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Old 10-31-2010, 16:00   #1
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Who likes the Phoenix HP22A?

I bought one a couple months ago (used) and I love this little thing!... I paid $175 (too high) for the satin nickel range kit w/3" & 5" barrel... Pretty accurate and it's been pretty dang reliable for me.

I was wondering if any of you have had experience with the HP22?

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Old 11-01-2010, 07:13   #2
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I have one it was my first pistol, I got it when I was 18. I liked it until I broke the slide, It took me about a year to find a replacement slide for it. My advice would be to only shoot standard velocity ammo through it, as mine broke using stingers.

Edit: Also to add, I think I paid 135.00 for mine and that was 6 years ago. I must have put at least 2-3 thousand rounds and several boxes of aguila hyper vel. and stingers. So don't get me wrong other than not being able to find major parts for the gun I did enjoy it. I only shoot it about once a year now though, as finding the new slide took forever.

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Old 11-01-2010, 07:28   #3
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I had one, that I ultimately sold to a friend. Good plinker with surprising accuracy out of the 5" barrel. During the time I had it, I only had to replace the magazine catch. The only thing I didn't like was that you had to completely release the trigger after every shot in order for it not to jam. Not 100% reliable but like I said for plinking, and the $75 I paid for the whole kit (extra long barrel and extra magazine) brand new, I guess it was OK.
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Old 11-01-2010, 08:13   #4
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I had the same kit, but blued. I hear the "stainless" flakes off after a while, lol. I liked mine too and consider getting another every time I see them at gun shows. Strangely I didn't see any difference in accuracy between the two barrels, although there should have been with the longer sight radius. Accuracy was good. The one thing I really didn't like was the gazillion safeties on the thing. I found a way to disable the mag safety though. Can't remember how now but it involved removing the grips. No doubt a good value, but I do remember thinking it felt a little cheap when I took it apart. Thin metal parts, etc.
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Old 11-01-2010, 09:27   #5
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It's not a GLOCK but it is a fun little gun to play around at the range, very reliable with CCI mini mag ammo. I bought it for my son and he really likes it, a great little gun to plink with. Few safeties on them but you learn very quickly how to use them well, a bit of a pain to take it apart and clean but after all, its not a big deal. That's what I call a cheap gun right there. I'd recommend it, especially if you're looking for cheap range fun. If you are looking for quality and accuracy, go with the Ruger MK's pistol.
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Old 11-01-2010, 12:25   #6
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I will make sure to only shoot standard velocity and mini mag rounds through it so I don't have to go looking for a slide
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Old 11-01-2010, 20:48   #7
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I bought one years ago at a gun show. Had two barrels and seemed like it was made well. Then I shot it. It had a chrome finish which started flaking around the muzzle end. Then, about halfway through a bulk pack of ammo it wouldn't cycle. After looking closely I noticed the slide had cracked starting where it ejects the spent casing and then going around to the other side. There was only about 1/8" of metal holding it together. I tried contacting the manufacturer, was just about impossible. Then I did a search on here and other sites and found I wasn't the only one with this problem. In my opinion the gun is not safe. I should have known better though. I think I paid $130 at the time. You get what you pay for.
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Old 11-02-2010, 07:22   #8
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I bought one years ago at a gun show. Had two barrels and seemed like it was made well. Then I shot it. It had a chrome finish which started flaking around the muzzle end. Then, about halfway through a bulk pack of ammo it wouldn't cycle. After looking closely I noticed the slide had cracked starting where it ejects the spent casing and then going around to the other side. There was only about 1/8" of metal holding it together. I tried contacting the manufacturer, was just about impossible. Then I did a search on here and other sites and found I wasn't the only one with this problem. In my opinion the gun is not safe. I should have known better though. I think I paid $130 at the time. You get what you pay for.
I have heard many stories just like yours... Hopefully mine will hold up a bit better!

Was yours a HP22 or HP22A?... I think that they made some changes to the HP22A that corrected the slide cracking problem (hopefully).
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Old 11-02-2010, 07:35   #9
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I always really liked the overall form of the pistol -- if it would have been conceived more as a high-end pistol with high reliability, good trigger, and steel construction, I would have been all over it for double the price (at least). IMO, the market is crowded with sub-par .22 pistols which were never conceived to be anything more than cheap plinkers.
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Old 11-04-2010, 14:39   #10
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I have heard many stories just like yours... Hopefully mine will hold up a bit better!

Was yours a HP22 or HP22A?... I think that they made some changes to the HP22A that corrected the slide cracking problem (hopefully).
It is a hp-22, but I believe that the only difference between the two was that the 22a came with a optional longer barrel.
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