Tiny semi-auto .22LR?

Tiny semi-auto .22LR?

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    Tiny semi-auto .22LR?

    One of the guys I work with has a really small .22LR pistol. I can't remember what it is, but it only holds about 6 rounds. He did say that after he bought it (at a gun show) and did some research he found it had a really horrible reputation for accuracy.

    My question is are there any decent really small .22 semi-auto pistols out there? I know the idea of going to a .380 will come up, but I'm specifically curious about the .22LR's. I have a small 9mm (on the way) so I'm set for a heavier round/real small gun, but this is turning in to some what of a hobby You can't have just one, or 5, or 20...


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    Re: Tiny semi-auto .22LR?

    I have a little Jennings J22 that I picked up at a gun show when I was a kid (technically my dad bought it). It is a tiny little semi auto with a terrible reputation. Might be what your friend has.
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    Beretta has a tip up barrel in 22lr.
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    Beretta Bobcat
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    Yep, the beretta I have (though don't carry) is a pretty nice little pistol.
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    My personal favorite in the .22lr mousegun catagory is the Walther TPH. These are well made, accurate enough and reliable. Good looking and feel nice in the hand too.



    Another PPK type .22lr is this PX22. It also holds 6 rounds as do the TPH models. It is not the same quality by any stretch though.

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    Beretta and taurus come to mind with small 22lr. Bobcat and the pt-22. Basicly the same pistols. the beretta might better machined. But probably cost more. I shot a pt-22 and it seemed to be good little gun. But I already have a 32 pocket gun and 22/45 ruger. So I didnt see the need to buy that one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard58 View Post
    Beretta has a tip up barrel in 22lr.
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    Beretta and taurus come to mind with small 22lr. Bobcat and the pt-22. Basicly the same pistols. the beretta might better machined. But probably cost more. I shot a pt-22 and it seemed to be good little gun...
    I don't think anyone can honestly say that the Bobcat has a "horrible reputation", any moreso than ANY tiny .22 semi-auto.

    I'm betting he's talking about a Sterling, Jennings, Jimanez, or something similar. Maybe a Taurus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard58 View Post
    Beretta has a tip up barrel in 22lr.
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    I don't think anyone can honestly say that the Bobcat has a "horrible reputation", any moreso than ANY tiny .22 semi-auto.

    I'm betting he's talking about a Sterling, Jennings, Jimanez, or something similar. Maybe a Taurus.
    I have a Beretta 21A 22LR w/the pop up barrel. For a basic 'belly' gun it is extremely compact and very veryconcealable and I would never ever consider selling it.
    Tho it's the only Beretta I've ever owned I would have absolutely no qualms about buying another Beretta. They are another of the finely manufactured firearms on the market today.
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    If i I may quote myself from a recent thread:

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    Although I haven't shot any of the pictured pistols in a decade or two, I recall my two .25ACP Berettas were significantly more reliable than their .22LR stablemate (Which was, by the way, more trustworthy than the nearly unobtainable Walther TPH), But I'd expect a centerfire, semi-rimmed FMJ cartrige to be more reliable in the tight confines of a mousegun than an externally lubed, lead bulleted rimfire. The .25's stack more neatly in the magazine (and you get one more). It also seems that .22LR duds are more frequent these days.

    When comparing ballistics, be aware that .25ACP test data reflects a typical mousegun barrel, where .22LR tables typically report numbers from much longer barrels. The .22LR typically has somewhat better commonly published numbers, but ultimately, reliability is paramount in guns such as these.

    The three thirty-year-old Berettas pictured have light, silky smooth double-action triggers with a remarkable single-action letoff...

    I'd suggest getting a the .22 for practice AND the .25 to carry. These guns are relatively affordable, and .22 ammo will eventually reappear and allow inexpensive practice.

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    Got a chance to shoot a Walther P22 the other day and it was a sweet little gun. Perhaps not as tiny as some of the others mentioned here, but holds 10-12 rounds.

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    I got my daughter ( an RN and get's called out at night a lot) a Taurus PT-22...It's easier for her to conceal and shoot and quick to just grab and slip into her console or purse...I've shot it and it's easy to shoot and very accurate...JMO

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    I have only seen one other like it but I have a Wilkinson Arms Sherry 22 pistol I bought many years ago. It is the same size as a Colt 25acp, never shot it much but it is a fun and accurate pistol. To lazy to go out to the safe and bring it in for pictures so here is one I found on the Internet.

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