I got 300 or so greenbacks burning a hole in my jeans, and I want to buy a 22 pistol, Probably an autoloader. Give me your honest opinions, I was leaning towards a Walther P22. All I have ever had in rimfire was Rugers. They were good, too.
In other words, if it doesn't feel right when you hold it and point it, it just ISN'T going to shoot for you!
Guys are going to give you all kinds of reasons to get a Ruger MarkII, 22/45, S&W, Browning Buckmark, High Standard, etc, etc, etc...
But it all boils down to FIT!
I would rank most of the ones I've listed above as 'quality' handguns, but ONLY the Ruger 22/45 FIT MY HANDS! I liked the grip angle, the size, the location of the controls, etc. AND it shoots the best of any of them for me. I even had a H.S. VICTOR slabside with target sights, grips, etc, but it didn't FIT me, and I couldn't shoot it anywhere near as well as my 22/45 now! The 22/45 was worth 1/2 that VICTOR when I sold it! So cost isn't a factor.
After you decide which one, possibly you get the 22/45, then you'll have cash left over for extra magazines, a thumbsaver magazine loading helper, a holster and ammo! Without the extra mags and ammo you don't get to shoot much!
I agree with Plainsman. It all depends what feels right and what you are going to do with the pistol. Do you want to roll tin cans, shoot silhouette or punch bullseyes? Each pistol has an intended purpose in its design.
Beretta's new U22 Neo looks neat...looks like a blend of proven technology and hi-tech upgrades. Don't know what they want for these pistols...but it might be something for you to take a look at if you aren't in a hurry.
Well, I got a Browning Buckmark, and it is a good fit! I got the 4" heavy barrel with the slab sides, black rubber grips, adjustable sights, and an extra mag all for under three bills, I'm happy. I will have to go back in two days to pick it up. Thanks again for te input!![/color]
S&W K frames, I prefer a 6" tube, doesn't matter to me if they are carbon or stainless. My 617, hated that damn underlug so, went down in the shop with a file, hacksaw and emory paper and took it off. As you can see I like the four inchers also and I'm into S&Ws very much.
Colt Match Target Woodsman, 6" 2nd generation. Bought it in 1952 and have kept it all these years see no need to change now. Have no idea how many rounds have put thru it. Both my kids learned to shoot with it and a handful of neices and nephews, and its still going strong.
My favorite target rimfire is a Ruger Mark II, SS gov modle slab side with Millet Red dot sight. Shoots 1-2 inch groups at 50 ft. if I do my part and lay off coffee. I am still new to target shooting (almost a year) and am learning the skill by observation as well as practice.
I use the cheap 22lr ammo for plinking at larger objects - aluminum cans, spinner targets, etc. Switch to the 22mag cylinder for hunting - shoots 3/4 inch groups consistently at 25yds, using Winchester gray box ammo from WalMart, which is plenty accurate enought to shoot minute of squirrel head all day long.
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