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Old December 11, 2012, 12:11 AM   #1
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Help me select a new .22 lr semi-automatic pistol

Hello,

As the thread title states I could use some help selecting a new .22lr semi-automatic pistol. I can spend as much as $350 and already own 2 Ruger pistols in 22lr (Mk II & Mk III) so those are not an option.

Use will be range plinking and general fun gun.
Also if the model is ammunition specific that will not help.

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Old December 11, 2012, 12:14 AM   #2
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Moving to Semi Auto Handgun Forum....

I vote for the MK series of Ruger to include the .22/45 line up...

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Old December 11, 2012, 12:21 AM   #3
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I will take a look at them.
Thanks.
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Old December 11, 2012, 12:23 AM   #4
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On mine, it was a MKIII .22/45... I disabled the magazine disconnect feature as well as the loaded chamber indicator... It is a straight shooter and easily a small game pistol out to 50 yards, offhand, open sights...

ETA: I didn't catch the part where you already have the Rugers...
Too busy getting it moved to this forum
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Old December 11, 2012, 12:26 AM   #5
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I also owned a S&W that had a side profile of a 1911 for the most part and it was also an excellent little pistol...

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Old December 11, 2012, 01:29 AM   #6
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If I was buying a 22lr in that price range I would look at a GSG/SIG/Colt 1911 or a S&W 21
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Old December 11, 2012, 02:01 AM   #7
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My S&W was either a 422 or a similar older model...

Been 22-24 years ago though...

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Old December 11, 2012, 02:10 AM   #8
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I also have to say get a GSG 1911. You already have the Ruger which is considered highly on most peoples list of good 22lr pistols. The GSG can be modified since a fair amount of the parts are interchangeable with standard 1911 parts. I have mine suppressed and it is by far the most used 22 I have.
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Old December 11, 2012, 06:04 AM   #9
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Thank you everyone for the replies.
I will now look at the selections that were posted and make a decision.
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Old December 11, 2012, 06:41 AM   #10
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I recently shot a Ruger SR22 at my gun club and was impressed with the little gem. The fun factor was off the charts, and it didn't skip a beat with the several mags I put through it. While not quite as accurate as my Ruger MK II's it was accurate enough, and a blast to shoot.
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Old December 11, 2012, 07:10 AM   #11
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The ruger is a great 22lr handgun, but please don't overlook the browning buckmark. They have slightly better triggers out of the box and there are many models to choose from.
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Old December 11, 2012, 07:16 AM   #12
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The M&P22 is a great little pistol. Very accurate and mine has ran well on various types of ammunition. If you are looking for something "different" from the Mk series Rugers you already own this would be a good place to start.
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Old December 11, 2012, 10:00 AM   #13
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I've owned a Ruger MKII for over 30 years now. It's a very nice gun to shoot. Very popular when I take others to the range.
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Old December 11, 2012, 10:31 AM   #14
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Ruger 22/45 with wood grips or Browning Buckmark.
Adjustable sights with 4-5.5 inch barrel.
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Old December 11, 2012, 09:14 PM   #15
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Smith & Wesson M&P 22 semi-auto pistol.




If you're looking for a .22lr semi-auto pistol that mimics, the weight and feel of a typical larger caliber polymer pistol (Glock, Springfield Armory XD, S&W M&P), this is the .22 for you. I have 400 rounds though mine now without even one problem or issue. It's easy to field strip and a pleasure to shoot. In many respects, it's my favorite handgun in the safe.
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Old December 12, 2012, 06:05 PM   #16
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Love my Berretta NEOS. Paid $260 at a gun show.
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Old December 12, 2012, 09:36 PM   #17
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Im also looking to get a .22lr pistol sometime soon, so far the M&P22 is my top choice, even more so after reading some of these posts...I already own the M&P 15-22 rifle and consider it one of my favorite guns, makes sense that i will be pleased with the pistol too
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Old December 12, 2012, 10:22 PM   #18
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I just got one of these a couple days ago...



MKIII 22/45 Target. I shot it for the first time today and absolutely loved it. I've had a P22 and tried the Neos, SR22 and Mosquito. Of all of them I found the MK to be the most reliable, accurate and well made. FWIW, my second choice would have been the Neos.
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Old December 13, 2012, 09:09 AM   #19
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Buckmark.
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Old December 13, 2012, 11:21 AM   #20
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MK lll 22/45:

Very accurate
Very reliable with even bulk ammo
Old School Bull Barrel
Endless Modifications and picattiny site rail included
*The MKs have been proven for decades*

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Old December 13, 2012, 11:46 AM   #21
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I gotta put one in for the Buckmark as well. I found it to be a better fit for me than the 22/45. I've had a few models and they've all been bullseye accurate and fed many types of ammo reliably.

- although one caveat, the SR22 my wife has eats anything. I mean anything and everything. I haven't found a 22 ammo yet that wont go bang in it.

Another possibility for fun factor is a Ruger Charger. not exactly a pistol but a serious hoot to shoot. It's such a stable platform and easy to shoot well that I use it with the wife's grandkids. Nothing keeps kids interested better than being able to hit the target regularly, even if their technique and form isn't up to par yet.
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Old December 13, 2012, 12:41 PM   #22
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If you look hard enough ones like these pop up close to that price range.
Those are High Standard Sport Kings circa 1979.

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Old December 13, 2012, 12:50 PM   #23
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S&W Model 41 has not equal and many of the ones listed are iffy on accuracy

If you want one that you can really shoot well (or it can shoot well) then thats the gun.

Used ones are terrific, does not have to be new.

$700 used more or less, but ones you have handled one and shot it you will not want to go back.
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Old December 13, 2012, 12:51 PM   #24
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Some good lookers there, but I have to vote for the M&P 22.

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Old December 14, 2012, 06:08 AM   #25
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S&W Model 41 has not equal and many of the ones listed are iffy on accuracy
The OP said the price had to be $350 max.
Why would you even mention a gun that's going to cost two to three times that amount?

Iffy on accuracy...yeah I do admit the Sport Kings, even the Camden ones, aren't target pistols...
The sub 1# crisp clean breaking trigger is such a pleasure to use it more than makes up for that though.r
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