The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > Hogan's Alley > Handguns: General Handgun Forum

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old March 31, 2022, 06:35 PM   #26
The Verminator
Senior Member
 
Join Date: April 19, 2013
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 203
This one:

Attached Images
File Type: jpg Iqfhcck.jpg (537.8 KB, 25 views)
The Verminator is offline  
Old March 31, 2022, 09:43 PM   #27
Crankylove
Senior Member
 
Join Date: July 8, 2008
Location: 8B ID
Posts: 1,730
Browning Challenger, and my Browning 1911-22 are kinda tied.

I’ve got a 6” 617 that’s fun to shoot, but, I prefer the lighter weight pistols if I’m doing .22’s.

In my younger days (3-4 years old), it was Sterling .22 semi-auto, that for some reason, my dad purchased brand new. I couldn’t load the mag, but I could sure empty it quick.
__________________
The answer to 1984 is 1776
Crankylove is offline  
Old March 31, 2022, 11:47 PM   #28
44 AMP
Staff
 
Join Date: March 11, 2006
Location: Upper US
Posts: 26,141
It depends on my mood. If I'm in a single action revolver mood, then its my Ruger Super Single Six. General sport/untility? My Ruger Mk I Target or Browning Challenger.

For those times to be a bit different, Stoeger .22 Luger...

Or to really test your skill, T/C Contender 10"

Nothing will show you how well you can shoot offhand like that does,

all iron sights, no scopes..
__________________
All else being equal (and it almost never is) bigger bullets tend to work better.
44 AMP is offline  
Old April 1, 2022, 02:00 AM   #29
wachtelhund1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: January 4, 2007
Location: pelican lake, WI
Posts: 370
Beretta 70S

My favorite is a Beretta 70S. I bought it in Sicily, IT in 1984. I carried it twenty-five years in my hunting coat pocket and killed hundreds of sitting grouse, porcupines, and other varmints while upland game hunting. Its small, compact and very accurate.
wachtelhund1 is offline  
Old April 1, 2022, 08:56 AM   #30
johnjohn
Senior Member
 
Join Date: November 6, 2009
Location: Baton Rouge La.
Posts: 122
My Ruger Single Six, and my Mk.4
johnjohn is offline  
Old April 1, 2022, 09:25 AM   #31
AirForceShooter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: December 21, 2005
Location: Sarasota (sort of) Florida
Posts: 1,296
Beretta U22 NEOS.
The Buck Rogers ray gun.
Flawless

AFS
__________________
'Qui tacet consentit': To remain silent is to consent.
AirForceShooter is offline  
Old April 1, 2022, 09:51 AM   #32
DirtyHarold
Senior Member
 
Join Date: July 23, 2015
Posts: 158
Quote:
Originally Posted by AirForceShooter View Post
Beretta U22 NEOS.
The Buck Rogers ray gun.
Flawless

AFS


The U22 NEOS is an awesome gun! It’s so simple, so cheap, and laser accuracy.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
DirtyHarold is offline  
Old April 3, 2022, 08:29 AM   #33
ChiefTJS
Member
 
Join Date: June 25, 2009
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
Posts: 94
I have no idea how many .22 handguns have gone through my hands but it's easily a hundred. Right now I only have 4. My daughters Bearcat, A Ruger Single six, a Ruger MKIV and a Browning Buckmark. I'm at a good spot.
ChiefTJS is offline  
Old April 3, 2022, 10:33 AM   #34
Ole yeller
Junior Member
 
Join Date: February 17, 2022
Location: High on a mountain top.
Posts: 7
This would have to be my HIGH STANDARD MILITARY TROPHY w/ 7 1/2 bbl and target weighs. I added a red dot scope. This will shoot real tight groups with plain old 1500 round bucket of Remington ammo. Got the gun from a coworker who shot on a traveling pistol team and moved to Arizona. Also bought a mahogany shooting box with a B&L spotting scope. $200 for botth in the late 70's.
Ole yeller is offline  
Old April 3, 2022, 11:46 AM   #35
hdbiker
Senior Member
 
Join Date: December 19, 2012
Posts: 297
Ruger Single Six Convertible, and Ruger MK1 TARGET auto
hdbiker is offline  
Old April 4, 2022, 05:47 PM   #36
highpower3006
Senior Member
 
Join Date: July 30, 2011
Location: Savannah TN
Posts: 1,191
I have had several .22 handguns over the years, but my 1948 vintage K22 Masterpieces have always been my favorites.

highpower3006 is offline  
Old April 5, 2022, 06:10 AM   #37
jetinteriorguy
Senior Member
 
Join Date: April 28, 2013
Posts: 2,691
Quote:
Originally Posted by highpower3006 View Post
I have had several .22 handguns over the years, but my 1948 vintage K22 Masterpieces have always been my favorites.

