.22 Plinker Pistol Recommendations

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Both the M&P22 and the M&P22 Compact are hammer-fired guns, albeit internal hammers.

The SR22 would have held more interest for me, but the "up is off/down is on" safety is counter-intuitive, and unlike most (all?) other pistol safeties.

Ahh ok thanks.

On the SR22 safety, it works similarly to a Sig decocker (ie it decocks), so for me it's a reasonable equivalent. I do not use the safety on mine as a safety, not that I carry it outside of the range, but the trigger is heavy enough no need - just flip the safety on/off to decock if desired then holster.
 

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I don’t care for my SR-22 anymore now that the novelty has worn off. I wouldn’t recommend it.
I would however recommend the Glock 44 which I love to shoot, or the Ruger MK IV Lite, which I don’t have, haven’t shot yet, but have heard many good things. They are both very different guns, depending upon what you’re looking for.
 

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Some of what I'm reading here comes down to if you want a .22 that feels like a .22 or if you want a .22 that feels like a larger pistol, ie do you look at it like a training tool or do you want a plinker. I read similar things whenever a .22 upper versus 15-22 comes up.

For what I use .22 for it's just a plinker, I want it engineered around being a .22 without much thought into if it simulates some "real" pistol, when I shoot it I'm not training I'm just breaking up clay pigeons in a berm. Nor am I competing with it.

So I guess that is something to consider. Is it a training tool or toy, no wrong answer.
 

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If you can get your hands on one, the Browning 1911-22 would be my suggestion. I have the base model and though the sights suck if you have less then perfect vision, it’s a great little plinker. It eats anything and takes 10 round mags. It’s scaled down exactly 75% of a 1911A1.
 
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If you can get your hands on one, the Browning 1911-22 would be my suggestion. I have the base model and though the sights suck if you have less then perfect vision, it’s a great little plinker. It eats anything and takes 10 round mags. It’s scaled down exactly 75% of a 1911A1.

I love The 1911 platform and actually did read up a bit on these. Last I looked, Buds guns had several models available. My old eyes aren't so good though, so whatever I get I would like good sights or at least the ability to change them out.
 

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Absolutely love my SR22
My wife learned how to shoot with it and my daughter that is 11 will learn very soon
Also very accurate
 

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If you can get your hands on one, the Browning 1911-22 would be my suggestion. I have the base model and though the sights suck if you have less then perfect vision, it’s a great little plinker. It eats anything and takes 10 round mags. It’s scaled down exactly 75% of a 1911A1.
why would they shrink it? Must have geared it to young youth shooters?
 

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I love The 1911 platform and actually did read up a bit on these. Last I looked, Buds guns had several models available. My old eyes aren't so good though, so whatever I get I would like good sights or at least the ability to change them out.
i doubt its a easy swap, probably use plastic sights with a odd dove tail cut. If the dovetail even hold s the sights vs screws. At least its a alloy slide you can use a hand file to open up the dovetail or what ever sights you want to fit to it
 
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I love The 1911 platform and actually did read up a bit on these. Last I looked, Buds guns had several models available. My old eyes aren't so good though, so whatever I get I would like good sights or at least the ability to change them out.

Get a pistol that can accept a red dot. Faster, easier to see, puts the focus on the target and not the sights.
 

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why would they shrink it? Must have geared it to young youth shooters?

Probably for the same reasons I mention above, a big heavy .22 would serve to copy some existing centerfire design - which is fine if that's what you want.

If they went at it to make an actual .22lr, nothing needs to be so big - extra size and weight is just that..

Here's a SR22 in my hand (with mag bumper but even just the extended floor plates fit my hand well)..

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And a Sig 938, still comfortable but would be too minimal in a target pistol for me - just for comparison. Looks worse than it is as I bend my wrist at an odd angle for pictures but I'd say an extra 1/2 inch would be all I'd really have a use for (although obviously it's a carry pistol, sized to bare minimum for a reason).

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Does anyone here have any experience with the Walther P22? They look nice, at least.


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Yes. I own one. It's accurate and reliable with the right ammo. Mine consistently eats Rem Golden Bullet. Lots of fun. Have had it for many years. Looking to trade/sell it and get a Ruger Wrangler, though. I want a revolver again.
 

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M&P22 Compact. Inexpensive, plenty accurate for plinking, and they eat anything I feed them.
i own the full size m&p .22 made by walther, not the compact. but yeah, i agree with you. i was skeptical as it was made by walther and soon realized it was a cool .22 pistol. it's an aggressive pistol...meaning i haven't found ammo that it won't digest. oddly, i'm not fond of the m&p line of full size guns and don't own one besides this one. more of a fan of the m&p c pistols. anyway, when i bought mine it wasn't available in massachusetts and i paid the mass premium. and the damn thing was only shipped with one mag so had to buy 5 others out and about. haven't encountered anyone yet who doesn't like it after shooting it. i think for a lightweight poly gun they're both, compact & full size, worth a look before condemning them.
 

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Another vote for Browning Buckmark. This is the SS model with great factory fiber optic front site. Not too heavy, eats everything, rubber finger grips, etc. Around $400.
 

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Colt (Walther) .22 1911. Bought one on sale from PSA about a year and a half ago, from PSA. $250 shipped. liked it so much I bought my son one from Bud's, same price. LOVE IT! Was just shooting it suppressed, yesterday, quieter than a pellet gun. It eats Remington Subsonic all day long, but did not cycle CCI Quiets.
 

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Ordered a TX22 from PSA for $259. That’s a good price for 16 rd mags, threaded barrel and excellent reliability reports so far.
 

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If i were in the market to buy a non target .22 id look for a G44, SR22, or if youre into a revolver SW317 or Wrangler.

Id stay away from a Walther P22. Ive sold one or two guns i regret, but the P22 isnt one of them. Only ran with mini mags, nothing else. Takedown wasnt fun. It was cheap but there are better choices.
 
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