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Dimitri A.
02-25-2012, 11:10 AM
Hey guy's n gals. I'm looking to get a .22 pistol and was wondering what your recommendations are. I wanted a SiG mosquito but with all the issues I've been reading about here and elsewhere, it's definitely out.

I knows Rugers are supposed to be pretty solid but what about others like Beretta's Neo, the Walther P22, or the S&W 22?

SoCal Bob
02-25-2012, 11:36 AM
I believe the Neo is no longer on the list so you would have to find a used one for a PPT. The Ruger SR22 is supposed to eat anything and several here have reviewed it. I have one but haven't taken it to the Range yet, I can tell you it is a thing of beauty and fits my hand well.

Don't overlook the Ruger 22/45 or a Buckmark unless you just don't like that style of pistol. The 22/45 is very reliable and eats most ammo.

PandaLuv
02-25-2012, 11:41 AM
SR22 hands down.

Bee22
02-25-2012, 11:43 AM
+1 on SR22.

littlejake
02-25-2012, 12:38 PM
You know, it really depends on what you want it for. The SR22 looks very cool; but it's not a target gun; nor is the .22 rimfire a very good defensive round.

So, do you want tacti-cool or target?

I'm going over to the .22 rimfire for target as it is relatively inexpensive to shoot. And marksmanship does not require a big centerfire round.

The Ruger MK series pistol have been shooting targets for decades; but the quality of the new MKIII's -- especially the blue models is lacking. Most folks find they have to modify their Ruger MKIII's to get them right. Now, the Stainless Steel MKIIIs are more expensive; but have better fit and finish.

As another Calgunner suggested, the Browning Buckmark pistols are also very popular for target.

The S&W model 41 is an extremely nice target pistol -- expensive and now hard to find.

Then there are the ultra expensive Olympic type target pistols -- but they are for those who really intend to compete in sanctioned events.

cmichini
02-25-2012, 12:54 PM
Hey guy's n gals. I'm looking to get a .22 pistol and was wondering what your recommendations are. I wanted a SiG mosquito but with all the issues I've been reading about here and elsewhere, it's definitely out.

I knows Rugers are supposed to be pretty solid but what about others like Beretta's Neo, the Walther P22, or the S&W 22?

What will it be used for?

I have a Ruger MK II, 5.5 bull barrel. I love it.

I've had it forever, put tens of thousands of rounds through it and it's never failed me. I can't think of any specifics but maybe after a really long range session I may get a couple of FTF due it being very dirty (and using crappy Remington golden turds or something).

I've used it for informal plinking, teaching folks to shoot and for a bullseye pistol league, all with great success. The pistol league success was relatively successful, but it was the shooter not the gun that didn't win the matches.

I wholelheartedly recommend the Ruger platform. I hear the MK III's are good, too. Sounds like you can mod them to remove the mag safety. Then you have the same platform but with a more convenient mag release.

Just one calgunner's opinion.

shooting4life
02-25-2012, 1:03 PM
I would get a pre 17
http://i630.photobucket.com/albums/uu30/shooting4life/IMG_3057.jpg
or a 17-6
http://i630.photobucket.com/albums/uu30/shooting4life/IMG_2979.jpg
Or 617
http://i630.photobucket.com/albums/uu30/shooting4life/IMG_2984.jpg
And if you have to have any auto, I really like my buckmark
http://i630.photobucket.com/albums/uu30/shooting4life/IMG_2967.jpg

Shellshocker66
02-25-2012, 1:14 PM
I personally love my Mark II. But you didn't state what you want the gun for? If it's just target practice, the Marks by Ruger are nice, heard great things about the browning. If you are thinking of getting a 1911 in the future (or already have one) the 22/45 by ruger is a perfect training gun for it.

keenkeen
02-25-2012, 1:19 PM
The S&W model 41 is an extremely nice target pistol -- expensive and now hard to find.
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This^^^^^

Get lightly used one from GunBroker....worth it and then some.

brian5271
02-25-2012, 1:47 PM
I really like my Browning Buckmark. I have a few thousand rounds through it and have only had trouble with Remington ammo. Both the Blazer and the Winchester ammo have run great through it.

The Browning Buckmark is not the only good 22 out there, but it certainly is a quality gun.

JNunez23
02-25-2012, 2:00 PM
If I had to do it again, SR22! BUT, I purchased a GSG 1911 and am happy with that as well. Not the quality of a Ruger, but it's a fun gun.

