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Old 04-15-2013, 10:50 AM
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Default Recommend a reliable .22 handgun under $500

So my buddy is in the market for a .22 handgun and is asking for a recommendation. I don't have any 22's so thought I'd ask you fine folks.

My first thought is the m&p .22.
Any others? Is the m&p relatively reliable?

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Ruger 22/45, eats anything and built to last.
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Ruger Mark Series...1,2,3 and 22/45
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I have about 500 trouble free rounds through my Browning Buckmark Contour. I have a Bushnell TRS-25 red dot that mounts right up to the rails. Absolute joy to shoot.
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Ruger Mark Series...1,2,3 and 22/45
Yep! Great reliability. Not a finicky eater and more fun than we may have a right to.
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What does he want the .22 for?

If it is to cheaply practice and he owns a Glock/SW/1911 he might want to look into the .22 cal versions of these.

TINY hands?....then look at the Ruger SR22

Competition shooting?....Ruger competition model

Plinking?.....Ruger Mk 1,2,3,22/45

I would avoid the Walther P22 with it's cast zinc slide that has been known to crack. They are not as accurate as the SR22 (from my own experience with shooting both) and the Ruger is cheaper to boot.
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A lot of people have mentioned the Ruger, which is a great 22 semiauto. I would also recommend a Smith and Wesson Model 17, also known as K22. Probably the greatest 22 revolver ever made, and used ones in good condition can be found around that price.
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My GSG 1911-22 will EAT ANY 22 CALIBER round I use. I love it! Makes my buddy jealous when his Mosquito can't feed WWB 22.

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A lot of people have mentioned the Ruger, which is a great 22 semiauto. I would also recommend a Smith and Wesson Model 17, also known as K22. Probably the greatest 22 revolver ever made, and used ones in good condition can be found around that price.
While yes the Smith and Wesson Model 17 / K22 is probably the finest double action 22 revolver...
Where did you get your value from? 1980? lol
Those go for over a grand now...
Guess by "good condition" you mean beat to hell


OP for under 500 the Ruger MK series is one of the best out there.
Buckmarks are fine pistols too but will be pushing the 500 mark.


IMO stay away from any of the "micronized" tacticool pistols out there.. ESPECIALLY the Sig Mosquito...
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another +1for the ruger mark series

ive got a mkiii 22/45 and it will eat anything you throw at it, great as a fun plinker and one of the most accurate .22lrs ive shot
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Ruger 22/45, S&W MP22 or GSG 1911. I have all three and have ran at least several hundred rounds thru all three of them with mix bulk 22 ammo and no issues whatsoever.
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Plinking?.....Ruger Mk 1,2,3,22/45
How about all around GREAT FUN Been there done that.


I would avoid the Walther P22 with it's cast zinc slide that has been known to crack.

And the Ruger is made from?? same material I belive

They are not as accurate as the SR22
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IMO stay away from any of the "micronized" tacticool pistols out there.. ESPECIALLY the Sig Mosquito...
I thought so too.
Till I did the fix..De-burr ramp and polish.
So I can recommend it.
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+1 on the Ruger 22/45. You might also consider the Ruger SR22...I love mine.
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Just because I haven't seen anyone recommend it yet, I would go with the Ruger 22/45 in 5.5" bull barrel. Very reliable, accurate pistol.
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I thought so too.
Till I did the fix..De-burr ramp and polish.
So I can recommend it.
My experiences with one is of my friends on multiple occasions.

So I can't really go dong fixes to it.. hah.

I'm glad you got yours working but IMO it still has one of the worst trigger pulls I have ever felt...
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Plinking?.....Ruger Mk 1,2,3,22/45

I would avoid the Walther P22 with it's cast zinc slide that has been known to crack. They are not as accurate as the SR22 (from my own experience with shooting both) and the Ruger is cheaper to boot.
Agree 1000% with the Ruger Mark series. Do not agree with the SR22 being a more accurate or better gun the the P22, as a guy who owns both and has 10,000+ rounds through the Walther. Lots of Internet crap for slide breakage, when it seemed to happen to very few guns. The old models did have sharp trigger bar ears which gouged the underside of the slide, though this has been fixed since '09 or so. For what it's worth, I'd prefer anodized aluminum to zinc though. I think most would agree that these guns (and M&P22s) are of comparable quality, and are just not as nice as Ruger Mark series or Buckmarks. Those steel .22 pistols will just go forever.
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IMO it still has one of the worst trigger pulls I have ever felt...
SIG mosquito.

