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Upper class 22LR pistols
July 25, 2017
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10magnums
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I was wondering if anyone else has ever shot the following 22LR handguns and had an opinion on their performance. Notice I said performance not price. My thoughts on cost are, a gun is worth what you are willing to pay. I will leave it at that. I have shot the following, and own most of them. To be honest, I like every one of them. Here goes, High Standard SportKing, High Standard Supermatic Trophy, S&W 41, 422, model 17 old and new with full lug barrel, Colt Diamondback, Goldcup 1911-22, Kimber 1911-22, Dan Wesson, Ruger GP100, Mark I, S&W Victory, Mp-22, Beretta 87 Target. I shoot the revolvers really well. They are all top quality guns. The trigger pulls on the older semi-autos are very good and the newer S&W Victory is good also. I have never shot a Buckmark but I have handled them and I am sure they are very nice. I heard people bash some that I have listed. We all have our own opinions. When I am at the range I get asked many times what I am shooting. Most guys never get the opportunity to shoot without buying so I always offer. Nobody has ever not smiled when they hand the gun back to me. One last comment on price. Anyone who knows guns knows some listed above are $$$ up there. A little secrete, if you are patient you will always find one for the right price. A price much less than you might think.

July 26, 2017
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From your list, I’ve shot the DW (of course), Diamondback, and HS.  I enjoy the .22s for Family plinking and introducing new shooters.  Triggers and accuracy are all better than the average shooter requires.  My favorite, currently, a Browning Medalist.  It has a ‘practice’ mode that allows dry firing to occur without damage to the firing pin:

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July 26, 2017
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I have owned several of the guns on your list, I am down to one .22lr pistol.

Browning Buckmark with a Tactical Solutions Bull Barrel. This is a threaded  barrel which is now registered with the “Peoples Republic of Connecticut” as an assault weapon (threaded barrel??). 

I shoot this gun as much as all the other ones combined, at a local (one mile away, Members have a key for full access) club.

AND .22lr is cheap and available, and it is fun

Edit to add, I am reminded that “we” also own a Ruger SR 22, my wife’s first and only gun, once she got her CT Pistol Permit.

edit to add: High Standard Victor- Great gun. I had one and did not want to worry about the concerns with high velovity ammunition. High Standard Sharpshooter, owned one in my earliest shooting days, I’d buy one again at a good price

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July 26, 2017
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Of the .22s on your list I have owned 2. I bought a S&W 422 new around 1989?, it was the first pistol I ever owned. It shot and functioned great, never a problem with any ammo I tried. I think it was a much better pistol than I realized at the time being a new shooter. I owned it a few years then traded it towards an older used S&W model 17 revolver. I still own the model 17, I consider it quite accurate with a nice well broken in trigger. Shoots any ammo well, although a preference for CCI jacketed.

   I did own a Buckmark and it was also a great pistol other than being finicky about certain brands of ammo. I recently sold it to finance a Ruger MKIV Hunter which I currently have a love affair with.

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July 26, 2017
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Hey there lonwolf93…I was looking at Ruger’s website and saw there is a recall on some of those MKIV Hunters…just wanted to make sure you are aware. Site said some were prone to firing on occasion when you didn’t want ’em to.

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July 28, 2017
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Rimfire said
Hey there lonwolf93…I was looking at Ruger’s website and saw there is a recall on some of those MKIV Hunters…just wanted to make sure you are aware. Site said some were prone to firing on occasion when you didn’t want ’em to.  

Rimfire, yes I am aware of the recall on MKIVs. Although I could not duplicate the condition with mine, I sent it to Ruger for the recall and have received it back already. Thanks for the heads up though.

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July 29, 2017
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I have the pleasure of several on the list, and my favorite by far is the S&W 617, 4″ brl.  The 422 and Ruger Mark’s are fun, but nothing feels and fits in the hand like the 617 with the original combats.  I’ll be back in about 6 weeks with the cream of the crop, the King of the Hill in .22lr revolvers. wink

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July 29, 2017
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I have fallen in lust  with VERY  early K 22s. I have a gorgeous 1931 Outdoorsman with the gold bead front sight, a fabulous K 22/40 Masterpiece, and 2 1947 K 22s. I haven’t shot the prewar guns( investments) but one of the 47s was rebarreled in 1954. 31/2″ barrel. It is so accurate it is unbelievable. Also sweet is my 10′ DW Silhouette 722. I have a blue DW 22 with an extra cylinder assembly in 22 mag which it is wearing now. I resisted 22 lr for a long time but the ones I have are fun and accurate. 

