Looking for a good .22LR for fun shooting.

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    Looking for a good .22LR for fun shooting.

    I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on what type of .22lr hand gun I could purchase. I just want something to take to the range and practice with. I have a .38 for carry and home protection. I was looking at the Ruger Mark III and the Sig Mosquito. Any Suggestions.

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    I'm fond of my Browning Buckmark. A Ruger MkII/III would be another good choice.

    The Mosquitos (I've read) have a poor track record; however, I have no direct experience with them to relate.
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    I would recommend the Ruger 10/22. I love mine.

    edit: Sorry, you said handgun. My bad.
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    Ruger

    I heard a lot of good things about Ruger.

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    I have a Mosquito and love it. I have never had ANY problems with mine since I started using the recommended ammo. (CCI Minimags) I had a few FTFs, FTEs and such while shooting (or attempting to) bulk pack stuff of multiple brands. With the CCI Minimags, the gun has been flawless, and quite fun to shoot.
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    I like my Beretta Bobcat but for target practice at the range I would prefer a bigger gun like the Mark III.
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    I've got a Ruger Mark II Bull barrel that I have had for years. It's a blast to shoot, but be advised Rugers can be a bear to get apart and reassembled. Never shot a Sig, so can't comment on them.

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    The Walther P22 5" with tatical rail for laser sight.

    Wife and I have 2.

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    Ruger MkIII - very impressive shooter

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    get the Ruger! They shoot POA right out of the box. And, there's absolutely NOTHING difficult about disassembly/re-assembly after the break-in. Most of the Rugers I have worked with (a dozen or so) have been no problem, only a couple exhibited problems with the locking lug of the barrel not wanting to let go when trying to detach the barrel from the frame.

    If there was suddenly a reason I had to choose only one hand gun from my collection to keep, it would most likely be the Ruger Mark II 22/45 bull barrel.

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    Thanks for your help.

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    I like a Ruger, although I like Taurus revolvers. My next gun buy is a Taurus 941 in .22mag.

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    A Ruger Single Six...two cyclinders... .22LR and .22Mag...great pistol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tom1965 View Post
    I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on what type of .22lr hand gun I could purchase. I just want something to take to the range and practice with. I have a .38 for carry and home protection. I was looking at the Ruger Mark III and the Sig Mosquito. Any Suggestions.
    As much as SIG is a fine name, the Mosquito was a big mistake on their part and I would not recommend this to anyone.

    There are a few ways to approach buying a .22 LR.
    1. Target or self defense practice.
    2. Revolver or semi-auto
    3. Price vs. reliability.

    I looked at all the options for fun vs. defensive carry practice and then purchased the Walther P22.

    It is about 3/4 the size of a Walther P99.

    It is German made, 10 round mags that are only about $20-25 for additional. I have 10.

    It is a semi-auto. Pocket sized and very accurate.

    It retails for more than some of the others but is worth it.

    It is very fun to shoot and inexpensive.

    Cleaning can be a bit of a chore since it does not have a captured spring. This can take a little getting used to and has tired my patience on more than one occasion.

    Otherwise, I cannot think of another .22 semi-auto pistol you will be more satisfied with. It will last as long as you maintain it.

    The Browning is an excellent target pistol, but only that. I use my P22 for self defense training, not just target shooting. There is a difference even though both are fun to shoot.

    I'm big on Sig's but for summer carry I recently purchased a Walther PPS. It is fairly new but tested and proved. Chambered in 9mm and.40, this subcompact is superior to any other small pistols I have personally owned. Super slim and amazingly about the size of my Walther P22. Only about 1" wide.

    Sure, you have to consider price. But like buying furniture and anything else, consider what you purchase. For long term comfort, durability and reliability, buy the best you can afford or save up until you can, then only buy the best.

    You just can't go wrong with most Sig's or the latest Walther's.

    Understand I am speaking only of semi-auto Pistols. There are many fine revolvers that may meet your needs.
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    I've fired both and liked them both, but they felt totally different. Personally I'd buy a Mark III or a Browning Buckmark, but that's mostly for the traditional element.

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