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Posted: 9/6/2004 1:41:05 PM EDT
Okay, my next purchase is going to be a .22 pistol. I don't know too much about any though so I'm asking the wonderful all knowing ARFCOM to help out. I want it to be a semi automatic pistol around $250 give or take some. I'll be using it to teach some friends proper shooting techniques and general plinking around my property. Any suggestions on which brand and maybe some reasoning why would be extremely appreciated.

My backup plan is to get a .22LR conversion for my Kimber.

Link Posted: 9/6/2004 1:42:14 PM EDT
Ruger MkII or Browning Buckmark?
Link Posted: 9/6/2004 4:08:46 PM EDT
since you use a 1911, try the Ruger 22/45. same as the Mark II except it has a 1911 grip angle and a thumb mag release. it's cheaper too.
Link Posted: 9/6/2004 4:41:02 PM EDT
Ruger MKII, NOT the 22/45.
Link Posted: 9/6/2004 4:51:17 PM EDT

I have a Ruger Mark II, and it's a fine gun. However, if I were buying today, I'd probably get a Browning Buckmark due to its more convenient disassembly and more traditional grip angle.

See how they feel in your hand. See how they disassemble for cleaning.

Link Posted: 9/6/2004 4:57:31 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/6/2004 4:58:17 PM EDT by TomJefferson]
Link Posted: 9/6/2004 5:24:47 PM EDT
I have a Walther P22, I really enjoy shooting that. With the correct ammo it runs just fine.
Link Posted: 9/6/2004 6:07:16 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/6/2004 7:55:05 PM EDT
I have a Buckmark Camper and a Sig Trailside. Both are nice but the Camper just feels great in the hand and is very accurate. I am very happy with that purchase.
Link Posted: 9/6/2004 11:10:27 PM EDT
I recommend the Buckmark MICRO.
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 1:41:39 AM EDT

Originally Posted By arowneragain:
Ruger MKII, NOT the 22/45.

Link Posted: 9/7/2004 2:09:27 AM EDT

Originally Posted By topgunpilot20:

Originally Posted By arowneragain:
Ruger MKII, NOT the 22/45.


<---hates plastic pistols of any sort.
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 2:28:13 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 4:30:16 AM EDT
Yakrat....WTFIU with your avatar...it is scaring me.....

Link Posted: 9/7/2004 6:14:44 AM EDT

Originally Posted By GruntPL:
I have a Walther P22, I really enjoy shooting that. With the correct ammo it runs just fine.


I love mine!
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 6:18:02 AM EDT
Browning Buckmark
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 6:28:06 AM EDT

Originally Posted By arowneragain:

Originally Posted By topgunpilot20:

Originally Posted By arowneragain:
Ruger MKII, NOT the 22/45.


<---hates plastic pistols of any sort.

Different strokes for different folks...

I love my 22/45. It has the same grip angle and controls arrangement as my 1911s. Builds good muscle memory. BTW, Rugers are about bomb-proof. Hella strong, and mine is scary accurate.

That said, I am going to buy a .22 lr conversion kit for the 1911. Just for fun.
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 6:32:06 AM EDT
Ruger MkII. I have put thousands and thousand of round through mine without a hic up
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 6:47:43 AM EDT
get the latest MarkIII!!
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 7:02:37 AM EDT
Buy used High Standard or Colt .22 Auto and get fine quality and great acuracy.
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 10:10:17 AM EDT

Originally Posted By arowneragain:
Ruger MKII, NOT the 22/45.


I love my MKII. It feeds anything and is far more accurate than I will ever be.
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 1:59:51 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/10/2004 4:52:42 AM EDT by thedr13]
Go for the Browning Buckmark. Many different models to choose from. I've owned three different ones and still have one today. All shoot great and are accurate as hell. Best trigger of any .22 I've ever shot.
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 11:05:19 PM EDT
Ihave a Buckmark, my stepson has a Ruger & my wife has a Smith & Wesson. They all shoot fine but they all have some ammo they like better than others. Id say buy what feels best in your hand. If you end up not liking it it can be traded off if its a good brand.
Link Posted: 9/9/2004 4:34:30 PM EDT
Thanks for all the replies. It looks like I'll try the Buckmark and see how I like it. The MKII will be option number 2. And the avatar is a quacking lawn ornament.

Link Posted: 9/19/2004 4:08:41 PM EDT
My buddy has a buckmark and loves it for small game hunting. It's a little big to carry around, but is accurate to 80 90 yards on grouse and rabbits. I like my Walther P22 3.4". It functions great and is easy to carry PLUS it looks cool and can have a light mounted on the rail.
Link Posted: 9/19/2004 5:15:40 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/19/2004 7:13:38 PM EDT
Ruger Mark II or S&W 22A.

twonami: Ruger has suspended production of the MKIII for now. Seems the new loaded chamber indicator would cause a round to fire if it was hit with enough force. At least that is the word on one of the Ruger forums.
Link Posted: 9/20/2004 1:08:59 PM EDT
Browning Buckmark. Rugers are also good and they would be my second choice. Watch-Six
Link Posted: 9/20/2004 1:51:56 PM EDT
Having had both the buckmark and the MKII, if I had it to do over I'd stick with the buckmark. More reliable, much easier to take apart. Ruger is the only company I know of that requires a hammer as a routine service tool!
Link Posted: 9/20/2004 4:15:19 PM EDT
I vote for the buckmark as well. Seems to me that 5-6 years ago, most people would've probably said the ruger over the buckmark, so interesting to see that the browning seems to be gaining ground. But it mostly depends on personal preference, and how the pistol feels in your hand.

Last I heard on the mkIII, production was supposedly being suspended - apparently the new loaded chamber indicator is actuated by the rim of the cartridge, and people have been able to get theirs to fire with a healthy whack to the indicator on the side of the frame.
Link Posted: 9/20/2004 4:35:17 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/20/2004 4:35:53 PM EDT by BallisticTip]
Ruger MkII, or Buckmark.
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 6:05:59 AM EDT
I have a Buckmark target and a MkII "Slabside". While the Ruger is tough as nails and accurate, the Browning pretty much beats it on all accounts.

Ergonomically, it's more like a 1911/BHP while the Ruger is more like a Glock/Luger.

The Browning has a much better trigger (out of the box)

I would spend a little more than your proposed budget and spring for the Browning. That way it will be the only one you'll have to buy (no need to upgrade, unless you're into serious competition).

I looked at the new MkIII's but I refuse to buy a gun with a "I-don't-trust-you-with-your-own-gun-safety-so-our-lawyers-made-us-put-in-a-key-lock".

If you're looking at a 1911 conversion, look at the Marvel. They are the benchmark.

The Ruger 22/45 would be better if it weren't a plastic gun. Had they really upped the QC of it and made it in steel, it would've been a winner. Instead, it's a weiner.

Link Posted: 9/25/2004 11:39:02 AM EDT
The Ruger Mark II is one of my favorites. As a matter of fact, I liked it soooo much, I bought another one and stuck it in the safe for when my 3-year old son's old enough for his own!!!!
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 3:18:06 PM EDT
Get the conversion and practice, then go practice some more.
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