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    suggestions, which 22 LR pistol to buy

    Ok new to the site, received alot of gift cards to academy so I was going to buy a 22. I just recently started purchasing handguns and I'm by no means an knowledgeable of what brands are the best. I have a Ruger P94 40 cal, and 9mm S&W sigma, and a Rossi 38 special. Ok so my question is from academy what would be the best 22? I've looked at some, the 2 that I'm really looking at are the S&W 22 or the Browning Camper 22. I just want something thats cheap to shoot at the range and also that my wife can shoot that have fairly decent accuray. Any suggestions? thanks

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    I don't really care to bad mouth products that i haven't tried myself, but I've heard of some quality isses with the 22a, but it could be isolated to a few guns. The buckmark would be great as well as a ruger mk series. I have 2 mk2 pistols (standard taper & target tapered) as well as a singlr six and I'll never get rid of them.

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    X 2 on Ruger MK2. I have one and I too will never part with it. Absolute pleasure to shoot for accuracy and consistancy.

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    I own a BuckMark Camper and it has always been accurate and reliable. Spare magazines for the Browning are a bit more expensive than some other brands, but the magazines are well-constructed and should last a long time; I've not had any problems with mine, even though some of the mags were purchased in used condition at gun shows.

    I'm a firm believer in having plenty of spare magazines.





    I've installed a scope rail and a scope on this handgun for target shooting and small game hunting.




    I've also used the rail for mounting several different red dot sights.

    "Placement is power" -- seen in an article by Stephen A. Camp
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    You can spend a large chunk of cash on a .22 pistol, but you don't have to. Good all around pistols that will keep you happy for a long time are: Ruger MK series & Browning Buckmark. I've heard good things about the Beretta Neos and the S&W Model .22 as well, though I have no personal experience with them.

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    I just got a used Camper a couple months ago and its a lot of fun. It was also only $250 which helped. I think the S&W and Neos look like they're from Star Wars (which isn't a BAD thing...). I've heard plenty of good things about Rugers, and was considering one, but the one deciding factor was that the Browning just fit my hand better. While I was researching .22's it seemed like the Browning and Ruger were the most popular, but not one more so than the other.

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    Ruger...
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    I bought a Ruger MkIII and love it. When I first started shooting it was the second gun I fired. I felt great in my hand from the first time I held it, and I could shoot it well right from the start. There are many fine pistols from which to choose; just pick the one you enjoy shooting.

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    Wanting to buy a 22 LR pistol

    Can't go wrong with a Ruger Mark II target pistol-just go to Gunbroker and you're bound to find one at a good price!!!

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    Here's one you can get a Ruger MK-III .22/45 with bull barrel.



    Here's another the Ruger MK-III Target with 51/2" bull barrel.



    I was playing around with some different ammo that day at a indoor range. Best 22's made in my book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baldy View Post
    Here's one you can get a Ruger MK-III .22/45 with bull barrel.



    Here's another the Ruger MK-III Target with 51/2" bull barrel.



    I was playing around with some different ammo that day at a indoor range. Best 22's made in my book.
    Nice double deuce and a great photo!
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    I bought my Browning Buckmark from Academy a few years ago.

    It's a nail driver.



    I added some optics to it for fun.


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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Niner View Post
    I own a BuckMark Camper and it has always been accurate and reliable. ...
    I own TWO because they are so much fun! Much more dependable and easy to use than a Ruger. Accurate as all get-out. Highly recommended.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scorpion8 View Post
    I own TWO because they are so much fun! Much more dependable and easy to use than a Ruger. Accurate as all get-out. Highly recommended.
    What sort of problems have you had w/ your Ruger?
    I've put 1500+ rds through mine without a problem. Only 2 or 3 failure to fire, due to bad rds. No jams. The only thing I don't like about the Ruger is the less than stellar trigger setup, it just feels sloppy.

