View Full Version : Taurus PT-22 Anyone??

September 16, 2005, 03:52 PM
Was reading the lastest copy of "Guns & Weapons for Law Enforcement" and they had a little piece in there about BUG guns and mentioned many L.E.O. carry the Taurus PT-22 as a back-up because it is small and light. Well, I was wondering if anyone really has one of these and if they're reliable. I'm thinking about picking one up for my wife as a small self-defense gun. Get her started shooting, comfortable with somethimg small, then she can get her CCW and move up to whatever she wants IF she wants to go bigger. I figure ammo would be cheap at least with a PT-22 !!

September 17, 2005, 04:20 AM
It's a copy of the Beretta Bobcat.
I thought about getting one but I think the Taurus 94B2 (snub .22 revolver) is a better deal. The same round capacity (9) as the 8+1 PT-22, but with the advantage of less to go wrong!!!

September 17, 2005, 05:06 AM
denfoote is right. Go with a small revolver is you want a .22 for carry reasons. Small .22 auto pistols are notoriously unreliable, and the Taurus is no exception. They do make several fine .22 revolvers small enough for your purpose.


September 17, 2005, 10:11 AM
My father has carried a PT22 for so long that the nickel is peeling off. The little gun is as reliable a .22 as I have ever seen. He shoots primarily Velocitors through it, and it eats them with aplomb. Good little guns, IMO.

September 17, 2005, 10:17 AM
I had one for a while. It was very reliable but it shot about 4 inches high at 10 yards. The trigger on them is double action only which is quite smooth and similar to a revolver. Mark

September 17, 2005, 04:09 PM
Bumped into two cops, both wearing PT22's as back-ups.
Intrigued, I investigated further, and have carried one as back-up (car gun, 'purse' gun, pocket gun) since the mid-'90's.
(They had their guns gently dehorned at certain areas; if you own one you can do the same.)

Took a couple hundred rds to break it in; never failed once I fed it W-W Super-X.

It's in my 'purse' right now.

Glenn E. Meyer
September 17, 2005, 10:20 PM
I guess you need to find one that is reliable. Mine was a terrible jammer and I got rid of it. It was a nice looking gun but I couldn't trust it.

I have a NAA Mini revolver for a 22 little pocket gun.

Apple a Day
September 18, 2005, 08:17 AM
I own one.
It took about 200 rounds to break it in. It had several failures to feed. I shot it, cleaned it , shot it, cleaned it. After 200 rounds I haven't had any problems other than the expected ammo-related sort. If your wife is going to carry it then don't skimp on the ammo choice.
I have handed it to a couple of women to shoot. Neither of them liked the long double action pull of the trigger. On the plus side it has the tip-up barrel so she won't have to deal with working the slide. If she isn't going to carry this one then I'd go with something larger like a Ruger Mk II or III, a Baretta Neos, or something that would be more comfortable to shoot.
I agree with some of the other folks that for self defense with a .22 I'd go with a revolver. I'd even look for a .22 magnum if I could find one.
Best of luck,

September 18, 2005, 11:15 PM
I agree that you should go with the Taurus model 94revolver. I have one, an ultralight, and it is a nice little shooter and much more reliable than its semiauto brother. If your wife wants a semi auto because it is smaller and thinner than the revolver I would think of a .25 or better yet a Kel-Tec P32. I have a P32 and it has been 100% reliable. Have fun.
Steve :D