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Phoenix Arms HP22 New $180 or Walther P22 Used $220

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by MichaelJ, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. MichaelJ

    MichaelJ Vancouver, WA Member

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    I was going to meet with one of the vendors on this board tonight to order an HP22 for $180. However, I got a pm about a p22 in my area used for $220. My question is, what do you think I should go with? I like that the hp22 is smaller (if I wanted back up it would be easier to conceal, although its primarily for cheap shooting). Any information would help. I only have about an hour to decide, help! Thanks
     
  2. gunnails

    gunnails Hillsboro Active Member

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    I would go with the Walther, unless you need the conceal ability. I guarantee the Walther will be more fun to shoot.

    The price of the Walther seems fair.
     
  3. pokerace

    pokerace Newberg Well-Known Member

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    Stay away from Phoenix Arms...... If you dry fire the firing pin will not reset...
     
  4. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    For shooting the Walther. For carry the Phoenix.

    Choose which you will do most of.
     
  5. MichaelJ

    MichaelJ Vancouver, WA Member

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    Thanks for the advice. I picked up the Walther p22 last night. I'm very happy with it so far, can't wait to shoot it this weekend.
     
  6. iamme

    iamme Lane County Well-Known Member

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    I would have waited for a buckmark or ruger for a little more money.
     
  7. MichaelJ

    MichaelJ Vancouver, WA Member

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    I'm sure your right but honestly I can't stand the look of either
     
  8. hatchj

    hatchj Milwaukie, OR Member

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    The p22 from my experience is a good little pistol. If the thread cover on your barrel is still there, keep an eye on it. The like to come off.

    My dad bought one a while back and he likes it a lot. Pretty accurate for what it is.
     
  9. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    I had a Buckmark and really liked it (been sold recently). I still have 2 Walters, but they hardly get shot. My Kimber 1911/22 get shot the most.
     
  10. billdeserthills

    billdeserthills Cave Creek, Arizony Well-Known Member

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    Bear in mind that some Walther P-22's will not operate using the cheaper .22 ammo, can you test-fire it before you buy? P-22 is much nicer than a Phoenix Arms way more tactical too, if there is such a thing with a rimfire...
     
  11. bulzeye

    bulzeye scappoose Member

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    not a fan of the p-22. had one and it had feeding and ejecting problems on any bulk 22 ammo. sold it and bought a 22/45. That being said Mini mags shot great out of it.
     
  12. farmkid

    farmkid Olympia, WA New Member

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    Caveat: I'm an owner of some of the pistols mentioned here: Ruger Marks and Phoenix HPs. I don't own a Walther.

    Ruger Marks and Walthers are high-quality firearms, while the Phoenix is an interesting, accurate, and much lower quality pistol. The Phoenix is rated only for standard velocity ammo, while the Ruger, Walther, and other similar pistols can handle the higher compression stuff.

    The Ruger Mark and Browning Buckmark have relatively long barrels, and so will be very good target pistols.

    And here's where decisions get more difficult: the Phoenix is available with a long target barrel, which makes it, in my experience, a nice and cheap target plinker. Is it equal to the Ruger Mark? Not in my experience, but it's a lot of fun.

    As for the Walther, it's a very nice .22, but with the short barrel, it can't measure up to pistols with longer barrels. But if you want a very dependable short-barrel, the Walther is good.
     
  13. auditrevor

    auditrevor salem Active Member

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    I have a hp22a and love it, although I wouldn't pay $180 for one, I picked mine up used for $80 bucks. they are a nice little gun for the money and replacement parts are super easy to get if you need them. they can be had brand new for $130 though.
     
  14. MichaelJ

    MichaelJ Vancouver, WA Member

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    I love the P22. Took it to the range this weekend. Federal 525 count box of ammo from walmart ($18) worked fine minus 1 or 2 that didnt cycle out of half the box. very accurate at 10 yards