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zombiescanlearn
04-04-2012, 2:34 PM
and wife on? Nothing too pricey but good for beginners. Thanks.

Quinc
04-04-2012, 2:38 PM
Buckmark or Ruger.

OIF0708
04-04-2012, 2:39 PM
Ruger SR22 pistol is my first .22 pistol. I paid $300 OTD and it eats every brand of ammo so far. I would have liked to get a m&p22 or a walther p22 but heard issues of reliability with each. Hope this helps.

xrMike
04-04-2012, 2:44 PM
I'm sure there are quite a few that are well-suited for what you want, but in my experience you can't go wrong with this one:

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/74/products_id/13153

tay
04-04-2012, 2:47 PM
SR22, it comes with interchangeable grips. Thus should fit girly hands.

And as mentioned, eats all ammo.

11011500a
04-04-2012, 2:55 PM
Heritage Arms single action or a used Ruger Single Six. I find that kids (9/13yrs) enjoy the revolver more & I can help them hold/aim with without problems.I rented a Ruger MKIII for a 9 & 11yrs old they did not like the weight & grip. My girlfriend's sister frist time out she had more fun with the revolver over the semi auto.

DoubleB
04-04-2012, 3:01 PM
I went with the Ruger MKIII Hunte (http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/74/products_id/14305/Handguns/Ruger/Ruger+Rimfire+Pistols/Ruger%2022LR%206%207/8%20FIBER%20OPTIC,%20STAINLESS/)r. It is a little on the heavy side, but is probably my favorite pistol. Very accurate and cheap to feed.

MMA
04-04-2012, 3:15 PM
Ruger Bearcat fits small hands, and revolvers are little easier to learn on.

gemini1
04-04-2012, 5:18 PM
Ruger SR22 pistol is my first .22 pistol. I paid $300 OTD and it eats every brand of ammo so far. I would have liked to get a m&p22 or a walther p22 but heard issues of reliability with each. Hope this helps.

OT, Just need to ask, where did you get an SR22 for $300 OTD?

OIF0708
04-04-2012, 7:18 PM
OT, Just need to ask, where did you get an SR22 for $300 OTD?

LGS, back in February I am currently in Saint Louis, MO. Moving back to California the end of this month.:facepalm::confused:

At least there will be another gun owner on voting day!:p

Mail Clerk
04-04-2012, 7:41 PM
Heritage Arms single action or a used Ruger Single Six. I find that kids (9/13yrs) enjoy the revolver more & I can help them hold/aim with without problems.I rented a Ruger MKIII for a 9 & 11yrs old they did not like the weight & grip. My girlfriend's sister frist time out she had more fun with the revolver over the semi auto.

zombiescanlearn,

Just like 11011500a says is what I recommend over starting your wife/daughter our for a first time side arm. Heritage Arms single action is very low in price and it works just fine if cleaned and lubed properly. Mine is one of my favorites and is a fantastic side arms that can be tossed in a back pack or wornon the hip along with a nice survival rifle of any brand of twenty two rifle.

Mail Clerk:oji:

pennys dad
04-04-2012, 7:47 PM
Gotta tell ya, I think the SR22 is the right starter pistol. I got one for my daugther and I really like it. I have rugers, buckmarks, gsg's and the SR22 is great. It doesnt beat the others in accuracy but the hand hold is nice and it has a nice snap and it does have some decent accuracy.

Target-Ed
04-05-2012, 6:34 PM
There are plenty of old High standards and woodsmen out there. Look around for a used Sport king with both barrels or a Colt Woodsman easy to grip easy to aim. Feed them std velocity and you will be fine

Ed

capturedlive
04-05-2012, 6:56 PM
Another vote for the Buckmark. In fact, that's exactly what MY daughter got for her birthday last Tuesday. :) It wasn't too much of a guess, though-- that's the one she favored when I took her to the range.

Norcal Industries
04-05-2012, 7:02 PM
beretta 87 is what i use for newer people to start on. isnt cheap, but it has been flawless for many thousands of rounds for me.

rkt88edmo
04-05-2012, 7:06 PM
I'd get a MkII/III (or 22/45) or buckmark + a bearcat. The bearcat is just a great fit in small hands.

Hawkstp
04-05-2012, 7:08 PM
I'm sure there are quite a few that are well-suited for what you want, but in my experience you can't go wrong with this one:

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/74/products_id/13153

This is exactly what I started my daughter on. Great gun.

