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There a such thing as a "cheap" .22/small caliber pistol?

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by Arkarayne, Mar 17, 2010.

  1. Arkarayne

    Arkarayne Medford, OR Member

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    I've been looking and haven't really found one.
    The word "inexpensive" may be better, just looking for a small caliber pistol or handgun that the missus can use. (~$100-$150)
    Any suggestions? or am I grasping for the imaginary? (used, new, doesn't matter)
     
  2. shelt

    shelt Bend Member

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    It's double your price range but the Walther P22 was the cheapest new .22 I could find at the last gunshow that wasn't a piece of junk. $320

    Shoots very nicely and made for small hands. If you go that route, make sure it's one of the new models, older ones had some feed issues. Also, if you want additional mags they are $30, pricey.

    I'm sure you can find something used in your price range, may just take some pawn shop hopping.
     
  3. magnum

    magnum Springfield American....'nuff said

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    Maybe try the beretta/taurus tip up barrel 22lr pistols. You can occasionally find them used for under 200.00 and they are quality pistols for 22s.:thumbup:
     
  4. Kimber Custom

    Kimber Custom Vancouver, WA Bronze Vendor Bronze Vendor

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    I got a conversion kit for my 1911 to a .22 for $275 shipped. Might be worth considering if you have an existing frame to mount it on.
     
  5. PhysicsGuy

    PhysicsGuy Corvallis, OR Resident Science Nut

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    Jennings/phoenix, but remember, you get what you pay for.
     
  6. cyclesarge

    cyclesarge Eugene OR, DUH! We're ALL in the NORTHWEST Well-Known Member

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    I saw a Ruger Standard for $159 at a second hand store yesterday. I've also seen the Beretta for around that price, though it's been awhile. I actually saw a P22 at the same store but it looked like it hit the road at about 55 MPH, not kidding, it had serious road rash.
     
  7. Arkarayne

    Arkarayne Medford, OR Member

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    I agree, which is why I wanted to ask, so I could buy an "inexpensive" gun rather then a "cheap" gun that'll just be a headache we don't want.

    Baretta, Taurus, Ruger, Walther = possible with some used searching.

    Jennings, Phoenix = avoid if possible, even new.

    ??? = good and inexpensive and new...?

    Still taking personal suggestions if you have any.
    Mag availability would be a plus too, unless it's a revolver.
     
  8. ArgentineSteel

    ArgentineSteel Vancouver, WA Active Member

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    What about a .22 revolver? In a single action you can find them very inexpensive.
     
  9. Arkarayne

    Arkarayne Medford, OR Member

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    I'm fine with a revolver, most ive seen haven't been cheap
     
  10. raftman

    raftman Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    H&R revolvers are alright in terms of durability and reliability, and are often available for well under $200. Some of their nicer models cost more, though.
     
  11. turq

    turq Molino,oregon Member

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    Buy a 4" standard Ruger and never look back;;; till it's at least 30 years old.
     
  12. Arkarayne

    Arkarayne Medford, OR Member

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    What/Where/How?

    What is it?
    Where can I get one?
    How much?
     
  13. cyclesarge

    cyclesarge Eugene OR, DUH! We're ALL in the NORTHWEST Well-Known Member

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    Here?!?!

     
  14. Arkarayne

    Arkarayne Medford, OR Member

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    ...oh, too bad eugene's 2.5 hours away..
     
  15. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    Imho you really need to wait until you can toss more like $250 out there. Now with some dickering you're looking at a nice used Ruger Standard semi-auto.

    It would require a bit more training than a wheel gun, but no one should be using a gun without good training anyway, so that issue would go away quickly.

    I'm meeting you in the morning to buy your ammo and I'll try to remember to bring one to show you (NOT for sale, LOL.) I like the 6" barrel much more than the 4", but that's just personal preference.
     
  16. Arkarayne

    Arkarayne Medford, OR Member

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    I appreciate that. I've always had a personal fascination with revolvers since I was young, older "cowboy" revolvers, 4-6" barrels, simple but elegant.
    I own a Hi-point 9mm right now, and wouldn't mind selling/trading up some day, I was hoping there was an inexpensive...step, between those guns to avoid and the ones to drool over and cry at the price. (I like the hi-point, weight and size isn't so much the issue as "here's your perfect gun.. will your payment be in arms or legs?")

    Which, for me, would probably be a Glock 26, or CZ-99
     
  17. doobee8

    doobee8 Salem, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Jimenez Arms I saw one NIB at a pawn shop for $129.00. My buddy bought one used for $100. I wish I could find another beretta 22lr or even a taurus 22 tip-up for under $200.00. Where are you finding them for that price?
     
  18. bikemaniac1

    bikemaniac1 Portland Oregon Member

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    I think others have mentioned liking theirs, and I'm a big fan of my Walther P22. For a 22 it has very little feeding issues. They usually show up when its really dirty. My buddy liked mine so much he had to get one for himself. It's a little more then your price range but well worth it.
     
  19. coosbaycreep

    coosbaycreep 9 miles South of Roseburg Active Member

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    Ruger Mark IIs and single sixes can usually be had for around $200 (which is still more than you specified), but they're both as accurate, reliable, and durable as any other .22 at any price range.

    For revolvers $150 or under, heritage seems to get decent reviews. RG revolvers can be had for well under that, but are supposedly crap.

    For dirt cheap autos, I think you're pretty much stuck with "ring of fire" guns like jennings, JA, lorcin, etc.

    I bought a jennings .22 for $40 from a dude here, and have been pleased with it, considering what it cost and the fact that I had very low expectations for it.
     
  20. ArmedUrbanArtist

    ArmedUrbanArtist Eugene, OR Member

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    had a buddy who had bought some .22 at a pawn shop that had two different barrels that were easily swapped back in forth. I think it might have been Phoenix arms... I don't know how it held up long term, but seemed pretty good for a while! Didn't look or feel that cheap and I am pretty sure it was under $200 new.