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Old 05-09-2013, 3:09 PM
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Question Which .22LR pistol for kids?

I've decided that it's time to add a .22LR pistol to the collection. This will mainly be to teach my kids how to shoot on. I've been shopping around lately and have only dry fired the Sig Mosquito, Ruger SR-22, both of which I felt had horrible triggers that my girls would have a hard time pulling and breaking.

I'm just looking for a SA, DA or both, .22LR pistol with a decent trigger for middle aged girls to learn on. I know I can always do a trigger job but I would really like to just grab and go shoot with no mods required. So what pistols are your kids shooting in .22LR?

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I started them on my ruger Mk 1. However it takes extra instruction and care for an auto. I bought my son a ruger bearcat SA. Really nice. He loves it.

Me personally I'd go with a SA revolver because a) it's super fun to shoot b) is easy to learn on c) safer d) slows down ammo consumption. Right now that's huge!!! And lastly they are super fun to shoot.

Single six would be perfect. Or a bearcat if you can find one.
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Ruger 22/45.

It has a plastic lower, which lowers the weight. For a middle age girl, the stock MK III, especially a bull barrel, might get a bit hefty. A 22/45 will be less expensive that most models of the MarkIII.

As a kid, I grew up on a Colt Huntsman. If you could find one of those, I believe it would be a good gun to train with, although I prefer the sights of the modern Ruger over my Colt.
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ruger MK series
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With the kids in mind get the 22/45 variant to reduce weight with the polymer frame.

Recent thread along the same lines:
http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/s...d.php?t=745383

If you want to go revolver on the cheap the heritage rough rider would be a good value pick. And revolvers are a good way to get them started.
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I don't have kids but whenever I bring a new shooter they always like the GSG 1911. It's just a really straight forward gun. If size is an issue maybe one of Browning's mini 1911-22s.
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my dad got a buckmark for me to learn on. the first gun he had me shoot though was an intratec tec 22
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My son loves my (his) Mosquito. Ill second the buckmark too, damn fine little plinker
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browning buckmark. u can find them new for $350. easier to breakdown

ruger mark 3 22/45. similar grip angle to 1911. u can find them new for 300. harder to breakdown.
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My kids love Ruger SR22. They also tried to shoot my Mark III Competition, but it is too heavy for them (in fact, sometimes it is even too heavy for me
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Ruger bearcat hands down the best
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I started both of my kids with Ruger Bearcat. It is a perfect handgun for smaller hands and has a good trigger. Being a SA, it is easier to teach gun handling and trigger control, then with semi-auto. When they grew older they moved to Ruger MK II, accurate, reliable and with good trigger.

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Thanks for the responses guys. Keep em coming.

A bearcat is outta budget but I did find a Ruger straight six for a decent price. I was looking for a pistol that I could also train with and save on ammo costs but after reading your responses, I think the girls will be better served with a revolver. I'd rather them have a lighter, slower paced learning tool that they are comfy with weight and trigger wise, than have the utility of a training gun.
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ruger mk series
with a taper barrel to keep weight down

Or if your lucky.
A tacSolutions PacLite
Or ruger Lite
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ruger mk series
with a taper barrel to keep weight down

Or if your lucky.
A tacSolutions PacLite
Or ruger Lite
I dig the classic look of the MK II but can't find one that is in budget ($400) and a 2lb gun seems a bit much for the girls. Upgrades overshoot budget big time.
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with a taper barrel to keep weight down

Or if your lucky.
A tacSolutions PacLite
Or ruger Lite
After doing some more research, I am kind of leaning towards the MK III 22/45. It might need some trigger work and a few minor mods but that shouldn't be a problem. I initially taught my girls how to shoot with my XD9 but the ammo adds up quick. If they can handle that 6lb gun and it's 6 lb trigger, they can handle the MK III 22/45. I also found some drop in trigger parts that will lighten the trigger to approx 2.5 lbs.

Looks like it's the MKIII 22/45 FTW. Now I have to find one at a decent price.
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Can't go wrong with rugers except the SP101 .22lr because it's a heavy trigger pull. I would recommend the Browning 1911 A1 .22lr that is a smaller version of a full size 1911 if you like classic 1911. It's a pricey .22lr at about $500 but is a quality pistol as I've had no problems at all except for subsonic rounds.
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Can't go wrong with rugers except the SP101 .22lr because it's a heavy trigger pull. I would recommend the Browning 1911 A1 .22lr that is a smaller version of a full size 1911 if you like classic 1911. It's a pricey .22lr at about $500 but is a quality pistol as I've had no problems at all except for subsonic rounds.
I'm not a 1911 guy myself. The decision to run with the MK III 22/45 was more based on weight and trigger options. This is just to get the girls shooting while saving on ammo costs. From the options that I have reviewed, it seems like the best bang for my buck.
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After doing some more research, I am kind of leaning towards the MK III 22/45. It might need some trigger work and a few minor mods but that shouldn't be a problem. I initially taught my girls how to shoot with my XD9 but the ammo adds up quick. If they can handle that 6lb gun and it's 6 lb trigger, they can handle the MK III 22/45. I also found some drop in trigger parts that will lighten the trigger to approx 2.5 lbs.

Looks like it's the MKIII 22/45 FTW. Now I have to find one at a decent price.
They are good pistols my GF has a MK3 22/45 that I took all the extra safety "features" out of and polished the trigger parts. Not sure what the pull is actually at but its alot better then when it started. No money spent on it, just time. (instead of using a commercial bushing I did it with 2 5M washers)
Adding a Volquartsen sear and or trigger would make it even better.

Turners has them for sale at 299 on a regular basis. Hell I bet if you walked in and where real nice and mentioned that you know the sale is over but you saw it in the Spring Sale Catalog that they may still honor that price.

Really there is not much difference in weight when it comes to the P512MKIII Bull Barrel 5.5 inch 22/45 at 32oz and the MKIII4 Tapered "Standard" 4 inch MK3 at 35oz (6 inch 37oz). I prefer the look and feel of the taper barreled MKs but if weight is a concern then go with the 22/45

Don't let the people telling you it is hard to strip down scare you.
It might be quirky but its not hard. (Even easier if you remove the magazine disconnect)
Follow this:
http://www.guntalk-online.com/2245detailstripping.htm
And after doing it a couple times you will have it memorized.
It's actually a pretty good design.
I would much rather it then having to unscrew parts like you do on the Buckmark...

Don't get me wrong Buckmarks are great guns too.
My Grandfathers buckmark was one of the first pistols I ever shot.
Either of them are quality pieces that will last and you can hand down to your kids at some point.
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I'm now the proud owner of a buckmark 22. Picked up from another calgunner for $275. Thanks everyone for the input!
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It is a good gun. Congrats!
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I love mine. I got the Browning Buckmark Holographic Site, Amazon link and the Browning Buck Mark Scope Base 12328, Amazon link for it.
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Another congratulatory post on obtaining your Buckmark. I have one, and I swear by them.
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Thanks boys. I'm excited to take it out, even more excited on saving on ammo costs while continuing to develop my kids shooting abilities!

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Love my buck mark contour. Also love my single six. But I would go with a single six.
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Depending on the size of their hands, you might try a Colt Frontier Scout which is a scaled down SAA
I have a High Standard Sentinal Deluxe (R107) with a 4" barrel it is both SA and DA DA is not great SA is acceptable....Look for their western outline as well much less $$ than the colt.

For Automatics, try a Colt Woodsman, Browning Buckmark or Challengeror a Ruger Mk1 I am sure by changing grips accomodations can be made for hand size Look at an early fixed barrel High Standard as well (HD, HD military etc)

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