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Old January 15th, 2014, 03:46 PM #1
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What's your favorite/recommended .22 handgun?

Hi y'all,

I'm a 24 year old guy in Silver Spring, MD, currently going through the steps to get my HQL, undergo firearm/safety training, and make my first handgun purchase. I decided on a .22 handgun because I have next to no experience and have a relatively small and light frame. I know some will say I could get something like a 9mm or .380, but I would prefer as little recoil as possible - I'm going to be using it 99% for range time and don't plan on using it for hunting or home defense whatsoever. I plan on going to a few ranges in the next couple weeks to test out a variety of .22s before I make a decision on which to purchase.

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What is your favorite .22 handgun? Any recommendations as to what I should be trying?

I'm leaning more towards something in the 22/45 / MKIII / Buckmark design, but am also somewhat drawn to those based on the centerfire models (SR-22 comes to mind, for example). I have no experience whatsoever with revolvers, but would be willing to give them a shot - bad pun intended!
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I tried a MKIII Target a couple of weeks ago and loved it. Very accurate and the trigger is pretty sweet

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Didn't you ask the same question in the Introduction thread you started?

http://www.mdshooters.com/showthread.php?t=142705

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I think this is someone different? Says he only has one post.

Anyways, The Ruger Mark II would be my choice if I were you, but you'd have to find someone willing to sell you theirs- gun broker is good for that.

If you don't mind a non drop free mag and a magazine safety, the Ruger Mark III is the same as the Mark II- that is INCREDIBLE

I would also recommend stainless steel for WHATEVER you buy. It's much more forgiving of lax maintenance, and just tends to be more rugged in general.
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Hi y'all,

I'm a 24 year old guy in Silver Spring, MD, currently going through the steps to get my HQL, undergo firearm/safety training, and make my first handgun purchase. I decided on a .22 handgun because I have next to no experience and have a relatively small and light frame. I know some will say I could get something like a 9mm or .380, but I would prefer as little recoil as possible - I'm going to be using it 99% for range time and don't plan on using it for hunting or home defense whatsoever. I plan on going to a few ranges in the next couple weeks to test out a variety of .22s before I make a decision on which to purchase.

BUT.....

What is your favorite .22 handgun? Any recommendations as to what I should be trying?

I'm leaning more towards something in the 22/45 / MKIII / Buckmark design, but am also somewhat drawn to those based on the centerfire models (SR-22 comes to mind, for example). I have no experience whatsoever with revolvers, but would be willing to give them a shot - bad pun intended!
Very Smart game plan! Follow it, and you'll gain the most important input into what's right for you....yours!

That said, try the Ruger MKIII and the Browning Buckmark in the .22LR semi's. Try a Ruger Single Six for a taste of single action revolvers. In double action revolvers, consider trying a Smith and Wesson Model 617 if you can find one.
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I've shot the 22/45 and the SR-22 a lot, so here's my thoughts on those:

The only thing I have against the 22/45 is that it's kind of a pain to disassemble for cleaning. It feels great, shoots accurately, and looks very nice, especially if you opt for wood grips.

The SR-22 is noticeably smaller and lighter, which could be a good or bad thing depending on your preference. You also have the option of firing it in double action, which is nice. I'm not as accurate with it as with the 22/45, which I think has better sights. The longer barrel helps a bit with that, too.

I haven't shot .22 revolvers a lot, but they are fun. Ruger's Single Six is more expensive than their .22 automatics, but it has that classic Single Action Army style.

Hope that helps.
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The search function can be your friend if you use it. There are multiple threads along this same vein. You might look for some of the threads regarding MKII/III field stripping and assembly.

A good starting point for "best .22" is this thread: http://www.mdshooters.com/showthread...mkiii+assembly

Personally I am partial to the 1911 frame .22s from Colt/Walther and Sig. Try before you buy.
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Didn't you ask the same question in the Introduction thread you started?

http://www.mdshooters.com/showthread.php?t=142705

Yeah I'm bustin your ba!!s

Wow, you must have a pornographic memory! (or is that a photographic memory? I get the two confused.)
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Semi-auto: 22/45 and Buckmark. They are incredibly accurate.

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C&R: Colt Police Positive Target, S&W K-22, H&R 999
Modern: Ruger Single Six (single action only), S&W Models 17 and 617

I own most of the above (except S&W). I have used all of them. You can't go wrong with any of them.
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