The 6 Best .22 Pistols For Plinking, Hunting And All Around Fun

 A .22 pistol is some of the best and cheapest fun you can have with your clothes on. Which one, though, to buy?

Partially, that depends on the intended purpose. Some are good all-arounders and others are better for specific uses. The ones that attach to a belt buckle probably aren’t good for too much at all.

With that said, here are six slam-dunk .22 pistols that are great additions to almost anyone’s collection.

 

Heritage Rough Rider Combo

The Heritage Rough Rider is a single-action revolver patterned after the classic Colt Single Action Army, aka the “Peacemaker.” They make a small number of big bore models (mostly in .45 Colt and .357 Magnum) and a larger number in .22. The ones to acquire are the Combo models.

The Combo guns – available in 4.75-inch and 6.5-inch barrel lengths and multiple finishes – have swappable cylinders. Since the Colt SAA design uses a pinned cylinder, you can swap them out easily. These guns will let you shoot .22 LR or .22 WMR, in case you want to step up to the hotter stuff for small game or even self-defense.

They won’t win any competitions and you have to reload every six shots, but fun doesn’t come any cheaper, as most models go for $300 or less — a lot less — in stores. Many for less than $150.

Ruger Mark IV 

This is one of the most popular .22 pistols on the market, just as the Ruger 10/22 is one of the most popular .22 rifles on the market. The Mark IV is the latest version of the first gun ever made by Ruger, designed by Bill Ruger himself in his garage after tearing apart two captured Nambu pistols from WWII.

A multitude of models exist to suit almost any sensibility. Tactical models with rails and black finish galore. Target models with bull barrels and target sights. Bog standard guns ready for all the plinking your heart could desire. The 22/45 line with its 1911-inspired grip angle and control scheme.

It’s the standard by which all other .22 pistols are arguably judged.

Walther P22

The Walther P22 is one of the most popular rimfire pistols on the market, as you will find few gun stores without one on its shelves. Walther is known for making some of the most comfortable pistols on the market and this is undoubtedly one of the better plinking pistols available. Since they’re commonly available for $250 or less, it’s a heck of a lot of inexpensive fun.

Some people even carry the compact models for self-defense. It may not be the best semi-automatic for that purpose, but with good shot placement…the .22 Long Rifle is better than any gun you left at home.

You can choose either a compact model with a 3.42-inch barrel or a target model with a 5-inch barrel. A threaded-barrel adapter is available if so desired, as are numerous other accessories.

An ergonomic grip (no one does that better than Walther) makes it comfortable in the hand. Unusually for most .22 pistols, the P22 is double-action, with a slide-mounted de-cocking safety. All of the service pistol fun in a rimfire. What’s not to like?

 

Smith & Wesson SW22 Victory

Ruger and Browning pretty much owned the .22 semi auto market for years — decades, even — until in 2016 Smith & Wesson introduces the SW22 Victory. 

The Victory looks like the lovechild of a Buck Mark and a Ruger Mark pistol. The SW22 is now available in four standard models as well as four additional tricked out Performance Center versions to suit any shooter. And there’s a threaded barrel model if you want to screw on a suppressor.

With its affordable price, excellent trigger and tons of customization options, it’s a worthy competitor to its more established .22 semi brethren.

Smith & Wesson Model 17 Masterpiece

Most people can’t (or won’t) justify dropping $900 on a .22 revolver. But if ever there was a gun that made that kind of investment attractive, it’s the Model 17.

Built on the medium size K-frame, the double action revolver steadies the hand and produces virtually zero recoil. It has an adjustable rear sight and is almost unrivaled as a plinking or small game gun. 

Low-tech? Sure. But the Model 17 is unquestionably beautiful to look at and incredibly practical as this pistol makes for some easy, fun shooting on the range and in the field. The only hitch is the price tag, but your great grandchildren will be glad you bought one. 

