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Phoenix arms .22 pistol

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by 351 WINCHESTER, Jun 17, 2007.

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    351 WINCHESTER Member

    Mar 19, 2007
    My friend and myself read an article in Gun Tests magazine last week.

    They tested the phoenix .22, and beretta and a high standard.

    They liked the cheap phoenix so I told him we should each get one. He ordered them friday and should be in tomorrow. I know they are, for the most part made of some zinc alloy, but according to their article they work just fine and they retail for $140.

    Anyone had any experience with this pistol?
  2. tostada

    tostada Member

    Mar 7, 2007
    Dallas TX
    I've seen plenty good reviews for them, and a couple really bad ones. I think the only negatives were actually on THR when I was searching for info on the Phoenix.

    The real problem with a small .22 auto is finding a use for it. It's not really the most reasonable weapon for concealed carry; even if you thought it was powerful enough, you'd probably want the reliability of a revolver when it comes to rimfire ammo.

    So most people would rather have something like an indestructable Ruger .22 for a target pistol which is still cheap, or something like a Smith 317 for a nice little .22 trail gun.

    I think that's why you don't really see much info on things like the Phoenix, but when you do hear something it's usually that it's a fun little plinking gun that's a pretty good value. It's better than a Walther P22, and cheaper.
  3. skud_dusty

    skud_dusty Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    I put almost 1k rounds through the Phoenix .22 I had. It shot okay, but the rear adjustable sight was loose and wouldn't stay put. I never had any problems with the recoil spring (I read online they are supposed to be replaced every 500 rounds)

    Out of the box I had some problems with reliable feeding. It would jam at least once per mad. Took a dremel to the feed ramp, and cycled the action a good 100 times. After that it seemed to be a pretty reliable little shooter.

    I bought it because I like small guns, they are just funner to try and shoot for me. I sold it to fund the purchase of an AR, but I could see myself getting another someday.
  4. Setzer77

    Setzer77 Member

    May 11, 2007
    A friend of mine has one. It's not the greatest thing in the world, and it jams every so often. He really seems to like it though, and he's a much better shot with it than I am. For that much money, I'd suppose it's worth it, besides, it's a .22, it'll pay for itself in the first box of ammo.
  5. ab4ka

    ab4ka Member

    Jan 25, 2007
    Zephyrhills, FL
    Phoenix Arms HP22

    I had one of these and it actually shot quite well, but it had a problem with the trigger not resetting now and then. I eventually just sold it, as I wouldn't carry it concealed, and I wanted something larger for plinking. I had the long and short barrels for it, and it actually shot better with the short barrel. I kind of wish I still had it, just because I liked it, but then again, I haven't sold a gun yet that I didn't wish I had back :p
  6. Onmilo

    Onmilo Member

    Jul 26, 2004
    Phoenix Arms pistols do have issues.
    Of all the things listed here I will also say they have one of the most confusing safety systems I have ever seen on a pistol.
    Because of this quirk alone I will not recommend the pistol for defense use.
  7. iwilc2

    iwilc2 Member

    Dec 4, 2006
    Central FL
    hey guys, new here to the forum, just wanted to give you my input on the phoenix 22, bought one in 95, shot it for about a year, not to often, the frame cracked, took it back to my firearms dealer, they sent it back and i received a new 22 [guarenteed for life] no problems since.

    PAPACHUCK Member

    Jul 5, 2006
    Who Dat Nation
    I got one. With minor ramp and slide rail polishing, it has been totally reliable and FUN!!! I am quite impressed with it for $115.00.
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