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Old 04-19-2017, 10:15 AM   #16
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Why not get the Ruger you shot? They're great guns. I also like the Walther P22.
Yeah, based on the posts here and that fact that she enjoyed the rental, this would not be a bad choice.
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Old 04-19-2017, 10:45 AM   #17
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I suppose there's something to be said for a 22 conversion kit for a P-Series, the gun will be the same, controls, etc. I have one for the P229 and don't think that's the best way to go. Once sorted out (mine had extractor to barrel notch fit issues and hunk up on the slide a bit), they will run fine - usually. They can tend to be ammo picky and slide hold open on last shot doesn't. Magazines are not realistically priced and won't fit many mag loader contraptions.

I recommend one of the purpose built 22's over most any conversion - it's not that difficult to transition from one gun to another, and doing so is actually a good thing for the training process IMO.

Ruger MK's (the IV is easy field strip), Buckmark (two screws to remove top strap to clean from breech), or the Victory (no experience but sounds good). Read the reviews on-line.
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I love 22LR pistols and rifles, so much fun for so little money... even with the hoarding price increases.

I have a Ruger MkIII 22/45, installing the Majestic Arms quick takedown kit radically simplified basic cleaning on the pistol. I can only imagine how good the MkIV must be. I would always recommend a Ruger MK-series simply because they are classic and basically investments, you can always get out of it easily if you need to.

However, with that said, I did just pick up something interesting, a Walther SP22 M1 (there are M1, M2, M3, and M4 variants each with additional features). Different than a current P22, the SP22 was an experiment that they abandoned. This pistol has some radical features, not least of which is the appearance. It has an internal slide that is racked by two finger grips on the sides. Ridiculously little effort required. Trigger feel is not great but not horrible. Size is interesting in that it's actually bigger than a SIG P229 but the grip is not oversized. The weight is significantly less. Best of all is the price, used SP22s are shockingly affordable as they are the black sheep of the Walther family. I'm embarrassed to say how little I paid for mine.
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The Ruger Mark series has been around for years, and appear to be pretty reliable pistols.
I personally have a couple of rimfire pistols, an older model High Standard Sport King, and a recent Colt marked (Walther) 1911A1 style.
The High Standard is "steel", not aluminum, so a little heavier. It will function with standard velocity ammunition, which is what it was really designed for, but will fire high speed rounds also. It will eat most anything you feed it.
The Colt/Walther is finicky in its diet, requiring CCI Mini-Mags for trouble free operation, there is a lot of aluminum, so much lighter.

Used High Standards can be a little pricey, but there are normally a few always on Gun Broker, in a range of prices.
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Old 04-19-2017, 05:33 PM   #20
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I was in pretty much the same situation with my daughter.

I would not recommend the mosquito, its important that you try to make the experience as fun and enjoyable as possible and the last thing she needs as a beginning shooter are jams and ftf.
I know there are many out there that no issues but there are also many that do and there are just too many other guns that are more reliable.

My daughter liked both my buckmark and mark II and I had planned to give her the mark II but a friend had the new victory and after trying it a few times we decided to get her one. The mark II is a real pita to clean. We were able to get her a like new, perfect condition victory for $300.

She has about 5000 rounds through it and loves it. For $300 you cant go wrong with it.
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I'd look at the Ruger Mark IV, SR22, Smith and Wesson Victory, M&P compact 22 and the Walther P22s.

The Smith M&Ps get very little love but they are really great trainers. All of the above are ammo friendly and easy to maintenance.
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I'd look at the Ruger Mark IV, SR22, Smith and Wesson Victory, M&P compact 22 and the Walther P22s.

The Smith M&Ps get very little love but they are really great trainers. All of the above are ammo friendly and easy to maintenance.
I'm looking at all the above. What I am balancing out is DA vs SA. I like that the Mark IV is single action and have fired the Mark II, and I'm leaning that way.


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Thanks, Everyone!

All,

We ended up finding several examples of just about every pistol mentioned here. My favorite was a Mark II which had a good weight to it and an awesome price.

For my daughter, it was the Buck Mark hands down and so we bought our first Browning. It seems like a very solid choice and I can't wait to shoot it.

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Browning Buckmark for a first .22. Eats anything, pretty accurate, and easy to maintain. Hard to argue with a gun that's lineage goes back to a John Browning design.

Ruger MkIV is another good choice. It is relatively new, so options might take a while to catch up to the MkII/III editions. And expect to get ribbed for owning a Gen 5 Nambu.

I've heard good things about the S&W Victory. But no real experience with it.

Tactical 22s and conversion kits can wait until she is ready for those.
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Got my daughter the Ruger LCR 8 shot in .22LR with crimson trace. For a kid who's never shot before the laser was a great help and she did really good. This is for SD since she now feels she needs something at her night stand.
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I'm a fan of the S&W Victory 22. I've taught a few kids how to shoot with mine.
I recommend checking one out.
Ditto this. I picked up one last year and have really enjoyed shooting it. Lots of little things you can do to it as well. Nice compliment to my Ruger 22/45.
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My kid shoots the s&w mp in 22 he enhoys it and i enjoy it eats all types of ammo.
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Old 05-10-2017, 06:03 AM   #28
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Also no longer for sale at the pro shop in NH.I know I tried to bye one last week.They said it would not be in stock for some time . Wink wink never again. Very sad
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Sorry the 250 22 new here . Ill figure this out soon I hope.
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sorry new here the p250 22
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