July 30, 2017
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My Dad had a 50’s era High Standard SportKing, which is what he taught me to shoot with and I still have it, with original box and paperwork. Excellent shooter !

My favorite is my Volquartsen Stingray, which will outshoot most 10/22’s.

February 18, 2019
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It has been a few years now since I started this thread. I added a Browning Buckmark Contour lite, GP100 22LR, and another model 17 to the list. I still manage to shoot every 22LR handgun I own. It might take all year but they all get at least a 100 rounds thru them. I always chuckle when someone says, I wish I could shoot like that. Or how did you ever get to shoot that good without going broke. The honest truth, those little rim fire handguns. 

February 20, 2019
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I have only kept a few .22 pistols, one I like to shoot and one was my first pistol purchase.  First purchased is a Colt Auto.  Trigger pull is about a metric tonne but it sits in the hand well.  It doesn’t see much range time anymore, though mentioning it now makes me want to dig it out and foul up the barrel once again.

The  that I really like to shoot and usually comes to the range with me every time is my MKIII Hunter that I have replaced all the internals with Volquartsen parts.  Has a 3/4# trigger, full fibre optics front/rear, and is deadly accurate.  My sons also really like shooting this one the most as they can hold it steady and they don’t get trigger jerk shots.  It suits my ‘middle class’ needs quite well.  😉

 

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February 20, 2019
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I like your MkIII. I know what you mean about middle class needs. I have created my collection over many years. I sometimes waited years to have the $ and to find the gun for the price I was willing to pay. I was told by a good friend and very good gun collector many years ago some very good advice. He always told me it’s not what you sell a gun for it’s what you pay for a gun that determines if you made a good gun deal. Now days you sometimes have to wonder when you see prices of the Colt snake guns and others. You hope everyone realizes that asking price is one thing, but what they actually sell for is another. Patients is the name of the game. There are some very nice guns out there for very good prices. My wife always ask when I say I am going to a gun show what are you looking for. I always tell her I am looking for a good deal. My Ruger is a MKI with all Volquartsen parts inside also and an after market kit which allows take down for cleaning much easier. 

February 21, 2019
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10magnums said
My Ruger is a MKI with all Volquartsen parts inside also and an after market kit which allows take down for cleaning much easier.   

I would like to know more about the kit that makes takedown easier.

February 21, 2019
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Majestic Arms, check them out on the internet. I think it is called the speed strip kit. The kit works for MKI,I,and III. I know there are many people out there that say you do not need a kit. Just do it a few times and you will be breaking down a MK pistol in no time at all. Here is the thing, I own a lot of guns and I do not always shoot me Ruger. Sometimes it might be two years between breaking down my gun. So having this kit in my gun makes everything goes quick. 

March 10, 2019
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S&W 41 is a popular target gun. I know the older Rugers were a bear to take down and reassemble.

Here’s one to look into if you can find one -Colt Woodsman 2nd version, my Dad’s, now mine.

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March 10, 2019
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I had an opportunity to purchase a Colt like that one back in 1981 for $350. I was going to school at the time so I had to pass on it. It was in great shape, I just did not have the money. I saw one recently at a gun show. Big $$$$ and not in very good shape. Maybe some day LOL.

March 15, 2019
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I bought a Sako Triace a few months ago. Originally it came as a three barrel pack with .22 short , .22 LR and .32 barrels.

I only have the .22 LR barrel. I do not need the .22 short barrel and the .32 barrel makes the whole kit prohibited in Canada so not having the .32 doesn’t bother me. The gun was made for Olympic competition and is very nice to shoot. Most people i talk to did not know that Sako actually made pistols. Sako Triace and rare Sako Finnmaster , only 80 built. It is  accurate and a fun plinker.

March 15, 2019
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Could you possibly post a picture of the Sako. I have never seen one.

March 16, 2019
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Well i will try to get a picture. Will have to seek help from daughter. I’m a 1952 model and not sharpest stick at wienie roast on computers. 

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