Any advice on a good 22 plinker? I don't want to spend a whole lot of money but I want a good and reliabel pistol. I can't afford to shoot my M&P 40 3-4 times a week, but would like to work with a good 22 in between my M&P 40 range visits.
S&W 22A can be had less than $200 with integral scope rail, so if you care to put a red dot on it you can very easily. Mine only chokes with crappy ammo if I feed it better quality high velocity stuff it will run all day long.
I will include the Browning Buck Mark in my gun show search for an excellent rim fire pistol. I believe I will take Dan's advice and look for a 22A, and also look for the Browning. I do like the online, ( web picture), look of the 22A, however I have not yet held it.
I recommend the Ruger .22 auto pistols. I have 2 Mark IIs and love them. They are durable, reliable, accurate, fun little guns. I have a Mark II target and a Mark II 22/45. The Mark III is the newer version out; be sure to check out these pistols before you buy something. Excellent used Mark IIs can be bought for under $200.
OR, trade your .40 for a M&P 9mm. With 9mm you can buy about 38% more ammo for the same money.
I don't have any personal experience with the P-22's, but I did do some research on them back in the summer. The newer P-22's, by the research that I did, seem to be alot better than the early versions. By all accounts and reviews that I read is if you stay away from the crappy ammo (read federal bulk pack) you should be OK . I have the P-99 and P-99c in 40 S&W and the new G-22 rifle. The P-22 will round out my collection of Walther polymers. The M&P sidelined the P-22 for awhile at least for me.
I have a Walther P22 that I have had for 2 years now. I have never had an issue with it not accepting ammo. It will eat anything I put through it. I have both the 3.4" and 5" barrels for it along with a Red Dot scope. It is a pretty sweet little set up and a heck of alot a fun to shoot.
i own an old hi standard sentinel 8 shot revolver that was my grandfathers. its a great shooter and varmit gun. dont make them anymore, but they can be found on gunbroker sometimes. i would seriously consider the ruger mark series. i need to buy one for my own collection. also consider the ruger 10/22 if you want to go the long gun route. best .22 rifle there is, period.
I've had two P22's. Just sold my wife's which was identical to mine except her's had a fake suppressor. Mine has a Walther Top Point II red dot scope, and a Tac62 suppressor. Very very quiet gun, but lacks in accuracy at any real distance.
Will probably buy a MKIII 22/45 here soon and call up Tactical Solutions and order their threaded 4.5" Pac-lite upper for it and throw on the Tactical Innovations suppressor we have. Mmm... would be an awesome set up. Very accurate, and scary quiet. Or go with the GemTech Oasis integral suppressor.
Can't go wrong with a Ruger .22 for accurate, and reliable, fun plinking. Grew up shooting my dad's, and it was always a blast.
I just bought a 22/45 for $240 + tax and love it. The grip angle is the same as the M&P (1911 grip angle) It is a bit narrow in the grip but I plan to take care of that with a bit of custom work and some 1911 grip panels. It's a very accurate little pistol. I finally have scored in the 90s a few times with it
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