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Old 03-23-2013, 21:49   #1
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Fun .22 guns

I have 1000 .22lr rounds freshly purchased. I have 6 months of membership for me and my girl to our local indoor range. I'm loving my g23 and would like my girl to come to the range with me. She came once and shot my g23 for 3 total shots with several dry fires while I educated her. But, she did not like the recoil and sound. Basically she was a little intimidated.

To interest her with shooting and also have a .22 for practice for me, I am thinking of getting a .22 pistol to serve both purposes for $400 or less. She likes revolvers similar to "cowboy guns" and I like .22 replicas of larger calibers guns and also MKIII's. And by like...I have not shot a .22 in years and am speaking basically from looks alone and also she doesn't shoot and is also talking about looks and not function.

So for +/- $400 what are some .22 pistols that fit this bill?
Also the .22 AR-15 replicas are cool too. Anyone have one?

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Old 03-23-2013, 22:06   #2
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Probably the gun I shoot the most now is the Ruger SR22.
I have a Crimson Trace laser on it, so I shoot it day and night (home range). Liked the gun so much I bought a spare.
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Also the .22 AR-15 replicas are cool too. Anyone have one?
The S&W M&P 15-22 has the exact same control as the AR.
I have mine set up exactly like my Bushmaster HD AR.
I use the S&W as a primary (low cost) AR trainer. In the first couple months I owned the 15-22 it paid for itself n .223 ammo savings.
It's equipped with a Streamlight TLR-2 laser/light, so it is a day/night practice gun.
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Old 03-23-2013, 22:07   #3
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If she likes the cowboy guns a ruger single-six is the answer.
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Old 03-23-2013, 22:09   #4
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I don't think I have ever shot a .22 that I did not like. I would have avoided the ones from Umarex.
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Old 03-23-2013, 22:16   #5
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I have the M&P 15-22 like the one above and that thing is a blast to shoot. I also have the S&W M&P 22 handgun and that thing is also fun to shoot and no recoil on either of them. My daughter loves the hell out of both of them and she is deadly accurate with them.
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Old 03-24-2013, 07:17   #6
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I've got the sr22 pistol. Love it! Daughter and grandkids love it too! I shoot it quite a bit myself lately too with centerfire prices being what they are. I will be buying another soon. Can't say enough good about it.
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Old 03-24-2013, 07:51   #7
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The walther p22 is a very good gun for a young girl not very intimadiateing and light. It is a little picky on ammo it likes high velocity rounds especially cci. But one key to the gun is it likes to be ran wet, brand new for $400. In my opnion this would be a good starter gun.
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Old 03-24-2013, 09:02   #8
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second on the p22...

they get a lot less finicky on ammo after about 500 rounds. Until then, I had to use stingers or yellow jaclet by remington. Now it will shoot about anything. I put twoo hundred rounds of blazer through it last weekend no problems at all.
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Old 03-24-2013, 09:33   #9
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My wife loves her Bersa Thunder 22. Well built, all steel, but still light due to its size. Dependable. And it looks cool and you can get an integrated Crimson Trace laser.
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Old 03-24-2013, 09:33   #10
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I read that the P22 has a habit of breaking slides. Has anyone had that problem? I wanted to get the pink one for my daughter and that is all that kept me from pulling the trigger.
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Old 03-24-2013, 09:46   #11
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Everyone who has ever shot my MkIII Hunter loves it.
My grab and go .22 is a SW 22A with a fiber optic front and a bull barrel.
I have a pile of mags for it so I like bringing it. The SW was only around $200.
It is very accurate and fun to shoot.

Both of those are are in the price range that you mentioned and with the 22A you would have $ left over for more ammo.
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Old 03-24-2013, 09:47   #12
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I read that the P22 has a habit of breaking slides. Has anyone had that problem? I wanted to get the pink one for my daughter and that is all that kept me from pulling the trigger.
I have a Walther P22 for three years now I lost track of how much .22lr I fired out of it but it has to be in the 5-6k range. Feeds everything I buy from federal, golden bullet, and CCI. The only problem I had was the front sight fell off last week at the range
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Old 03-24-2013, 10:46   #13
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I have a Ruger sr22 and a S&W M&P 15-22. The S&W was just under $400 + tax brfore the panic. The Ruger was around $300. Both are great guns.
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Old 03-24-2013, 11:13   #14
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Ruger Single Six.
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Old 03-24-2013, 11:15   #15
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I have both Charter Arms Pathfinder (old one made in Stratford) and S&W 34 2 inch kit gun and they are fun and educational to shoot. Same for my S&W 4422 3 inch auto.

If I was to get a .22 auto for practice I'd get a Bersa .22 'Thunderer'. That way one could use it as a understudy for the Bersa line of pocket pistols.

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I've never seen but one 22 I "didn't like" and that was the Walther P-22. However a lot of other people seem to like that one.

Find one you and she like, and go have fun.
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Old 03-24-2013, 11:44   #17
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I don't understand all the P-22 hate

Mine is a blast to shoot, especially with the suppressor....

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The Ruger Single Six (top) is a great gun as well....

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I've heard good things about the M&P-1522 but they are pretty pricey now ($500 and up!).

Good luck in your search, .22 cal. guns are a hoot!!!!!


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Old 03-24-2013, 12:08   #18
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Why buy a .22 gun when .22 lr ammo does not exist anymore?

Get a 9mm for less recoil at least ammo for that is somewhat available.
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Old 03-24-2013, 12:10   #19
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Why buy a .22 gun when .22 lr ammo does not exist anymore?

Get a 9mm for less recoil at least ammo for that is somewhat available.

22lr, .223/5.56 and 9mm seems to be the hardest to find now.
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Old 03-24-2013, 13:52   #20
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Ammo is coming back and I haven't had a hard time finding ammo during the shortage. You have to look around more but I never missed shooting at the range because I couldn't find ammo. I just bought 1000 rounds of .22lr yesterday and 300 .40s&w too. .22lr was $45 and the .40 was $115. All at Walmart too.
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