MyOdessa
04-05-2012, 8:16 PM
Ruger Bearcat

http://i312.photobucket.com/albums/ll359/MyOdessa/Bearcat.jpg

Orvis09
04-05-2012, 8:43 PM
GSG 1911. I love mine, $380 OTD.

http://www.aimsurplus.com/eos/images/product/f1gsg1911.jpg

zombiescanlearn
04-06-2012, 7:15 AM
What do you think about just getting a conversion kit for my p226 and letting them use that?

Excaliburr
04-06-2012, 8:09 AM
Another vote for the Ruger SR22 Pistol. Can't beat the weight and ease of use. Don't have the Browning Buckmark, but want one.

MyOdessa
04-06-2012, 8:43 AM
What do you think about just getting a conversion kit for my p226 and letting them use that?

If you serious about getting handgun that will suit your wife and daughter, then take them to a good gun store and maybe gun range that rents guns, let them handle and shoot a few handguns. This is the only way for them to find a handgun that will balance and shoot well in their hands.

Solid Foundation
04-06-2012, 2:43 PM
I was really interested in picking up a Ruger Mk II or III until I read multiple accounts of how painful it is to take down for cleaning. Something to consider if you are planning on going that way.

bobgengeskahn
04-06-2012, 2:52 PM
I learned on an old MkII... I got a Buckmark for this exact reason when I bought my .22 pistol. Super easy take down, nice looking, and the frame isn't also the barrel, so I have options later if I want to swap barrels. I have the URX version, so its a little big for my girlfriends hands, but fit mine perfectly.

G-Solutions
04-06-2012, 10:56 PM
It depends on the size of the hands and the strength of wife and daughter.

My wife started shooting with a 22/45 and did very well with it. So did my sister in law.

For your daughter, a 22/45 or Mark 3 might be too bulky or heavy depending on her age.

My oldest son's 9 and he has been shooting a Taurus 94 and a Walther P-22 for the last 1.5 years
http://www.gebhardsolutions.com/images/2010-12-12_thomas_t94.JPG.
He can run all the manipulations on the P-22 by himself, as long as he does not have to take a shot in DA mode.

On the Taurus he may need help cocking the hammer - the spring is pretty stiff, but he is getting the hang of it with the right technique (off-hand instead of trigger hand). He is not yet strong enough to shoot it DA.

The advantage of a semi-auto is that they are easier to shoot since they are SA after the first round, meaning less trigger weight to work against. It's also a good training in regards to upgrading them later to let's say an XD, P-99 or similar in 9mm.

The P-22 comes with different size grip inserts - an additional plus over revolvers or fixed-grip pistols such as the 22/45.

I was really interested in picking up a Ruger Mk II or III until I read multiple accounts of how painful it is to take down for cleaning. Something to consider if you are planning on going that way.
Go to a gunshop and check it out for yourself. It's clearly not as easy as a Glock, but I personally found a 1911 to be more of a pain than my 22/45. YMMV.

cindynles
04-07-2012, 10:20 AM
I learned on an old MkII... I got a Buckmark for this exact reason when I bought my .22 pistol. Super easy take down, nice looking, and the frame isn't also the barrel, so I have options later if I want to swap barrels. I have the URX version, so its a little big for my girlfriends hands, but fit mine perfectly.

I vote for the Buckmark. When she outgrows it you can turn it into something like this :cool:.

http://i557.photobucket.com/albums/ss20/cindynles/IMG_1134.jpg

ThiZZ
04-07-2012, 10:53 AM
buckmark or ruger mark 3

Jeffy
04-07-2012, 11:08 AM
What do you think about just getting a conversion kit for my p226 and letting them use that?Can they grip your 226 comfortably? The 22LR conversion is nice but I hate how the slide stop is attached to the magazine so when you drop the magazine, the slide flies forward.

Honestly, I'd look at the SR22. It's 3/4 size which is perfect for smaller hands. It's lighter weight as well. Unlike the P22, it's better built. Cheaper then a Buckmaster or MKIII.

dyerdiving
04-09-2012, 7:22 PM
Another vote for the ruger single six!

JSolie
04-09-2012, 8:52 PM
I started my kids out on a Ruger Single Six. Everytime I introduce someone to shooting, that's the go-to gun. The slowness and deliberateness of having to pull the hammer back each time is a great teacher. They've all since gone on to larger centerfire handguns, but they still enjoy that old Single Six.