Semiauto "Mouse" guns always out of stock

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Semiauto "Mouse" guns always out of stock

Postby rp_photo » Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:26 pm

For at least the past year, I've noticed that small semiauto guns of 32 ACP and less are never in stock.

Examples are Kel-Tec P32, Beretta Bobcat, Beretta Tomcat, and even the Taurus P22/22 PLY.

And of course Seecamp has been like this for years.

The exception are the NAA Guardians, which seem to always be available, along with most revolvers such as the LCR 22.

I figure this is either due to high or low demand.
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Re: Semiauto "Mouse" guns always out of stock

Postby warnmar10 » Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:31 pm

Low demand and low margins. Why waste floor plan dollars and display space?


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Re: Semiauto "Mouse" guns always out of stock

Postby rp_photo » Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:43 pm

warnmar10 wrote:Low demand and low margins. Why waste floor plan dollars and display space?


I can see that being an issue for 25 and 32 ACP which are less effective and more expensive than the popular 380 ACP, but one would think 22 LR would still have an appeal being so cheap and fun to shoot. But then again, only mouse gun / 22 LR enthusiasts might appreciate them.

It seems there is a power gap between 22 WMR and 380 ACP / 38 SPL that no currently popular/readily available guns and ammo fill, which to me seems unfortunate.
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Re: Semiauto "Mouse" guns always out of stock

Postby Soccerdad1995 » Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:47 pm

rp_photo wrote:
warnmar10 wrote:Low demand and low margins. Why waste floor plan dollars and display space?


I can see that being an issue for 25 and 32 ACP which are less effective and more expensive than the popular 380 ACP, but one would think 22 LR would still have an appeal being so cheap and fun to shoot. But then again, only mouse gun / 22 LR enthusiasts might appreciate them.

It seems there is a power gap between 22 WMR and 380 ACP / 38 SPL that no currently popular calibers fill, which to me is unfortumate.


The other problem with 22 LR semi-autos is reliability. A good friend of my wife's is struggling to find a good gun for home protection. She has had shoulder surgery which eliminates shotguns and rifles. And her hands can't handle the recoil from a .38 or a .380. She got a Walther P22, but it is having reliability issues with all ammo that I have tried, including CCI mini-mags, and CCI Stingers. I may try to get her a .22 revolver.
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Re: Semiauto "Mouse" guns always out of stock

Postby Jusme » Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:10 pm

warnmar10 wrote:Low demand and low margins. Why waste floor plan dollars and display space?



This.

The problem is that while 22 ammo is much cheaper, the guns are similar in price to a 380, or larger caliber. For most people a 22 is only for fun, and not for SD, so if they can only afford one, they go for a bigger bang for their buck. 32 caliber, is even lower in demand, and ammo is harder to find. Gun dealers, listen to their customers, and learn from having guns gather dust. While there is probably still a small niche market for smaller caliber mouse guns. They sit unsold while their big brothers fly off the shelf.
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Re: Semiauto "Mouse" guns always out of stock

Postby rotor » Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:24 pm

Jusme wrote:
warnmar10 wrote:Low demand and low margins. Why waste floor plan dollars and display space?



This.

The problem is that while 22 ammo is much cheaper, the guns are similar in price to a 380, or larger caliber. For most people a 22 is only for fun, and not for SD, so if they can only afford one, they go for a bigger bang for their buck. 32 caliber, is even lower in demand, and ammo is harder to find. Gun dealers, listen to their customers, and learn from having guns gather dust. While there is probably still a small niche market for smaller caliber mouse guns. They sit unsold while their big brothers fly off the shelf.

I agree with this being a small niche market but sometimes a mouse gun is the only thing you can carry. I have a .25ACP Colt vest pocket that I love. Fun to shoot. Accurate as long as you are within feet not yards. Problem with 22LR is that it is rimfire and they just don't always go off. Centerfire almost never fails. Keltec P32 are fine guns and hard to find but if you put in a notify at Bud's or one of the other outlets you will eventually be notified. Just realize that they are mouse guns and if you buy one I wouldn't buy hollow point ammo. Go FMJ.