Browning Buck Mark

John Moses Browning designed the highly regarded Colt Woodsman .22 pistol, which is unfortunately no longer in production. However, at least one .22 pistol still bears his name, the Browning Buck Mark. It has Browning DNA, as JMB’s grandson Bruce Browning used the Woodsman for the basis of the Browning Nomad and Challenger pistols, which informed the design of the Buck Mark.

The Buck Mark is available in a wide range of finishes and appointments, so there’s enough choice to satisfy almost any taste. Want to get tactical? Half the lineup has an accessory rail. Want bare bones? There are a few models like that too.

The Buck Mark is known for being incredibly comfortable to shoot, accurate, reliable and with prices as low as $389 MSRP, one of the better .22 semi-autos choices out there.

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  1. avatar Michael Buley says:

    The P22 is a great pistol. I just gave mine to my 10-year old grandson for his birthday. Reliable, comfortable, great shooter.

    Have an old Mark I which I love to shoot, too.

    Different style altogether — pocket pistol — is the Beretta 21A in .22 LR. With CCI Stingers, it’s a hell of a little gun. Fast, accurate. Though I don’t carry it, I’d feel comfortable with it if I did.

    1. avatar Nanashi says:

      “I just gave mine to my 10-year old grandson for his birthday. ”

      Oh boy. Hope neither of you have a dog. The NRA endorsed Gun Control Act of 1968 makes that illegal.

      1. avatar Bearpaw says:

        For the younger set there is nothing better than the single action Ruger Bearcat revolver. Teaching A young first time shooter with a semi auto is downright stupid.

      2. avatar NRA life member says:

        The NRA endorsed Gun Control Act of 1968 makes that illegal.

        are you a complete ass? That was 50 years ago. Moreover the NRA gutted the Johnson administration proposals in the the first draft which included national gun registration. The NRA successfully diverted a freight train.

        The first version of the bill which NRA opposed, initially had large majority support. It would have passed without the NRA blocking it. The NRA lobbied powerfully and effectively against it, and blocked it barely with exactly a tie vote, 260 for to 260 against. It went back to committed and NRA had the most egregious provisions removed.

        BTW, to show you are completely wrong, the GCA did not prohibit gifting a 22 to a grandson.

        Lyndon Johnson was fuming that the NRA gutted the core of the bill. here is what he said on signing it:
        ” I asked for the national registration of all guns and the licensing of those who carry those guns. For the fact of life is that there are over 160 million guns in this country—more firearms than families. If guns are to be kept out of the hands of the criminal, out of the hands of the insane, and out of the hands of the irresponsible, then we just must have licensing. If the criminal with a gun is to be tracked down quickly, then we must have registration in this country. The voices that blocked these safeguards were not the voices of an aroused nation. They were the voices of a powerful lobby, a gun lobby, that has prevailed for the moment in an election year

        He is talking about the NRA removing the core provisions attempting national registration

        My guess? you are someone who does nothing tangible and realistic in support of Second Amendment rights, but simply whines

        1. avatar Craig in IA says:

          Nanashi knows full well that in 1968 NRA was a shooter-only organization. Prior to 1971 no one in their right mind believed our own government would seek to overturn the Second Amendment- THE hallmark of the American experience. NRA ILA was then formed when the plan became obvious to anyone with a brain and a gun, and yes, there was a fight within NRA among those who prize our rights and those who thought NRA should stay out of politics. Again, the major split came in 1971. The Richardson/Pratt bunch (GOA) didn’t come along until 1975 or so- basically lesser types who couldn’t make it in NRA. The Browntards of NAGR shuffled in sometime after 2000. and there’ve been other groups out there that’ll be happy to take your money to pay their bills. Again- Nanashi knows all this but he likes to sit out there and troll anyway.

          As far as “giving your 10 year old a handgun”, just put it in your will, you retain until you assime room temperature…

          I’m glad we’ve been able to add so much pertinent info to the thread about “the 6 Best .22 Pistols for Plinking…” CRIPES.

  2. avatar kevin says:

    It’s not technically a gun, but honorable mention to .22lr conversion kits for major caliber guns. I have an Advantage Arms kit for a Glock that is reliable and makes a great training aid.

