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jstotts
04-22-2012, 10:12 PM
I'm drafting one of my friends into the glorious group known as shooters. He's completely new to guns so I've been teaching him shooting technique on my 22/45. He's really enjoying it and now wants to get a gun of his own. He wants to stick with .22 for now to keep getting better at shooting and he would prefer a revolver (I think just because he has a mental archetype of a revolver as "gun").

Anyway, what is a good .22 revolver to recommend to him that is reliable, accurate, and not too expensive. He would prefer to not spend more than $400. Any suggestions?

jstotts
04-22-2012, 10:14 PM
Also, pictures and links would be helpful!

DrewTheBrave
04-22-2012, 11:07 PM
Unless you're looking at used firearms, $400 isn't much to deal with. I'd recommend spending the extra money to pick up a nice Ruger or Smith & Wesson. They'll last many lifetimes, so the extra cost is insignificant considering how long the gun will last.

If I bought a .22 revolver, I'd probably go with the Ruger SP101. It holds 8 rounds, is small enough to carry while backpacking, and it'll last for generations.

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/images/D11/77/77795.jpg

Also take a look at the Smith & Wesson 617 if he wants something bigger (though it's a bit more expensive). S&W revolvers are known for their VERY smooth triggers and excellent quality.

http://www.smith-wesson.com/wcsstore/SmWesson2/upload/images/firearms/zoom_lg/160578_01_lg.jpg

cnj
04-23-2012, 6:06 AM
I will also throw this on the table.....due to their limited budget, the Taurus Model 94 (black, 5 inch barrel, .22lr, 9 shot) is now on the California list. Turner's recently had it on sale for $319. Bought mine for $339 at Bass Pro a couple months ago. Other than very stiff DA pull, it has been perfect for me so far.

Excaliburr
04-23-2012, 7:10 AM
I vote for Taurus...Lifetime Warranty and good price point plus they shoot accurate. Only negative is resale value. Harder to move along than Smith & Wesson.

PEZHEAD265
04-23-2012, 7:46 AM
The Taurus 941 is a 22 mag with a 2 inch barrel [on the roster].The mag is a little bit better for HD.It should be within the budget.

thomashoward
04-23-2012, 8:12 AM
You said good, right? $400. would get you to a Ruger
Nothing better than S&W Model 17 or 18 unless maybe a Colt Diamondback

Jeepergeo
04-23-2012, 8:54 PM
Smith and Wesson Model 17 K22 Masterpiece...may be hard to find used for $400, but worth the look.

For new, the Ruger SP101 in 22 (4" barrel) is a nice bu, but still a bit over the budget.

Rhatical
04-25-2012, 11:26 AM
Ruger SP 101, but $400 won't get him into one.

oddball
04-25-2012, 11:44 AM
$400 is a tall order for good and accurate.

I bought a used S&W K22 Masterpiece from the 50's and it was close to $700.
Great quality and extremely accurate (with adjustable rear sights).

.22LR revolvers have been a hot item for the last couple of years. Demand is high.

rabidmonk
04-25-2012, 1:11 PM
If your friend is ok with a single action, the Ruger single-six may be closer in price.

jstotts
04-25-2012, 2:48 PM
Thanks guys! I think he might end up with the Taurus, but if anyone else has any advice, bring it on.

Red Devil
04-25-2012, 3:24 PM
Ruger SP101 .22 LR with 4.2 barrel (http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/77795/Ruger+SP101+22LR+4.2%22+SS+8Rd+Fiber+Optic+Sight)

+1

Invest the difference over the Taurus... you will get your money's worth.

YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXQylQOn3kE)

KandyRedCoi
04-25-2012, 3:56 PM
Heritage Rough Rider! around $200 and u can get the combo version so u can use .22lr and .22wmr

single action might be a good thing if he is new to guns

sig808
04-25-2012, 5:17 PM
As everyone else said. It's worth the extra money to go for the Ruger or s&w. If he ever sells it he'll get much more for it than the Taurus. Start saving those pennies!

MyOdessa
04-25-2012, 6:42 PM
Ruger SP 101

VegasND
04-25-2012, 7:57 PM
If he can be patient watch for a used one.

I lucked into a K-22 Combat Masterpiece for $300 a couple of months ago.

You never know what will turn up on the used gun market but you've got to be patient.

