Advice needed on .22 to get wife started shooting

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    Advice needed on .22 to get wife started shooting

    After 10 years of marriage, my wife has finally agreed to learn how to shoot (yes, in part because of the VA terrorism).

    She has essentially no previous weapon experience (fired a handgun once or twice growing up, but nothing recent).

    After talking with some Instructors in my area, the general consensus seems to be that a .22 is best for first-timers due to its low noise, low kick.. allowing her to learn the basics without having to be worried about the recoil or report making shooting un-fun for her (and if its too un-fun, she won't want to keep learning).

    Plus, the .22 would give me a 'teaching gun' for when our kids get old enough to learn to shoot.

    I need advice though, I'm not familiar with anything in .22, so I need suggestions on pistols that would be good learning guns...then, after she's comfortable, I'll let her pick her own gun, and who knows I may even be able to get her to apply for her carry permit.


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    Indeed .22 is both inexpensive for ammo and very controllable. This does make it useful to start someone off .. and then the required skills regarding grip, sighting and trigger use can be well practiced.

    You could go for a single action revo like the Ruger Single Six .. a Taurus DA revo or even find a Smith M18 perhaps. Semi's are fine too but maybe a revo is best for ideal initial discipline.

    If semi then a Ruger perhaps or Browning Buckmark ..... guns which will run and run and always fit the bill as good plinkers too.

    I might add too - with kids in particular . IMO a session or two with .22 rifle is useful, even before handgun.
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    I love the Browning Buckmarks. I have two, and have shot them in silhouette matchs for years. Accurate, reliable, hard to beat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by P95Carry View Post
    I might add too - with kids in particular . IMO a session or two with .22 rifle is useful, even before handgun.

    this is the first time anyone has suggested to me that I start them with a rifle and then move to a handgun.. any particular reason you make that recommendation?

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    Ditto on the Browning Buckmarks.


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    a .22 rifle is a good start for teaching the fundamentals of pure marksmanship. A Walther P22 is a good beginner handgun in that it is similar to a full sized service-type handgun. Realistic safety, mag release, and service type trigger pull too, unlike the Browning, Ruger, etc with super light target triggers and heel mounted mag catches for the most part. The Ruger 22/45 is a similar choice, but with the light trigger pull of a target pistol. Same would apply if you were lucky enough to have a Colt Ace, or one of the Kimber or Beretta conversions, or a good .22 revolver. Welcome to CC.

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    Any DA wheelgun in .22, or for a semi the Ruger Mk2 is tops and quite affordable used.

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    Lots of good choices here. Some like the Walther P22 as it is small and fits little hands pretty good. But there have been some question on reliability.
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    Either the Ruger Mark II or Mark III or the Ruger Single Six. I teach the 10 hour NRA basic pistol and that is what I use for first timers. It's alot eaisier to send you wife to a class, there are many womens's only classes out there. She might make some friends, and not feel any pressure there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyW View Post
    Lots of good choices here. Some like the Walther P22 as it is small and fits little hands pretty good. But there have been some question on reliability.
    It's well documented that P22s hate cheap brick ammo but eat up all the CCI Mini Mags you can put through them. I have a P22 with over 2000 rounds fired, zero malfunctions.
    They have interchangeable backstraps too so you can adapt them to your hand size. Currently about $220 on Bud's Guns site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by duracles View Post
    Either the Ruger Mark II or Mark III or the Ruger Single Six. I teach the 10 hour NRA basic pistol and that is what I use for first timers. It's alot eaisier to send you wife to a class, there are many womens's only classes out there. She might make some friends, and not feel any pressure there.

    She'll be going to a class eventually..for her, it'll actually be less stressful if her first-time is not in a classroom environment..less people to be worried about embarrassing herself infront of if she has a last minute change of heart about learning or anything like that.

    Thanks for the suggestions

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    For single action auto go ruger mk no really dont matter they are all good . For double action auto i suggest walther p-22 since its affordable and acceptable accuracy , tho i think cz makes one that actualy might be better ( if they dont they make a conversion for a 9mm and you would get two guns for one slightly elivated price lol ) .
    Double action revolver well we are back to ruger ( sp101 ) or smith and wesson ( mod 17 or 18 ) . Single action revolver DONT DO IT .
    Now i know all i recommended cost as much as a good centerfire , and there is a reason lol . buy quality once , or buy to get by every year or two .. this bears out on the lowly .22 as well or better than it does on centerfire .
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    A rifle is good to teach safe handling practices of the fire arm, has even less recoil (not much of an issue with a 22 i know) it is easier for a beginner to learn how to aim as the sight is much longer and easier to line up. I was always taught to start with rifles first then work to handguns, especially with children, as it is much harder for children to hurt themselves with a rifle. (For example much harder for the barrel to point towards them if they were to drop said firearm accidently) Also IMO it is much easier to hit targets with a rifle and therefore easier to build confidence with firearms .

    Now good pistols to learn how to shoot are the old single action revolvers as their focus is inherently on shot placement. If you can find one an old H&R revolver in 22 would not be a bad choice as they are typically cheap when you can find one.
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    Thanks for clarifying .02. I was just trying to point out that the P22 was a good gun but you had to be more careful than with some others. I am thinking of buying one for my kids (and me!) too.
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    I wouldn't recommend what you buy, as thats something for you to ultimately decide. Most all of these guns will have a users forum, just join them and read/ask questions/decide for yourself. Whatever it is you decide on, be prepared for some folks advising you to stay away from it (for some reason or another), while others will be praising it.

    I myself chose a Walther P22, in spite of all the nay-sayers, and I'm just tickled to death with it. It is by far my most comfortable gun, and I've had no problems with it. Its now in the 2700 rounds fired range.

    It did take me several bricks of the cheap ammo (trial and error) to find out what my P22 likes. I now use Walmarts Remington Golden Bullets, about $11 per brick (550 rounds). Many other users have also recommended this ammo for P22 use.

    In my gun, the previously mentioned CCI mini-mag ammo works only comparably to the Remington. The CCI ammo is also 3X the cost of the Remington stuff- $6 per 100 rounds.

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