    1. avatar Binder says:

      Or the best of them all, the CZ Kadet

      1. avatar Kahlil says:

        I recently acquired a beretta 96 with the 22 conversion. The main gripe I have with it is what the kadet addresses quite well. The conversion kit for the beretta is too light. It shoots fine for a 22 but you miss out in the weight of a full-size beretta in using it. The kadet, from what I understand , weighs the same and truly is a comparable pistol, or as much as you can get in going from 9mm to .22.

        1. avatar Just Sayin says:

          ^ yes, weight is almost the same; mags still only hold 10 rnds of .22 though vs 14-17 of 9mm.
          And about those mags… CZ chose to weld the 22lr carrier into the inside of a 9mm mag.
          Very trick, very “real” feeling.
          Above all, very very accurate.

          A crying shame that two favs of mine didn’t make the list:
          The S&W M&P 22 (NOT the Compact model), and the Ruger Charger Takedown.
          Both very accurate and very fun.

        2. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:

          charger takedown.
          just sayin’.

  3. avatar uncommon_sense says:

    I have a Heritage Rough Rider single-action revolver in .22 LR with the 6.5 inch barrel. It is a LOT of fun to shoot, especially for new shooters. And I managed to purchase it on sale brand new for $100. (It was the .22 LR only version without the .22 WMR cylinder.)

    I took three people out to the forest to shoot for their first time. They all LOVED that Rough Rider single-action revolver. We went through an entire 500 round box of ammunition. And much to our surprise, it was actually quite accurate.

    Bonus #1: they have a non-obtrusive safety that enables you to dry-fire them to your heart’s content without the firing pin peening the cylinder.

    Bonus #2: it is a cinch to remove the cylinder which means they are super easy to clean.

    If you can purchase one of them for $150 or less, do it. Heck, even buy two of them and keep one for a “truck gun”. You will NOT regret it.

    1. avatar uncommon_sense says:

      Fun tip: a cowboy hat, a red (with black paisley) kerchief, a cheap toy-badge, and two Heritage Rough Rider single-action revolvers make an excellent Halloween costume.

      Just make sure that open-carry is legal in your state before heading out with two revolver hanging on your belt.

    2. avatar Kevin says:

      Often I’ve seen the Heritage available for FREE when purchasing another firearm from Academy Sports and Outdoors.

    3. avatar Patrick H says:

      I think you can get a spare 22 WMR cylinder if you’re interested.

      1. avatar LazrBeam says:

        You can. I have both the long and short barrel versions and paid $99 for each NIB. Both are surprisingly accurate shooters. Went onto the Heritage website, got their phone number, called and ordered .22 WMR cylinders. If I recall, they were around 30 bux apiece.

    4. avatar Scoutino says:

      I would love to get one for my son. Unfortunately, apparently you can’t buy zinc alloy framed gun in Illinois. It might melt. Plastic framed gun is okay though.

      The .22 adapter for my Witness works for couple of magazines, until it gets dirty. Then it starts to jam even with cci ammo.

      CZ Kadet pistol and adapter surprised me by their absence.

      1. avatar kemikos says:

        The “melting point” (and other anti-“saturday night special”) laws’ sole purpose was to keep the means of self-defense out of the hands of those undesirable poor people who couldn’t afford anything better than a pot-metal revolver.

        The understanding, for decades after the law (and the Chicago handgun ban, too, for that matter) was passed here in IL, was that it would never be enforced against people of the right color, or those who donated to the right politicians…

      2. avatar tickTalk says:

        Heritage makes steel frame versions.. look for the model numbers ‘SRR22….’ rather than the more common ‘RR22…’

  4. avatar Rimfire says:

    I’ve tried most of these, as well as the Ruger Single Six and others, but I always reach for my Buckmark! It’s a helluva fun handgun to shoot. Very accurate and digests most everything without a glitch, ever. Just another Browning that’s sort of below the radar for the masses..sadly.

