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Which .22lr semi-auto??

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Mickstix, Sep 10, 2008.

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  1. Mickstix

    Mickstix Member

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    Hey all, Im fairly new to the handgun world, and Im looking for a .22lr to have some fun with, at the range.. There's a specific shape/size and look that I'm after.. So far the only two I've found that meet my criteria are the Walther P22 (with the 3.4" barrel) and the Sig Sauer "Mosquito" (with 3.9" barrel) Both are pictured below.. Are there any other brands/makes/models that resemble these two, that I've missed?? Thanks for your help! :)

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  2. Cliff47

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    Czech out the CZ 75 Kadet in .22lr. Spooky accuracy, scarey reliability, fun as all get-out.
     
  3. DeadHorrorFan

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    I've had the same Ruger Mk. II for ten years, and at 50 yards I bust a clay pigeon every time. If you're not into the classic lines of a Ruger, maybe you'd like this one?

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  4. DeadHorrorFan

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    And for the record, I love my Walther p22. Have one with OD Green frame...acceptable accuracy, but more than anything it's just a fun little shooter.
     
  5. BamBam-31

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    Ditto the CZ Kadet. Looks like a regular CZ 75b, but it's a really high quality .22 pistol (available as a .22lr conversion kit for CZ 75b's).

    I've read mixed reviews about the Mosquito and G22, FWIW. I'd do a search here and on Sigforums on both before buying.

    If you're not dead set on getting the aforementioned pistols, two .22 pistols that are constantly recommended are the Ruger Mk. III and the Browning Buckmark. Both fantastic deals and defininte "Best Buys" in the world of .22's. I own the Ruger 22/45 and the Browning Buckmark, and I'd give the nod to the Buckmark for better ergos and OTB trigger pull. Ruger's aftermarket support is unequaled, however.

    DOH! Visit www.rimfirecentral.com for info on any and all .22's you can think of. Research all of the aforementioned pistols at the least.

    Good luck. :)
     
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    We like our P22 now that we swapped for a short barrel and dumped the "target" weight from the front. Walther customer service made it right with only one call about the problems with the "target" model.
    Can't venture an opinion on the SIG, but our P22 is nice for practice or plinking. Also has nice easy field-strip and re-assembly. It can be picky on ammo, it doesn't like some of the cheaper federal, and seems to enjoy CCI mini-mag.

    Oh, and I'll get on the Ruger bandwagon as well - our MK III hunter is a joy to shoot, eats cheap ammo happily, is far more accurate than we can shoot, and is nice and ergonomic [at least for me]. The downside is that the first few field-strippings and assemblies can be frustrating, but after a while you'll be able to break it down and build it back up easily [both proficiency and some wear help there]
     
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  8. Average Joe

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    I went with the Ruger MKIII
     
  9. atblis

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    The P22 and Sig Mosquito are straight up pieces of crap. Not an exaggeration.

    hard to go wrong with a Ruger MKII.

    This on the other hand is a class act. All steel, and superb accuracy.
    CZ kadet
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    I'll put it up against anything out there....

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    question was sig or P22


    DAUGHTER JUST BOUGHT a P22 and loves it

    FOR ME
    I like my MKII and BROWNING NOMAD
     
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    Both the Walther P-22 and SIG Mosquito have had quality control issues in the past. Not sure if they've been corrected.


    For me, I went with a Beretta Model 87 Target.
     
  13. Ben86

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    I would go with the sig because the walther feels like a little flimsy squirt gun in my hand. Also I hate the mag release on the walther. Part of the trigger guard? What is that? And a longer barrel should mean more accuracy.
     
  14. Mickstix

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    Thanks for all the suggestions and help guys!! The Baretta 87 Target is very very nice, but I just cant afford a $700 "fun" gun.. Same goes for the CZ 75 Kadet.. Great looking gun but too far outta my price range.. But of those, and the 2 guns I pictured, all have that shape, size and look Im looking for.. Im sure the Ruger II and III's are great, but Im not into the sweapt back grips and long barrels.. Guess for my wants and price range, Im gonna be stuck looking for a deal on a Walther P22 or Sig Mosquito.. Of those 2 guns, which do you suppose are the more reliable or better gun? Going bang will take preference over tight groups, for me.. Thanks again!!
     
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    I'd consider the prevalence of Zinc an "issue", and one they haven't corrected either.
     
  17. Claude Clay

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    walters in my neighborhood be refered to as the boomerang gun....for every one that leaves the store another comes back
    i know sig makes 22's other than the trailside--but why?
     
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    Ruger 22/45 MKIII

    That is my vote.

    Put it this way, I sold my Walther P22 to fund its purchase and don't think I could actually be happier. With the el-cheapo red dot I mounted on the top, I can put a mag inside a quarter from 25 while standing (slow fire of course) and hit golf balls from 50 if im sitting down... That is with CCI green tag ammo. The bulk pack ammo isn't as accurate but it isn't a slouch either. The P22 was never this accurate. Especially with the loose rear sight...
     
  19. Blofeld

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    The P 22 was going to be my end all- be all .22 pistol. Classic James Bond looks, German engineering, glorious to behold.

    What an overpriced lump of Doo Doo. Inaccurate beyond belief, Difficult at best to disassemble, overpriced mags, FTFs, you name it. I was never so disappointed with a gun in my life. And I wanted to like this gun. I kept looking for any redeeming quality to not sell it, and came up dry.
     
  20. ice monkey

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    Of the two - I would say go with the Sig!

    Many have run them down … and maybe rightfully so, but I rather like them. I almost bought one the other day. I guess I should have. It handled well, had a good trigger, and was only $300. I hear they are fussy about ammo though … but then many .22 semis’ are.

    I handled the P-22 as well, but found it lacking in my mits. Besides I don't buy handguns that I can't replace the grips anymore. I don't think you can on the P-22. (Not sure)

    Buy the Sig - find the ammo it likes, and don't look back. :)
     
  21. JustinL

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    Based on my personal experiences I cannot recommend the Sig due to its shear lack of quality. Sure, its ergonomics are terrific but I don't think I ever shot a magazine without at least one malfunction. Awful - and I love Sigs.

    The caveat is that mine is an early model, purchased in 2005. They may be better now.
     
  22. Mickstix

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    Im surprised to hear of all the malfunctions of the P22 and Mosquito.. My buddy has a P22 (which is why I now want a .22lr pistol) :D and it was fun as heck to shoot.. Im not sure what ammo he had, as it was just in a can, but we run 10 rd. mag after 10 rd. mag through it and never had any FTF's or malfunctions of anykind?? He did mention it was a pain in the backside to field strip, but Im sure that can be overcome with practice.. Im gonna be highly dissapointed if I get a P22 or Mosquito and have probs with it.. Hopefully I'll get lucky and/or be able to appease it with ammo that it likes..
     
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