Recommended 22lr pistols?

Recommended 22lr pistols?

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    Recommended 22lr pistols?

    Looking to pick up at some point a practice pistol in 22lr. I don't want to spend much more than $300, since the idea behind this was to save money on ammo, allowing me to practice much more.

    I currently have an XD 45, and I wanted to find a 22lr that had the same "feel" as XDs (grip angle, etc.)

    Any suggestions? I've seen some P22s and SW 22A's on gunbroker. Would one be recommended over the other?


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    Walther P22 is very small, even for medium sized hands the pinky doesnt quite fit.

    The S&W 22A would be the way to go.
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    Either a Browning Buckmark or a Ruger Mark III will fit the bill perfectly. I personally picked the Buckmark but you can't go wrong either way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Freakdaddy View Post
    Either a Browning Buckmark or a Ruger Mark III will fit the bill perfectly. I personally picked the Buckmark but you can't go wrong either way.
    I agree on these two. I personally chose the 5.5" bull barrel MKIII and really enjoy it. My motivation was the same as yours. Cheap practice with a good, economical gun and for me, I made the right decision. I would buy another.

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    Just got a 22A at the gun show this weekend and I couldn't be happier with it! Fits my hand perfectly and it's crazy accurate :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by holeinhead View Post
    Looking to pick up at some point a practice pistol in 22lr. I don't want to spend much more than $300, since the idea behind this was to save money on ammo, allowing me to practice much more.

    I currently have an XD 45, and I wanted to find a 22lr that had the same "feel" as XDs (grip angle, etc.)

    Any suggestions? I've seen some P22s and SW 22A's on gunbroker. Would one be recommended over the other?
    may be something like this?

    google: Taurus 22 LR and it will come right up
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    Ruger 22/45 Mk.III IMO

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    Thanks for the replys all.

    The ruger's grip looks a little too oblique compared to the XD's. I'd like to find something as close to the XD as possible in terms of how the gun feels. (grip angle, trigger pull, balance, etc.)

    I'm not interested in a revolver either, as that's quite a bit different than the XD.

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    Browning Buckmark. They have some inexpensive models.
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    The Buckmark or Mark III will serve you well but I also like the SIG made Hammerli Trailsides.
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    The Sig Mosquito's are nice too. They can be had for around $320.

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    Since you have an XD I'd consider autos like the Walther and Sigarms Mosquito as good choices. They handle, have similar controls and look like many of the modern, larger caliber, auto's and are in your price range. They are also relatively easy to find at most local gun and outdoor (like Academy) stores. The Browning and Rugers are nice as well, but if you've ever handled them they feel different due to the style/angle of their grip and long barrel length. IMHO they would make better training/practice guns for 1911 and similar style pistol owners.
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    I think the grip angle of the Mosquito is different than the XD, however I love my Mosquito. Also the balance will be very different than the XD, but IMO the Mosquito is a wonderful firearm to practice and train with.

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    I too have a .22 Taurus 9-shot revolver, which is great for everyday plinking and fun!
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    Heh, didn't realize the Ruger 22/45s had 1911 angle grips. I think that's probably what I'm going to end up with. I'm seeing these price below $300, and they have a good rep.

    Thanks for all the suggestions!

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