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    22 Conversion Kits Any Good?

    I hope I am calling them by the correct name. I have seen them for Kimber, I'm sure others make them as well. My brother and I were wondering about the practicality and how well they function. They are the kits that convert a 45 or 9mm to a 22. We kind of like the idea of an all in one gun. Just looking for some feedback. Thanks.

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    I've tried the one from SIgSauer. Expensive and you could probably just buy a Ruger MkIII or something instead. However, you can also use it as a training tool. Learn trigger control, grip, sight picture etc with the same gun you would carry.

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    That was the idea. A 22 is alot cheaper to shoot and the grip and technique would always be the same. Do all of the manufactures make them? If we go through with this they would probably be 1911 style guns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruger71 View Post
    That was the idea. A 22 is alot cheaper to shoot and the grip and technique would always be the same. Do all of the manufactures make them? If we go through with this they would probably be 1911 style guns.
    I don't think everyone makes them. For instance the one for Glocks is made by Advantage Arms and is very hard to find for some models.

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    I got the one from Wilson Combat for a 1911 and really like it. I get the same frame but a lot cheaper to practice with. You can break in a trigger and action easy.

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    Witness uses this same principal for all calibers. You can buy a gun in one caliber and barrel/slide/mag sets other calibers. However, the steel frame guns have limited interchangability while the polymer guns will accept all calibers. The last time I checked, conversion kits sold for around $220.

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    I bought one for my full sized Kimber TLE for my X-Mas present this year. I got it for $205 from a dealer trying to unload it. I am also looking for info on how these kits fit the gun and shoot. I'm hoping it won't add excess wear to the rails and action.

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    I bought the Kadet .22 conversion kit for my CZ-75B, for less than $300 and have been well pleased with it. It required about 15 minutes to fit the slide perfectly to the frame, using a fine grit knife sharpening stone to polish three contact points. The instructions on how to do it come with the kit, and anyone can do it, with a moderate amount of patience and care. You just need to 'polish' a little, then test, repeating until the slide works. Mine worked the first time I fired it, and has never failed since.

    Typically, on a range trip, I will shoot a lot of rounds, through several handguns, then finish by shooting bulk-pack .22 ammo through the CZ, until I get tired of loading magazines. It is a great way to get a lot of repetitions, without breaking the bank, or wearing yourself out from heavy recoil. Also, if I think I'm developing a flinch, or some other bad habit, I can get back to basics by having a long .22 session to work on fundamentals.

    Also, I use mine to initiate new shooters, and then transition them into 9mm by merely changing the slide and magazine on the same pistol they have already gotten accustomed to. It is a great training aid.

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