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by The Annoyed Man
Sat Aug 31, 2019 12:21 am
Forum: General Gun, Shooting & Equipment Discussion
Topic: .22 pistol choices
Replies: 52
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Re: .22 pistol choices

I have a Mark III 22/45, and a .22 LR/.22 WMR SA "Rough Rider" revolver. My son has a SW22. If you’re a 1911 guy, you’ll love the 22/45's ergos, which are intended to duplicate a 1911. However, while it is relatively easy to field strip one, it’s a cast iron pain in the buttocks to reassemble. That said, the Mark IV generation are supposed to have fixed that problem. My son's SW22 is easy to field strip, but it is Ammo sensitive, and it once spit out its own extractor, which was never found. He had to order a new one for it. The new extractor still works.....if you can get that far in the firing cycle.

Neither the SW nor the 22/45 have threaded barrels. (Both were purchased when buying suppressors was less popular than it is now.) i can’t soeak for the SW, but the 22/45 is crazy accurate, with a fluted bull barrel. The one I have looks like this one:

if I were going to buy a new .22 pistol today, I don’t know if I’d buy another 22/45. It shoots very well and operates reasonably reliably. But even with the new simplified takedown procedure, the machining on some of the internal parts creates metal edges so sharp that you can easily slice a finger open on them while cleaning the gun if your not careful. Don’t ask me how i know, but I would advise you to keep a name tag or shoulder patch handy with your blood type on it before you clean the gun. I don’t think the sharpness of those edges serves a function, and it seems likely to me that it’s just a cost cutting measure to avoid breaking those edges or putting a radius on them during the machining process.

I can’t say what I would buy, since I’m not lacking in .22s .... unless it would be a good DA/SA stainless "kit gun" revolver.... like a S&W Model 63, or a Ruger SP101.

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