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    I'm very happy with my pocket carry Phoenix HP22a. Shoots plenty accurate with its 3 in barrel and distance target shoots well with the optional 5 in. Has been a very reliable fun shooter that only needs bulk 22 ammo.





    Shoots well against other 22's even with it's inexpensive price.
    SSAA - Official Australian Shooter Reviews - .22LR target pistols

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    which .22 pistol?

    well as has been stated you dont need to spend a ton of money on a .22 because at the end of the day, its still a .22 and will most likely be used for plinking and maybe small game hunting. This being said of course everyone wants the best stuff they can get. Some quality .22s that i have experience with are the ruger MKIII which i own and works great and the browning buckmark. Also, I am a huge sig fan and while i have not shot the mosquito, i have handled it and like it, and i have also handled and been happy with the beretta and the S&W p22 as well. I guess my advise would be that if you shoot/carry/often use another handgun, i would suggest finding one that is similar to that because it will help you shoot both of them better but if you just want a .22 that looks and feels like a typical .22 pistol i would go with the mkIII or the buckmark.

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    I bought my daughter a "pink" Sig Mosquito for Christmas and she loves it.

    I had it out at the range shooting it last Saturday, and all my friends loved shooting it.

    It really does feel good in the hand (like a Sig).

    No problems at all as we all shot 200 rounds through it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by dondavis3 View Post
    +1 cooper623

    I bought my daughter a "pink" Sig Mosquito for Christmas and she loves it.

    I had it out at the range shooting it last Saturday, and all my friends loved shooting it.

    It really does feel good in the hand (like a Sig).

    No problems at all as we all shot 200 rounds through it.

    +1 on the Sig Mosquito. I had problems the first time out because I put some non-recommended ammo through it. These guns are particular, but if you feed it the right type of ammo I don't think you'll have a problem. I have over 1000 rounds through it.

    Although probably not as accurate as the Buckmark, Ruger MkIII, or similar formats.... I like the Mosquito because it has the feel of my 9mm compact gun -- not the recoil -- but the barrel length, weight and size are comparable. So it helps with my sight alignment, comfort, and practice. I can shoot 4 to 7 times more rounds at the same cost as my 9mm.

    By the way, I didn't get a pink one.

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    I love my Walther P22. I have put a couple thousand rounds through it and so far it will eat anything I run through it. I've heard Ruger MK series .22's can be picky about ammo.
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    It's a bit heavy, but I love my Ruger Mark II.

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    What about the Beretta 87?

    What about the Beretta 87 .22lr? With the open slide design shouldn't there be fewer FTEs? I have a Sig p220 .22lr that stovepipes on the second round into the magazine (with every magazine!) and that is the most reliable .22 semi I have owned (including Ruger Mark I, II, and III, Neos, Chiappa 1911).

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Niner View Post
    I own a BuckMark Camper and it has always been accurate and reliable. Spare magazines for the Browning are a bit more expensive than some other brands, but the magazines are well-constructed and should last a long time; I've not had any problems with mine, even though some of the mags were purchased in used condition at gun shows.

    I'm a firm believer in having plenty of spare magazines.





    I've installed a scope rail and a scope on this handgun for target shooting and small game hunting.




    I've also used the rail for mounting several different red dot sights.

    The 3rd picture. The smaller scope where did you get that? I have been looking for one for my 22a just like that but all i can find is the larger rifle type scopes or the bigger red dot. I like the smaller ones.

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    It's a Sightmark. Here's a link to their web page on this model:

    Sightmark Sure Shot Reflex Sight Black [SM13003B] - $49.99 : Sightmark

    I don't remember where I actually bought it; might have been on sale at a local store, or at a gun show (I've had it for a few years). It's kind of a pain in the butt to sight-in/adjust, but it has worked fine on several different .22 pistols and a rifle. Don't expect too much for your $50, and you probably won't be disappointed.
    "Placement is power" -- seen in an article by Stephen A. Camp
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