Looking to buy a .22 pistol

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    There are a lot of good choices out there, but to me, there is nothing like the feel and balance of a bull barrel Ruger Mk II or III. I've had my Mk II Government Target since 1987, and I love it. The other guns that are close to it is the Browning Buckmark and some of the old High Standard target autos.

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    Both the Ruger Mk III and the Buckmark (Standard) have done very well for me. Unless you intend to train with a holster, the similarity to a "real" gun is over rated. To me, the value of a rimfire (beyond cheap fun) is in working on the basics of sight alignment and trigger control, without the interference of serious recoil.

    Oh, and the Ruger disassembly/re-assembly is not something to be feared, provided you have two opposable thumbs and the intelligence of a chimpanzee. :)
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    if you're looking for a defensive trainer, Ruger has pretty short barreled 22/45 and don't forget the Phoenix HP22A for only $140.

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    I have both. For just plinking and fun, the SR22 can't be beat. For dead on target shooting, the Mark III is the answer.

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    If you happen to carry or use any type of 1911 for self-defense, buy a 22 LR conversion kit for the 1911, you simply slide off the .45 slide/barrel assembly and slide on the 22 LR slide/barrel assembly and you have a 22 LR with the exact same mechanics and required muscle memory as your SD 1911.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RoadRunner71 View Post
    Both the Ruger Mk III and the Buckmark (Standard) have done very well for me. Unless you intend to train with a holster, the similarity to a "real" gun is over rated. To me, the value of a rimfire (beyond cheap fun) is in working on the basics of sight alignment and trigger control, without the interference of serious recoil.

    Oh, and the Ruger disassembly/re-assembly is not something to be feared, provided you have two opposable thumbs and the intelligence of a chimpanzee. :)
    Ok, dumb question followup. I'm not quite sure how using the Mark III to practice sight alignment would help when it seems(at least form pictures and a comparison of lengths) the sights are farther apart than on "real" handguns, especially on a compact like the SR9c or similar. Wouldn't you want to practice with something where the sights are a better representation of what you'll actually use?

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    I love my Browning Buckmark. I had a micro and now have a longer barrel version. Sweet shooting pistols.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruiser419 View Post
    Ok, dumb question followup. I'm not quite sure how using the Mark III to practice sight alignment would help when it seems(at least form pictures and a comparison of lengths) the sights are farther apart than on "real" handguns, especially on a compact like the SR9c or similar. Wouldn't you want to practice with something where the sights are a better representation of what you'll actually use?
    Sight alignment and trigger control is a software issue (mostly), the hardware, provided they are at least similar (in this case, post & notch), is less important. You are still trying to keep the sights aligned and steady, while smoothly applying steadily increasing pressue on the trigger until the "surprise" break. This is similar to what you do while dry-firing, with the added benefit in that holes in a target don't lie about whether you did everything perfectly.
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    Browning's are indeed sweet pistols and I'd like to own one some day, but they are at the high end of the price scale.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigmacque View Post
    Browning's are indeed sweet pistols and I'd like to own one some day, but they are at the high end of the price scale.
    I think the Buckmark Camper is cheaper than any Mark III. I think it's priced like the 22/45's. I like the basic iron front sight on the Camper better than the fiber optic on the higher priced versions anyway.

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    For me its a 22lr conv kit, got one for my CZ and will have one for my glock in the near future. I don't think you can beat that for practice/training with your carry gun.
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    ruger mark ii is the way to go. the ruger mark i and mark iii are also good guns. the buckmark is all so a fine gun. there is many good 22lr pistols out there now.
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    I bought the new Walther P22Q. It's ok. It has it's issue like some many other guns but the trigger seems a little tight and it's a little finicky on the ammo type. Other than that I think it shoots awesome.

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    Thanks to everyone for responding. You all gave me a lot to think about, so I think I'll hold off a bit, especially since i won't be able to shoot for a few weeks at least soon due to some ear surgery.

    Leaning towards the SR22 since I don't see myself buying many 1911-type guns, so the ergonomics would be more similar.

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