Convert or buy a new gun

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by Cbpat1, Jan 31, 2017.

  1. Cbpat1

    Cbpat1

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    I want a .22 cal handgun but am trying to figure the best way to get there. One way would be to convert one of our Glock 19's with an Advantage Arms conversion kit and the other would be to just purchase a S&W M&P .22. Between my wife and I, we have two G19's, both gen 4's and my carry gun is a G23 and sometimes a 9mm Shield. The convert side of my logic is I could practice with a gun the same size and feel as my carry gun. The buy new logic tells me that the M&P full size handgun, not the compact, is about the same size as a Glock 19 or 23, it would be made specific for its caliber and only about $60 more than a conversion. I suspect it also may be a bit more reliable than a conversion. Any thoughts? Has anybody converted their Glock to a .22 and if so what kind of results did you have?
     
  2. 9jeeps

    9jeeps rip "Bud"

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    I went through the same dilemma when AA first came out.

    I decided to just buy another gun. Now I'm happy I did.

    Here's the kicker! I would still like an AA for some odd reason!!!:crazy:
    Specially when ammo prices were going through the roof.
     

  3. fredj338

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    An alternative. Start reloading. I can make 9mm far cheaper than I can buy 22lr anymore. For the cost of a new gun, you can get a decent reloading setup. I use 22lr only for teaching new shooters. Cost of ammo is just too high for practice anymore. I do have a conversion & a whole gun, just rarely get shot.
     
  4. ronin.45

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    I always go for the dedicated gun.
     
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  5. MedicineBow

    MedicineBow Formerly TFLWYO

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    I do not have any experience with the AA kit, but the M&P 22 is a good gun. I would take that, or the compact version of the same, over a conversion kit any day.
     
  6. KennyFSU

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    Any excuse to go out and buy another gun, I'm all for that!
     
  7. dudel

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    AA kit is very nice. Works well, but likes specific ammo. Remington Golden Bullet is one on the recommended list. It's been flawless with this ammo. There are other options to feed it. If you can't find this ammo, or always shop for the cheapest 22lr you can find; you might be better off with a dedicated gun. I bought almost 10K of the GB before the shortage, so I'm set for a while.
     
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  8. JDSTG58

    JDSTG58

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    This has been my experience also. 22lr is more expensive then my reloads. I like 22 and shot a ton of it in the past, but I've given up on it for anything but pest animal control now. Worst part is I have some nice 22s that just don't get used anymore.
     
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  9. happie2shoot

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    This is coming from a person that did not just have a FFL
    but a FFL/manufacturing license.

    I have made hundreds of 22lr in rifle and pistol, that was
    when 22lr ammo was under 9 dollars for 550 rounds, still
    have around 30,000 of them.

    It was fun and cheap to shoot then but, as Fred said you can
    load 9mm cheaper than what 22lr costs now. And many
    other cartridges too, even some high powered rifles like
    the 30-06. The 223 really responds well to cast reloads
    and for me almost obsoletes the 22lr.

    Kind of a shame, I still have more 22lrs in rifle and handgun
    than probably five of you put together.

    For those that don't reload you might want to consider it
    and casting your own boolits will really make the biggest
    difference in your shooting cost and your knowledge
    about shooting.

    Something else to think about, when/if the prices on 22lr
    go down so will the price on primers and powder, so your
    reloads will be much cheaper too.

    Right now you can load for around four to six cents a shot,
    the primer is the most costly part, around three to 3.4 cents
    each. I still have around 50,000 primers from the old prices
    so my loads are still really cheap.

    To the OP, I would not spend a lot of money on that conversion,
    Fred is right.

    For a good mold that works for 9mm, 357sig, 38super, 38sp
    and 357, this is my most used mold, get the two cavity first
    if you have never cast yet, that way if you screw it up your only
    out 20.00 dollars,

    https://www.midsouthshooterssupply.com/item/0000690574/double-cavity-mould-358-125-rf

    https://www.midsouthshooterssupply.com/item/0000690306/6-cavity-mold-358-125-rf

    For more info for 223 let me know.

    Sorry if this is too much info.
     
  10. my_old_glock

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    I have looked at many 22LR conversion kits (Glock, 1911, Beretta 92, HK, etc). I always come up with the same conclusion. A complete new gun is cheaper/better (for me).
     
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  11. Valmet

    Valmet M62/76 Silver Member

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    Unless it's a center-fire sporting rifle (that I'd sent to Douglas or Shilen to have rebarreled), I always shy away from conversions as I've found they're almost never as reliable as a dedicated gun.