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Thoughts on a S&W 22a?
#1
Well, it is that time again.

My collection is looking a little on the lonely side, and one of the few calibers I don't own, is a .22. Thinking about picking one up, did some research and they seem like good guns.

Shot the mark II/III and while I like them, they are out of the price range I am looking for. The buckmark is nice. Fine little pistol. But I want something different.

Handled a 22a, and it seemed pretty good. And for my price, I can't complain, seeing as I am getting my usual deal.

Anyone have one? Shot one? What do you think about them?

I honestly just want something I can take to the range, and play all day and not spend a few hundred in ammo. Maybe something the wife could play with too.

I just can't get over those sights, but nothing optics won't fix Gun3
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#2
The 22a is a good gun. One thing you need to keep an eye on the recoil buffer.
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#3
I have one with the 7 inch barrel, my buddy has one with a 5.5 inch barrel. The shorter one feels more balanced, and is faster at target acquisition (if your plan is to shoot steel matches or something). I don't think out to 25 yards there is an appreciable accuracy improvement with the 7 inch, so I'd recommend the short one, unless you just want something that looks intimidating.

We shoot at orange 2" dots, and don't have a problem keeping the rounds inside the dots. I usually use the dots on the 4 corners of my paper targets to hold them up. Then I shoot the paper target with my .40 and the dots with my .22a.

My buddy had to send his back to S&W for an extractor that they repaired for free. I exclusively shoot federal bulk packs and it doesn't have a problem with them. I don't let it go long between cleanings though, or else the slide occasionally doesn't return to full battery, and I have to tap the back of it between shots. I've only had this problem if I don't clean it after 4 or 5 range trips.

I haven't put any optics on mine, but I did put some neon green nail polish on the front site. I think that made a big improvement.

The recoil buffer on this gun is nylon and it eventually wears out. It comes with a few spares though. I'm still on my first one and I've shot it a couple times a month for a year now, so it's not like you have to constantly replace them, just something to be aware of. Brownells sells them for $1.70 each.

This gun has paid for itself in ammo savings. When I'm at the pistol range I shoot it about half the time because I enjoy it. When my groups with the larger calibers start opening up, I pick up the .22a to work on fundamentals. If you can, hold one somewhere before buying. The grips are large and blocky. It works fine for me, but I have larger hands. S&W makes a nice looking set of wooden target grips for them for about $75, but I didn't find them to be smaller, just a bit more comfortable (and not a worthwhile purchase for me because I do well with the original ones).

Be careful taking it apart and putting it back together I've flung the recoil spring across the room a couple times.

I think everyone should have a .22, and I highly recommend this one.

It looks like slimmer wooden grips can be found here for about $60.
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#4
Thanks for the info. I did read about how they send a few replacements. At that price, I'll just pick up a few more. I do have to say, I like the look of the wood grips.
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#5
The buffer plates can be made from butter dish tops. Even cheaper.

I love my 22A. Accurate and dependable.
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#6
It's the next pistol I plan on adding to my collection once I am finished purchasing additional magazines/ammo for my current firearms. You can find them on sale for $200, most people love them and they even come standard with a rail for mounting optics. I'd like to get a Ruger now but I rather save that additional $100 and buy a few extra magazines for my 22a with the saved money.

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#7
I have a 22A Talo edition. I have been using it exclusively at local steel plate matches and it is great. Like was stated before.....keep it clean and keep the recoil buffer in good shape and you'll have no trouble.    
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#8
i know this is a couple months old but any how....... i have a 5.5" barrled 22a and love it. ive had it for quite some time now and about 6 months after getting it the frame cracked at the top rear of the grip portion. of to S&W. they replaced it and returned to me ASAP. and thousands of rounds later and me and both my boys shooting not a single problem. i have it topped with a nice red dot.
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bgdv1;54193 Wrote:i know this is a couple months old but any how....... i have a 5.5" barrled 22a and love it. ive had it for quite some time now and about 6 months after getting it the frame cracked at the top rear of the grip portion. of to S&W. they replaced it and returned to me ASAP. and thousands of rounds later and me and both my boys shooting not a single problem. i have it topped with a nice red dot.

Old or not, it is still relevant.

I picked it up, and just recently ordered a strikefire for my AR. So the red dot on the AR was then placed on the 22. Have to say, I am very happy with it.
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