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Wednesday, July 13, 2005

How Many .22 Pistols Does a Man Need?

Okay, I only own one .22 LR rifle (the ubiquitous Ruger 10/22), which is really all the .22 rifle I need or want or have space for. Pistols are a different matter; .22 LR pistols are trainers, hunting pieces, and plickers, and one size does not fit all. The two pistols at the top are my two favorite; the Ruger 22/45 (left) with bull barrel is a good trainer for a 1911-pattern .45 (not perfect, though) and is super-accurate.

The Smith & Wesson 622 is super-light and is my hunting .22 of choice (the Ruger's big-ass sights snag on the scabbard holster). I've even bagged a quail with it, the little running booger! I don't like plinking with it because it's a PITA to clean. (I've yet to take it apart.)

I bought the FIE Cowboy .22 single-action revolver for $25 from a Navy Senior Chief who was liquidating his FFL inventory...what a deal! It's a fun plinker and a good trainer for adolescents who might otherwise blaze through a brick of ammo in a short shooting session without learning to aim.

The Bernadelli auto (right) is a great-feeling plinker, but it's a little too short for hunting.

The NAA .22 mini-revolver at the bottom is my last ditch back-up gun, or what I'm carrying when I normally wouldn't be carrying. I'm not saying I've worn it into banks and other such places, but it's often disappeared in my pocket so that even I didn't know it was there.

I think this part of my collection is self-actualized; I can't name any other I want or need, and I couldn't part with any of these.

Unless the price beats me over the head.

Posted at this week's Carnival of Cordite.



  • At 6:08 PM, Blogger AlanDP said…

    In my opinion, you need at least one more: a Single-Six. But then I have a thing for Rugers.

    And it's really fun to put in the magnum cylinder occasionally and blaze away with it.

  • At 6:45 PM, Blogger Cowboy Blob said…

    Damn you! Hmmm...I'd have to ditch the FIE first...but then, I've got several Ruger revolvers in .38/.357 to take care of my blazing-away fixation!

    I fought that impulse off rather well. It helps that my gun budget is down to ammo-only levels for a while.

  • At 5:41 PM, Blogger Barb said…

    I have a 622 also!! It's the sweetest little thing to shoot - isn't it :-)

    I love to use it when introducing new shooters to the sport. Not that I am into competition, just love to go shooting for fun!

  • At 6:09 PM, Blogger Barb said…

    Oh, and Yes - it is a PITA to clean! Makes me curse every damn time ...

  • At 10:43 PM, Blogger Suman said…

    You mean you don't have a 10-shot S&W Model 617 yet..?? :-)


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