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For nearly 40 years some very good friends and I have been shooting together. We were all young and most of 'em, I'd say were better than average shooters. Now, we're all old and our shooting shows it! The amount of guns-n-ammo knowledge these podnahs of mine possess is phenomenal. They will expound for days on any gun-related subject. Imagine that, old men expounding!

After shooting our rifles, shotguns and large caliber handguns, before returning home, they'd break out the .22 caliber handguns. If we thought the competition with the other guns was considered heavy, well now, with the .22's it got crazy. They would pull out their S & W 41's, and 17's. Others would yank out their Browning Buckmarks. The only .22 I had was an H & R "999" Sportsman. The guys with the Smiths and the Brownings would literally beat us like a drum. A very few had the European .22s and they just out-performed everything out there. A couple of them had High Standards that could hang. Over the years, there would be an occaisional Ruger that would shoot really well.,

It seemed like every time we'd go to the range someone would show up raving about about their new Ruger Super Duper Single Six or one would show up with a "target" MK III or something. After shooting with the old men and their expensive guns, most of them would leave with their chins resting on their chests and nearly stepping on their lip.

I never got all-wrapped-up in the .22 shooting because I was spending what little money I had on an occasional rifle, large handgun, shotgun or something for the boys to hunt with. So, when we went to shooting the .22s, a few of us, with the "lesser" guns, would set-up off to the side, at 25 yards, and we'd have a blast shooting steel plates, clay pigeons or whatever we thought would provide some kicks.

I always said though, "if I ever buy another .22, it would be one of those GOOD ones. Well, just like a million things I said I'd never do, today I bought a MK III .22/45! My old 999 was just flat shot-out after tens of thousands of rounds. My 4 grown sons probably had as much fun with that old break-down H & R as any firearm we ever owned. I can't begin to count how many of their friends shot that old .22 as their first time pulling the trigger on a real firearm!!!!

Well, guess what? I'm not gonna be around when my sons and (now) 8 grand children wear-out this little Ruger. But I'd sure like to hang around long enough to see 'em try.

Thanks for lettin' an old man expound.
 

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Nice post, I have 3 grand sons that can fight over 3 22 pistols, all are target grade. One is a Ruger MK1 tapered 6.5"/ red dot on it. Another is Ruger MK11 5.5 bull target/iron sights. My favorite is a S&W 617 6", 10 shot wearing a 2x Nikon. If I would have known how great it was with the 22"s. I may not have got into the 44.
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Maybe this is a case of where the "old men" can be the vanguard of a positive trend by "expounding" as conspicuously as possible. The 22 is the most important gun for recreational shooting and has been since it was invented. It's a real shame it doesn't get more positive press.

So keep on expoundin' for the benefit of the rest of us.

That 22/45 is one of Ruger's most attractive guns. It's popular in competition circles and there are a few really good gunsmiths that super tune them if you ever want to spend some money on customization.
 

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Great post!

The best tweak for a Ruger is replacing the trigger and sear with a VQ trigger and sear (about $50 from Rimfire Sports & Custom). It doesn't take a gunsmith to do it. See http://www.guntalk-online.com/fsprocedures.htm

I made the mistake of getting a 22A a couple of years ago as a cheap way to remove the rust of years of not shooting. I didn't know how addictive they can be. I now have 7 (22A, 4 Rugers, Buck Mark and P22). As much as I like shooting centerfires I think the rimfires are much more fun. Darned accurate little beasts and inexpensive to shoot.
 

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I think it makes sense that the more experienced shooters are into rimfire pistols. The newbies tend to purchase the big handguns thinking that a pidly little rimfire can't be as much fun as a 44mag. But they are and they don't break your hands or the bank. $22 buys 1000 rounds if not more. 22rimfire is actually a formidable round too. It's hard for newer shooters to believe that I guess. I know it was for me.
 
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