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Old 04-24-2017, 8:41 PM
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I have been looking for a .22 LR handgun and need advice. I was told Walther makes a good .22 LR handgun; however, it can be picky when it comes to ammo. I heard the Ruger SR 22 was great and eats anything you put into it, but unfortunately it's not on the roster.

What are some good .22 LR handguns I should take a look at?

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First of all, thank you, I really like the amount of suggestions I've been getting and the input and advice people are contributing.
I recently got a revolver so I'm not really looking for another one at the moment, I'd prefer a semi-auto. I'd also like to try spend under $500 for the gun.

At the moment I'm definitely leaning towards the Browning Buck Mark Standard URX (California Compliant).
If anyone has some feedback on this gun I'd love to hear it, also, I'm still open to suggestions for other guns.

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Browning Buckmark there are several on roster and you can't go wrong with one.
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Browning Buckmark there are several on roster and you can't go wrong with one.
Agree.

Also consider Revolvers.
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i'll third the buck mark.
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Sig or GSG 1911s in .22. Kimber also makes a nice one.
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For some reason I'm drawn to the 8/10th's size Browning 1911-22
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Conversion kit for a pistol you already own? Nice to have the same ergos and trigger as a centerfire in a .22.
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1911-22 Full size and Compact

http://www.browning.com/products/fir...roduction.html

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If the SR22 was still on roster, I'd say that, hands down. I snagged one while I could and it's a great gun. That being said, I wouldn't pay the price it'll take to get one now.

Sounds like the Browning is the way to go.
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If it's for teaching beginners, I find that double action revolvers are easier to figure out for people unfamiliar with guns, than are autoloaders with a reciprocating slide/bolt. Also, revolvers will shoot just about any ammunition that is not a complete dud round.

Less chance of a negligent discharge if the shooter keeps his/her finger on the trigger.

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Yet another vote for the Browning Buck Mark in any configuration. Outstanding accuracy potential, good ergonomics, and one of the most ammunition tolerant semi-auto .22LR pistols out there.
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I have a Walther p22 and it's been great with mini-mags. 22LR is widely available right now, so you shouldn't have any issues finding and stocking up on the right ammo for it if you go that route. Mine even does fine with Federal Automatch. Also can't lose with the Buck Mark if you like that style.
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If you like the Walther, see this for links to upgrade the pistol's reliability.

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Browning, the GSG 1911-22 is a cool concept but it's inaccurate as hell.
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I know its not on the roster anymore but I can't believe no one has mentioned the Ruger MK series..
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I have been looking for a .22 LR handgun and need advice. I was told Walther makes a good .22 LR handgun; however, it can be picky when it comes to ammo. I heard the Ruger SR 22 was great and eats anything you put into it, but unfortunately it's not on the roster.

What are some good .22 LR handguns I should take a look at?
the most reliable .22 handgun is a revolver, rimfire autos are a roll of the dice..

I've got a couple of good older autos that perform well that I really like and a newer model I don't..

also heard a lot of cussing around .22 auto shooters..

if you're looking for your first .22 handgun, I'd suggest a single six or similar..

and if you're into shopping a little, you'll find some dandy others that shoot just a purdy as they look

1971 Colt Peacemaker / 1971 Ruger Super Single Six


1939 H&R Sportsman 9 shot topbreak


1930 Iver Johnson 7 shot topbreak


1965 H&R Sidekick


1971 S&W 34-1


and just to be fair, these are both great shooters, got lucky I guess

1963 Browning Nomad


1971 Ruger Standard
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CZ Kadet is a great, reliable dedicated .22

If you can find one PPT, snag it up I regret selling mine.
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Old 04-25-2017, 5:15 AM
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chiappa 1911 in 22lr i have one and i like that it matches my 1911 45 in balance
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Smith and Wesson model 41 is one of the finest .22 pistol's on the market today.
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You can still get a CZ Kadet by buying a CZ75 and then the Kadet kit. Then you have the equivalent of two guns. Takes about a minute (tops) to switch the gun between platforms.

For another roster choice the Browning Buckmark.

Or for a revolver, the S&W 617 cannot be beat.
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I have a...
Browning Buckmark Contour
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I just picked up a Buck Mark URX Slabside; love it. You can't go wrong with a Buck Mark.
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the most reliable .22 handgun is a revolver, rimfire autos are a roll of the dice..

