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Old 01-12-2013, 10:03 PM
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Please help me pick a .22 revolver for an "OLD" friend of mine


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Greetings all,

Some how this forum has escaped me all these years.
And I just discovered it here tonight.

I was web searching around on a topic and just stumbled across a thread here.
So glad I did.

I am hoping y'all might be able to help me out.

I have an OLD friend. 80 maybe?
He is ex-Navy, lifelong hunter, knows a thing or two about firearms.

He is looking for a self defence handgun for him and his wife.
Although firearms savvy, he's getting pretty frail, and his wife especially.

He has requested that he is looking for
- a revolver (simple, no gizmos to learn √)
- in .22 caliber

And I pretty much agree with him on both counts.
A revolver is what they need (DA).
And they (wife in particular) can't handle any recoil.

So...

I was hoping y'all here could give me some makes and model numbers of some .22 revolvers you might recommend.

Money is a little bit of an issue.
So the plan would be for me to look online for something used, and buy it for them.
Maybe something in the $250-$300 range would be swell.

BUT, we all know, if it isn't RELIABLE, I'm just throwing their money away.
So it does need to be a solid gun from a reputable manufacturer

So that's the QUEST!
A solid, well built, reliable .22 revolver, but nothing fancy to run the price up.
That I can find used online.


Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

James

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Old 01-13-2013, 07:10 AM
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Any S&W would be very good choice. An older S&W model 17 also know as the k-22 would be fine. The smith have a long trigger pull in DA mode; which means it is not a lot of weight to pull. any K frame or J frame smith would be my choice. as I meant, some of the DA guns have a short DA trigger stroke and that means harder to pull for senior female fingers. they have no safety or anything else, I teach them as 'capgun design' for older people to understand.

You have the right criteria James
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Old 01-13-2013, 08:38 AM
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Any S&W would be very good choice. An older S&W model 17 also know as the k-22 would be fine. The smith have a long trigger pull in DA mode; which means it is not a lot of weight to pull. any K frame or J frame smith would be my choice. as I meant, some of the DA guns have a short DA trigger stroke and that means harder to pull for senior female fingers. they have no safety or anything else, I teach them as 'capgun design' for older people to understand.

You have the right criteria James
Thank you, Harry.

You mention "any older S&W" and specify the Model 17 aka K-22

Do you have any other specific S&W model numbers?

So's I could scan forums for model numbers, or type model numbers into search boxes on forums.

Thanks,

James

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Old 01-14-2013, 09:21 AM
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The $250-$300 budget pretty much rules out all S&W 22 revolvers -- even used --- unless they were really in rough shape.

I'd show him the Taurus to start with. Gunbroker has several Taurus 22 revolver models (used) for sale that might meet his budget.

Used Harrington & Richardson .22 models would also be in the right $$$ range and are generally very serviceable.
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Old 01-14-2013, 10:15 AM
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other Smith models in 22 lr or 22 mag would be models 651, 652, 48, 15,18, 14, 18, 17.

Larry's suggestion of an H&R is also good and they will be less expensive. models there would be the sentinel, and the 939 SideKick H&R made some of the sidekicks with a key lock IIRC, not as operationally clean.

Taurus Is basically a cheaper copy of the S&W line made in Brazil. If in good condition, these are very workable, and as said less than the Smiths. Try modle 94 and 990..

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Old 01-14-2013, 11:45 AM
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Thanks Larry!
and Harry (and for my 26" question, I just realized you helped on TWO of my posts, thanks)!

Now I have a LIST of potential model numbers I can either scan/search for, or maybe post a WTB post.

These things just take time and patience (collect data, search, PM, eMail).

But I am getting started.

Thanks,

James

P.S. Elsewhere I've seen a guy saying how much he LOVES his Rossi M511 Sportsman.
And elsewhere a Ruger SP101?
Any knowledge about these? Seem to me like "possibilities".
Thanks, James

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Old 01-14-2013, 04:23 PM
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Like Larry mentioned Smiths are going for about double of your budget, at least around here. I like the H&R recommendation and would look at Hi Standard. I've purchased decent examples of both used for under $200 before the lastest scare.
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Old 01-16-2013, 05:52 PM
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Too bad you're looking for DA, good, cheap, new SA's like Heritage revolvers are real effective. I have a 22LR-22wmr sitting beside my TV chair. It has easily interchangeable cylinders for LR or Magnum rounds. You cock the hammer and then there is a moderate, fairly short trigger pull.
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Old 05-30-2013, 08:00 PM
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I would look at a Charter Pathfinder, and if I were going to rely on a .22 caliber for self-defense, I would strongly consider a .22 magnum. Not a lot of power differential, but you need all the help you can get. I'm guessing they are going to do a lot of range time so the ammo cost difference would probably not be a major factor.
JMO and worth exactly what it cost.
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Old 05-30-2013, 08:13 PM
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Thanks 6GUNS.

I have just done a real quick searcharound after seeing your post.
Hmmm...
The charterfirearms site shows a new list of $369. Not bad, and cheaper used.
And I saw a jeff quinn gunblast review that looked pretty positive.

I have been distracted on another project (for this same friend) and so have not completed THIS project yet.
But the charter .22 may be worth looking into further.
Thanks for your post.
(I like this forum.)

Best regards,

James
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Old 05-31-2013, 02:58 AM
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I regularly see used Charter Arms small revolvers for sale in the $250-$300 range. I picked up a Bulldog .44 not long ago for $200 and a SS Pathfinder .22 LR for $275. I think they are a good value. I have three of them.
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Old 05-31-2013, 08:48 AM
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And elsewhere a Ruger SP101?
Not for less than $500 on a really lucky day.

But the one I bought for my daughter is a very nice revolver. Accuracy is excellent.

But inexpensive, not.
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Old 06-02-2013, 05:20 PM
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I agree that price range rules out S&W revolvers and Ruger Revolvers so the lesser cost recommendations are the best choice if you can find one. I'm not into Ruger revolvers although they are really great it's just that I'm a S&W revolver fan and I own many. The S&W revolvers in 22LR have become very expensive in the past 5 years as people liked plinking with them when 22LR was available and cheap. They also liked to practice with them and teach new shooters how to shoot with them.
On average any S&W revolver in decent shape is going for is $550 these days and in excellent shape $750 is more is the price range. I know that's very expensive but that's what they are going for. I had a 17-3 with 6 inch barrel that was reblued poorly, have flame cutting in the under side of the top strap and the dealer gave my Grandson $550 for it and then tried to sell it for $700. I had bought it on GB for $450 3 years ago so I told my grandson that if he wanted to sell it he could as he was looking for a S&W M&P 40 S&W semi auto at the time for home protection for he and his wife.
Good luck in your search and it's wonderful that you are helping your friend.
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