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Sig Mosquito vs. Walther p22

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by the 22 junkie, Feb 21, 2006.

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  1. the 22 junkie

    the 22 junkie Member

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    I'm shopping for a my first 22. autoloader and I would like your opinion on it.
    I have narrowed it down to one of these two, (although a Mk. III is not completely out of the question). Some important factors for me:

    Cost
    Ease of Mantinence
    Grip Size
    Reliabilty [sic]
    Features (decocker, safety, etc.)
    Accesesabilty [sic again] to lefties

    Thanks!
     
  2. phantomak47

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    Buy the ruger.


    Do some research here about the P 22 and you will find that it only likes some ammo and I knew some people that told me that they have to tighten up the pistol every 100 rounds because everyone comes lose. I have never met anyone that owned one that liked it.


    Sig from most reports needs fine tunning, Its too new and the bugs are worked out. Yet again do a search.
     
  3. ROBO4642

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    I love my P22, the feed problems were a mag defect. All the new guns come with the improved mags. Mine eats anything I feed it. I was interested in the Sig as well however I didnt like the gritty feeling of the slide. If you have big hands the Sig is 80% so it fits larger hands. Again I love my P22 its a blast, no pun intended.
     
  4. Tropical Z

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    If someone held a gun to my head and forced me to choose from those two I'd get the Sig.I'd rather have anything else.
     
  5. rageofangels

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    Both have feeding problems, both have slides made from inferior metals. Get a Buckmark and pray someone makes a sweet looking traditional style autoloader for a .22LR.
     
  6. mapwd

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    I owned the P22, hated it, jammed all the time. The sig is an awesome gun
     
  7. pauli

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    if your search has been narrowed to a mosquito or a p22... i advise you to widen your search. in the extra time this takes, you can earn enough money to cover the cost difference from stepping up to a trailside, mark 2, or buckmark, and end up with something that's not disposable.
     
  8. atblis

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  9. Electric Factory

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    I saw and shot a Mosquito for the first time today at the range when a fellow shooter pulled one from his shooting kit. The gun seemed to be well made and ergonomically friendly, feeling a lot like other [ larger caliber] Sig semi autos- I'd call it ' hand filling' but easy to adapt to.
    I shot two mags with no issues- feeding, extraction, nothing. It was accurate out to 30yds and shooting steel plate at that distance was both easy and fun. I don't know what the street price is for these but my experience was positive and I'd consider buying one, again based on price .
    Which carries the lesser street price, the Mosquito or the Ruger MKII / MKIII ?
     
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  10. George Hill

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    Browning Buckmark
    Ruger MK-II or III
    SIG Trail Side
    Colt Cadet
    Ruger Single Six

    Get a real .22.
     
  11. usp9

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    Between those two choices it is a crap shoot as to whether the pistol will function well. I tried both and neither one is reliable or exhibits quality manufacturing and materials. Buckmark or Ruger would be a wiser selection.
     
  12. atblis

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    This thread got dredged up from it looks like February of 06.
     
  13. Electric Factory

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    "This thread got dredged up from it looks like February of 06."


    I think it's probably my fault. I didn't even know the Mosquito existed until I saw one this past weekend- does this make me a bit behind the curve ?:D I used the 'Search' feature to see what you guys thought about the gun and stumbled headlong into this thread !
    I am looking to buy a semi-auto .22 pistol though, and the Mosquito I shot on Sunday seemed to work as advertised. That said I am also looking at the Ruger MK II/ MKIII as an option, it doesn't appear as though the Mosquito has a fan club around these parts .
     
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  14. atblis

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    Yeah

    I can think of one person who has a Mosquito and actually says it's a good gun.

    The P22 is an utter piece of crap, and it seems to be considered a slightly better gun. Never shot a Mosquito, so I'll refrain from saying anything too bad about it.

    It's hard to go wrong with a Ruger. Personally, I'd rather have a MKII than a MKIII.

    If you want a 22 that looks like a "real" gun, then the CZ Kadet pistol is probably the best one. Even simply as a 22 pistol they are nice. The only thing nicer that I am aware of are the Marvel kits for a 1911. They'll cost you though.
     
  15. AK103K

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    I have both the P22 and the Mosquito. Havent had any troubles with either. Both are fun little guns to shoot. The SIG's DA trigger does take a little getting used to.

    I've owned at least one of pretty much all the different makes of so called "real" .22's over the years. A couple of things you will encounter with ALL of them is, they get grumpy when they get dirty, and many are ammo sensitive. Some shoot great, some were just OK. For the most part, all were fun. If I was pineing for one back, it would probably be one of my High Standards. Rugers and Buckmarks are nothing special. (other Brownings are a different story)
     
  16. Electric Factory

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    " I have both the P22 and the Mosquito. Havent had any troubles with either. Both are fun little guns to shoot. The SIG's DA trigger does take a little getting used to. "

    Yea, you're certainly spot on about the trigger, a little 'mushy . Once you get through it the let off seemed crisp, but I wonder how involved a fix it would be for a gunsmith to do a trigger job ? Or perhaps mushiness is the nature of the D/A semi-auto ?
    By the way, given your positive experience and mine with the Mosquito makes a body wonder what generated the bad rep ?
     
