Looking @ .22s
This is a discussion on Looking @ .22s within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Currently eyeing up a Walther P22 ($379), S&W 22A ($299) and a Heritage .22 revolver ($249), Beretta NEOS .22 ($279), Ruget Mark III ($329).
December 2nd, 2012 07:54 PM
December 2nd, 2012 08:02 PM
Get the Ruger MarkIII as they are fun plinkers. I always have fun taking this gun to the range or field. I have also used them for hog dispatcher which works very good.
December 2nd, 2012 08:03 PM
I have a browning buckmark .22 it's been good to me. Check it out
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December 2nd, 2012 08:05 PM
I have a P22 I bought about 9 years ago. Maybe the price you are looking at is OK, but it seems way too high-
unless you factor in considerable inflation through the years. I have not been happy with mine; YMMV.
I'm sure they fixed lots of problems as the years went by.
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December 2nd, 2012 08:06 PM
Re: Looking @ .22s
I really like my P22, nice shooter.
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December 2nd, 2012 08:09 PM
December 2nd, 2012 08:12 PM
I have a Mark II Bull Barrel. I've had it for probably 25 years. Never any problems with it.
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December 2nd, 2012 08:42 PM
Re: Looking @ .22s
Second the Buckmark nomination. With cheapest available ammo, more than half my rounds were landing in the 2 inch splatter sticky from 25 yards shooting offhand yesterday. Nice trigger, short smooth pull.
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Cleaning is not fun, though.
Personally, I found the Walther to have far too small a grip.
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December 2nd, 2012 08:47 PM
Ruger MKIII or SR22 are better options than you listed except for the Buckmark.
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December 2nd, 2012 08:48 PM
+1 on the Buck Mark. Price is a little more than the ones listed, but it will last forever. My last trip to the range I decided to take the target out to 25 yards and was making 2-3 inch groups.
December 2nd, 2012 09:01 PM
I have the Beretta Neos and it is fantastic... put a cheapo red dot on it, and it is fun and inexpensive to shoot.
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December 2nd, 2012 09:29 PM
The Ruger Marks and the Browning Buckmark are at the top of the list... you would have to work very hard to wear these guns out in a lifetime of use.
I'm partial to the Rugers, with a pair of Mk IIs, but I wouldn't shy away from the Brownings. I just consider the Rugers first among equals. FWIW, you'll see more Rugers in competition shooting than Brownings, if that floats your boat.
Also, don't overlook used Ruger Marks or Buckmarks. Those guns will be banging away long after the Walthers and Mosquitoes have given up the ghost.
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December 2nd, 2012 09:43 PM
December 2nd, 2012 09:54 PM
While I personally prefer the Ruger Mark III 22/45 for my personal .22 pistol, I have a lot of experience with the P22.
We have several that are our main .22 semi-auto training pistols for students. A lot of people generally shoot them very well, and ours are all reliable. We shoot them until they stop working, which is usually around the 3-4000 round mark, and then clean them, and they work again.
I think my 22/45 is more accurate for a lot of people, but that could be because of the longer sight radius more than anything else. I am not sure how much of a difference one would see if both pistols were placed in a rest.
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December 2nd, 2012 10:03 PM
The only problem I have seen with the Walther is that it can be picky about ammunition. If you don't use premium ammunition, it often fails to cycle. My wife rented one at the range and it jammed about every three rounds. This was with some no name ammunition provided by the range. When I complained, the range gave us a box of CCI and it cycled every round.
For that reason I went with a Ruger SR22. It seems to have no problem cycling any ammunition I have tried in it.
I used to have a Ruger Mark III Govt, with a bull barrel. It was much more accurate than I was. I still regret trading it in for something else.
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