Yes it does.

I rate the DA at +20lbs.

The SA is nice and pleasant.

Im working on that right now.

Removing the mag desconect and deburing.
heres an OLD thread.

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Ive never played with a Buckmark.
But plenty of Rugers..Mk1s ,2s, 3s and 22/45s.
I love'em.
Also Sig Mosquito..Walther P22
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No complaints about my Mosquito, not a single problem yet. I was able to shoot a Buckmark a while back and found it to be an awesome shooter.
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Budget wasn't mentioned but for a reliable pistol at a reasonable price, that is not picky about ammo and is accurate the S&W 22A-1 is worth a look at a reasonable price and with a lifetime warranty. I have had one for over 3 years with never an issue with any ammo including some sub-sonic ammo. Mine is the 7.5" barrel version.

I also have an SR-22 and its a nice little pistol but is not nearly as accurate as the 22A-1 as the SR-22 has a 3" barrel so while its a great plinker, accuracy is not one of its main features.
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Thanks for the input guys. I've floated the recommendations by him and I believe he's leaning towards a .22 version of a centerfire pistol. So the m&p seems to be at the top of the list. The mosquito seems to have poor reviews and the sr-22 is a bit small.

Any special considerations for the m&p?
I hear the mags are a bit pricey and often hard to come by.

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A lot of people have mentioned the Ruger, which is a great 22 semiauto. I would also recommend a Smith and Wesson Model 17, also known as K22. Probably the greatest 22 revolver ever made, and used ones in good condition can be found around that price.
I've been looking for a nice M17 for years...never seen one (here in So-Cal) under 600....I dont disagree on your opinion of them though. For the OP,I would say Ruger,any Ruger.
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Don't think you can go wrong with any of the Ruger 22 handguns.
Shop around a bit and you can find great deals for your price range.
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Browning Buckmark...
Love rugers but the buckmark is the most accurate tack driver, good luck,
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mosquito's have new springs and reworks chamber/feed ramp they work way better now & especially better than the walter

i like the 22 revolvers as well S&W 317 or ruger lcr
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I am picking up my Ruger 22/45 tomorrow. Got if for $279 with two magazines and a case.
Can't beat that. Brand new.
From what everyone says, I am really going to enjoy this...
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I hear the new ruger sr22 is not to bad either
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I own the SR22p and the Mark III pistols and you will not go wrong with either of these choices. If you don't like the size of the SR22p (I do) the S&W M&P22 is much larger.

It is notoriously difficult to obtain extra magazines for the M&P22, so take that into consideration.

The Mosquito has a well-deserved reputation for jamming.
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Hard to go wrong with the Ruger Marks or 22/45's, and the Browning Buckmark line. Perfect for starters or more advanced.
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How about all around GREAT FUN Been there done that.
Sorry if I wasn't clear, plinking = all around fun


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And the Ruger is made from?? same material I belive
Incorrect the Walther has a cast zinc slide while the Ruger is a machined aircraft aluminum one.

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Wrong sunshine, with my Ruger Govt Competition Model I can put 10 of 10 in the X-ring at 25yrds firing single handed.

The Walther was a 3" group at 15yds while the SR22 was less then half that (both fired from a rest). This was confirmed as normal by the owner of the Walther when I asked him about it. It was also the result when several other people shot both pistols that day.
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I am picking up my Ruger 22/45 tomorrow. Got if for $279 with two magazines and a case.
Can't beat that. Brand new.
From what everyone says, I am really going to enjoy this...
I bought a 22/45 4.5" for my wife, as it was the lightest Ruger I could find. My wife still found it to be to heavy so I bought her an SR22 and the 22/45 shifted into my stable. While it's a great pistol I found the grip to be too thin to fit comfortably in my hand. I don't have large hands either.

I HIGHLY recommend you send the pistol to kinghouse over on rimfirecentral for his grip mod. He mills the grip area on the frame flat, installs 1911 grip bushings and you can now run the 1911 grips of your choice.

This made a HUGE difference in how the pistol fit my hand and I REALLY enjoy it now.
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While Ruger lists the two grips for the SR22 as small and large they should more accurately be called small and not-so-small.

My wife, who is TINY, fits the large grip perfectly, so I think the smaller one would only be useful for kids.
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