Despite all the firearms I own, I've been neglecting for too long having a .22 pistol. I've decided that I am going to remedy this in the next couple of days, but need to narrow down the list. I'm going to put a cap on cost of around $400 dollars. Mostly it will just be getting used for fun, plinking and stuff like that. Here are the top choices:
Ruger Single Six, is one of those pistols that has been around forever, has a good reputation. You can get the .22 magnum cylinder to switch out too, giving a bit more power for small varmints. I've got some SAA clones, and love the design and feel of the pistol and all that. The Single Six may be cutting it close on that $400 limit though.
Chiappa or Gsg 1911 clones in .22. Really I don't know or haven't heard too much about either of this pistols. Concept for both seems solid, although I don't know about the follow through from either company (I do know that Gsg makes the .22 Mp-5 clones, Chiappa I really know nothing about, aside from their new revolver is ugly). The bonus to one of these is that I carry a 1911, so it could provide a training platform similar to my carry gun for a cheaper price.
S&W 22A I know that these are plastic, and usually about $220 at my gunstore. They seem like decent little pistols, although nothing about them really wows me usually (certainly not like a S&W model 41). They seem like a bare bones .22 for plinking, but they aren't as much as some of the other options.
Sig mosquito, I own a couple sigs, they are both great. But this pistol always seems to get mixed reviews, usuall due to reliability and it being a bit picky about ammo. A large number of .22 semis can be, which can be an issue, because this pistol will be used when I just wanna pick up a brick of something for $20 at wal-mart, and plink away all afternoon.
And finally a Ruger Mark 2 or 3, I've got a lot of experience with the Ruger semi-auto .22s (heck if you take on apart once you have about two hours worth of experience) They are a pain to dissassemble, but fun, accurate little pistols, and not too expensive. I'd probably hope for a deal on a heavy barreled model if I was going to go for one of them.
So, anyone want to try and convince me they which of these is the best? Thanks for the help