Ripon83
04-25-2012, 8:08 PM
Keep an eye out for a used Smith or Dan Wesson.

usmcchet9296
04-25-2012, 8:29 PM
:) 617
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5236/6968530122_a22d9963a6_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jhermesmeyer/6968530122/)
Smith and Wesson 617-6 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jhermesmeyer/6968530122/) by usmcchet92_96 (http://www.flickr.com/people/jhermesmeyer/), on Flickr

brassburnz
04-25-2012, 8:29 PM
+1 on a used Smith or Dan Wesson. If you can find a Colt, that would also be great.

I have a couple of Smith Model 17's and a Dan Wesson .22 revolver. If I found one for $400, I'd probably buy it as well.

Squid
04-25-2012, 8:38 PM
From 4" to 9.5" barrels!

9.5" is on my wish list.

1970gmc4x4
04-25-2012, 10:21 PM
As everyone else said. It's worth the extra money to go for the Ruger or s&w. If he ever sells it he'll get much more for it than the Taurus. Start saving those pennies!

+1 ruger and smith are the way to go, my local gunsmith friend says he has to return half of the taurus guns that they sell. (probably exagerrated a little, but still) Apparently the company is good about taking them back and fixing them or sending a new gun, but i heard some bad stories, and don't even get me started on the heritage POS. I have one and have dealt with the company, sure it is american made... but damn when they call it a Rough Rider, there should be emphasis on the ROUGH. Don't know the current price of a single six, but then you've got the 22 mag option too, with fixed sights for the cowboy look, or the blocky "target" sights. But can't go wrong with a smith either.

Anybody want to trade a smith for a heritage? :rolleyes:

grnt
04-26-2012, 4:51 PM
Ruger LCR22 on sale at Turners for $429.99 this week

Red Devil
04-29-2012, 9:20 PM
If he can be patient watch for a used one.

I lucked into a K-22 Combat Masterpiece for $300 a couple of months ago.

You never know what will turn up on the used gun market but you've got to be patient.

Ain't that fer true.

Got my "ugly-ducklin'" (that looks just like this pic.) at a pawn-shop a while back.

High Standard Sentinel R-100 9-shot double-action .22LR w/ a 3" Bbl.

$150.00
- 50% off sale
$75.00

The bore was full of what looked like rust that the on-site gunsmith couldn't get out w/ a bore brush...

...so they dropped the price to $50.00.


After I got it home, I soaked the bore in Hoppe's for an hour and then ran a 5.56mm stainless steel military bore brush through it... once.

The bore was pristine, and had just been coated w/ some sort of caramelized resin. :D

Shoots tea-cups off-hand at 15 yards...


(also got a NIB c. 1980's 20 ga. Rem 870 Wingmaster w/ a 28" mod. choke vented rib Bbl... for $125.00)

VegasND
04-29-2012, 9:52 PM
Nice pick-up. I'd have grabbed that one quick.:thumbsup:
Ain't that fer true.

Got my "ugly-ducklin'" (that looks just like this pic.) at a pawn-shop a while back.

High Standard Sentinel R-100 9-shot double-action .22LR w/ a 3" Bbl.

$150.00
- 50% off sale
$75.00

The bore was full of what looked like rust that the on-site gunsmith couldn't get out w/ a bore brush...

...so they dropped the price to $50.00.


After I got it home, I soaked the bore in Hoppe's for an hour and then ran a 5.56mm stainless steel military bore brush through it... once.

The bore was pristine, and had just been coated w/ some sort of caramelized resin. :D

Shoots tea-cups off-hand at 15 yards...


(also got a NIB c. 1980's 20 ga. Rem 870 Wingmaster w/ a 28" mod. choke vented rib Bbl... for $125.00)

ETAviator
04-30-2012, 12:02 AM
I've been wanting a single-ten for several months but now looking at the other suggestions here.

Ruger LCR22 on sale at Turners for $429.99 this week- I see two one being much more, around 700 from Ruger. What is the difference between the two?

The Right to Bear Arms
05-28-2012, 10:17 PM
Heritage Rough Rider! around $200 and u can get the combo version so u can use .22lr and .22wmr

single action might be a good thing if he is new to guns

I Like that suggestion for this situation. We're talking about a new shooter with a budget. .22LR is the right caliber to develop good technique and this manufacturer has established a beachhead in this arena. He can spend more, true. Or he can purchase this Single Action revolver and focus on making each round count while putting the price difference towards his follow up gun. Then he would have a head start on say a .357 Ruger Single Action or whatever he gravitates towards.

