View Full Version : 22LR pistol May I have your recommendation on an inexpensive plinker?

07-07-2008, 8:18 AM
I am considering:
Ruger 22/45 Mark III 5.5" Blued adjustable sight $250
Walther P22 $330
Sig Mosquito $340

Is Ruger legal in CA?

I appreciate your help.

Thank you for your advises. I do not see any Ruger on Roster of Handguns Certified for Sale

07-07-2008, 8:49 AM
Ruger 22/45 my friend or a Ruger Mark 2 or Mark 3 all great inexpensive plinkers much better than Walther and Sig, even if they dont look as cool. I have 22/45, Mark 2, Mark 3 and they all work great very accurate too!

and yes Ruger is legal

Gator Monroe
07-07-2008, 8:52 AM
Used MK1 $150.00-350.00 !

07-07-2008, 8:55 AM
get the ruger, its a fun plinker. I pain to strip down and clean the first few times, but once you get the hang of it, its easy!

found this link to be helpful!

Capt Jack
07-07-2008, 9:01 AM
How about a Browning Buckmark?


Should be able to find a used one for about the same as a Ruger and its easier to field strip. I'm sure the Ruger would be fine as well though.

Good Luck!

07-07-2008, 9:04 AM
See, this is what really annoys me about CA law. I've got a couple of small, fun to shoot .22s I'd like to sell. One's a Beretta 21a and the other is a Taurus PT22. I couldn't just make a deal and send them to your FFL (or drop them off at a dealer the next time I'm in CA) because of the lame restrictions on what you can purchase. (sorry [/rant])

To the OP: The only one of the three you mentioned I've not heard complaints about is the Ruger. I've owned a couple and they've been trouble free. I've been warned off both the Walther and the Sig by people who own(ed) them.

07-07-2008, 9:16 AM
Ruger definately. My friends who own the Sig say that its too finicky and needs hyper velocity to function properly and then when it gets dirty is really starts to act up. The Walter is fun to shoot and would be my second choice from the three that you are considering, just because it looks cool.

07-07-2008, 9:43 AM
Ruger, or Browning nothing else compares to what you get for the price...

07-07-2008, 9:50 AM
I agree with the Ruger or Browning for good all-around target .22's.

Interestingly (at least to me) after owning a Walther P22 for a couple years I finally went out and shot it at Shasta Lake while houseboating with some friends. I had been a bit put off after having to send it back for the b.s. "threaded" barrel modification.

I was expecting it to be a jam-o-matic after reading all the horror stories here about that pistol. However mine fired about 300 rounds of various ammo flawlessly except that it choked on any sort of hollowpoint I had.

I liked its compact size and weight although the trigger could use some work.

07-07-2008, 9:54 AM
I recently got a Browning Buck Mark, you should definitely check them out. Quality guns that are a gas to shoot, and very accurate to boot.

07-07-2008, 10:20 AM
Thank you for your advises. I do not see any Ruger on Roster of Handguns Certified for Sale

07-07-2008, 10:22 AM
See -> Sturm, Ruger & Co.

07-07-2008, 10:23 AM
Ruger, or Browning nothing else compares to what you get for the price...


07-07-2008, 10:49 AM
Got it, thanks a lot.

07-07-2008, 11:41 AM
I vote for a Browning Buckmark. They are so much fun that I had to buy a 2nd one because I can't seem to get my turn with it when my son or wife goes to the range with me.

07-07-2008, 2:04 PM
Ruger, Browning, Beretta Neos are all good plinking pistols. I'll recommend against to walther p22, and Sig mosquitoes. They tend to like stronger(and expensive) 22 ammo which was the reason most of us pick up a 22 at the first place.

07-07-2008, 2:11 PM
I just bought a Ruger 22/45 Mark III 5.5" Blued. I paid $280 though. It seems by far the best bang for the buck. I considered getting a Hunter and even a S&W Model 41, but when you start going down that route you've totally missed out on an ultra cheap plinker.

It's one of my best purchases ever. Costs as much as a nice dinner and will last my life time and resell for 50% at any time.

07-07-2008, 2:13 PM
Ruger, or Browning nothing else compares to what you get for the price...


I have a Browning Challenger 1 which I love. The buckmark is kind of the modern version. My brother has a Ruger Mark 2, its a great gun too.

Either are good choices. You would have to spend a lot more to really get a better 22.

07-07-2008, 2:23 PM
I have a Ruger Mark II (2) Target in stainless, and I just recently bought a Browning Buck Mark Target 5.5 and I like both, but the Buck Mark feels waaay better in my hands. Also I hate disassembling the Ruger, you have to be able to rub your head and pat your tummy while doing the do-si-do in order to take that thing apart. It always makes me frustrated... but that's just me.

What Just Happened?
07-07-2008, 2:23 PM
I had a Sig Mosquito and sold it back.

I would go with a Ruger or a Buckmark. They're cheaper and more reliable with any rimfire ammo. The Sig and Walther are too finicky.

07-07-2008, 2:35 PM
I will recommend what i always recommend, buy a stainless gun.
Now back to the ruger, i have the govt target slab and my buddy has the 22/45 and i bought mine after using my cousins mkII tapered barrel. All are great guns, but i wont say perfect. The plastic 22/45 magazine sometimes doesnt lock in all the way, but it is lighter than the MKII. On my MKII the feed ramp was rough and even with a bit of polishing i can still cut my groups quite a bit by hand feeding each round. They are accurate though, just not target accurate as a single shot can be. SOOOOO much fun to rapid fire:D.

07-07-2008, 3:04 PM
I would personally get this:
Smith & Wesson Model Model 617 Revolver

07-07-2008, 3:05 PM
Go Ruger.

07-08-2008, 9:29 AM
If you want decent accuracy, the Ruger's the only choice of the ones you have listed. The others are fun, but not very accurate, and if you get a lemon, you'll be sending it back a few times.

07-09-2008, 6:52 PM
I bought an Advantage Arms 22lr conversion slide for my Glock. Very happy with my purchase.