    The Heritage Rough Rider has been so improved over its lifetime! The earliest ones were sketchy quality-wise; now they seem to be a great value shooter.

    1. avatar frank speak says:

      leaving out the hi-standards…carried a sentinel when out hunting as a cheap back-up…actually used it once to kill a snake I had stepped on in high grass…the double-nine makes a fine shooter, as well…western styled but double action….

  5. avatar Rick the Bear says:

    I like my Ruger Mark II. Quite reliable (with annoying magazines).

    Just obtained a M-17. Great gun! Very easy to shoot.

    I had a Walther and dumped it. I didn’t like the mag release and it was too complicated (for my simple mind) to take down to clean. In contrast, I can usually get my Mark I together on the first or second try.

    1. avatar rosignol says:

      You want a finger saver-

      https://www.amazon.com/Hilljak-Browning-magazine-loader-Quickie/dp/B00E5TQSNK

      There are other versions that do the same thing, some for a lot cheaper. I think I got mine for about $4 waybackwhen. I would expect any shop that carries the Mk 4 to have something like it in stock.

    2. avatar frank speak says:

      you can empty the mark I and II’s so fast that it is virtually impossible to hear each round fire…no wonder it’s a mob favorite!….

  6. avatar TheUnspoken says:

    The original Walther P22 was another of the cheap, low quality .22 semi auto replica pistols like the Sig-GSG mosquito, m&p full-size, various import 1911 style, Beretta 92 not made by Beretta, etc. Most are gsg or umarex, and regarded more as toy plinkers, with some working great for a long time, and plenty of horror stories of cracked slides, wearing out with use, etc.

    It took a while but there are some modern .22 semi auto pistols with actual aluminum or even steel with better thought out designs- s&w M&p compact (actually by s&w, not umarex like the full size m&p), the Walther PPQ 22, Grand Power K22S, Sig now makes some .22 guns like the p226 or p229, p250 on an actual center fire pistol frame you could swap out with a 9mm slide, basically their conversion kit slide on a frame, and Browning 1911-22.

    I think the new P22 is probably better than the old one, but I would still prefer one of the others for plinking, training, and supressor use, and they aren’t much more in cost than the P22.

    1. avatar Clark Kent says:

      Nothing wrong with the full size S&W M&P full size 22. The Heritage and Walther 22’s are fine if you need two anchors for your boat.

  7. avatar TommyJay says:

    The Buck Mark and I’m guessing the Rugers have a large aftermarket suit of parts. I got a CA legal LiteGray model of the Buck Mark, even though I really wanted an optics rail. You can add the rail either with a Browning part or a Tactical Solutions part.

    I went with the TacSol because it also has an integral adjustable rear sight. The elevation is very close to correct when I screwed it all the way down. But I don’t use it much because the Burris red dot is such an awesome addition. The combo is dramatically more accurate than my other 3 pistols.

  8. avatar Mike says:

    A ruger single six, with extra 22 mag cylinder, a mark 3 22/45 and for giggles and grins a Jennings j22. Got to love 22s.

  9. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    Honorable mention to the Ruger 22-45 lite. I love mine.

  10. avatar Old Guy in Montana says:

    Little bit disappointed that the Ruger SR-22 did not make the list. I have two, one with a Sparrow attached and one without…reliable, accurate and will feed any .22 lr on the market (spouse likes it loaded with Aguila Interceptor ammo when I am away for a few days)…totally unlike my Walther P-22 which is VERY ammo finicky…has to be a 40 gr bullet traveling at 1200 fps or better…anything lighter WILL cause malfunctions.

    1. avatar NRA lifer says:

      I would agree with inclusion of SR22 but with a major caveat.

      On the pro side, almost all the operation and as well as takedown for cleaning is the same as modern semi auto handgun. The interchangeable grips, large and small make usable by kids and adults. Mark III and buckmark are not as hard to takedown as some make them out to be, but they are considerably more complex.

      BUT, like one or two other guns above, SR22 has an inverted manual external safety, exactly the opposite of the vast majority of modern semi auto that do have an external safety, and for that reason I recommend against it.

