Lack of small .22 pocket gun options

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  1. AL Bundy's Dodge

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    Ive been looking at getting a pocket sized .22lr pistol or revolver for pocket carry or plinking. I am aware of the calibers limitations, but want one anyway.

    I really want a s&w 43c, but read they are hit or miss. Ive considered a lcr, but would prefer the 43c and can’t seem to get past it.

    Also looking at maybe a beretta 21a, but they aren’t the easiest to find, at least from what I’m seeing.

    Other options are extremely limited, old, obscure and expensive.

    Why don’t they make sheild, g42, lc9 type .22’s? I cant believe there isn’t demand for them. My lgs had a 43c for like $675 and it sold quickly.

    Am i crazy?


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  2. Pistolay

    Pistolay Wut?

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    I won't try to dissuade you from the caliber, but if you're really thinking about carrying it, you should think really hard about whether it should be a semi-auto. Rimfire rounds aren't the most reliable, primer-ly speaking.
     

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    Beretta 21 or Taurus P22 are fun
     
  4. AL Bundy's Dodge

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    I probably would only consider carrying the revolver. Currently, I rarely carry a small gun. Like almost never.

    I have medical problems with my hands and I don’t enjoy shooting small or powerful guns anymore. Plus, I tend to fumble the small grips on the draw. That’s why I don’t really use them. It would be nice to have one that I could actually practice with.

    Ultimately, I’ll probably eventually end up with a 43c and just pray it actually works well. I’ve wanted one for awhile, I would love to find a used one. They are pricey, and seemingly a gamble, but also high quality.


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  5. IAhunter

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    A bit bigger, but I really like my Ruger SR22. Fun little gun and costs much less than $675. You can probably but two SR22s for that much.
     
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    I want a NAA Pug!
     
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    A Glock 43 or even a 19 in 22LR would sell well. A 43 sized 22 with a suppressor on it would be incredible.
     
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    I looked at those and wouldn’t feel safe firing it in my meat paws. Those are tiny!


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    Yes, the g19 sized 22’s are nice, just bigger than I’m looking for. I already have a ruger mk iv and really enjoy it


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    Depends how small you want. I love my Pug and the BlackWidow is bigger but way more accurate- both NAA offerings. They will customize a LR cylinder for the Pug

    Walther P22 is an option but Ruger SR22 would be more accurate.


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  11. TheDreadnought

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    SR22 would be my recommendation if you set on .22LR. They are nowhere near as big as a G19.. not sure what you’re getting at.

    Although you could step up to a M&P .380 EZ for only slightly larger, about the same recoil but a lot more reliability & effectiveness... but still small enough for pocket carry.
     
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    I just put up a post today on my first range visit with my new Black Widow. It's an impressive gun, easy to shoot and accurate.
     
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    Im probably exaggerating on the size, but are they really pocket sized? Ill have to go hold one


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    I saw that, that’s why I recommended it! Nice pistol. If SR22 weren’t next on my list... Anyway, congrats on a good acquisition.


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    Beretta 21A is a solid option, used to carry one with CCI Stingers in a front jeans pocket. Very discreet, never jammed or otherwise misbehaved.

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    had a model 21 since the 80s these are very accurate and fun.
     
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    The slide on my SR22 is exactly the same length as the slide on my G27.3. The SR22 slide is thinner, but the grip is a little longer. Since the SR22 slide is aluminum, the whole gun is a good bit lighter as well. It is more shootable than a lot of mouse guns I've fired.

    I pocket carry mine now and then during snake season, but it is bigger than the little Beretta. It sometimes rides in my turkey vest or backpack while I am carrying another firearm.
     
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    Well depends on your pockets I guess.

    It’s not really jeans pocket sized.... if you’re expecting to get it out without some effort... but would definitely be shorts or cargo pocket sized.
     
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    Had a 21A for about 25 years. Lots of fun to plink with. Keep it cleaned and oiled and it's very reliable.
     
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    I really like my PUG and there are some options of different grips out there too that give you a bit more to hang onto.

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    Another option would be a Sig P938 in 22lr, but if I were going to carry it I would be looking at a revolver.
     
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