Best .22 Pistol for the Shooting Range

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  1. PillBox

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    The title says it all. I'm now looking at getting a .22 pistol for range use only so I can save some money on ammo. I'd like to get GTer's opinions of what they think is the best.

    I'd like one that has the feel of a standard pistol, but that is not a show-stopper.

    Thanks for your comments.

    PillBox
     
  2. hogship

    hogship Patriot Extraordinaire

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    The Ruger MKII is always a good bet.....but, they are getting more scarce as time goes by.

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  3. JoeInKS

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    Feels and acts like a real pistol (albeit 90% size) with decocker, safety, etc.

    Sig Mosquito

    A little touchy sometimes with ammo but nonetheless a fun gun. You won't win any accuracy contests but it'll be darn fun trying


    Very nice and readily available pistols: Ruger Mark III models. Built very well, feel good, and are accurate

    Very nice and not easily found pistols: Browning Buck Mark models. There seems to be a general lack of models available on the market these days because demand may be way high

    Beretta Neos - some people find them funky looking and do shoot very well.

    Smith and Wesson 22a - Just purchased one yesterday..... AWESOME for the money. Consider it to be one of the better purchases that I've made. RUN to Cabela's and pick one up while they are on sale.
     
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    I've been very happy with my Mk-II's. They are nice right out of the box but a Volquartsen trigger job makes them just about perfect.
     
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    You can't go wrong with a Ruger Mark III.


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  6. professor gun

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    I like the Rugers. Dependable, accurate.
     
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    Ruger MK
    Browning Buckmark

    Can't go wrong with either of those, get the one that fits you the best.

    I really wanted a Walther P22 but I read about enough people having trouble with them that I backed out. Heard of nothing but problems with the Sig but I've never even seen one in person.
     
  8. Cobra64

    Cobra64 Deals in Facts

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    The only current sub-$1k production .22s I'd consider are:

    S&W 41
    Ruger
    Browning
     
  9. John Watson

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    I have a Ruger MKIII and a MKII as well as a Smith and Wesson Model 41. The Smith 41 is hands above the Rugers but it costs twice as much as the Rugers and even more depending on if you get it used or new. The trigger on my Smith is better than the Rugers even with them having the Volquartsen sears installed.

    However, I have to say the Ruger pistols are great and I have had them a lot longer than the Smith and enjoyed shooting them for years. They are accurate, reliable, and priced reasonably.

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    Browning Buck Mark or Ruger because, IMO, accuracy, ergonomics and durability are the most desirable feature in a range .22.

    For me, .22s with marginal accuracy and/or odd ergonomics aren't much fun at the range. That's why I would not recommend a Walther P22, Beretta Neos or Sig Mosquito. YMMV
     
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    Ruger MK II or MK II 22/45.

    In addition to daylight iron sight shooting I added a Streamlight TLR-2 laser/light for nighttime laser/light practice.

    The gun is also handy for when walking around the place at night.

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    Cobra64 Deals in Facts

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    One of the guys in our gun club shot my 9mm P226ST and fell in love with it. He bought a Mosquito... Big mistake.



    Talk about a crunchy trigger!
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    I had a SIG. I would not buy another.
     
  14. Cobra64

    Cobra64 Deals in Facts

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    I'm done too.

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    Except for an X-SIX. :)
     
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    DWARREN123 Grumpy Old Guy

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    I have recently picked up a Browning Buckmark Standard Target model and am very impressed.
     
  16. Morgo

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    I'd vote for a S&W 41, great range .22's. The Compensated model has no recoil at all and is very accurate.

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    Ruger's 22/45 and MKII are also fun .22's. This MKII has a 10" barrel is very accurate.

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    Also S&W 2206 is a great .22 for the range.

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  17. Gokyo

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    ANOTHER vote for S&W 2206
    and S&W Model 41

    Would also suggest S&W 2214

    Please also consider just getting conversion slide for your main carry pistol.

    I am have had 3 ruger MKII and would not suggest them now that I ahve owned and enjoyed my S&W.
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  18. Morgo

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    Nice! :)
     
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    How did you mount that light? Did you drill and tap, and then mount a rail?
     
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    The .22 I most like to take to the range is my Sig Trailside. While not easy to come by, I think this is one of the best .22s ever.