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Old 04-19-2017, 07:55 AM   #1
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Looking for the right 22lr pistol for daughter

All,

I am looking for a 22lr pistol for having fun at the range. My daughter (17) and I rented a 22lr pistol at the range the other day. She really enjoyed shooing it and trying to keep tight groups. The gun was a Ruger Mark II.

Any thoughts on which pistol to get or thoughts on how to go about deciding?

The price range I am thinking is $400 or less.

Thanks,
-John

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Old 04-19-2017, 08:14 AM   #2
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What is the pistol for? If it just for the range fun, then I recommend getting her the gun you rented, but if it is for defense, then I recommend something no smaller in caliber than a .380. The Glock 42 would be a fine choice at that budget. My daughter, 12, is able to shoot my Glock 19 very accurately, with rapid fire, and loves it, so I would think your daughter is more than able to handle a .380 or 9mm. The best way to go about deciding is to get your hands on as many guns as you can. Look for how the gun fits her hands, how she is able to manipulate the controls, and how well she is able to break it down to maintain it.
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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.
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Mosquito. It trains so well on FTE FTF etc etc.. Great training pistol..
But, I would listen to others on 22LR pistols that arent so sensitive initially.
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Why not a P938 with the .22 conversion kit? Could be converted back to 9mm when she decides to CCW.
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The Mosquito is no longer offered by SIG but is still made by German Sport Guns as the FireFly - same gun. I got mine for just under $250 out the door and only shoot higher velocity rounds like CCI Mini Mags and Browning BPR 40gr round nose. I've fired about 550 rounds through mine with very few FTEs or FTFs. It is 90% of the size of a P226 but very similar otherwise. Some people will say they are junk because they won't be happy with cheaper low velocity ammo, but 6.5 cents per round (BPRs) is cheap enough for me and I have a ball with mine.
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The Mosquito is no longer offered by SIG but is still made by German Sport Guns as the FireFly - same gun. I got mine for just under $250 out the door and only shoot higher velocity rounds like CCI Mini Mags and Browning BPR 40gr round nose. I've fired about 550 rounds through mine with very few FTEs or FTFs. It is 90% of the size of a P226 but very similar otherwise. Some people will say they are junk because they won't be happy with cheaper low velocity ammo, but 6.5 cents per round (BPRs) is cheap enough for me and I have a ball with mine.
I like my Mosquito too. It works, but I do try to feed it CCi mini etc, and will look into Browning BPR, which is supposedly made by CCI
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Walther P22 (minus the GM-22 can)
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Range fun
Why not get the Ruger you shot? They're great guns. I also like the Walther P22.
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I am going to try a 22 for a change to try and improve my accuracy--with no recoil. I asked for some recommendations from someone who is very good with a 22LR in Steel Challenge--so I'm going with a Browning Buckmark.
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mkII is pretty hard to takedown. mkIV much better in this regard or S&W Victory at that price.
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I have owned a Browning Buckmark over 4 years.

Ergo designed grip will fit any hand. Accurate bull barrel allows the .22 LR to do its thing!!!

Priced under $400, usually. There are many models.
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The Ruger SR22 is very reliable and is plenty accurate for range fun. Easy to takedown and clean too.

The other thing to think about is getting a 229 or 226 chambered in 22LR. Later, when she is ready, you can pick up a centerfire conversion kit for it in whatever caliber she wants.
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My SIG P250-22 has been good to me @ $350. Easily converted to another caliber when she's ready.
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