View Full Version : what's the cheapest .22lr pistol out there?

02-13-2007, 11:09 PM
hey guys i dont have much moola to spend on guns and i wanted to get a .22lr pistol. any suggestion out there that's good bang for the buck? and if any of you have any used one for sale :D ?

02-14-2007, 1:30 AM
dont know what your price range is, but I just ordered this, Browning Buckmark Contour 5.5" (http://www.browning.com/products/catalog/firearms/detail.asp?value=006B&cat_id=051&type_id=421). I got it for $342 online, with shipping, FFL fees, and DROS, it came out to be around $380. My 10 ten waiting period ends on this friday night =)

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02-14-2007, 3:33 AM
Ruger mark 2s arent too much.

02-14-2007, 5:47 AM
i'm thinking of a .22 also. but what's a good one? at sjge one time, someone put on consignment a .22 that was running for like $800? holy cow!!! but the guy behind the counter and a customer he offered for him to try the trigger were all going gaga over the trigger (i didn't bother trying, since it is $800 and all for a .22).

are some .22 really that expensive? worth it?

02-14-2007, 6:24 AM
I think a used jennings might be the 'cheapest 22 out there', but I'd look for a used buckmark or ruger mark series or 22/45 model. I saw a nice buckmark on consignment for $179 recently..it sold a couple of hours after I let it get away.

I bought a ruger 22/45 in '94 for $219 or something. No reason to sell it because it isn't worth more than that today, but also because it is one of the funnest toys I have. It introduced a new shooter a couple of weeks ago and was useful for catching the interest of my brothers lib wife a few years back (she stole it for 4 years and moved out of state- I just recently got it back!).

I'd like to have one of those smith model 41's or whatever the $800 22 semis they make are. I always find something else to spend money on when I have that kind of gun money laying around.

02-14-2007, 7:22 AM
Best deal in a .22 semi-auto is generally a used Ruger MKII, which can be found for well under $250. There's a bunch of them out there, and they turn up pretty regularly.

For new, the low-end MKIII or Buckmarks are a good bet. Some folks like the S&W 22A, which can also be inexpensive. The Beretta P22 can be affordable, but reliability isn't a strong point.

You should be able to find a new .22 semi for under $300, or a used one for under $250, or under $225 if you're patient.

02-14-2007, 7:48 AM
If you're looking into a cheaper gun then you're probably not looking to buy expensive ammo either. Some of the semi-autos are picky about ammo and tend to require higher velocity ammo for stronger blow back of the bolt or copper coating to feed into the chamber. It can be pretty frustrating if every 3rd rnd is a fail to feed or fail to eject when you thought you were going to get that whole brick of $10 ammo off in a hour. I shot a Ruger 22/45 this week and it was awsome accurate and no jams with 300 rnds of cheap CCI ammo.:) However it wasn't mine.:( I was looking into a 22lr revolver for reliability sake and was very sad when I saw the only DA on the CA roster is high priced S&W 617 :eek: (not a bad gun I'm sure just to much $$) So either need to go with a used gun/PPT off list or single action.

02-14-2007, 7:49 AM
i have the sig mosquito and a 1911 22 conversion. i'd say go with any of the sugessted above but also consider a conversion kit if you already have a good centerfire pistol.

the 1911 Kimber conversion is on sale for $269 at midayusa.com but that's only good if you have a 1911. At any rate, just be careful spending this money. i shoot my sig mosquito so little that i wish i hadn't gotten it. the 1911 22 conversion on the other hand is cool becuase i get trigger time on my 1911 without spending the money.

good luck. just wanted to share my opinion.

02-14-2007, 8:04 AM
Cheapest that works well? Look for a used Hi Standard revolver- they are 9 or 10 shot, reliable, and tend to go for around $100-130 if you find one at a gun show.

For a bit more, Ruger Mk1/Mk2. I like the MNk1 as it is a little more simple to take apart, and they tend to sell for even less (Around $200 even).

Cheapest ever? Look for a Clerke First or RG revolver- Sub $100 ($40-50!) and absolute junk.


02-14-2007, 8:44 AM
I picked up a Ruger 5.5in MKIII Target from Targetmasters in Milpitas for something like $300 and some change Early last year. Has been pretty much flawless through about 3k rounds of Mini-Mags and Stingers so far.

02-14-2007, 8:53 AM
For a bit more, Ruger Mk1/Mk2. I like the MNk1 as it is a little more simple to take apart, and they tend to sell for even less (Around $200 even).

If you're inna rush, there's a Mark II at CCAF in Walnut Creek for $200.

02-14-2007, 3:11 PM
get the ruger! Great guns..

02-20-2007, 3:09 PM
if you are getting a Ruger by all means get a regular one, not a 22/45. I have a 22/45 and the plastic lower has developed play a while ago. Not a good thing on a gun.

02-20-2007, 6:23 PM
If you want a semi-auto go with the Ruger MK I,II, or III. If a revolver will work, the Ruger Single-Six gives the added benefit of shooting the .22Mag as well for the same money.

02-20-2007, 6:35 PM
Probably the cheapest, decent quality 22lr handgun is a used H&R revolver. They're basic but well built and shoot pretty well. I grew up carrying a H&R 929 as a kid on fishing trips and knocking around the woods. Those were the days.

You can usually find them for about $100-120.

02-20-2007, 6:37 PM
Cheapest? Try the POS Cobra or Jennings 22's. Probably cost you about $100 (or less). Expect to pay antoher $100 for another gun when you break the firing pin though.

If its something you actaully want to keep, buy a ruger mark II or III

02-20-2007, 9:49 PM
I've seen the Phoenix Arms HP-22 go for around $150-175. Not a bad .22 if you can get over the ridiculous amount of safeties it has. They also come with two barrels, a 3" and 5" IIRC.

02-21-2007, 9:44 AM
I just bought a Walther P-22 for $259, new.