.22LR Handgun Options

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    .22LR Handgun Options

    My 12 yo son has been using a Ruger MarkII Target Pistol, but it's a bit heavy for him. He's a little fella.

    We were looking at a Ruger SR22 today that seemed very nice. What other options should we be considering. This is purely for target shooting at this point.

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    Browning Buckmark is hard to beat.
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    I had a chance to shoot a buddy's M&P 22 once and really enjoyed it. Seemed light enough. He loves the thing.
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    I have a Taurus PT-22. It's picky about what ammo it eats. CCI mini mags work well, Winchester super X as well. I think I paid $200-230 range. It's about the same size as a lcp.
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    I like my Walther P-22 and it is light and designed for smaller hands. That being said, I should have bought a browning.
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    The Walther P22 comes to mind, as does the Sig Mosquito, although they've had some quality issues.

    I'm a big fan of the Ruger Single Six (or the smaller, lighter Bearcat) for a fun training gun. Yes, single action requires extra care (safety-wise) on the part of the shooter, but what better time to introduce it than with a young shooter? Get them working on sight alignment and trigger press, and on making every shot count - not just smelling the gunsmoke. Especially now, given the scarcity and cost of ammo.

    The other thought that came to me is that if your MkII has a bull barrel, the gun isn't just heavy, it's got a pronounced forward weight bias. Fine for us adults, but fatiguing for Junior. If you could find the same gun (MkII or III; I favor the Mk II) with the 4-inch tapered barrel and fixed sights, I think that would be ideal. The balance with the short, tapered barrel is markedly different than with the bull barrel, and it might be just the ticket. I've seen used MkIIs in the $250-350 range.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DJC7 View Post
    I had a chance to shoot a buddy's M&P 22 once and really enjoyed it. Seemed light enough. He loves the thing.
    M&P22 is a great adult shooter. The grips are kind of big for younger kids. My buddy's 10yo had a hard time hanging on to it, but great shooter and would definitely try to find it.

    If I had to do it again, I'd seriously consider the Buckmark for my .22 pistol and if I were you I'd keep the Ruger and maybe go for something inexpensive like the Beretta U22 or S&W 22A if that fit the budget.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 357and40 View Post
    I like my Walther P-22 and it is light and designed for smaller hands. That being said, I should have bought a browning.
    Yea, What he said... I did buy the Browning. I still have the P-22 but agree it is good for small handed shooters. My grandchildren love to shoot the P-22
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    Love my SR22.

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    Get him a Colt New Frontier 22. Not only is it an excellent target pistol with adjustable sights, it's fairly light.

    A few advantages are you'll teach him to appreciate fine firearms at an early age, and the gun will appreciate over time, rather than depreciate. It also has a 22 magnum cylinder available and between the 22LR and 22Mag he'll have a nice little hunting pistol, or carry pistol while hunting, all on one package.
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    My grandkids think my Ruger Bear Cat is the cats meow. It's small, light and accurate. If it's not cocked it's not going to shoot. I don't like semi automatic for young kids. For a 12 year old, with training and experience that exhibits goods safety precautions I would not have a problem with a semi auto.
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    The MK II/III Target has the bull barrel, which is a bit nose heavy. Have you tried the Ruger MK III Standard, with the shorter, tapered barrel? I find the balance on that gun much better, and it's quickly becoming my favorite.

    As noted above, the Buckmarks are a bit lighter and nice pistols too.

    For target plinking at a reasonable price, I've found the Rugers and Brownings the best bang for the buck.
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    Ruger 22/45 Lite is another option.
    I have one and love it.

    SR22 grip has replaceable palm swells which may assist smaller hands.
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    I will be buying the one with the threaded barrel to share a can with the 22/45 lite.
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    I like the SR22 better than the P22 or Mosquito if you decide to go that way. Other than that, I would be tickled to have any of the gun mentioned here.

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    I have the M&P22 and my 7 year old handles it very well. His hands are still a little small for the grip, but he has no problems holding it steady as far as weight is concerned. He's also shot the Walther P22 and really liked it, too. I don't think you could go wrong with either of those.

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