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Old 06-19-2013, 9:34 PM
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What's the "best" Manufacture/Model 22LR Pistol to have for range practice? I hear that some pistols are very particular on the specific type of 22LR ammo they need to function as designed. With 22LR ammo being very difficult to find, I don't want to be limited to using one specific type only. Which exact Manufacture/Brand should I purchase that gives me a reliable pistol at a reasonable price to practice with and plink around with no restriction on the 22LR ammo type? Figured it will also be a starter pistol for my wife to get comfortable with shooting.
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Old 06-19-2013, 9:40 PM
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This question is like asking what's the best underwear to buy. Everybody has there own opinion.

It comes down to whatever you like and feels good to you.

I love my Walther. But others hate them. My weather has ate up any 22 I feed it. Granted there's had been some FTF. But nothing that worry a me.
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Isn't the standard answer here on Calguns: Glock 19?
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Get a Ruger MKIII or Browning Buckmark
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Isn't the standard answer here on Calguns: Glock 19?
Didn't know they changed the Glock 19 from 9mm to 22LR...


OP, Ruger MK series.
They are really not as hard to take apart as people say.
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Old 06-19-2013, 9:48 PM
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The Ruger Mark Series and Browning Buckmark seem to be top dogs. Me- I like the Ruger SR22 and Sig Mosquito, but we all know the Sig is known to jam some.
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The Ruger Mark Series and Browning Buckmark seem to be top dogs. Me- I like the Ruger SR22 and Sig Mosquito, but we all know the Sig is known to jam some.
Is the Ruger SR22P that you have able to shoot all 22 ammo without issues? That looks like the front runner for me. I did hear the Sig Mosquito is only functional with the Hyper Velocity CCI ammo.
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Old 06-20-2013, 8:15 AM
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I just purchased and really like the Ruger Mark III Target SS. I did some common upgrades and really enjoy this firearm. So far it's eating whatever I feed it (bulk Federal, bulk Remington, CCI Standard Velocity, CCI Mini-Mags). I even put a TRS-25 red dot on top and it's crazy easy to hit a target.
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The mosquito does a lot better once it breaks in. It does not like regulr velocity Federal ammo (in the 525 box) but shoots other ammo (same freaking velocity listed) no problem.

My bro picked up a Smith & Wesson (something something) 22 and loves it. I've fired it a few times and it handles well and eats everything from day one.
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Is the Ruger SR22P that you have able to shoot all 22 ammo without issues? That looks like the front runner for me. I did hear the Sig Mosquito is only functional with the Hyper Velocity CCI ammo.
My SR22P has not had any issues with any of the ammo I have tried in it, it is about as reliable and least ammo sensitive as a .22 lr pistol can get.
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I was missing a .22 pistol in the collection and I changed that recently. My new Buck Mark has eaten everything I threw at. I tried I think five or six brands both cheap and good stuff.





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Picking up a Ruger 22/45 this weekend. Went for this instead of the regular Mark III because I prefer the 1911 angle compared to the Glock angle
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Ruger Mark Series, no comparison for accuracy and reliability in my opinion. I really like my S&W 617, very reliable but not so reasonably priced. I have a different outlook towards Sig Arms after having experience with the Mosquito. Tried all the different springs, lith grease, and HV CCI ammo. Never made it through a magazine without failures.
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A revolver will be the most reliable. Other than that, Ruger (not the SR), Browning Buckmark, old High Standards, Colt Woodsman, etc. I've never seen a Sig Mosquito or a Wather that has fired 50K rounds without having to go to a smith numerous times. I've seen Rugers and Brownings with +1,000,000 rounds through them without any major issues.
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Browning Buckmark is the best out of the box.

However, for practice, I do understand why people will want a gun that feels more like a traditional centerfire auto-loading pistol. So, you can use conversion kits or a smaller pistol like the Sig Mosquito, Walther, etc...but, if the gun needs to a cycle a full slide to chamber the next round, they are pretty much universally less reliable with bulk ammo than a pistol with a platform specifically designed for .22lr. That is not to say it won't work, but it's generally more difficult to get your gun to function with no issue.
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^^^ Agreed.

Let's assume she enjoys shooting that 22LR and has a ton of fun!!!

Give some thought as to what would be the next logical purchase, after this 22LR purchase... with your wife in mind, of course. Perhaps the next logical purchase might be
a 9mm, striker-fired pistol, and possibly a defensive training class on how to properly use it. Glock and M&P would likely be the most common handguns used in these defensive training
classes, especially with women.

The transition to this next gun would be easiest if you took that into consideration for this 22LR purchase. E.g., take a look at the M&P 22LR, or whatever the best Glock choice is
(like a G19 / 17 w/ an Advantage Arms 22LR conversion kit on it... but that would be more a more expensive option and good luck finding one).

I read a number of great reviews on the M&P 22LR before buying mine, but it's currently sitting in jail so I have no personal experience with it yet.
A lot of people think Nutnfancy is over the top, but in this review he absolutely LOVES the M&P22LR. At the 3:50 point, he specifically talks about it's reliability with bulk ammo:

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The 3 that consistently come up the most are...

1) Browning Buckmark
2) Ruger MKIII
3) S&W 22a

Probably in that order too. The Sig Mosquito and Walther P22 i'm sure are also good but its mainly those top 3 that lead the pack.
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Ruger MK II or III.

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Do any of you have experience with this one?


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Someone buy the Beretta NEO ray gun and tell us how it is!
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How about the 92FS 22 conversion? Thinking of getting it since I know the feel of the gun in 9mm already.
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Browning Buckmark, M&P22, Ruger 22/45, Ruger SR22...
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Love my Browning buckmark contour 5.5. Accurate and eats everything I feed it from cheap 22lr to the expensive stuff. I have never had an issue with it. Even thought about buying another model for the kids
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For the cool factor and a really good shooter that eats up all ammo, my choice is the Browning 1911 .22 LR. I'm also addicted to 1911's..


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For the cool factor and a really good shooter that eats up all ammo, my choice is the Ruger 1911 .22 LR. I'm also addicted to 1911's..

I've been wanting one of these! But too buku monies...
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Looks like a Browning to me.
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That's what I meant, lol. There's no Ruger 1911 .22LR. That's a Browning 1911 .22LR.
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I just put down a deposit on an M&P 22 pistol. I have the M&P 9mm so it made sense to have a similar model to have consistency while I'm training. Excited to pick it us in 10 days and test it out. I appreciate everyone's input.
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In terms of value, reliability and accuracy there are three choices:

Revolver (I like the S&W)

Browning Buckmark.

Or if you want something more tank-like... Ruger Mark II or III. (or the 22/45 if you want the different grip angle).

That being said, the various plastic fantastic semi autos everyone is making, are equally as fun, if not as accurate.

To be honest, I really haven't tried a 22lr that wasn't fun. They all end up being fun. I think it's just a factor of the round. It's the perfect round for plinking, and plinking is always fun.

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When I worked at a range, we had one as a rental. Let's just say that my working there made me never want to buy a NEOS, P-22, S&W 22, Sig Mosquito, etc. Between rentals and customer's guns that came in for repairs, these are some that topped my list of guns I'd never want to own.
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My gsg has never had a Ftf or anything and I put about 1000 rounds in her.. But my friends on the other hand had a few. It might of been because he was shooting the bulk packs 22lr and didn't care to clean it like I did. I love my browning buckmark tho. Really nice gun and I fell in love with it the first time I held one.
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