The shooting club I belonged to back home had a family that had been shooting there for years. The mom went to Camp Perry but the son ended up on the 1980 Olympic shooting team that never went to Moscow.
Back then they were buying Eley Tenex Pistol ammo buy the case. In 1979 there was no internet sales of ammo, just what the local gun shop would sell it for. Of course, that shop had never heard of Eley and they had to figure out how to get their stuff.
If you are shooting at the Olympic level, you use these handguns.
I started with a Browning Buckmark Hunter, did some trigger work in it myself (it's not that hard if you're mechanically inclined) and progressed until I shot an 832/900 with it in bullseye.
I've since bought a High Standard Victor, and my personal best is 861/900.
I understand that High Standard has all their manufacturing issues fixed, and the new Texas guns are very bit as good as the old guns from Connecticut; I shoot a Texas gun and mine runs flawlessly.
Bass Pro has the Buckmark listed in this week's flyer for $300, a high Standard Victor will cost you at least $800.
Quite honestly, I think most days that I could shoot the Buckmark as well as the Victor.
Whatever you decide on, take it to the range, shoot, and enjoy!
As an aside, I've never heard much but horror stories from people taking their Rugers apart to work on them and clean them - both the High Standard and Buckmark are dead-nots easy to clean and maintain.
BTW, rimfirecentral.com is THE place for tips and hints on different guns, their foibles, and tricks for improving them.
I shoot a Smith 41 It is very easy to clean and switch barrels and it is VERY accurate and comes with a very good trigger and good grips there really is no need to do any work to a mod 41 . I have had mine for 20-25 years now and I am still very happy .
For serious level competition there are plenty of expensive options. I have a S&W22a I can swap barrels and mount any number of optics to the full rail on the barrels. With a pistol scope plinking at 100yds is almost too easy. For under $500 I can shoot any rimfire pistol event in 2-3 classes.
Interservice Pistol just finished...I took a survey on the line, and the majority of shooters were shooting the Hammerli 208s. There were a few AW93's (Feinwerkbau). Then there was a huge step to S&W 41's, High Standard's, Rugers and finally, quite a few folks who chose to use their service pistol frames with either Marvel Precision or Advantage Arms .22 LR conversions. They're guaranteed to shoot under an inch at 50 yards, and they maintain the grip angle and trigger of your centerfire and .45 pistols...
Plus they're about $350. Truthfully though, any .22 you buy will be better than the shooter... .22's can group around an inch or inch and a half at 50, and even SSgt Henderson can't hold that hard...
I've shot NRA Bullseye Master class scores with my Mark II Ruger. Centerfire, we won't discuss. The accuracy is there as stated for the entry and mid to mid high levels, even. Jim Clark used a Ruger 22 Auto to win Camp Perry way back in the day. Now, of course, things are more competitive.
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