      When I’ve taught people on 1911 full, 1911 type like p238/938, M&P including Shield, p320 with externals teach them to simply always swipe down as part of bringing the gun up. On SR22 it is up. That is even the opposite of Rugers own SR9

      1. avatar Old Guy in Montana says:

        You make a valid point…HOWEVER, it then becomes a matter of training and my spouse has shot this firearm extensively. I trust her muscle memory in regards to the safe operation of the SR-22. The only other firearm she routinely shoots is a Colt Detective Special that I purchased when I ETS’d in 1972.

        Just because you don’t approve of the safety does not mean that other people cannot learn, train with and safely use the SR-22.

      2. avatar TommyJay says:

        The Walther P22 is the same as the SR22. Sweep the lever up to remove safety. It’s a simple reliable mechanism, but damn … it’s supposed to sweep down!

  11. avatar The Rookie says:

    The Walter PPQ .22 is awesomesauce. Accurate and extremely reliable.

  12. avatar Adam says:

    Smith 617-4 with the 10 shot steel cylinder. What a lovely little revolver.

    1. avatar bontai joe says:

      I agree! Hard to beat a 10 shot s/s revolver

      1. avatar Adam says:

        Wow. I was watching an auction on GB. A 4″ version just sold for $1927. I really love my 6″ barreled version, but dang.

  13. avatar Steve says:

    The Walther is utter and complete trash. I had one and when a 22 breaks it’s extractor you know it’s a POS. The ruger SR-22 is superior in EVERY way.

    High Standard Victor belongs on this list. Comparing a Buckmark or Mark IV to a Victor is like comparing a Chevy to a Rolls Royce. The trigger on a Buckmark or Mark IV, while good, feel like a gravel pit compared to a Victor.

  14. avatar Mark Sunderlin says:

    What? No love for the Beretta Neos?

  15. avatar GS650G says:

    Ruger single six. A quality accurate gun if there ever was one.
    I picked up a walther ppq .22 last year but wasn’t happy with the trigger as it cocks an internal hammer. Not as crisp as the center fire versions.

  16. avatar daveinwyo says:

    Ruger Single Six / Mag. conversion. Hand polished innards and many bullets. Broke the transfer bar and Ruger sent a replacement part. Had it since 1976. Would like to have the 22/45.

  17. avatar tdiinva says:

    I will take a GSG (also Sig branded) 1911-22 over tbe Walters. Absolutely reliable with anything except Winchester cheap stuff. Excellent practice gun for 1911 shooters.

    I also have a Ruger 22/45 lite. Best 22 pistol I ever owned. Add a red dot and It becomes the perfect survival pstol.

    1. avatar tickTalk says:

      Except the GSG won’t cycle with anything less than an high-v round.. Jams up otherwise..

  18. avatar Hoyden says:

    H&R 999 Sportsman

  19. avatar Craig in IA says:

    Have a number of pre K17s in the 5 screw configuration, including my old man’s, serial 58X. Those 5 screw models, including the .38s and .357s I have came from the factory as nice as any of the Performance Center stuff today, at no additional cost. Even my old 29-2 and 57 have amazing triggers and cycling. Put together by real artists back then.

    I understand why some of the Hi Standard and other neat .22s weren’t listed- they’re no longer available new.

  20. avatar Jay in Florida says:

    My Ruger slabside is without a doubt. The most accurate gun I own. Even more so then my 7.5 inch S&W model 41. But not by much. My Ruger single six is a distant third.
    I can with the Ruger consistently knock shot shells off a fence from 100 yards with just a red dot and dirty ThunderBolts. My 10-22 cant do that.
    22LRs are some of the funnest guns to shoot even with your clothes on.
    I think you can see I like my 22s more then most.

  21. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

    For those who would like to look at higher quality .22 handguns for competition:

    – High Standard (there are several models to choose from, and in prices from $400 on up to $1500)
    – S&W Model 41 (usually found around $1100 to $1500)
    – Colt Woodsman (prices can be all over the place, based on model & wear)
    – Hammarli 208
    – Benelli MP90

    That’s for starters. There are also some very good quality .22LR revolvers out there, among which in new production is the Freedom Arms single action .22LR’s.

