.22 pistol choices

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Ruger 22/45 .22
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S&W M&P Compact .22
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.22 pistol choices

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Post by AndyC » Wed Aug 21, 2019 3:06 pm

I'm considering buying one of the following (with threaded muzzle for a later Form 4 suppressor) to have a compact, inexpensive but sturdy trainer (no, I don't want a 1911 conversion-kit or one of those pot-metal 1911 .22 pistols).

Seeing as my favorite little Beretta 71 .22 is very rare in this country, these are the two I'm currently looking at - pick one:
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Post by anygunanywhere » Wed Aug 21, 2019 3:16 pm

I have a Browning Buckmark. I like the Ruger.
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Post by Grayling813 » Wed Aug 21, 2019 3:26 pm

Have you considered the S&W Victory with threaded barrel? https://grabagun.com/smith-and-wesson-s ... hread.html

I have the Victory and a Ruger 22/45. The Ruger is in its box in the closet, I never shoot it anymore after I got the Victory.

That being said....If I get another .22 pistol it will be the M&P .22 since all my 9mm's are M&P's and it would be a good "training/familiarization" gun.


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Post by rotor » Wed Aug 21, 2019 5:03 pm

Perhaps you should at least check out the Taurus tx22. Not on your list but has very nice reviews. I know it's a Taurus but...

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Post by puma guy » Wed Aug 21, 2019 6:31 pm

I have Browning Buckmarks which I chose over the Ruger. With that said between the two mentioned I'd take the Ruger unless the goal is to acclimate a new shooter to modern polymer semi-autos in order to step up to one in a larger caliber.
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Post by mot7981 » Wed Aug 21, 2019 6:36 pm

Plus 1 on the TX22. Love mine!


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Post by SigM4 » Wed Aug 21, 2019 6:40 pm

Coming from someone who owns both, and shoots both suppressed, the S&W all day long and twice on Sunday. I know the Ruger is supposed to be the gold standard, but I’m just not taken with it. I had a Mk III 22/45 that I liked, but hated the take down. So I ended up upgrading to a Mk IV. Thus far it’s very underwhelming, just no soul to it. Not that the S&W is any better there, but it’s been way more reliable and has the obvious advantage of being laid out like a full size gun. It’s also been more than 1500 rounds (all suppressed) since the last cleaning and it’s still chugging along.

My 6 y/o daughter loves it and has basically taken ownership of it.

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Post by timtheteacher » Wed Aug 21, 2019 7:22 pm

I have a Ruger LCRx 8 shot revolver that is a lot of fun to shoot.

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Post by KLB » Wed Aug 21, 2019 8:26 pm

My Walther P22 does not feed reliably. I would not use it for anything other than target practice.

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Post by Lynyrd » Wed Aug 21, 2019 9:38 pm

I own a few .22 pistols. My favorite is my Ruger Single Six. I mostly use the magnum cylinder though. I've even killed a few hogs with it.
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Post by ghostrider » Wed Aug 21, 2019 11:04 pm

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Post by bobby » Wed Aug 21, 2019 11:57 pm

7k out of my SW 22 compact. love it same frame as my 380 ez and safety..
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Post by AdioSS » Thu Aug 22, 2019 3:59 am

I had a Beretta 76S for a while, but it did not feel as solid as my Beretta Neos. I did love those target grips though!

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Post by puma guy » Thu Aug 22, 2019 9:15 am

AndyC wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 3:06 pm
I'm considering buying one of the following (with threaded muzzle for a later Form 4 suppressor) to have a compact, inexpensive but sturdy trainer (no, I don't want a 1911 conversion-kit or one of those pot-metal 1911 .22 pistols).

Seeing as my favorite little Beretta 71 .22 is very rare in this country, these are the two I'm currently looking at - pick one:
What barrel length is your Beretta?
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Post by Middle Age Russ » Thu Aug 22, 2019 9:38 am

Between the choices you list, you have to narrow it down by intended use / feature set. The S&W is a solid sub-caliber facsimile of the Shield, and if you want a gun that generally mimics control placement and handling of the Shield it is first rate. Since you intend to suppress the gun, I am thinking (could easily be wrong here) that your intended use is plinking / target work or perhaps small game / varmint control. If that is true, and handling / control placement characteristics don't point directly to the S&W, the Ruger would be my choice. Aftermarket support for the Ruger is great if you envision changing the fire control group or doing other modifications.
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