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Fun .22 guns

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by China boy, Mar 23, 2013.

  1. China boy

    China boy

    Feb 2, 2013
    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?

    Feel free to reply and post PICS!!!:wow: :50cal::broccoli::okie: :impatient:
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2013
  2. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine

    Dec 21, 2002
    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.

    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.

    Last edited: Mar 24, 2013

  3. dizmodeus


    Oct 23, 2011
    If she likes the cowboy guns a ruger single-six is the answer.
  4. Bruce M

    Bruce M

    Jan 3, 2010
    S FL
    I don't think I have ever shot a .22 that I did not like. I would have avoided the ones from Umarex.
  5. Glock 1

    Glock 1

    Aug 21, 2011
    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.
  6. cheapshot


    Oct 27, 2011
    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.
  7. dusty200001


    Sep 4, 2012
    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.
  8. MaxxAction


    Feb 26, 2005
    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.
  9. rangerabn


    Nov 11, 2009
    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.
  10. Glock 1

    Glock 1

    Aug 21, 2011
    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.
  11. sawgrass


    Feb 21, 2009
    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.
  12. raven11


    Jan 27, 2009
    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 :rofl:
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2013
  13. 4 glocks

    4 glocks

    Jun 29, 2010
    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.
  14. BenjiEDF


    Jun 15, 2012
    Ruger Single Six.
  15. 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.

  16. 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.
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2013
  17. The_Gun_Guru

    The_Gun_Guru Build the Wall

    I don't understand all the P-22 hate:dunno:

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


    [ame=""]Walther P22 w/Gemtech Alpine Suppressor - YouTube[/ame]

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


    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!!!!!:wow:

    Last edited: Mar 24, 2013
  18. Cole125

    Cole125 Silver Member

    Apr 5, 2008
    Far West, USA
    Why buy a .22 gun when .22 lr ammo does not exist anymore? :faint:

    Get a 9mm for less recoil at least ammo for that is somewhat available.
  19. 4 glocks

    4 glocks

    Jun 29, 2010

    22lr, .223/5.56 and 9mm seems to be the hardest to find now.
  20. China boy

    China boy

    Feb 2, 2013
    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.