    1. avatar bontai joe says:

      My S&W model 41 is the sweetest shooting firearm I have ever had in my hand. The trigger is like glass, and accuracy is phenomenal. I’ve had mine almost 40 years. I used to shoot bullseye competitions back “before the war” and a LOT of ammo passed thru that gun.

      1. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

        The 41 is very nice. It’s perhaps the most commonly seen rimfire pistol on a bullseye line.

        The S&W Model 52 is also a very nice bullseye gun, in .38 Special. It was designed to shoot 148gr wadcutter rounds. It’s quite the pistol.

  22. avatar bontai joe says:

    I just recently acquired a Dan Wesson .22LR revolver with an 8″ and a 4″ barrel. It is the “bee’s knees”. But they have been out of production for decades and it is very hard to find used ones for sale and prepare to dig deep in your wallet. Another honorable mention for high class revolver would be the Colt Diamondback (out of my price range).

  23. avatar AFGus says:

    I have a Heritage Rough Rider combo (.22LR/.22WMR) 6.5″ barrel, and love it. It’s accurate and fun to shoot. Have about 800 rounds .22LR through it, and 150 rounds of .22WMR, not a single problem. I just recently purchased a Ruger MKIV 22/45 Tactical. Well made, super easy to take down and clean, and extremely accurate. Wanted one for long time, and finally found one at a great price. Have about 300 rounds through it, and not a single problem. Not at all surprised that both are on this list.

  24. avatar AFGus says:

    Would luv to see an article on .22LR Rifles next. I have a GSG 522SD Semi-Auto rifle that I bought about 5 years ago. It’s an MP5 clone, a little fussy with some brands of .22LR ammo, but super fun to shoot. I use CCI Tactical or Mini-Mag, 40gr. ammo, and never have an issue, but lower quality .22LR ammo doesn’t always work to well. HK has a very similar rifle, which is probably higher quality, but also a lot higher priced.

  25. avatar VerendusAudeo says:

    I like my Colt 22. Apparently, they planned on naming it the Colt Cadet, but couldn’t get the trademark, so it’s just a Colt 22. It’s accurate, reliable, looks cool, and since it’s kind of obscure, I got it for only $200.

  26. avatar el Possum Guapo Standartenfuher " they think we're making pizza's Oberst von Burn says:

    The Smith Mod17 and the Ruger. Heritage Arms oh yeah the barrel gap lead spitter. Walther ain’t Walther anymore. Sad when a Ruger outshoots a Browning. I had a High Standard semiautomatic, hell of a gun

  27. avatar bontai joe says:

    I am surprised that no one mentioned the S&W 22/32 Kit gun. Currently available as the model 63 with a s/s frame or the model 317 with an alloy frame. An 8 shot revolver using the “J” frame and if I remember correctly they haven’t put a Hillary Hole in the “J” frame yet.

    1. avatar bontai joe says:

      I double checked and the new ones do have the Hillary hole……….. Damn

  28. avatar Vlad Tepes says:

    Today the Ruger MK IV is the best value for the money and the new model is much easier to take apart and put back together. Unfortunately the blued model now has an aluminum frame not a steel one while the Stainless has kept its steel frame. Go figure.

    My all time favorite was the original Belgium made Nomad, Challenger and Medalist, they were easy to take apart, were top quality , super accurate and the Challenger and Medalist had adjustable triggers. If you ever get a chance to buy a mint one buy it even if you have to sell your wife or mother. You won’t miss them but you will regret not buying a Belgium Browning .22

    I like the “original” Smith Model 41 not the newer overpriced cheapened model with its cast internal parts and its spot welded magazine. It works but for that much money I will pass.

    High Standard made some good guns in the past so don’t pass up a mint example of the “original” in any configuration. Two different companies tried to resurrect it after the original company went bankrupt but I do not think much of the newer models. Workmanship and quality of materials all were cheapened.

