down to my wife.
    Guns like the small H&R line were the definition of a "kit gun" back in the day.

    They are currently priced as though they are black market items being sold in a place like New York city.

    Maybe a nice wrist rocket sling shot & a tube of BBs?
     
  19. Bwana John

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    I think my ears are still ringing from shooting one without muffs ~45 years ago.

    Even my M60 doesn't hurt my ears as much as the M51in 22 mag.
     
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  20. ClemY

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    I have a Bearcat, and I have large hands. I have accommodated the tiny grip and it shoots well. What I couldn't abide was the tiny sights. Before the adjustable sight versions of the Bearcat became available, I had a S&W J frame sight setup put on mine. The little gun, with workable sights, actually shoots quite well.
     
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