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Old 04-28-2012, 12:01 PM   #1
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Wife's new mosquito review

February i stopped by my local in home ffl dealer to order my wife a new pink frame black slide mosquito well it came in yesterday. So after a long wait we decided to stop by walmart to pick up enough ammo to do us for a day we bought. 2 boxes 325 federal auto match 1 box federal 550 bulk (maroon box) 2 box of cci mini mag and 2 boxes of stingers. We woke up early this morning and headed out i stripped and lube the gun and we hit the range. Now as every one knows mosquito get a bad reputation for being lil picky on ammo and the thought stayed in the back of our minds. We started out with mini mags mag after mag every thing was fine not a single malfunction of any kind after about 60 rounds we decided to try out the bulk auto match she ran probably 150 rounds before we switched off and i ran another 50 rounds. No ftf fte but every time it failed to lock slide back which wasnt a big issue but we decided to switch mag to cci but this time with 50 stingers and it ran flawless again we decided to close the day out with 50 rounds of ferderal bulk which i was sure would jam up but again with the exception of slide not locking back it was flawless. To conclude i would strongly recommend the newer mosquito to anyone wanting a rimfire plinker the biggest down fall in my opinion is it only comes with one mag which causes some sore fingers at the end of the day. All our shooting was based upon purely checking function of the pistol we done no accuracy test but neither of us had any problem hitting. 4-10 in targets from 5-15 yards will do a accuracy check tomorrow. Also we used the factory installed recoil spring and the tallest of the 3 front sights which seem to work better in our experience. Hopefully this will let people no the horror stories on the mosquito are not 100% accurate
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Old 04-28-2012, 02:20 PM   #2
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Great to hear. I may buy one in the coming months depending on pricing.

With the slide not locking back, I wonder if your grip has anything to do with it. You could be riding the slide lock with your thumb and not know it (especially if you are used to shooting a 1911). Does it lock back on an empty mag if you cycle it by hand?
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Old 04-29-2012, 11:12 AM   #3
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Mine has been a lot of fun and works great. I'm using the spring that came with it. I posted a review with info on some other ammo types if you're interested.
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Old 05-01-2012, 07:36 AM   #4
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I thought the same thing about riding the slide release but that wasnt the issue, the day i posted review i locked slide back and let it sit till yesterday to try and soften it up took it back out and probably 30% of the time it wouldn't lock back but its getting better we ran another 250 of federal bulk and still cycles 100%
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One engineering axium is that "a spring will lose 10% of it's tension in it's first 1% of life, then tension loss will stabilize until the last 10% of life". The problem is that the last 10% of life is pretty unpredictable. I don't remember which spring comes installed in the Mosquito, but trying the other spring may help with the lock back issue. Most 22 autos are finicky when it comes to ammo, expecially ones designed in the last 10 years and mimic centerfire versions. My Mosquito has only seen CCI Minimags in it's short life so far and only 200 rounds to boot. On my last session, I kept the target up for 50 rounds. The overall group was about 6" at 15 yards standing. The x-ring was obliterated and about 10 rounds accounted for the large group.

I own quite a few 22 autoloaders, most of recent manufacture. I have developed this practice for breakin. 200-500 rounds of CCI Minimags. Nothing else, just Minimags. After that you can use just about anything you want. Keep the chamber meticulously clean, especially if you mix 22 ammo brands or types. Take a sample of each kind of 22 ammo you have and compare them for case length. Just line 'em upright on a table. You'll see that case length will vary some. Sometimes by quite a lot. If you're gonna mix ammo between cleanings shoot the longer cased stuff first. This is just like trying to shoot 357 magnum in a gun that has just shot 38 specials. Crud and residue collect in the chamber around the case mouth.

My goal is simple. I don't mind shooting a little bit more expensive ammo at first if it allows me to use the cheap stuff later. I have a couple of cases of Federal Bulk 22 ammo I've stocked up on while it's still cheap. Gawd only knows how expensive it'll get when the zombies attack.

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I purchases a Mosquito back in April. My experience with this pistol is it's unreliable. I have not been able to fire 4 consecutive shots without the pistol jamming. I've tried several different ammo manufacturers, makes no difference. My plans are to contact customer service and get SIG to either give me my money back or fix the pistol. For $430.00, I expected much better, especially given everything I hear about SIG quality and reliability.
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Old 07-04-2012, 03:10 PM   #7
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@rooster79 I STRONGLY recommend this loader for your mosquito. I read your comment about your fingers being sore and so were mine after shooting and I have 3 mags. I did some research and came across this Sig Sauer Mosquito .22 Caliber Magazine Speed Loader | eBay

p.s. I have one and it works GREAT!!! you can thank me later
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I am on my second Mosquito now! The first one, I never fired, and sold to a friend of mine. When he fired it, it worked great with CCI MiniMags. Several months ago, I wished had not sold the Mosquito so I bought another one in the "Dark Earth" color.

Now time to test that pistol after reading some of the "horror" stories on the unreliability of the pistol. I got together some .22LR ammo that was over 35 yrs old, Dominion from Canada that was no telling how old, Stingers, Federal Bulk Box, Remington, and some CCI MiniMags (new).

The Dominion case would not feed fully into the chamber (probably swelled cases and I tossed the remainder). All the other ammo would manually feed into the chamber. The Federal Bulk Box would sometime not feed or cock the hammer, Remington just would not recoil enough to cock the hammer, Stingers were hit or miss with ejecting and feeding. Now, time to try the CCI MiniMags......No problems at all.