Wow, those are some real beauty’s.
jetinteriorguy is offline  
Old April 5, 2022, 10:06 AM   #38
michaelcj
Senior Member
 
Join Date: June 15, 2011
Location: Lopez Island, WA
Posts: 279
I like my Ruger MkII.... but I'll throw in my only other .22... Savage Model 101-22. Looks like a small revolver but in reality is a single shot with a "one piece" barrel and Faux cylinder that tip out from the frame. Used to shoot the occasional Norway rat that shows up under the bird feeder... [no interest in using poison or traps to avoid the chipmunks a squirrels that hang out there].
michaelcj is offline  
Old April 5, 2022, 11:28 AM   #39
skywag
Senior Member
 
Join Date: February 24, 2011
Posts: 240
Colt Woodsman


skywag is offline  
Old April 7, 2022, 09:37 AM   #40
FairWarning
Senior Member
 
Join Date: September 9, 2008
Location: GA
Posts: 1,149
Ruger MkII 10". Actually a friend's, but it is OUTRAGEOUSLY accurate! I recall very easily outshooting him and his SKS rifle at a target about 50 yds away with it.

For my practical every day use, I like the MkIV Hunter 6-7/8", only due to easy takedown vs the MKIII.

I need to eventually pick up a Browning Buckmark as well, huge fan of those.
__________________
Mauser Werke, Schmidt-Rubin, Colt, Walther, HK, Weatherby, Sig Sauer, Browning, Ruger, Beretta, etc, etc....a few friends of mine
FairWarning is offline  
Old April 7, 2022, 04:57 PM   #41
cavediver27
Senior Member
 
Join Date: December 26, 2004
Location: Idaho
Posts: 495
Semi: Ruger Mk IV Target……extremely accurate and ultra reliable.

Revolver: Colt Peacemaker with both .22 LR and .22 WMR cylinders. Beautiful family heirloom from the early 70’s and fun to shoot.
cavediver27 is offline  
Old April 8, 2022, 01:58 AM   #42
jmstr
Senior Member
 
Join Date: February 24, 2001
Location: San Joaquin Valley, CA
Posts: 1,278
I have to agree with BallardW-
Quote:
The one I'm shooting at the time.
Any 22 is more fun than not having a 22.

I personally believe it wise for everyone to have a semi-auto .22lr and a revolver .22lr.

I know some complain about the revolver taking longer to load than a semi-auto, but that is more true about shooting 50 rounds from a SA revolver, like the Single-Six, than a DA/SA revolver, where you can do an ammo/shell dump to speed it up.

You just have to remember to factor in the time it takes to reload each magazine before you insert it in the gun. Don't count only the time to slap a mag home- but the reloading of the mag.

I can only say good things about the Nelson .22lr conversions as well- both in terms of quality and their support of the product.


I probably shoot my Ruger 22/45 the most, but the Nelson in creeping up on it.



I don't know you or your desires.

Each type of goal for the gun would lead to different recommendations.

That said, it is really hard to go wrong with the Buckmark or Ruger MK series handguns.

I will say that I have never met a Ruger MK series that didn't deserve to have it's ignition system and trigger replaced at the beginning. Maybe the MK IV is better. I don't know.

The Buckmark had me swap the trigger and do a spring modification, and now it is scary light/crisp. I won't let inexperienced shooters use it as it is now competition/hairtrigger light.


On the revolver front- if it is all-around fun, I'd go with a Ruger Single-Six Convertible. This lets you swap cylinders and switch between .22s/l/lr and .22mag. the drawback is that the bore is set for the .22mag dimensions, so it isn't as accurate as a S&W K-22 Masterpiece or Colt Officers' Model Target/Special/Match.

However, it is fun.

High Standards have been mentioned. I LIKE them- a lot. However, they are best for Standard Velocity ammo, and can require more 'tinkering' with the magazine feed lips than any other handgun I've experienced. rimfire central dot com has a subforum reserved for them. I own an example from 4 different decades, but can't recommend them to someone who just wants it to work without thought, and who wants to use Minimags all the time. It is from a different era and you have to have more awareness than, say, a Ruger.

And, they both look better and can be more accurate than the Ruger. The following are images from the web to illustrate my point. Sorry- can't resize it well.

High Standard 102 Trophy 'Space Gun':




Ruger MK II Government Target Model:




The High Standard always gets attention when I pull it out. The Ruger gets a glance and they move on.


What you buy to add really depends on your goals, and those are YOUR goals.

