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.22 or .380 suggestions

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by jco69, Jan 21, 2012.

  1. jco69


    Feb 24, 2011
    Austintown, Ohio
    My wife is looking for a .22 or .380, she likes the look of a P22 or Bersa .380, anybody have any pros/cons or other suggestions?
  2. Bruce M

    Bruce M

    Jan 3, 2010
    S FL
    I am guessing that part of the use for this gun will be for protection. A .22 would be pretty far down on my list for that use (and I lust after most .22s I see.) If I had to, it would be a .22 revolver, probably a Smith with three inch barrel although the SP101 looked smaller than I thought it would.

    I have never shot one but the Bersa .380 seems to be well made and others ave claimed good results with it.
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2012

  3. D3S3RT_P3NGU1N


    Feb 29, 2008
    I used to own a P22, biggest POS I've ever owned, even when using high velocity ammo. Some folks have had good luck with them and gotten a decent one, but you'll find plenty of folks here who've had nothing but trouble from them

    If you're looking for a .22lr pistol, get a Ruger MK, I have a MKIII 22/45 thats been great. Another good gun that I've had for a few months now is the GSG .22lr 1911.

    Also, why only .22 or .380? Will this gun be for carry or HD? Whats the limit on your budget?
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2012
  4. jco69


    Feb 24, 2011
    Austintown, Ohio
    She's not into revolvers and she will most likely never carry it, now she likes the Diamond back .380. she just wants something to take to the range when i go. and pink would be a plus :)
  5. JFrame


    May 29, 2001
    Mid-Atlantic, US of A
    If your wife is simply looking for a plinker, and she doesn't demand "kick" when she shoots, by all means I would recommend a .22. The difference in the price of ammo between .22 and .380 would pay for the difference in getting a nice .22 in a very short while.

    If she likes the P22, I would say go for it. I don't have one myself, but I have three friends who do, and they all seem to love theirs. The P22's seem accurate enough, which I think is important for enjoying oneself at the range.

  6. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine

    Dec 21, 2002
    What is her primary use for the gun?

    One of the ladies I'm teaching to shoot bought a Bersa .380 and added a Crimson Trace laser for shooting practice and a purse gun. The lady shoots the gun very well and the gun has been totally trouble free.
    So far I'm impressed with the gun.

    Ruger just came out with a 22 called the SR22. The local gun store has one but I haven't shot it yet.
    First thing I thought when I saw it was this would make a good woman's gun.

    A good mid size .380, if you can find one, is a ATI 84. It's a copy of the Beretta Model 84. Sells for under $400. ATI makes some very good guns. I have several.
  7. Brian Lee

    Brian Lee Drop those nuts

    Jul 28, 2008
    Up a tree.
    I can tell you I like shooting the Bersa a LOT more than I like shooting the LCP or the little Kel Tec .380's, and if she's OK with the size & weight of a Bersa, they are a lot easier to hit things with, and a lot easier on your hands while you do it.

    If the automatic she's considering was an LCP, I could see why she might want a .22 instead because of how light & snappy LCP's are. But in the Bersa, .380 is pretty mild & controllable enough to make you forget all about a .22 Rimfire. And a Bersa can actually hit things without a laser too, while LCP's & Kel Tec's are almost worthless beyond 6 feet without one.


    Now that I've seen your second comment about her wanting something to take to the range with you, then I'd certainly rule out an LCP or Kel Tec .380. They just aren't any fun for that purpose, nor were they intended to be, but a Bersa can be.
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2012
  8. Bruce M

    Bruce M

    Jan 3, 2010
    S FL

    Ahh that changes everything. A .22 will be less expensive at the range than a .380. There have been some reviews of the Diamondback here that have not been favorable. Beretta makes a pink version of the Neos


    A Hogue Handall could make a variety of guns "pink" such as a Ruger or maybe a bit less expensive a Smith 22A

  9. barth

    barth six barrels

    Oct 7, 2011
    The Free Zone
    380 is much better for SD than a 22
    Not to mention the whole center fire vs rim fire issue

    There is a whole new crop of CC micro 9mm out there now.
    I'd try to nudge her in that direction if she was my girl
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2012
  10. hogship

    hogship It's MY Island

    To the OP, jco69......

