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Old September 22, 2012, 08:03 PM   #26
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Why are you limited to a .22 caliber? What dictated that doctor's prescription?

A .22 handgun might be worthless if your condition prevents your operating the thing.

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Old September 22, 2012, 10:08 PM   #27
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A .22 handgun might be worthless if your condition prevents your operating the thing.
An aged, arthritic hand on a gun, any gun, even a .22, beats the hell out of the same hand balled into a fist, every time. Guns are, as Marko Kloos pointed out in his essay, "Why the Gun is Civilization", the force equalizer that puts the elderly on more equal footing with the young and strong.

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Old September 22, 2012, 10:35 PM   #28
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I'm with the group that says revolver if I had to depend upon a rimfire. They can be notoriously unreliable, and if I hit a bad primer, I'd rather just pull the trigger again than have to rack the slide while potentially under fire.

I have always been a big fan of both S&W and Taurus revolvers, and the new Ruger LCR is quite interesting. I'd probably go with the lighter aluminum/scandium options if I went S&W or Taurus (better for carry, and in .22lr or .22mag shouldn't be bad even for hand/wrist issues). While I do love S&W, I'd probably go with the Taurus at around $300 less or the Ruger at $200 less for the lightweight versions.

I'm not sure if I'd go .22mag or .22lr. The Ruger doesn't seem to be available in .22mag (per the website), and the .22mag versions of the S&W and Taurus revolvers have one fewer round. One more round, or a little more power per round is a tough call. I'd lean towards the Taurus because it has one more round than the equivalent Ruger and S&W (8 rounds v. 7 in .22mag, 9 rounds v. 8 in .22lr). Since neither is a particularly strong caliber, and expansion is likely a hit or miss proposition, I'd go for penetration v. expansion. I'd want LRN over HP, a heavier bullet, and a high velocity round. If I went .22lr, I'd probably get 40gr CCI Mini-Mag or Winchester Wildcat.
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Old September 22, 2012, 10:37 PM   #29
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How about the S&W 51 - 22 magnum kit gun airweight. Its 22 cal, more power than 22lr, 4in barrel, airweight J frame, but also has adjustable sights. Almost perfect, in this sense.
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Old September 23, 2012, 04:00 AM   #30
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When I really want to travel light I carry my S&W 317 with 1 7/8" barrel.
9 1/2 ounces and 8 shots.
+1 about that gun. Very light, revolver reliable, easy to carry. With any .22 HS or Hyper.
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Don't most DA .22s have a fairly heavy trigger? To set off those rim fire primers
I would think a model 10 with a good trigger with 148 grain wad cutters and a big set of rubber grips would work just as well.
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Old September 25, 2012, 11:41 AM   #32
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I would go another route if 22 was the only option, I would look to the Taurus line of little semi-autos like the PY22 and its cousin, both have tip up barrels making loading easier for first round and the magazine holds 6 or 7 rounds, I have owned both models and they ran with all 22lr ammo used.

Both guns have been used by grandparents who have Aurthur in the hands bad.
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I agree with k1500. Lcr and velocitors.
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Old September 25, 2012, 12:00 PM   #34
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You mean the Taurus 22-PLY?

There is the .22-PLY and the 25-PLY,,,
Mine are great performers.

The .22 is 8 plus 1,,,
The .25 is 9 plus 1.

It takes a good grip to rack the slide,,,
Since it doesn't have an extractor,,,
It still won't eject a dud round.

So if you do get a dud cartridge,,,
It's time consuming to get a new round in the barrel.
  • Flip up the barrel to throw out the dud round.
  • Close the barrel.
  • Rack the slide (takes a good grip).

  • Flip up the barrel to throw out the dud round.
  • Drop the mag to get a loose round from it.
  • Reinsert the magazine.
  • Place the new round in the barrel.
  • Close the barrel

I absolutely love my 22-PLY and 25-PLY,,,
But for older arthritic hands,,,
Revolvers may be better.


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LCR .. 22 LR

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