It's a cool genre of guns with it's own sub culture.

dangerranger
05-30-2012, 8:13 PM
Take the Heritage for less than $200, and spend the rest on ammo. altho not pretty It shoots every bit as well as my Single six.

http://i344.photobucket.com/albums/p345/dangerranger60/IMG_22811.jpg

cudakidd
05-30-2012, 9:13 PM
Used 98% Model 17 target, wide target hammer, target trigger...$499, heirloom...dirty in the pic but a beaut to shoot!
http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo284/cudakidd/CIMG1666.jpgwhat looks like blemishes or wear is actually the glare reflecting from the flash!

CharlesV
05-30-2012, 11:47 PM
If someone is new, why must it be a revolver? Think about a pistol to save money and gain fun. A Ruger MkIII is excellent, below $400 OTD and keep for 100 years. Or the new Ruger SR22 which everyone is raving about, $350 range. A person can always return to the revolver world later if he likes shooting and increases the budget.

As long as im hijacking the thread i might as well complete the sin and say dont buy any of these, get a .22 rifle which is easier to learn and handle, half the budget and then there is room for accessories, cleaning kits and ammo. A Ruger 10/22 fits the bill, as do others, and hold their value well.

loosewreck
05-31-2012, 12:10 AM
If someone is new, why must it be a revolver? Think about a pistol to save money and gain fun. A Ruger MkIII is excellent, below $400 OTD and keep for 100 years. Or the new Ruger SR22 which everyone is raving about, $350 range. A person can always return to the revolver world later if he likes shooting and increases the budget.

I think the OP agrees with you, but its his friend (the new buyer/ shooter) who wants a revolver.

He wants to stick with .22 for now to keep getting better at shooting and he would prefer a revolver (I think just because he has a mental archetype of a revolver as "gun").


CharlesV, for $400 he might also be able to find a good single action revolver. However, they're not for everyone, so make sure he tries one in the chance that he considers them.

Kolarshooter
06-11-2012, 8:26 AM
You might have your friend dry-fire one of the less-expensive revolvers. I also explored the 22lr revolver market and came to the conclusion that the only one I'd settle for is an old S&W 17. I wound up getting a Buck Mark instead and have been more than happy with my decision.

Revolvers are sexy-looking... but I'd rather shoot my pistol rather than look at it.
;-)

not-fishing
06-11-2012, 9:47 AM
By all means look used.

Using a single action will help your shooting but the Cowboy types take a long time to load. (that does save in ammo costs)

I picked up a nice little Iver Johnson top break that is a good shooter a couple of years ago from Lincoln Guns for about $200. Even though I have a High Standard 106, Buckmark target and S & W model #17 in 6 inch I tend to shoot the top break because the trigger is decent and the accuracy is good.

Here's a pic of one previously for sale on CALGUNS :http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y134/boss_406/IMG_1686.jpg

2nab
06-11-2012, 4:03 PM
The Iver Johnson and Heritage Arms Rough Rider are both great buys for the money (under $200). I shoot my Rough Rider a lot and it is accurate. I'd skip on the Taurus and I give a huge thumps up for any of the Smith and Wesson (617, K22) as they have wonderful triggers and are will built. I can't imagine any great accuracy out of the short barreled revolvers such as the LCR .22. Any revolver near or under 3" will suffer greatly from short sight radius at a minimum

shortyforty
06-18-2012, 6:28 PM
I offer a different perspective. While I agree that the Ruger LCR would be a great choice for all of the reasons mentioned here and give it my personal endorsement( FWIW..lol), Please, I beg of you my fellow Calgunners, Always, in all that you do and all that you purchase, please consider buying products that are MADE in the U.S.A and support the jobs of American workers..This way of thinking may hit a sour note with some of you but oh'well. We can never, ever see any type of financial recovery in our great nation if we as consumers continue to patronize companies and business that choose to employ foreigners at off-shore locations. This among other things are literally ruining our great country. There are so few things that are made here anymore. I think it is a great act of patriotism and duty to pay a little more if necessary and buy an American product. We are so blessed to live in the greatest country in the world. Sacrifice is part of who we are. Just look at how we pulled together in the 1940's and put a hurtin on our enemies. We should consider it a duty to support our country and its workforce with our money.