    Since it seems like range use is the intended purpose, can we rule out the 380 and zero in on something in 22LR?.......and can we eliminate anything that's small and intended for ccw?

    If I may ask, what does your wife have, or intend to use for self defense purposes?

    As much as I like revolvers, if I wanted something that I could go to the range and blast would be an automatic.

    I have a couple of Ruger MKII's that are nice, and I'm going to keep those forever......but, they are heavy. I also have a Smith 617 that's also very heavy.

    It seems to me that a full sized 22LR automatic intended for a woman's smaller hand, would probably be one of the newer polymer framed pistols on the market. They seem to be more ergonomically designed, and much lighter.

    I believe, for something that fit all the parameters you are suggesting, M2Carbine gave a suggestion that looks to me like a winner!.......Ruger SR22


    Last edited: Jan 21, 2012
  11. Caladan


    Aug 7, 2007
    Well, no reason to get a .380. They cost more to shoot than 9mm.

    We have pretty much all of the commonly-available .22's, with the exception of the new Ruger polymer version. My wife's favorite plinker is our Browning Buckmark. It's grip is just right for her, and it's trigger is the best of all the ones that cost less than $350.

    That being said, if I were to purchase just one plinker specifically for my wife, I would look real hard at the new Ruger polymer .22.

    One other option to consider, if you really want pink, is the new version polymer PT22's from Taurus. The earlier versions were pretty bad, but the review at was not bad.
  12. hogship

    hogship It's MY Island

    I hadn't realized it, but the Ruger SR22 is a DA/SA, with external hammer.

    For a range gun, I like that!

  13. Berto

    Berto woo woo

    Sep 15, 2003

    If it's not for protection, go .22 and spend enough to insure good quality, it'll pay for itself huge in ammo costs.
    I'm not huge on P22's but I bet they make a pink one.:supergrin:
  14. WoodenPlank

    WoodenPlank Who?

    May 15, 2010
    NW Florida
    If it's just a range toy, what about the Ruger Mark II or III, or the 22/45? Can even get pink grips for the 22/45.
  15. mitzer


    Oct 31, 2011

    Just bought a Ruger Mark III 22/45 for the same purpose this week for the wife's birthday. It's stainless, has an adjustable rear sight, and a TFO front sight. After checking out reviews on SIG, Walther, etc, in .22LR, I decided the the Ruger 22/45 was the best option for a range plinking gun.

    So far, it's great. I shot 100 rounds the day I bought it and the wife shot 200 rounds Friday night. Zero malfunctions, even without cleaning it yet. She shot it very well ... much better than her .38 and she absolutely loves it.

    Only downside ... it ain't pink. I bought the stainless model so I could tell her that she was getting some "bling" for her birthday. Now she can go to the range with me without breaking the bank on ammo.
  16. Cole125

    Cole125 Silver Member

    Apr 5, 2008
    Far West, USA
    If she is never going to carry it, then why a small, hard to shoot pistol? A small .380 has more recoil and is harder to shoot than a full size 9mm.

    Smith & Wesson makes a M&P 9mm with a pink grip.
  17. DonGlock26


    Jan 18, 2001
    .380acp. -centerfire primers are more reliable.

    If the recoil is still too much consider a .32acp or steel .38spl with light wadcutter loads-147gr for carry. If a HD gun- S&W M&P 9mm.

  18. DoubleWide


    Sep 3, 2008
    .22 or a full size 9 would be your best bet. Since it's mostly range, just get a .22 first.

    Ruger SR22 and Walther P22 would be the smallest grips, but the Ruger hasn't been out long enough and with the P22, you either get a decent gun or a POS.

    Ruger Marks and Browning Buckmarks are very reliable. The Ruger 22/45 would be a small grip option.
  19. March817


    May 12, 2011
    The Bersa also comes in .22LR, then go to for some pink custom grips.