Need help picking a .22 pistol

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Re: Need help picking a .22 pistol

Post by Enoch » Thu Sep 06, 2012 9:20 pm

Well... the OP made his purchase 4 months ago, but since people are still dragging this up and making unnecessary recommendations, I'll add mine... [smilie=011.gif]

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Re: Need help picking a .22 pistol

Post by gunny0629 » Fri Sep 07, 2012 6:44 pm

Lilwoody wrote:Have you ever shot a S&W mod 41. They are on the used market for about twice what you are looking at but they are every bit worth it. New they are around 1000 or so. I bought one about 30 years ago for 325 that was about 10 years old and at the time it was about double what a new Rugar Mark I was but after all these years it's still as dependable and accurate as it was when I bought it. All my friends and my sons call it the "hand rifle". It a lot to spend but it's worth it.
OOOOOh rah! I agree. I bought mine used at a gun store for $300.00. The trigger guard was bent and the owner was getting rid or it. I sent it back to S&W and the gun was repaired for free. I also have a S&W 2213 that I bought new, but the model 41 is my favorite to shoot in the caliber. If you ever run across one, get it!

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Re: Need help picking a .22 pistol

Post by artinstpete » Fri Oct 19, 2012 3:55 pm

M&P 22 just it the best buy. Gives you a full size gun that feels great in your hand. Well made and very accurate. I have on e and love it.

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Re: Need help picking a .22 pistol

Post by HES » Fri Oct 19, 2012 6:16 pm

I'm also a huge fan of the M&P 22. Since I have nothing going but M&Ps in the house it means that I don't have to worry about a different manual of arms. So far I haven't found anything to make it choke.
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Post by freezerman1 » Fri Oct 19, 2012 7:29 pm

HES wrote:I'm also a huge fan of the M&P 22. Since I have nothing going but M&Ps in the house it means that I don't have to worry about a different manual of arms. So far I haven't found anything to make it choke.
Like mine too. Very nice sized gun. Only have had a few stovepipe like jams on the last round. May have been ammo related.

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Re: Need help picking a .22 pistol

Post by Magnus DUX » Fri Oct 19, 2012 11:01 pm

Can't complain about my Advantage Arms LE 17/22 kit.
Eats anything except Federal bulk.
Almost the same trigger as on my 9mm Glock so works the best for me.
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Re: Need help picking a .22 pistol

Post by drshame » Sat Oct 20, 2012 2:45 pm

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P-226 .22LR Classic

Also takes their conversion kits.
Here's mine with a .357 sig top end:
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Changed the grips too.

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Re: Need help picking a .22 pistol

Post by HES » Sun Oct 21, 2012 10:50 pm

freezerman1 wrote:
HES wrote:I'm also a huge fan of the M&P 22. Since I have nothing going but M&Ps in the house it means that I don't have to worry about a different manual of arms. So far I haven't found anything to make it choke.
Like mine too. Very nice sized gun. Only have had a few stovepipe like jams on the last round. May have been ammo related.

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Another reason why I like the M&P 22 is it is easier for the kids to operate. Trying to cycle a MKIII can be a bit difficult for them.
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Re: Need help picking a .22 pistol

Post by GMG1 » Sun Feb 17, 2013 10:05 pm

I had a Sig Mosquito, but really did not care for it. I have bullbarrel Browning Buckmarks, and an S&W M-22A. They are very accurate, and have fed every type of ammo I have put through them, from match grade through cheap bulk ammo, without any problems. If you are looking for a lightweight .22 auto to haul around the woods, or to target shoot with, the M-22A might be what you are looking for. I use my S&W 22A for the rimfire stage of bullseye competition.

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Re: Need help picking a .22 pistol

Post by Boca_Tim » Thu Feb 21, 2013 9:47 pm

I added a SW 22a-1 to my Ruger Mark II and am very pleased with both. The Ruger Has lots of aftermarket available but I've never added or altered. The 22a is not the same quality level IMHO, but is a lot easier to clean, just as accurate and a lot of fun, for less money. Both are good for me, now if I could just get some .22 bulk ammo.

