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    Robertkernahan729 is offline Junior Member
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    What's the best 22 handgun

    Hey I'm new to the fourum and I am lookin to get a 22 pistol and can't decide which one to get I have done alot of lookin around but keep coming back to the walther p22 is this the best one for the price

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    Are you more concerned about price, or getting the best 22?

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    I can only afford like 450 tops

    The best I can get for like 450

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    Well I don't think your going to find a much better 22LR pistol than the Walther. Although I have not shot it, I would have to imagine that the Kimber conversions have to be impressive all around. You really can't go wrong with a Ruger 22 pistol either. Personally, I would go with a Walther, unless I already had a Kimber......

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    Ruger MkIII, hands down....for quality, reliablity and accuracy.

    If you are not very experienced you may want to look at....here it comes.....you guys know what I am going to say....Beretta NEOS

    Seriously, there are good ones like Browning, Walther (as falchunt stated), Sig, S & W and even the Beretta NEOS (I own one and love it) if you are interested in auto.

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    Ruger Mark lll or the Browning Buckmark are probably your best bets. The Browning has a great trigger, haven't shot the lll but have shot the ll, Browning has the better trigger.

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    I would also like to be able to conceal carry this gun

    I would also like to be able to conceal carry this gun

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    The best .22 for $450 or under is not the P22. Not even close.

    If you want something to conceal carry and are going to carry such a poor caliber choice for doing such, then you might as well go with a Beretta 21A. It won't be any more reliable, but it will be easier to conceal.

    A more reliable .22 would be a snubby revolver. You might be able to find a Taurus in your price range, or perhaps a used S&W 317 or similar.

    While the thought that carrying a .22 is better than nothing might have some validity in some circles, it is overall a poor choice in caliber, especially since there are handguns in more powerful calibers for the same or less price, and in the same general size range as the P22.

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    +1 PhilR.

    I'm not going to go down the road again about the lethality of the .22 but I would also recommend a minimum caliber handgun in the .38 caliber range for conceal carry. You will want to purchase premium center fire ammunition and a reliable weapon which results in BANG everytime. The Sig P238 comes to mind in 380ACP ranging in price from $475 to $600 depending on the model.

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    help us understand...

    Quote Originally Posted by Robertkernahan729 View Post
    I would also like to be able to conceal carry this gun
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    help us understand, why a 22 and why do you want to CC this gun?

    a 22 is fine for plinking, varmints, training, fun, etc., but do you really need to hide it from the squirrels?
    Everyone has mentioned the good ones off the top. I happen to like my SW 22lr Revolver, but its not in the price range. Of the ones mentioned, I would go with the Ruger.

    On the other hand, if you are looking for a CC gun because you want to protect yourself or family from large predators (including the human kind), you should probably consider something a little more traditional for that. How about a 38?

    the way I look at it, you wouldn't use a 12oz hammer to put up a deck or use a 32oz framing hammer to hang a picture frame.
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    Depending on what you plan to do with the weapon is what the big question is. Is it a target plinker? Carry weapon? Being I don't see a 22 as a good choice for carry I would have no use at all for one that could be used that way (short bbl etc). So I lean to weapons like the Ruger Mark II/Mark III or a Browning Buckmark. I do have a 22/45 Mark III with a short enough bbl that it could be carried I guess but I don't see it as a good choice for me. I got it the way it is being it is a lot like my 1911's in size, grip angle etc. So it makes for a pretty cool practice weapon.

    I like the triggers in the Buckmarks a little more and that's what I use most the time when I'm waning to lighten my load of 22 ammo around the house

    Again if we knew exactly what you wanted the weapon for that would do wonders for anyone willing to give advice on the matter.

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