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Re: Semiauto "Mouse" guns always out of stock

Postby Zombified » Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:10 pm

The other problem with 22 LR semi-autos is reliability. A good friend of my wife's is struggling to find a good gun for home protection. She has had shoulder surgery which eliminates shotguns and rifles. And her hands can't handle the recoil from a .38 or a .380. She got a Walther P22, but it is having reliability issues with all ammo that I have tried, including CCI mini-mags, and CCI Stingers. I may try to get her a .22 revolver.


Have you tried Ruger SR22? I have had no reliability issues with mine.

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Re: Semiauto "Mouse" guns always out of stock

Postby pbwalker » Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:13 pm

Zombified wrote:
The problem is that while 22 ammo is much cheaper, the guns are similar in price to a 380, or larger caliber. For most people a 22 is only for fun, and not for SD, so if they can only afford one, they go for a bigger bang for their buck. 32 caliber, is even lower in demand, and ammo is harder to find. Gun dealers, listen to their customers, and learn from having guns gather dust. While there is probably still a small niche market for smaller caliber mouse guns. They sit unsold while their big brothers fly off the shelf.


Have you tried Ruger SR22? I have had no reliability issues with mine.


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Re: Semiauto "Mouse" guns always out of stock

Postby bobby » Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:17 pm

Have you looked at the S&W M&P 22 compact
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Re: Semiauto "Mouse" guns always out of stock

Postby AdioSS » Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:16 pm

Soccerdad1995 wrote:The other problem with 22 LR semi-autos is reliability. A good friend of my wife's is struggling to find a good gun for home protection. She has had shoulder surgery which eliminates shotguns and rifles. And her hands can't handle the recoil from a .38 or a .380. She got a Walther P22, but it is having reliability issues with all ammo that I have tried, including CCI mini-mags, and CCI Stingers. I may try to get her a .22 revolver.

To me, this situation is begging for a pistol caliber carbine. How about the $300 HiPoint .380 Carbine?


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Re: Semiauto "Mouse" guns always out of stock

Postby WTR » Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:47 pm

Soccerdad1995 wrote:
rp_photo wrote:
warnmar10 wrote:Low demand and low margins. Why waste floor plan dollars and display space?


I can see that being an issue for 25 and 32 ACP which are less effective and more expensive than the popular 380 ACP, but one would think 22 LR would still have an appeal being so cheap and fun to shoot. But then again, only mouse gun / 22 LR enthusiasts might appreciate them.

It seems there is a power gap between 22 WMR and 380 ACP / 38 SPL that no currently popular calibers fill, which to me is unfortumate.


The other problem with 22 LR semi-autos is reliability. A good friend of my wife's is struggling to find a good gun for home protection. She has had shoulder surgery which eliminates shotguns and rifles. And her hands can't handle the recoil from a .38 or a .380. She got a Walther P22, but it is having reliability issues with all ammo that I have tried, including CCI mini-mags, and CCI Stingers. I may try to get her a .22 revolver.


Try the Kel Tec PMR 30. Light and 30 rounds of .22 Mag.


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Re: Semiauto "Mouse" guns always out of stock

Postby bobby » Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:16 am

oh come on people! Mouse guns are little as in the size of your palm 22/25/32 pistols..... not big honking 30 rd 22mags or 380's 9mm or rifles...


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Re: Semiauto "Mouse" guns always out of stock

Postby MechAg94 » Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:03 pm

My Aunt has a Beretta pistol in 22 short with the tip up barrel for loading. It seems to be very reliable. I believe they make the same gun in 22 LR and 32 ACP.

For revolvers, look at the Ruger LCR's. They have 22 and 22 mag models.


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