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    With ammo the way it is... I am thinking that I should get a .22 pistol for target shooting...

    What are some popular brands and models that are easy to get mags and parts for? It would basically just be used to target shooting.

    The Beretta Neos caught my eye at the gun store but I am really open to any suggestions...
    ~ Awesome ~

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    22 cal pistol

    I would forward a reccomendation my CCDW Instructor gave me this past Sat. He is a long time gun user and FFL dealer as well. He gave the Walther 22 as a bestbuy for a great functioning handgun. We have a Sig 22 Mesquito and is is nice too but has been very picky as to the type of 22lr it likes. No feeding problems but complete cycling after firing has occured.
    Waitnc

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    • #3
      There is a double action walther P22 that is good for plinking, etc

      There is also a single action Walther SP22 that is better suited, IMO, for true target shooting. (I used to shoot competively and used a Walther, and did very well with it)

      I own the SP22 with the long match barrel. Aside from the space gun look, I love it.
      My weapon can kill, it isn't limited to mere assault

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      • #4
        I have a Neos, go with the Walther P22. Out of the pistols I own, it is the most fun to shoot. The Neos, in my opinion, just does not feel right in your hand while firing it. The P22 feels very nice and shoots well.

        I shot a S&W 52 this weekend and it was one of the finest pistols I have ever shot. My only issue is the .38 special wadcutter only. Sometimes hard to find. And the pistol costs too much for me right now.
        Last edited by monet861; 04-19-2009, 08:04 PM.
        He who lives with the most toys, wins.

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        • #5
          I have a Ruger Mark II with a 5 1/2 in. bull barrel that is a tack driver and has had literally thousands of rounds through it with no malfunctions. I recently bought a Mark III stainless to carry on the trapline and although I haven't shot it very much, It seems great also and are really reasonably priced.
          Mike

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          • #6
            I got a WP22 a few months back and liked it so much, I doubled up....it's a sexy, compact, and extremely ergonomic pistol....the only drawback is that a few parts are made from zinc alloys, but for the most part, it's excusable with the great performance.....I agree that the 3.4" bbl is not very accurate, and less so when (like me) the first thing you do is remove the sights (snag-o-matics)...but it's a good choice for a decent .22, if not a bit on the pricey side...
            "I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." -Thomas Jefferson

            "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." -Frederic Bastiat

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            • #7
              I've heard that the Walther P22 has problems with accepting lots of different types ammo and it ejects shells out in every direction?
              Can anyone confirm or correct these rumors?

              I like the look of the Walther much more than say the Ruger plinker which looks like a luger.


              Any other suggestions on makes/models?
              ~ Awesome ~

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              • #8
                sig p220 r

                i believe that the weapon is called the sig p220 r and serves as both a plinker, low cost trainer and an everyday carry weapon in that when purchasing a new pistol it comes with a .22 slide and barrel assembly and then comes with a coupon for a .45 calibre slide and barrel assembly for around 300 dollars, i n affect you get two pistols for around 700. while this isint exactly cheap, it does have a few things going for it. dad recently got one, and after a hundred or so rounds through both, the only problem i observed was the first few magazines of .22 had a tendency to jam every few rounds, but after about 200 rounds it was well broken in. no jams what-so-ever with the .45, excepting one stovepipe with a hollowpoint. other than that no problems.

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                • #9
                  The Ruger Mark II or III or any of the pistols in that line have been around forever and are proven shooters. They are not particular as to what ammo you put in them either. The draw back to these weapons are their wieght and they can be difficult to field strip, but practice makes perfect. I've owned the Walther and like it as well. I don't think that you can do wrong by either. Don't forget the simple but proven Frontiers .22 six shooter with the interchangeable cylinder for .22 mag., or many of the other .22 revolvers out threre.
                  The strongest reason for the people to retain their right to keep and bear arms is as a last resort to protect themselves against tyranny in government." -- Thomas Jefferson

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                  • #10
                    I haven't had a problem feeding my WP22 a few different ammos, but it's very true that ejection is a random hail of brass......
                    "I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." -Thomas Jefferson

                    "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." -Frederic Bastiat

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                    • #11
                      Love my P22, and never have any issues with any ammo. Like stated, short barrel, not highly accurate. If you can find one, a S&W 622 or 422 are great, accurate weapons. Had the 422 years ago, and never let me down.
                      "Lighthouses are more helpful than churches" Franklin

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                      • #12
                        I have a Ruger MK II bull barrel and it shoots fantastic even after having it all these years. Its not particular about what type of ammo you run through it, is very accurate and never jams. My second favorite .22 pistol is a High Standard Duramatic. They haven't been made in years, but they are excellent. They are a little pricey though... Having a good .22 pistol is ALWAYS a good idea.
                        Wolverines!!!:D

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                        • #13
                          This topic is near and dear to me as well. I have a .22lr revolver and ruger 22/45 (8" barrel). But i too want to add another .22 semi-auto. I've looked at the mosquito, but since the internet is full of complaints I'm leaning toward the walther... or perhaps an upper for the G17 or a 1911.

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                          • #14
                            I bought my first handgun in 1976, a Ruger Mark I bull barrel. It is not picky about ammo. It is good for target shooting, small game and plinking. It is a great gun!
                            Those who would trade freedom for security will end up with neither.

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                            • #15
                              I have a Browning Buckmark... like it a lot... I would say it is similar to the Ruger MK series for size/accuracy/functionality. It has liked all ammo I have put in it, including the cheapo Remington bulk stuff. And the clips are easy to load with the spring button-hold down, which in an emergency, might prove to be a real benefit. Not sure if all brands/models are as easy to load. I would not consider it as portable as the compact models, but for an all-around one-stop solution (hunting and protection), I like it.

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