I would say to stick with one of those 2.

Dimitri A.
02-25-2012, 2:03 PM
What will it be used for?

Primarily for plinking. Just want to be able to shoot on the cheap!

PandaLuv
02-25-2012, 2:11 PM
Primarily for plinking. Just want to be able to shoot on the cheap!

SR22, it's pretty much a service polymer pistol that shoots .22s. It has a safety, SA/DA and decocker.

MK III and 22/45 are more of target guns, super accurate, but ergos are lame.

DrewTheBrave
02-25-2012, 3:00 PM
As many have stated, you can't go wrong with any Ruger - SR22, Mk III, 22/45.

With that said, I could not be happier with my Buck Mark Camper. 100% reliable, very accurate, simple to maintain, and it has one of the most comfortable grips I've ever held.

littlejake
02-25-2012, 3:04 PM
I love my Rugers...

I had a MKI from 1969. MKII is nice also. MKIII is OK.

I think I would like to give the Buckmaster a try.

BTW -- nice revolvers, Shooting4life.

http://i923.photobucket.com/albums/ad76/NETTUEMsc4V92qMY/4.jpg

http://i923.photobucket.com/albums/ad76/NETTUEMsc4V92qMY/RugerMKIIIpostVQHammerandBFFsight006.jpg

CharlesV
02-25-2012, 3:21 PM
First of all i like all Ruger products. Had a MKII 4in, have a MKIII 6in and very happy for target shooting. I just love the MKs despite that disassembly is a royal pain unless you already are a pro at it.

22/45. No problem here except that the grips make the gun way too thin. Doesnt feel right but im sure its solid.

The SR22 is new, no comment, but id say the barrel is too short for target. If its made like the LCP/SR9 then id guess its solid and reliable.

Walther P22, i like it but its really feels too small, light and toyish in my hand. Im going to mistake it for a kid's squirt gun and shoot my butt off or something. Its not for me.

Buckmark is very good. I have not owned one simply because i've stuck to Ruger so these are the two for you to compare and buy what feels better.

For targets, you need barrel length. I shoot better with my MKIII 6in than i ever have except for rifles. Its a keeper. If you can find a secondhand MKII long barrel, all the better.

SacTown
02-25-2012, 3:55 PM
My SR22 has been nothing but reliable over the past 2,000+ rounds with various cheap bulk packs.

nikki#2
02-25-2012, 4:42 PM
I would recommend Smith & Wesson. Either a Model 41 or a 617 4" 10-shot with DS-10 speedloaders. The quality is excellent, plus my experience with their customer service has been outstanding.
Duly impressed, I picked up a few shares of SWHC a couple of months ago when it was trading at $2.50. Now it's at $5.50 and climbing. ;)

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa178/surfdog_photos/hogue2.jpg

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa178/surfdog_photos/41x_edited-1r2.jpg

Sunday
02-25-2012, 6:08 PM
Ruger mark series or 22/45 cheap,they last and last, well proven easy to work on and modify and though it may be a pain in the### to take apart after you do it a few times it is , besides you do not have to clean the pistol hardly at all. You wear out the 22 cleaning it too often.

22popnsplat
02-25-2012, 6:44 PM
I have a ruger mark II and a III , the mark III i put in the volquartson parts with clark wide trigger that i drilled and tapped to install a pretravel screw . Each of the Rugers shoot very well . Then i traded into a Smith and wesson model 41 made in 1963 and the Rugers now just sit in the safe , it will out shoot them and the trigger is good right out of the box .

littlejake
02-25-2012, 6:55 PM
Of course there's always the .22 "mouse gun." Beretta M21A

http://i923.photobucket.com/albums/ad76/NETTUEMsc4V92qMY/Beretta_M21A_22LR035.jpg

jimz68
02-25-2012, 7:04 PM
Don't believe everything you read about the SIG Mosquito. I have one, and have had no problems with it.

Rhythm of Life
02-25-2012, 7:09 PM
P22 is good fun to shoot clean and lubed. but dry its a PITA.

mincoda
02-25-2012, 7:34 PM
IMO for the money you can't do better than a Browning Buckmark or a Ruger Mk pistol. I own both and a few more and would never get rid of either. Just good quality pistols at a reasonable price.

tbc
02-25-2012, 7:46 PM
Feel relief that Calgun members approved the Ruger MK because I just DROS one (22/45) last night. It was an impulse buy too.