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Old 04-02-2012, 10:15 AM
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I am looking to add a .22 pistol to my collection and want to see what people think is the best all around pistol?
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I don't think anyone has asked this yet this month ...

The following are the top 3 recommended on this board:
- Ruger Mark 1, 2, 3 or 22/45
- Ruger Single Six
- Browning Buckmark
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Reading these would be a good place to start:

http://www.survivalistboards.com/sho...d.php?t=211733
http://www.survivalistboards.com/sho...d.php?t=202729
http://www.survivalistboards.com/sho...d.php?t=201273
http://www.survivalistboards.com/sho...d.php?t=198635
http://www.survivalistboards.com/sho...d.php?t=197597

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I really like my High-standard supermatic .22lr...I can shoot the left nut off of a fly and leave the right one spinning...
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Ruger MK series or this:

Kel Tec PMR 30
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Hi-Standard is a nice gun, if I ran across one I would pick it up. My Ruger Mk II Target is another real shooter. Buckmarks are good as well. Ruger, S&W, even Taurus make some well-regarded revolvers in 22. For a good reliable performer I would have no hesitation with recommending any of those.
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I've heard good things about the GSG 1911. That's what I plan to get then get a sound supressor for it
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I've heard good things about the GSG 1911. That's what I plan to get then get a sound supressor for it
you know your the first person i saw to mention the gsg 1911-22. i've herd a ton of good things about them. its my next purchase too.
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If there was one "best" pistol, it's all anyone would buy and the others would go out of business. The "best" pistol is the one that fits you the best and that you shoot the best with. There are a lot of good choices out there. A couple of the more popular ones are the Ruger pistols and Browning's Buckmark.
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you know your the first person i saw to mention the gsg 1911-22. i've herd a ton of good things about them. its my next purchase too.
Yea, I've shot one a few times and they feel great, especially if you own or like a 1911. Plus I don't have to get a new holster since I have a normal 1911 already. I can get one with threaded barrel for 330. Not too bad
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If there was one "best" pistol, it's all anyone would buy and the others would go out of business. The "best" pistol is the one that fits you the best and that you shoot the best with. There are a lot of good choices out there. A couple of the more popular ones are the Ruger pistols and Browning's Buckmark.
Agreed. I will add that the best pistol for anyone is the one they practice with enough to be good with it.
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Ruger 22/45 and Ruger Single Six if you have $$$

Pheonix HP22 if you don't
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I just got the Ruger SR22 took it to the range without cleaning it first put 700 rounds through it. It as reliable as an AK but more accurate. Love that little gun.
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I like the Buckmark alot. It is a very accurate and easy to service gun. The ruger MKs tend to be a bit of a chanllenge to disassemble and reassemble until you get used to them.

I also like Glocks and CZs with .22lr conversion kits. This lets you keep practicing on your same frame and trigger, but at .22lr ammo cost.
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I was in the same boat as you a few years ago. I wanted a .22 pistol, didn't have one. Took one trip to a pawn shop a friend owned. Someone had pawned a .22 pistol and it had just passed the day they should had paid up, that meant it was for sale. He let me have it for $200 even with a holster and an additional mag. It's a Ruger 22/45 Government target model with the bull barrel. It was love at first trigger squeeze, really. I can bust Coke cans at an honest 30 yards all...day...long. For me, that's great, cuz I ain't too good with a pistol. But that little gem, if I was stuck to just one pistol, that'd be it. That means, a perp's face at 35 or so yards is mine. Torso shoots are to be had even futher. Granted, it's a .22, but enough of them will either kill, maim, or slow'em down enough. I just need a few more clips for it now.
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I am looking to add a .22 pistol to my collection and want to see what people think is the best all around pistol?
Thats like asking what a pretty girl looks like. If you are talking the BEST quality, made from the best materials, hand machined, with no plastic, potmetal castings, stamped tin parts, then you must look into older guns. After collecting and shooting many many 22 pistols in my 45 plus years of collecting, the pre-war Colt Woodsmans are about as good as it gets. All milled steel, no stamped parts, no plastic, no mystery metal, and it was designed by an upstart gun designer named John Browning. Just dont get any better.
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If you are collecting, a High Standard Citation of premier match quality would be the ticket. Maybe a cased Belgium Browning Match gun with the wooden forend. An early 60s Smith & Wesson model 41 with both barrel lengths and barrel weights, maybe a .22 short conversion also...

If you are a Survivalist, you don't "collect" guns; you buy them specifically as tools to do the job you envision. A .22LR pistol with detachable scope is a very versatile tool. A Ruger MkII with a 6" heavy barrel and a Volquartsen trigger could be The Ticket. Got money? Enough so you don't have to shoot junk/bulk ammo? Buy a Model 41 and you will never have a doubt.

Got several 1911s? Might look at a Kimber or Ciener conversion unit and devote the frame to .22LR duty. I have a Ciener fixed sight unit and it is Very Accurate. Need a decent trigger pull to get most out of a Conversion Unit...

Gonna shoot small game with your .22?
Smart thing is to handload centerfire ammo and use that instead.

A .22LR or WMR isn't the ideal solution so many folks envision.
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I have a Ruger Mark II and a Buck Mark. I have found that while the Mark II is easily the most accurate, people prefer to shoo the Buck Mark. It is still very accurate and it will feed anything. If it does malfunction (most .22s will as the ammo is not always perfect) it is far easier to clear than the Ruger. Also the Buck Mark allows you to interchange barrels easily and quickly.
You can't go wrong with either. I suggest at least a 6" barrel on either one.
I group a dime at 21 feet with the Ruger and a nickle with the Browning Buck Mark.
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S&W K-22 (Model 17) is tops, Bar none. Nothing more accurate or reliable than a workhorse revolver.

Mine is old and well worn, but still accurate. See it here:


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It really depends on what platform you want, revolver or semi auto. Ruger plays a huge roll in both, with the Single Six and Mark II/III, respectively. A high dollar S&W revolver could be a nice toy as well. If you're into 1911's there are plenty of 22 versions out there. That's the beauty of the 22, the possibilities are limitless.
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