GUN Want to learn how to shoot: P22?

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  1. kngrsll

    kngrsll F1 Crew

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    Hey guys, i am interested in learning to shoot. I have shot some shot guns, an AR 15 once, and a few different kinds of handguns sporadically, but i have never really learned the finer points. I want to learn to react, shoot, and actually be able to hit a target with some precision. So i was thinking of starting with a Walther P22 and learning with it. Is this a good gun to start with? I plan on taking a basic firearms course as well.

    Eventually, i would like to get my concealed permit. I wont consider this until i improve or get comfortable with shooting.

    Any advice regarding first choice? Any advice in choosing a P22 or anything to look out for? Is it ok to get a used Walther?

    Thanks!
     
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    Soybomb New Member

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    Wait til you take your class, you'll probably get to try several different guns then. After the class you can probably find a range that rents handguns and you could rent a few and find the one that works best for you.
     
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    P22 is fun because it is cheap as fuck :o
     
  4. saxman

    saxman Burninating the peasants

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    I wouldn't go with a P22 personally. Very hit or miss with reliability. Accuracy isn't there either. I'd look at a higher quality .22 to learn on.

    My vote is for the browning buck mark. Very high quality pistol, very accurate, very reliable, and you'll love it for years to come as a precision gun. The P22 is just a cheap plinker that's aesthetically appealing.
     
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    Paul Revere OT Supporter

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    i plan on getting a ruger mkIII :dunno:

    the p22 is way to small for my hands
     
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    I am waiting for Sigs 22lr conversion for my 226 right now. If I went dedicated 22 I would go Browning Buckmark or Rugers MKII or MKIII.
     
  7. kngrsll

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    ok cool. the guy i spoke to at the gunshop actually said the same thing as you guys. He showed me a Ruger MK something.

    thanks!
     
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    I'd love a .22lr conversion for my M&P.
     
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    houseofdon Simplify Moderator

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    You won't be disappointed in a MKII or MKIII. I'm personally a bit partial to the MKII, just b/c the MKIII has a very ugly loaded chamber indicator, but it's a minor gripe. If you do buy either one, ask the clerk (assuming he's knowledgeable) to show you how to break it down for cleaning. It can be very complicated and frustrating your first few times doing it. That breakdown process is my ONLY complaint about these pistols.
     
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    Everyone needs a good P22. Read up on them, but all issues were corrected after 2003-2004. Mine was mfgd in '07 and has been flawless. Probably 1500+ rounds through it and less than 5 FTF's...i would say 3 or 4.
     
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    I agree with the others, wait until after you take the class to buy one. The P22 is a fun little gun. It is a little one the small side but I didn't think it was too small.
    I have a 22/45 MKIII which is great, I don't think I've had any problems...only gripe is mags are $20 and the saftey features were annoying until I took them out.

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    saxman Burninating the peasants

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    my choice:
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    :bowdown: that is what im getting (when i get a .22lr handgun)

    what safety features did you remove?
     
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    Gods damn those things are ugly. I can't stand long barrels like that.
     
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    saxman Burninating the peasants

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    better with a non-round barrel?

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    No... that just looks so unnatural. I realise they're more reliable and all, but damn they're ugly.
     
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    Slick26 Gun|Bike|Cigar|PS3|Beer |Whisky|Night Crew

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    I can't help it. I guess I've been spoiled by the stunning looks of my M&P.
     
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    saxman Burninating the peasants

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    I'll give you that I do find my P99 a better looking weapon than my buck mark

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    but they serve very different purposes, and while the buck mark won't win any beauty contests, for it's purpose, it's designed much better than a P22
     
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    ruger .22/45 mkIII > both of those
     
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    saxman Burninating the peasants

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    the buck mark and the ruger are very similar weapons. On par with each other as far as accuracy and reliability goes. Only major differences are in the grip and the aesthetics.
     
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    PorscheRacer You see this? It means not welcome

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    What are the opinions on the sig mosquito?

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    I'd LOVE a Mosquito... they feel great, too bad their reliability is worse than the P22. Or so I've heard.
     
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    Does shooting .22 at the range all day really make you a better shot when using something like .45 in a defensive situation? I also was considering getting a .22 solely for the range but I am worried it is too different...
     
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    I find myself shooting much more accurately with my 9mm after shooting a few mags through my 22. Helps to really focus on what you're doing, and makes it super obvious if you're flinching at all.
     
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    The mags weren't drop free and also it also wouldn't fire without a magazine in it. It has the loaded chamber indicator which is pretty small so it doesn't bug me.
     

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