    The Colt Woodsman series were great guns if somewhat of a pain to take apart but they too are no longer made. Anything of quality is today no longer made because it was quality. The big bucks used ones sell for in good condition reflect the desperation of people looking to buy an old fashioned quality gun.

    In the past Hammerli and Walther made some great target .22’s but they were never low priced even when they were being made long ago. Both companies still make .22’s but they are very expensive.

    Beretta has made some great .22’s in the past but today makes nothing but plastic pistols and you could not give me one of the new plastic guns.

  29. avatar Spencer says:

    You completely lost me at P22 & Rough Rider.
    1. S&W Model 41
    2. Browning Buckmark
    3. Ruger Mark IV
    4. S&W M&P22, not the compact.
    5. S&W 617
    . . . and finally if you want a cheap .22LR that actually works and is useful as a full size trainer
    6. German Sport Guns 1911

  30. avatar raptor jesus says:

    Ruger SR-22 is a refined, superior version of the Walther.

  31. avatar SouthernShooter says:

    Ruger 22/45 mark 3 (bull barrel ) with 4 mags. So much fun! Loves 2 eat ammo and accurate 2 boot.

  32. avatar IAmNotTheHulk says:

    Ruger SR22 cheap reliable stupid accurate!

  33. avatar Turd Fergusen says:

    Wife has a P22 for target fun. I have a Ruger Super Single Six (1958 model, unmodified) that I just love to shoot at the range. Darned thing is accurate as heck out to 25 yards or more. Also have a Beretta U22 NEOS with the 7″ barrel that looks wicked as heck and is super accurate to quite a distance for a .22.

  34. avatar Wally1 says:

    I was surprised that the Walther P22 can still legally be manufactured and sold. This firearm has a zinc slide and is prone to failures caused by cracking of the slide which is very common, remember this is only a .22LR. This firearm is absolutely junk, I got rid of mine and replaced with a Ruger SR22, which is a well built .22 plinker. Walther should be ashamed on themselves for having their name associated with the P22. The P22 is certainly not a handgun I would want a child or young adult to use due to the safety concerns.

  35. avatar Gccc says:

    Sr22 is a nice little pistol, but the backwards safety really threw me. I kept flipping it on instead of off and Vica versa. Then when I went back to any of my other guns I was a little slower. It’s an anti-trainer. Got rid of it for a mark iv.

    Would be easy to add a spring to the internals to offer a decocker only version. I wish they would.

  36. avatar VieteranGunsmith says:

    Despite the fact it is no longer made, my personal preference has been the top break model 999 H&R. It isn’t a great weapon but it is a nostalgic and fun revolver. Functionally it is an analog of the old Smith and Wesson top break designs like the famous Schofield, and except for the smoke and recoil it is as close as you can get to one of the most famous rivals of the Colt Single Action Army model. I had a lot of fun plinking with one of these and learned how useful it was as a hunting sidearm. I wish some company would make a revolver like this one again, it is a shame to lose such a marvelous mechanical device to the headlong rush of plastic and semiauto pistols. There are some times when progress abandons perfectly useful concepts and engineering in favor of the most expedient and cost effective process.

    Sometimes in life it isn’t the newest shiny object that provides the most rewarding experience, sometimes the old historic things bring us more satisfaction.

    These things are lost to the younger generation because all they know is the present, and society loses something valuable in pursuing the next best thing.

    1. avatar Clark Kent says:

      All H&R handguns were discontinued years ago. Why do you think that was? Hint: because they were poorly designed and manufactured. Why would any present day company want to repeat their errors?

  37. avatar glenn sammon says:

    I also would like to see the m999 sportsman come back. also the berretta m70 in 22lr. I have the m71 in 22lr. good guns the Isreali sky marshals used the m71 in 22lr and the Mossad used the m70 in 22lr. both really the same handguns but one ( at lease mine does) has adjustable sites, ( m71). I would like to get a m70. and also a m21 stainless.

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