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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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    +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.


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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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