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Re: Need help picking a .22 pistol

Post by GMG1 » Sun Feb 24, 2013 9:58 am

There is a profiteer on FSN that will sell the cheap bulk ammo to you for only $55 a box. Green Acres sporting goods in Jacvksonville has generic .22 for $50 for the 500 rnd brick. I hope they both choke on them.

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Re: Need help picking a .22 pistol

Post by PCJim9mm » Mon Feb 25, 2013 9:44 pm

DrShame,
I'm a Sig fan and that 22LR looks real purty. I shoot their Mosquito (well, not really theirs but their name) all the time. It's my "warm up" gun and it's fun and quiet when suppressed, but its a plinker and not a target pistol. How does that 22LR shoot? Maybe one day when we meet at TG.....
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Re: Need help picking a .22 pistol

Post by drshame » Thu Feb 28, 2013 7:52 pm

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Sig P226 /22 LR Classic
Then buy a conversion kit and shoot centerfire too.
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Re: Need help picking a .22 pistol

Post by drshame » Sat Mar 09, 2013 6:17 pm

The P226 in .22 Lr is an overbuilt pistol for the cartridge. It gives a very nice shooting experience and handles the minimal recoil very well being a full sized gun. My 226 has a factory Sig performance job, so the trigger release is very nice. The real utility of the gun is the ability to use their exchange kits to tun it into a 9mm, .40 or .357sig centerfire capable of excellent performance for a lot more than just range plinking.

Accuracy in the .22 is OK, the barrel is very good, but the sights/short sight radius leave much to be desired for serious target/bullseye work.
CCI Minimags work very well thru it, and there are aftermarket followers/springs to use 15 rounds in the magazine.

For training/ range plinking/ varmint extermination/ plain fun it's a good choice for a top-notch platform. But for the money, the more popular/cheaper Buckmarks-Rugers might be better.

BUT swap the X-Change kit on top with a .357sig barrel and that .22 plinker turns into a very potent highend combat/home defense platform, capable of very good accuracy....imho.

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Re: Need help picking a .22 pistol

Post by drshame » Sun Jul 14, 2013 10:00 pm

25 yards, handheld, SK Plus Ammo:
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I like the grouping much better than what I get with CCI Minimags, not as zippy...velocity is down some, but it makes for much smaller patterns in my hands.
But still not as tight as my Buckmark Hunter...2 different kinds of pistols.

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Re: Need help picking a .22 pistol

Post by CHRISMAN71 » Sat Aug 31, 2013 7:54 pm

sig mosquito sorry to say is not good 22 to buy unless you use expensive ccis all the time, I average 3 jams per clip with bukk ammo that is even hard to find in florida now

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Re: Need help picking a .22 pistol

Post by speed_racer » Sun Sep 01, 2013 10:47 am

Why no mention of the walther p22? Hands down a far better pistol than the misquito
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Re: Need help picking a .22 pistol

Post by PCJim9mm » Thu Sep 05, 2013 9:07 pm

You need to match the recoil spring in the Mosquito to the ammo being shot. I won't say I haven't had any jams with Federal Bulk, but it is not like it happens every mag. The cycling is also much better when the pistol is clean. It won't run reliably nearly as long dirty as a full P series will.

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Re: Need help picking a .22 pistol

Post by Manasota » Sun Dec 04, 2016 8:28 am

Beretta 70 series, Hi Standard (New Haven or Hamden), Ruger Single Six (3 screw). There are others but these can be found reasonably and will never loose a penny of what you paid for it. Plastic guns are nice but are a dime a dozen.

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Re: Need help picking a .22 pistol

Post by Manasota » Sun Dec 04, 2016 8:30 am

Wow! Old thread! Not much in the way of activity on this forum. What gives?

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