I will just say that I have never had a bad time with a .22lr handgun that was in good condition.
jmstr is offline  
Old April 8, 2022, 10:35 AM   #43
Aguila Blanca
Staff
 
Join Date: September 25, 2008
Location: CONUS
Posts: 17,579
My favorite .22LR handgun is one that you can only find used. Way back when I was in the Army at the height of the Vietnam unpleasantness, I picked up a German-made, cowboy style six-gun. It was new then, and I paid all of $25. It disappeared years ago during a house move, and I have always missed it. I think the maker was Herbert Schmidt.

http://media.liveauctiongroup.net/i/...D4059E87E7CE50

It was the same size as a Ruger Single Six. I'm pretty certain the frame was Zamack.

In more recent years I have owned a couple of Ruger Single Sixes, a Ruger 22/45 (which I hated, and sold at a loss to get rid of it), and several .22LR conversions on 1911 frames. They all shot well, but the old Herbert Schmidt remains my favorite, I suppose for purely sentimental reasons.
__________________
NRA Life Member / Certified Instructor
NRA Chief RSO / CMP RSO
1911 Certified Armorer
Jeepaholic
Aguila Blanca is offline  
Old April 8, 2022, 03:56 PM   #44
Hanshi
Senior Member
 
Join Date: April 23, 2017
Posts: 233
Okay, I understand the question was "what's your favorite one". But that's like asking which child of yours is your favorite. I don't shoot .22s much anymore but not for wishing I could. I'll post a few of mine that I still treasure over 55 years of enjoying them. Most have hunted A LOT and have fired an enormous quantity of ammo. I've selected a few of my "children" and here they are.



__________________
Young guys should hang out with old guys; old guys know stuff.
Hanshi is offline  
Old April 8, 2022, 07:37 PM   #45
tex45acp
Senior Member
 
Join Date: March 18, 2005
Location: The Great State of Texas
Posts: 1,018
My S&W 517


My Browning Buck Mark Target
__________________
“All that is required for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.“
tex45acp is offline  
Old April 8, 2022, 08:35 PM   #46
rodfac
Senior Member
 
Join Date: January 22, 2005
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 3,579
Quote:
S&W Model 18 four inch.
Same for me...it's also the most accurate .22 revolver I own. I have a Smith M-41 (bought it in '77) with both the field and 5" target barrels, that will out shoot the M-18 by maybe 1/2" at 25 yds. I'd have to prove off a sandbagged bench, however, and it'd take $$$ fancy ammunition to do it.

With good ammunition (Federal Auto-Match or CCI Standard Vel in the M-18; or Match grade Eley in the M-41, either gun is capable of 1"+ groups at 25 yds with iron sights and a good sandbagged position.

Here's a cpl pics. The M-41 (with its field bbl.) & the holster I built for it. The 2nd is a pair to draw to...but the Smith M-18 is the far better gun, bullseye accurate with superb DA & SA triggers..... Best Regards Rod

[IMG][/IMG][/IMG]

__________________
Cherish our flag, honor it, defend it in word and deed, or get the hell out. Our Bill of Rights has been paid for by heros in uniform and shall not be diluted by misguided governmental social experiments. We owe this to our children, anything less is cowardice. USAF FAC, 5th Spl Forces, Vietnam Vet '69-'73.

Last edited by rodfac; April 9, 2022 at 05:02 PM.
rodfac is offline  
Old April 9, 2022, 01:10 PM   #47
Mike38
Senior Member
 
Join Date: December 28, 2009
Location: North Central Illinois
Posts: 2,637
My favorite .22 handgun depends on what I'm doing. General plinking, Ruger 22/45 or Ruger Single Six. Serious target work, Benelli MP90.
Mike38 is offline  
Old April 9, 2022, 03:55 PM   #48
603Country
Senior Member
 
Join Date: January 6, 2011
Location: Thornton, Texas
Posts: 3,917
Colt Diamondback. 4” barrel. In satin nickel.
603Country is offline  
Old April 12, 2022, 03:00 PM   #49
Unkl Chuck
Member
 
Join Date: December 21, 2012
Location: south of the piney woods,TX
Posts: 51
It depends, I like all my .22's. Right now, the favorite is my new (to me) Annie Exlempar. Since I'm a benchrest pistol shooter, it suits my wants to a 'T'.
Unkl Chuck is offline  
Old April 12, 2022, 08:55 PM   #50
bandur60
Junior Member
 
Join Date: April 8, 2010
Posts: 9
Favorite has to be the Bearcat: that said, the most satisfying one with 79-year- old eyes is the Ruger Mk III/ Volquartsen with the Matchdot. Several others I'm not ready to part with yet, though .
bandur60 is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:59 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2021 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent: thefiringline.com
Page generated in 0.13567 seconds with 9 queries