There is a .22 pistol in my future. What to pick?
The Ruger MkIII and Browning Buckmark are hugely popular and at the top of any consideration. People love both. They are good guns. But they both are kinda tricky to disassemble/re-assemble for cleaning. One of the great things about military arms in the past 75 years is that they are field-strippable easily, and without tools. Take em apart and put em back together and they'll work as before. My impression of these .22s is that they require some adjusting when you put it all back together. IF you can get it all back together.
Other .22 pistols are out there, like the SIG Mosquito. I know not much more about this as I do the Ruger and Browning, other than some folks complain about reliability to cycle. Also, the SIG is perhaps a bit more expensive.
But the semi-auto pistols can be gotten with a sound-suppressor option, and I like that idea.
I lean toward the .22 revolver. A good one like the S&W 617 is expensive, but its cylinder, and other revolver brands, swings out, so you can use a speedloader with it. Almost as convenient as a magazine. No silencer, of course, with revolvers. I looked at a Charter Arms .22 revolver. The metal didn't look so good. If I can notice casting marks in the steel, I am a bit leery of the tool. Between Charter Arm and Smith and Wesson brands, in quality, is a Taurus 96. Not much to a revolver as far as cleaning its nitty gritty parts.
A selling point for me for the S&W 617 with a 6 inch barrel is that I have the matching S&W 686 with a 6 inch barrel. Except for recoil, the practice will be the same. Oh, and you can end up with a 6 shot or a 10 shot .22, I think.
Or I could go cheap, old, and second hand no-name revolver. The very cheap price would outweigh the cheap other features. I might luck out and get one that they make speedloaders for, like an H&R 9-shot. Not TOO cheap. Perusing the options on auction sites reveals some VERY poorly manufactured pot-metal .22s out there, good for nothing but to rip off an over generous gun-buyback program in order to fund better quality firearm purchases.
Anyway, that's my thinking and I haven't totally settled myself. My mood waivers. What am I not considering? Or am I way off base with the ease of takedown for the pistols?
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