I've got a couple of good older autos that perform well that I really like and a newer model I don't..

also heard a lot of cussing around .22 auto shooters..

if you're looking for your first .22 handgun, I'd suggest a single six or similar..

and if you're into shopping a little, you'll find some dandy others that shoot just a purdy as they look

1971 Colt Peacemaker / 1971 Ruger Super Single Six


1939 H&R Sportsman 9 shot topbreak


1930 Iver Johnson 7 shot topbreak


1965 H&R Sidekick


1971 S&W 34-1


and just to be fair, these are both great shooters, got lucky I guess

1963 Browning Nomad


1971 Ruger Standard
I have the H&R Sidekick 9 shot revolvers made in the late 50's. Well made cheaper revolver. A lot still for sale. My wife's Ruger SR22 is flawless as well. I bought it at Ammo Bros in Ontario when we lived in Eastvale. When did that one fall off the roster?
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My wife's Ruger SR22 is flawless as well. When did that one fall off the roster?
At the end of 2013.
I joined Calguns to find one after hers could not be repaired by Ruger.

Now you are stuck with me.
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Yep, Buck Mark...
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Buckmark is great but, go Ruger Single Ten
eats any ammo of course, with Fiber Sight out of box
easy cleaning, great accuracy
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At the end of 2013.
I joined Calguns to find one after hers could not be repaired by Ruger.

Now you are stuck with me.
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Buy a Ruger Mark IV if you can. I'll likely have a stainless Target model up for sale in the marketplace soon so keep an eye out for it if you're interested.
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Smith and Wesson model 41 is one of the finest .22 pistol's on the market today.
Assuming you've got a budget north of $1K, a Model 41 is an excellent choice.

Personally, I'd forget Ruger revolvers and look for an older S&W revolver like a .22-32 kit gun, or a Model 13. A Ruger Mk III is a neat gun but a bit tricky to take apart and reassemble. Do it 2-3 times and it becomes no big deal. The Mk IV is easier to take apart and put back together.

Not easy to answer the question without a budget number.
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Think about what you want to use it for. Some are great plinkers. Others are more accurate for target shooting. the Ruger SR22 is fun and reliable but off roster since July 26, 2013. It can occasionally be found in the Marketplace. the Buckmark has a great trigger right out of the box.
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Ruger Mark IV.
I have an old Mark 1, great gun. I really want a Mark 4.
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I'll add two guns that haven't been mentioned yet.

First, Beretta 87 Target. It's on the roster, but on the expensive side. However, it's a dream to shoot (after trigger is adjusted a bit). Very accurate and a great overall gun. It's a competition gun, similar to the S&W 41 which has already been mentioned (I have both, so it's first hand experience).

The other is S&W 43C, an 8 shot J-frame. Originally comes with really stiff springs, but if you replace them with Wolff it becomes a great little gun for practicing shooting J-frames (grip, drawing, etc.) It's not in the same class as the Buckmarks, Rugers and the rest of the suggestions in this thread, but it has a very specific purpose as a training/snake/rat gun.
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If the Browning Buckmark was the only .22 LR handgun in my collection, I wouldn't feel like I was missing out on anything.
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First of all, thank you, I really like the amount of suggestions I've been getting and the input and advice people are contributing.
I recently got a revolver so I'm not really looking for another one at the moment, I'd prefer a semi-auto. I'd also like to try spend under $500 for the gun.

At the moment I'm definitely leaning towards the Browning Buck Mark Standard URX (California Compliant).
If anyone has some feedback on this gun I'd love to hear it, also, I'm still open to suggestions for other guns.
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Have you thought about searching for a .22 on the used market?

I really like the Ruger Standard Automatics. They are all steel and I doubt if you could wear one out in a couple of lifetimes. I have a couple of them and they are super reliable with high velocity ammo. There have been tens if not hundreds of thousands sold over the years.

I picked up the one on top for $150 last year and the one on the bottom for $199 a couple of years ago.

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At the moment I'm definitely leaning towards the Browning Buck Mark Standard URX (California Compliant).
If anyone has some feedback on this gun I'd love to hear it, also, I'm still open to suggestions for other guns.
I have Buckmark camper, I suggest...
(1) Williams Adjustable Fire Sight Set Browning Buckmark, 70231 $54.99 at MidwayUSA
(2) Ultimate Clip Loader, $18.50 at Amazon
(3) Ammo, do not use cheap one. CCI Mini-Mag 0030 is best for me
(4) I had worn out Extractor (around 4000 rounds, cause failure to eject) and Recoil Spring (around 6000 rounds, fail to close slide). When you find the parts, order it to keep

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