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recommend a compact double action .22 revolver.

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by cajun47, May 12, 2007.

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  1. cajun47

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    i want a small one to stick in my pocket. this is not a main carry gun. i already have a north american .22 mag s/a and a s&w 9mm that i can carry.

    i want a SMALL POCKET d/a .22 long rifle revolver for fun and maybe an extra gun to carry sometimes.
     
  2. ArchAngelCD

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  3. telomerase

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    IF you can stand heavy double action pulls the 317 will work. You will hate the HiVis sights if you get the three-inch (I'm psychic about these things) and have to spend money to replace them.

    If you get the Taurus the trigger pull will be even worse, and the cylinders are not countersunk for the rims (a bit more chance of hanging up).

    Time travel is your best bet, as it will allow you to obtain a pristine Smith Model 63.
     
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    Short of time travel, you might find a S&W Model 34 with a 2" barrel. They are occasionally listed on the gun auction sites.

    Unfortunately, the Model 34 snub is not a cheap gun. Too many S&W collectors and not enough guns. On the plus side, the trigger will be glass-smooth and the adjustable sights will handle everything from CB caps to Stingers.
     
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    34 is the blue version of the 63. If you are in the bayous, that could be a problem.
     
  6. P95Carry

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    Find a tight Charter Pathfinder .... I had one which had gone sloppy and so was not reliable altho for a small snub the grips were superb. If not too old then IMO it's about the best feel for a .22 small revo - even if at the ''budget end'' of quality. Excuse poor pic.


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  7. pv74

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    S&W model 63 Kit gun...sweet little stainless J frame that will run you about $400. Look on gunsamerica for one.

    In the Pic:
    Colt Officer's Model .22 (1935)
    S&W K22 Masterpiece (1948)
    S&W 63 Kitgun (1977?)
    Ruger Mark I (1956)

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    Smith & Wesson 317 or 63 Kit gun any time over the Taurus or Charter Arms you pay more but you get a better quality pistol.
    Have had a kit gun for decades and still do also have had Charter Arms and Taurus both of which did not compare and are now a long distant memory.
    An old Smith & Wesson model 34 would also be nice just not as weather resistant.
    I paid allot for my model 63 years ago but have found it to be one of my most used and most fun pistols.
    Check for good deals on the web.
    Good luck.
    www.auctionarms.com
    www.gunbroker.com
    www.gunsamerica.com
     
  9. ArchAngelCD

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    I wasn't recommending any of the above revolvers over another. He asked about "small" .22 LR revolvers so I posted the ones I knew of. I don't know what his budget is so I won't be so arrogant as to tell him the buy a S&W even though I would. If you have to buy a less expensive revolver, Taurus isn't a bad choice. Even the Charter Arms revolver isn’t that bad as a plinker since it won’t be a primary SD handgun.
     
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    We sell 'em all at the shop and I have had to do work on all of them at one time or another.
    Skip the Charter altogether, the Taurus will go back for lifetime repairs at some point, I personally own a Smith 317 kit gun.
     
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    That's quite true (and they do have lightweight models). But so is my psychic prediction about how much he'll like the DA pull and the lack of countersinking for the rims :D
     
  12. GunTech

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    I haven't found anything I like better than the 34/63. S&W is brining back this revolver, but with a 5 inch barrel. One can hope that a 2, 3 or 4 inch will follow soon. My 34 is a 4 screw flat latch and shoots rather well for such a small gun. I paid $325 IIRC, from Gunbroker.

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    Another possibility is the Ruger SP101 in 22lr, if you can find one.

    My wife has a Taurus copy of the S&W 63, and it is not the same. It works, but it is rough.
     
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