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    It's that time again....

    As I am sure all of you regulars are well aware, I am still quite new to handgun ownership as a whole, but I think that it is coming quickly upon time to buy another pistol. The last purchase was the Glock 21, and I love it especially after the houge grip was put on it. I have run about 600 rounds through it and could not be happier.
    Now the current delimma....there is a gunshow near me on the 26th of this month, and I am in the market for a nice plinking gun. .22 preferably. I shot 500 rounds through a Ruger yesterday. I have no idea of the model or any of that, but the mag was bottom release and the front site was hook shaped. Over all the gun was pure bliss to shoot.
    So my question to all is.....am I going to be able to find a .22 that is either ambidextrous or for a lefty? It is not problem really if I can't, but it would be nice.
    Also, what do you all like for a brand/model in a .22? A revolver is out of the question as the cylinder will always open onto my fingers being left handed. Thanks for all the input!

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    The Walther P22 is somewhat ambidextrous. Both mag release and thumb safety are ambidextrous, although from what I've read you might get a few casings in the face when shooting lefty. Overall I think it's a great gun.

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    I go ahead and look into those right now. As far as shell casings to the face....that's been the story my entire life as far as semi auto guns go. I'm used to it and just wear the safety glasses. Thanks for the tip!

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    Browning Buckmark

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    I say go for the Ruger. I like the buckmark camper as well but liked the feel of the Ruger more (have you held any models? what feels best?). I just picked this up a few weeks ago and with 1100 rounds through it already I haven't had a single malfunction on my used Ruger MKII. I'm a lefty as well and the gun not being ambi doesn't bother me at all as it's just a plinker. It's a blast to shoot, I would highly recommend it. Here's some porn



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    Sidey2091... from your description, it sounds like you were shooting a Mark I or II. Both are out of production.
    The current model is the Mark III. They are all great plinkers and fun to shoot. The Mark III comes in six
    different flavors, from the Hunter with Crimson TraceŽ Lasergrips to the Standard that I own pictured
    below.

    Be forewarned, the Ruger .22's can be a little difficult to strip and put back together until you get the hang
    of it. There are some videos online that will help you out, so no big deal. Scroll down to Tech Tips to view
    three videos on stripping, cleaning and putting the Mark III back together.

    My Mark III Standard with the 4 3/4" barrel....


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    Mk11

    Spidey2091: Sir; you described either MK1 or MK11 Ruger. [didn't read AZ's ]before posting MK series.
    Many have found the MK's seriously good fun accurate out of the box and will last you and your greatgrandchildren the rest of there life.

    There are several different models. I prefer the MK11's even with the base mag release. Some have found taking apart and putting together a pain.
    After a couple of times NOT AN ISSUE.

    At GUNTALKONLINE you'll find the 'Bullseye' He can and will help with any issue's Ruger. He used to float through here. Good quality gentleman with a positive understanding.

    Sorry about that AZ Outlaws. didn't mean to double on your thoughts.
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    I asked the guy who owns the gun when I got to work what it was and he verified that it was a mark II. Out of the couple hundred rounds I ran through it there were 3 jams, which he said had never previously happened, but that the ammo that he had bought was different from what he normally used. Winchester is what we were shooting that day. The only thing that turned me off a little was the web between my thumb and index finger was a little sore from the plastic grip, which looks easy enough to change to either wood or rubber. Thank you for the input again, guys.....now I have a couple to look into. Keep em commin if anymore come to mind.

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    We were in the same situation earlier this week. We looked at the Beretta Neos, Ruger Mk III, and the Browning Buckmark. The Neos had a very poor trigger. The Buckmark had the best trigger, with the various Rugers more or less in the middle.

    We ended up choosing the Buckmark w/5.5" bull barrel and adjustable sights, mostly because I liked the feel of it better than the Rugers, and the very slightly superior trigger. On two successive evenings, we ran a brick of Remington Thunderbolts and four boxes of Winchester Wildcats through it, with the only problems a few FTE's once the pistol was really dirty. The pistol is a real joy to shoot. It is accurate and reliable, and has what I would consider to be a very good trigger given it's price of $279. It's a much better pistol than the Walther P22 that cost us $20 more, and I also think it's a better value than the Rugers in the $299 range.

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    Thank you very much for your input, sir. I will be going today to the local gun shop and asking about all that have been talked about thus far. Hopefully he will have something in the counter that I would like to take home with me today, but if not.....there is always the gunshow this weekend, assuming there are not too many duties to be done around the house on my honey-do list.

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    Done and done. I never even had to make it to the gun show to find what I wanted. The local shop had the Walther P22 in the 3.4 inch version, and had the 5 inch barrel sitting beside it in the counter. I picked up all of it for 270 new. I don't know if this is a good deal or not, but it seemed pretty good to me based on what I have seen price-wise at all online places that sell it.
    I put 500 rounds through it as soon as I got it back home, and was very pleased with the groupings. 25 yards yielded a consistant 3.5-4 inch grouping. There were no problems to speak of from the gun thus far, and I will try to get some pictures up for you guys on my next couple days off.
    All in all I think that I did pretty well with my purchase.

    Happy shooting,
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    So what exactly did you get? Both the 3.4 and 5 inch? I paid $320 for the 3.4, so you got a good deal.

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    Yes, I ended up with the 3.4 and the 5 inch barrels. Other than that the only things that were with it were what normally came in the case with the gun.

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