I went to the range yesterday and took the Mosquito again and with all MiniMags; zero problems. They were all fired wth the Spring that came with the pistol and it was the "heavy" Spring.

I am confident that the Mosquito will operarate successfully with other ammo using the "light" Spring. Next trip out I plan to use the light Spring and Federal Buk Box ammo to see how she does. The Mosquito is not a target pistol, but close; I can keep all shots in the 9 or 10 ring at 7 yards. What a fun pistol for casual shooting!!!!
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great report
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I purchases a Mosquito back in April. My experience with this pistol is it's unreliable. I have not been able to fire 4 consecutive shots without the pistol jamming. I've tried several different ammo manufacturers, makes no difference. My plans are to contact customer service and get SIG to either give me my money back or fix the pistol. For $430.00, I expected much better, especially given everything I hear about SIG quality and reliability.
First of all: $430 is too much to pay for a Mosquito, IMO.

Second: I had a Walther P22 - for which I believe the manufacture is farmed out, just like on the Mosquito - and I had several major problems with it. I will never own either one again.
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Red face sig mosquito jam fix?

Hi, there's a lot comments on sig mos. ammo jammed on web which made me feel hesitate to buy at first. I have Ruger hunter and .22 Kimber (conversion kit ) but I really want a .22 semi auto blowback compact size with firm grip.In my country there are few gun shop available for sig mos. but I found one .Firstly I checked with gun shop about the issue and found out that some sig mos. barrel were too fit so we tested by drop the ammo in barrel by hand let it dropped out by up side down then we saw the problem .The seller used brass brush spin lightly and oiled after cleaning the barrel.Now ammo flow smoothly .I tested the pistol at shooting range with various ammo 38 40 grain ......no jam?
Till now ,more than 4000 ammo shot .I love it.
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Lightbulb It wasn't the ammo...

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I purchases a Mosquito back in April. My experience with this pistol is it's unreliable. I have not been able to fire 4 consecutive shots without the pistol jamming. I've tried several different ammo manufacturers, makes no difference. My plans are to contact customer service and get SIG to either give me my money back or fix the pistol. For $430.00, I expected much better, especially given everything I hear about SIG quality and reliability.
I just had mine checked out by a) the manager of the gun store who b) took it to the range and c) tried 3 different types of ammo as well as the box of MiniMags that I'd been trying to use. He in turn got the same results I was complaining about and had the gunsmith look at it, and alas, it is broken! But let me back up...

I'm female and old and wanted a fun gun to take to the range and not spend a fortune on while working on my accuracy, etc. So I bought the Mosquito for $419 plus tax. It was a rash purchase on my part because I really wanted a S&W revolver. I liked the look of the Sig and bought as much for the quality of the name as the look and feel of the pistol.

The first trip to the range I took some ammo I'd bought when I got the gun, it was not CCI and I had failure after failure. I went back to the store and took the ammo as I was instructed to do. They apologized and said the problem was the ammo was not CCI MiniMag. Grrrrrrrrr. Right off the bat I'm thinking: hey, what happened to the just wanted a fun gun? To my mind a fun gun would NOT be a picky piece of hardware.

Bought the "right" ammo and went back to the range....now this is the weird part...the "Edie" part as in everything that can go wrong will go wrong.... The gun would fire and eject, next pull and it would go CLICK, I'd pull again and it would fire and eject. If I cocked it, it would fire. I thought, okay, maybe I'm not doing this right. I took it home and fired up my laptop and watched every YouTube video I could find on the Mosquito in action. The men would fire round after round....hmmmm....

I went back to the range determined that if it was pilot error, I'd make darn sure. Same thing...fire, eject, click, fire, eject, click....until the magazine was empty!

Long story coming to an end. I took it back to the store, looked them right in the eye and said this is what it is doing and it is NOT the ammo nor the female. They felt sure it was the ammo....like maybe I'd gotten hold of a bad box...

So the manager took it to the range and sure enough, it was doing exactly what I'd told him TO him too.

The next hurdle was the cost of postage to return it to Sig in GERMANY..I flatly refused to pay the shipping for it was a brand new gun and as such, IMHO, should work as advertised! He's going to pick up the postage.

So, you guys all know far more about this stuff than I do/would/will, but I'm here to tell you, sometimes it's not the gun and not the shooter and not the ammo...sometimes it is b-r-o-k-e-n!

I'm really excited to read here that if I run enough CCI through it I might actually be able to fire something else!! Thanks for that bit of info!
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I've been planning on the pink Mosquito for my daughter for her Christmas or bday present (Jan 1st) so I'm trying to learn a little bit more of what might be involved before picking it up. I want it to be reliable so she can just pick it up and shoot and I don't want a lot of hassles that might frustrate her and turn her away from guns at such an early age. So I believe a little more research is needed on my part before committing to it right now.
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NEW Mosquito vs OLD mosquito

I recently purchased a Mosquito and took it out of the box, checked to make sure it was lubed good and put 200 flawless rounds thru it using any old ammo I had around at the time. I have buddies that bought the older Mosquitos (2 to 3 years) and had all kinds of problems until they sent the guns back to Sig who gave them new guns....no more problems. I also own a Sig 1911 22 cal and much prefer the Mosquito.
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I do not like the Mosquito, as soon as I first shot my sons, it gave the phrase "Stove Pipe" a whole new meaning. Since then I have had no desire to shoot it since. Other than that I do love Sigs and own 5. AS FAR AS THE MAG LOADING ISSUE, try the UpLula loader. You can get them for .22-.380 or 9mm-.45. I was given one last year as a CHRISTMAS present and let me tell you, that alone has made my range trips last a lot longer!
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