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doubledgarage
05-05-2011, 1:36 AM
Hi,

Shooting .45 with my Kimber is getting pricey. I'm looking for a .22 so I can get more trigger time for cheap. I'm specifically looking for a reliable .22 pistol. I like to reserve the option of being able to use it as a self defense handgun.

While I can do a rimfire conversoin on my Kimber, I don't like the idea that the slide doesn't lock back.

I was looking at the Walther P22. I've shot one, ergonomics is great, etc... However, I'm reading that it has some reliability issues.

So yeah, could you guys recommend a reliable .22 pistol, preferably a popular one with good aftermarket support?

Ed_Hazard
05-05-2011, 2:22 AM
GSG 1911/22 will be available via Turners.

Really cant beat Ruger for rimfire handguns.

Sanderhawk
05-05-2011, 6:48 AM
I have the walthers p22 and its great. It is fussy about what kind of ammo to use in it though. HATES lead nose bullets won`t cycle for anything. Copper and golden bullets cycle through well but it loves the CCI mini mags.

TheDeej
05-05-2011, 6:49 AM
GSG 1911/22 will be available via Turners.


I'd say get this seeing as your a 1911 guy, gonna be a few months wait but I know I want one.

Vacaville
05-05-2011, 6:54 AM
Ruger 22/45.

BHPFan
05-05-2011, 7:24 AM
Recommended dedicated .22 semiauto pistols:
1) If money is no problem: S&W 41
2) If money is a problem: Browning and Ruger

MaHoTex
05-05-2011, 7:57 AM
I am anxiously awaiting the new S&W M&P 22 :punk:
http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=427806

Meanwhile, the Sig Mosquito is performing very well and I would recommend that. For the aftermarket support the Ruger mkIII is the only way to go. Unfortunately is is butt ugly...

G lock
05-05-2011, 8:28 AM
ruger 22/45, same ergos as a 1911

c.j.
05-05-2011, 8:31 AM
When I was in that situation, I acquired a Browning Buckmark and a Walter P22. Both have worked nicely...the Walther is probably the more 'fun' one to take out and plink with, while the Buckmark gets my high marks in accuracy and reliability.

Paper Boy
05-05-2011, 8:44 AM
Have this. Love it. Couple thousand rounds through it no problems.
http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product4_750001_750051_765494_-1_757765_757752_757751_ProductDisplayErrorView_Y

USMC VET
05-05-2011, 10:48 AM
Walther p22 has never failed me. I shoot CCI mini mags and Remington thunderbolts out of it just fine.

jw112
05-05-2011, 2:14 PM
Hi,

So yeah, could you guys recommend a reliable .22 pistol, preferably a popular one with good aftermarket support?

Ruger 22/45 is fantastic and is all of the above. Turners puts them on sale all the time for $279. I was at the range yesterday and the guy next to me had a walther p22 that he let me shoot and i thought it was terrible. Not accurate, terrible trigger. then i let the guy shoot the ruger and he was like "WOW, this thing is really accurate"

i did think the Walther P22 "looked" cool, but after shooting it i would never own one.

the S&W M&P 22 looks really cool but after my experience yesterday, i would not buy the S&W without shooting it first

BayAreaShooter
05-05-2011, 2:38 PM
Ruger 22/45 all the way.

doubledgarage
05-05-2011, 2:56 PM
Hey guys, thanks for your input. I'll do some research now!

doubledgarage
05-05-2011, 2:56 PM
Does the 22/45 lock back on an empty mag?

doubledgarage
05-05-2011, 2:58 PM
Turners has a 22/45 on sale with a bull barrel.

Vacaville
05-05-2011, 3:00 PM
Does the 22/45 lock back on an empty mag?

My Mark II 22/45 does.

doubledgarage
05-05-2011, 3:01 PM
My Mark II 22/45 does.

Cool. I like to practice some speed reloads (like with my 1911 during steel matches).

BayAreaShooter
05-05-2011, 3:08 PM
Does the 22/45 lock back on an empty mag?

Sure does.

j1133s
05-05-2011, 5:35 PM
...While I can do a rimfire conversoin on my Kimber, I don't like the idea that the slide doesn't lock back.

I was looking at the Walther P22. I've shot one, ergonomics is great, etc... However, I'm reading that it has some reliability issues.

So yeah, could you guys recommend a reliable .22 pistol, preferably a popular one with good aftermarket support?

Why does it matter so much if the slide locks back or not? Even if you don't count the number of rounds you've fired, it'll just be 1 extra trigger pull (think of it as free dry fire practice).

The P22 is way too small for my hands, and I've got average hand size. I wear size 8.5 gloves (that's between M - L). It's also very light due to its cheap materials. I'd recommend paying a little more for a Buckmark or Ruger Mk whatever.

j1133s
05-05-2011, 5:37 PM
Cool. I like to practice some speed reloads (like with my 1911 during steel matches).