  17. AK103K

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    I'm not saying that people didnt have some issues with them early on, (mines an early gun, and its been fine) but I dont think its as bad as it always morphs into on the internet. You usually see the same people aggressively bad mouthing them in many of the threads, and for what ever reason, they seem to have a great dislike of them, and want you to too. You also get a lot of "I heards..."", although those seem to have died down some. I know people who have one or the other or both and we shoot together. None of us so far have had any issues, none at least that I'm aware of.

    I dont know if there is a trigger job available or not. My P22 has a better DA trigger than my Mosquito. The Mosquito's trigger is also not what most SIG's DA triggers are like, and is particular to it. The Mosquito's trigger aint the greatest, but its also not all that bad once you get used to it. I shoot mine that way all the time, and have no troubles hitting what I'm shooting at.
     
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    I have the P22, and I love it. The ambi mag release is much better for me than the standard button-release like on a Beretta 92. The P22 has the look and feel of a non-.22. Mine shoots all sorts of ammo, though I usually only feed it either Federal bulk or CCI stingers or mini-mags.

    I don't like the Ruger simply because it doesn't look feel or act like a normal gun. I use my P22 to practice how I would shoot a "real" gun, like my P99. So far I have had no problems.
     
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    I had purchased my P22 (5") about a year after they came out (hoping any bugs would be fixed by then). It had failure to eject issues from the start which was found to be due to the firing pin block hitting that small hump on the top of the frame as the slide cycled. (It slowed the slide down to the point of causing the FTEs.)

    (Represetative photo from an instructional website concerning the P22 reiabiity issues and their fix.)
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    After beveling the area so that the block clears the hump, my P22 has since been reliable. (Just waiting for the slide to break.)

    After recently trying out a friend's Mosquito (threaded barrel with the threads modified for standard threads), I was starting to think more of it after reading numerous negative reviews on various gun boards. his gun did FTEed often but I felt that if fed with high velocity ammo, it should do OK. Sure enough, he had run some HV ammo through and reported good results. I've always thought the Mosquito felt very nice in my hand but put off buying one due to the reports...until last week when I got one of the Sport models (5" bbl) from Bud's.

    IMO the Mosquito is a better gun as it fits a more normal sized hand. Not as big as a P226 but still very comfortable, better than the tiny P22 grip.

    The DA trigger on my Mosi isn't mushy but it is quite heavy and stacks. Heaviest DA handgun trigger in all of my collection. SA is surprisingly very crisp, though. (Still unfired.)
     
  20. Electric Factory

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    ".... but put off buying one due to the reports...until last week when I got one of the Sport models (5" bbl) from Bud's.

    The DA trigger on my Mosi isn't mushy but it is quite heavy and stacks. Heaviest DA handgun trigger in all of my collection... "


    The Sports model is exactly the one I want when I finally buy one- any idea what the best street price would be ?
    As to the DA trigger pull, wouldn't that be a simple trigger adjustment by a gunsmith ?
     
  21. Moccw

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    get the sig, use the recommended cci minimags, 3000 rds, not one ftf not one problem at all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  22. nwilliams

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    I have owned both a P22 and a Sig Mosquito.

    I didn't have either very long. They both look very cool and are fun to shoot when they actually choose to function, but neither one is very reliable. I ended up selling the Mosquito to my friend's girlfriend because she fell in love with it. The P22 I was all to happy to sell after a few months of owning it, constantly jammed and wasn't very accurate IMO.

    Get the Ruger its a far better gun, I owned a Mk3 for a long time and really loved it, can't remember now why I ever sold it, must have needed the money:rolleyes:

    For the best bang for your buck the P22 and Sig Mosquito don't hold a candle to any of the Ruger .22 autos, not even remotely close.
     
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    Damn, this thread is truly disappointing, however I'm quite glad that I read it.
    I was at my local gun shop on the weekend looking at the p22 and mosquito throught he glass, they also had a real fancy target beretta autoloader in .22 but I don't know anything about it other than it costed 200$ more.
    The mosquito looked EXTREMLEY appealing to me, except for the price tag in comparison to the ruger, and I was really checking it out. I didn't handle it as the guy at the counter was quite busy and by himself but I checked it over for a good 5 minutes.
    Point being I wanted to buy one, but I also noted the ruger and have read about how awesome a handgun it really is.

    Its quite clear to me now, that unless I get a mosquito for a smoking price (200$ or less lol) then I will never buy it... Too bad cause it looks real nice.
    Would love to have a 5" bull barrel Mark III :D
     
  25. Sgt.Dusk

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    I say take ruger.
     
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