.22 cal recommendations needed

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    .22 cal recommendations needed

    Due to the high expensive of larger calibers such as 9mm, .40, and .45 I am in the market for a .22 pistol to practice with.

    Here is the catch though I am looking for the best option that is closest in size, build, barrel length, and operation to your typical full size to compact carry weapon. I am not really interested in ones with longer than normal barrels as the purpose of this weapon will be to realistically let me simulate draw and fire drills without going broke at the same time.

    I now own a full size SW 1911 and M&P 40c so something close in size and operation to those would be nice. Doesn't have to be exact just in the ball park.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks in advance,

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    What about a .22 conversion for your 1911?

    Same feel, grip and trigger pull / break, and you can use your existing 1911 holsters.

    Among others, Kimber sells them: Kimber America Store > Rimfire Target Conversion kits

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattLarson View Post
    What about a .22 conversion for your 1911?

    Same feel, grip and trigger pull / break, and you can use your existing 1911 holsters.

    Among others, Kimber sells them: Kimber America Store > Rimfire Target Conversion kits

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    Will the Kimber kit work on a full size sw1911? if so that would be a great solution.

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    Sell your M&P, get a Glock, buy an AA .22 conversion

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt8185 View Post
    Will the Kimber kit work on a full size sw1911? if so that would be a great solution.
    I believe they will work with any full size 1911 pattern pistol.

    I believe there are some other manufacturers as well.

    In fact, there is a user review on Cabela's from a SW1911 shooter who has one of these kits, and is happy with it.

    Cabela's -- 1911 .22 Rimfire Conversion Kit

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattLarson View Post
    I believe they will work with any full size 1911 pattern pistol.

    I believe there are some other manufacturers as well.

    In fact, there is a user review on Cabela's from a SW1911 shooter who has one of these kits, and is happy with it.

    Cabela's -- 1911 .22 Rimfire Conversion Kit

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    Thanks Matt great info!

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    Speaking of which, has anyone seen the new SIG rimfire conversions on the market yet? I would be tempted by one for my P220.
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    I'm anxiously awaiting one for my P226. Allegedly hitting the shelves in July.....

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    You might take a gander at the Walther P22, it is a DA/SA auto pistol and would be somewhat similar in size to the M&P40c. Earlier models had problems, but Walther seems to have gotten it right as later ones are now very reliable. Also the end of the barrel is threaded and you can remove the nut and add an adapter nut for a silencer later on if you wish.
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    Whatever .22 pistol you buy, DO NOT GET A Sig Mosquito. They are the most unreliable pos ever made and not worthy of the sig name. I 've had three of them, all jam-a-matic unreliable worthless weapons, and yes I lubed them used te 'right' ammo etc..They are PURE CRAP.

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    hmm, I have to say that when I was growing up my old Ruger Mark 1 .22Lr 6.5 Bull barrel pistol was a charm and a half! Accurate beyond belief, never bucked around due to the mass of the barrel and fully reliable! It literally did not move the front sight when it fired, I could hold it still and practice my trigger pull while making a small hole in the target and putting a dent in the Brick supply at wal-mart :D

    Just know what you are doing if you decide to take one apart :P its not so bad if you do though ;)
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    Quote Originally Posted by thecheat View Post
    Sell your M&P, get a Glock, buy an AA .22 conversion
    I agree. Everyone I know who has the A A kit loves it.

    Browning Buckmark if you decide on a semiauto .22

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