Which steel matches requires speed reloads? Of the ones I go to, they are usually designed w/o need to reload. (For example, the most popular, Steel Challenge, each string is onlly 5 rnds.)

Also, a 22 pistol will not reload is same as a 1911 w/ a mag well for instance. So you may be disappointed if that's your goal.

Averill
05-05-2011, 5:59 PM
Look at this link. I've shoot bullseye and steel challenge with this gun for years without a problem. There is also an IPSC model, has a big safety.
Larry is the man, give him a look.

http://larrysguns.com/Products/Hammerli-Xesse-Sport-Comp-6-inch-Barrel__Hammerli-spc-Xesse-spc-Sport-spc-Comp.aspx

jakuda
05-06-2011, 1:28 PM
Look at this link. I've shoot bullseye and steel challenge with this gun for years without a problem. There is also an IPSC model, has a big safety.
Larry is the man, give him a look.

http://larrysguns.com/Products/Hammerli-Xesse-Sport-Comp-6-inch-Barrel__Hammerli-spc-Xesse-spc-Sport-spc-Comp.aspx

I don't see Hammerli on the CA roster...
How do new shooters get these, aside from PPT?

I'm also trying to figure out how to get an accurate 22 pistol made by those vowel ending companies. Any thoughts?

IPSICK
05-06-2011, 1:31 PM
Cool. I like to practice some speed reloads (like with my 1911 during steel matches).

I don't use my 22/45 to practice speed reloads.

davek8s
05-06-2011, 5:36 PM
For price, reliability and after market support. I'd say get a Ruger MK3. I have the plain jane standard model. It was about $250 OTD and shoots anything i feed it. I love anything .22 that Ruger makes

bpcleaner
05-06-2011, 6:22 PM
+1 on the Model 41.:coolgleamA:

goofcat
05-06-2011, 6:57 PM
Never shoot a Model 41!!!! If you do, all your current guns will feel like crap! I shot one at the range last time. Was making dime sized groups at 10 yards without even trying! Now my super sweet MKIII hunter feels like a cheap sling shot. :no:

wu_dot_com
05-06-2011, 10:52 PM
I don't see Hammerli on the CA roster...
How do new shooters get these, aside from PPT?

I'm also trying to figure out how to get an accurate 22 pistol made by those vowel ending companies. Any thoughts?

its on the olympic exempt list. so get it.http://caag.state.ca.us/firearms/forms/pdf/op.pdf

if you have the dough, get the benilli MP95. its a much better gun than the Hammerli, unless you want to go full olympic pistol.

usmcchet9296
05-07-2011, 2:31 PM
I think you will get as many recommendations as there are .22 pistols. I have a Kimber Rimfire, Ruger 22/45, and Single Six. Love them all but my Kimber is the one that goes with my to the range the most. Nothing like a 1911 style pistol.

motorwerks
05-07-2011, 3:00 PM
MarkIII is my recommendation I just helped out with a ladys class. We had MarkII, MarkIII, Single Six's, and a couple of the Brownings. The MarkIIIs seemed to have the least amount of problems, and the MarkII's andMarkIII's seemed to be the ones most people liked.

jakuda
05-07-2011, 3:04 PM
The problem with the Ruger 22/45s is that the grip panels are fixed and one can't put custom grips on them. For some, that may be an issue. Personally I'd suggest getting the full metal markIII.

IPSICK
05-07-2011, 6:14 PM
The problem with the Ruger 22/45s is that the grip panels are fixed and one can't put custom grips on them. For some, that may be an issue. Personally I'd suggest getting the full metal markIII.

I thought they had new 22/45's with replaceable grip panels?

hefedehefe
05-07-2011, 6:25 PM
Phoenix Arms HP22 with range kit fully loaded :hide:

I special ordered my 2nd in the nickel and been waiting 3.5 weeks now

donw
05-08-2011, 9:44 AM
ruger 22/45...

X-NewYawker
05-08-2011, 9:47 AM
That Bull barrel Ruger 22/45 is THE only pistol for you.

loose_electron
05-08-2011, 10:07 AM
What do you want it for?

Target pistol S&W 22A
Plinking semi-auto similar to other handguns Sig Mosquito

S&W 22a shoots anything
Mosquito needs CCI mini mags

beerman
05-08-2011, 10:35 AM
Never shoot a Model 41!!!! If you do, all your current guns will feel like crap! I shot one at the range last time. Was making dime sized groups at 10 yards without even trying! Now my super sweet MKIII hunter feels like a cheap sling shot. :no:

I agree, after buying a Model 41, I cleaned out my safe of all the other 22 pistols...really no need for them now