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10-08-2010, 5:15 PM
Looking to get a .22 revolver. Would like a Ruger but I don't see any .22 Ruger revolvers on the CA roster. Can that be? What should I be looking for that's legal in CA?


10-08-2010, 5:57 PM
Smith & Wesson was the only 22 revolvers I saw on the list.

10-08-2010, 6:03 PM
S&W is top of the line for a 22 LR revolver. Also looks like S&W is the only one willing to jump through the stupid lawyer hoops to sell one to you.

That sucks.

10-08-2010, 6:08 PM
Thanks. Was just checking galleryofguns and the Ruger Super Single Six does show up as available for local dealers. Hmm. Was over in Classifieds and a seller has one in So Cal for FTF sale. I'm up north.

Or could it be that single action revolvers are exempt from the list? One can dream... :-)

10-08-2010, 6:11 PM
Here is a link to Ruger's Ca approved handgun list.


It lists pretty much the whole single action rimfire collection as Ca approved.

10-08-2010, 6:15 PM
Single action revolvers are exempt from the list.

10-08-2010, 6:18 PM
It is a little expensive, but when you think about how long you'll own it, and the hundreds and thousands of rounds it will shoot - the smith and wesson 617 is an amazing gun.

I have the 4" barrel and I love it.

10 shot, double action revolver in stainless steel. Awesome trigger, and unlike a lot of .22 caliber guns - it doesn't feel like a toy.

10-08-2010, 6:20 PM
found a pic of mine:


10-08-2010, 6:40 PM
Very nice!! The S&W is one nice piece.

There is hope indeed. Thanks for all the info!

10-08-2010, 6:47 PM
I am picking up a 17-6 soon. Also have a single six. Any single action that has a 6 inch barrel or longer or is over 50 years old can be bought on line and shipped in.

10-08-2010, 7:05 PM
There's a guy in Bakersfield selling a sweet Ruger .22 Revolver on the ZRXOA board for $300

ping ZRX61 for the link


10-08-2010, 7:35 PM
Smith is the only DA/SA option.

I bought a 17-3 S&W PPT

10-09-2010, 7:10 AM
I have a 617 in 4" (rebarrelled it from a 6") and its great. Mines a 6 shot since I use it for da practice and want the same reloading rythm as my centerfire revolvers.

I also like the j-frame model 34 and the k-frame Model 17's and especially the 4" model 18.

I've owned Ruger Single-six's before but the slow ejection and reloading didn't appeal to me.

10-09-2010, 7:42 AM
An S&W is really the only solid choice for a DA revolver in .22, unless someone happens to leave you a Colt Diamondback in their will. Older S&W always better, but the newer larger capacity 617s I've handled are pretty good even with the ridiculous lock. And it's not like it's going to be an HD gun.

All single action revolvers, .22 or otherwise, are exempt from the roster.

10-09-2010, 8:09 AM
There is a Ruger SP101 22cal in the F/S section here. If I had the money I,d get it but alas no funds.

10-09-2010, 6:41 PM
Used Taurus 94 is a sweet little gun, if you can find one private party. Not on roster.

10-09-2010, 9:00 PM
Smith and Wesson 617

10-09-2010, 9:10 PM
These can be found used with 2-4-6" barrels. High Standard Sentinels 9 shot .22lr $200-300

10-09-2010, 9:48 PM
Single action revolvers are exempt from the list.

Hmm, I learned something new today. Thanks.

10-09-2010, 9:59 PM
Hmm, I learned something new today. Thanks.

The single-action revolver exemption [PC 12133(a)] was added in order to get SASS support to pass the approved list.

Penal Code 12133
(a) The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to a single-action revolver that has at least a 5-cartridge capacity with a barrel length of not less than three inches, and meets any of the following specifications:
(1) Was originally manufactured prior to 1900 and is a curio or relic, as defined in Section 478.11 of Title 27 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
(2) Has an overall length measured parallel to the barrel of at least 7 1/2 inches when the handle, frame or receiver, and barrel are assembled.
(3) Has an overall length measured parallel to the barrel of at least 7 1/2 inches when the handle, frame or receiver, and barrel are assembled and that is currently approved for importation into the United States pursuant to the provisions of paragraph (3) of subsection (d) of Section 925 of Title 18 of the United States Code.