Brian asked WAY back in April:
I’m in the market for an inexpensive but reliable .22 plinker to help cut down ammo costs at the range as cash it tight these days. In my research one name that came up over and over again was the Phoenix Arms Rangemaster (5″ barrel) which tends to list under $200. The various gun store owners I’ve spoken too in my research have been all over the place in their opinions on this piece. Help!
I have to admit, I’ve never heard of a Phoenix Arms Rangemaster. But if cheap shooting is what you’re looking for, I have some suggestions . . .
First and foremost on my list is the Beretta U22 Neos. Here’s Brett’s review. I know more than a few people who have bought one and loved it. The thing clocks in at about $275 MSRP, but Bud’s has them for closer to $240. Besides the futuristic shape and very nice integrated rail along the top, it also has a modular design that allows you to turn it into a rifle later if the mood strikes you.
If you’re willing to spend a little more cash then a GSG 1911 might be in your future. Joe Grine did a fantastic write-up of this handgun not too long ago and gave it four stars. Since then I’ve had a number of people telling me how much they enjoy their GSG handgun.
But if you want the ultimate plinking tool, then a Ruger 10/22 is that you want. MSRP on these puppies is $277, but I would be surprised if you couldn’t pick one up used for $100. Accurate and fast firing with tons of accessories available it really is the best plinker out there.
I’m sure our readers have some other ideas about what is best, but that’s my opinion on the matter.