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Old 12-21-2014, 17:58   #1
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Smith and Wesson 22A

I"m planning to buy a .22lr gun. Is this S & W recommended? What can you tell me about it?
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Old 12-21-2014, 21:00   #2
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Its ok, but I'd take a Ruger Mark Series or Browning Buck Mark over it.
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Old 12-21-2014, 21:25   #3
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I had one 10 years ago, the 7" barrel model. I will echo bac's opinions on it.

Integrated rail is convenient for mounting optics.

Mine didn't like to eat CCI Stingers. That round is .003" longer than other rounds.
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Old 12-22-2014, 05:18   #4
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Had one for about 5 years.
Pro:
Good accuracy.
Reliable.
Con:
Big and clunky for a .22.
Awkward to strip for cleaning (must be careful spring doesn't go flying; plastic spacer mickey-mouse/flimsy.
Expensive for a .22.
Overall: OK
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Old 12-22-2014, 21:29   #5
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Had one for about 5 years.
Pro:
Good accuracy.
Reliable.
Con:
Big and clunky for a .22.
Awkward to strip for cleaning (must be careful spring doesn't go flying; plastic spacer mickey-mouse/flimsy.
Expensive for a .22.
Overall: OK
I'm not sure I'd call them expensive. I see used model for $200 around here.
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Old 12-22-2014, 21:35   #6
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I have a 22S and it's an old model. The finish over the stainless gets sticky with gun cleaner and takes fingerprints into the finish. It horrible.

I have the long bbl and as a shooter it's great. I have put 600 rounds through it at one session without a problem. I use a Red/Green dot sight. It fails on Remington bulk ammo so bad that I will never ever buy any more. Federal bulk pack works flawlessy and so do every other brand, except Remington, I found.

I understand the newer models don't have the crappy finish so that's good. My family has almost every major brand of .22 target pistol and my favorite is the Ruger Mark XX.
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Old 12-23-2014, 04:25   #7
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I had a 22S about 10 years ago..I bought it used, I noticed the feed ramp was scarred , but it never gave me any problems..I mounted a red dot and that made it hard to reassemble after field striping ..
I then bought a Ruger MK II model 678.. I decided one had to go..It was a no brainer, see ya S&W..
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Old 12-23-2014, 07:51   #8
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I"m planning to buy a .22lr gun. Is this S & W recommended? What can you tell me about it?
I bought one for a steal (advantage, low price) with a four-inch barrel. Later bought a seven inch upper and can switch them out. I like it lots. Light weight, comfortable grip, reasonably good trigger. Very reliable. High end? No. Great shooter on a budget? Yes.
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I had a 22S about 10 years ago..I bought it used, I noticed the feed ramp was scarred , but it never gave me any problems..I mounted a red dot and that made it hard to reassemble after field striping ..
I then bought a Ruger MK II model 678.. I decided one had to go..It was a no brainer, see ya S&W..
The Ruger is definitely the better pistol.
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Old 12-24-2014, 07:42   #10
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Its ok, but I'd take a Ruger Mark Series or Browning Buck Mark over it.
Id have to say this too^^ Its not bad, I have one I got it because I wanted something for the Kid and I to shoot and he is a lefty. This was set up out of the box for a red dot(has a rail attached you dont have to buy a special model or buy the rail then attach it) and thats what we wanted. also mag release is ambi so that was also a +. The buckmark was my favorite even over the ruger(Better out of the box grips,sights and tons better out of box trigger) when I get another one this(Buckmark) will be what I get. Oh and its simpler to take apart than the Ruger too.
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Old 12-26-2014, 08:23   #11
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Save your money and get either a Ruger or a Buckmark
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Old 12-29-2014, 20:18   #12
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Save your money and get either a Ruger or a Buckmark
Yeah, they generally aren't a whole lot more money and you're getting a better pistol.
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Old 01-19-2015, 18:05   #13
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Thanks for all your inputs. I appreciate them.
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Old 01-19-2015, 18:48   #14
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I've got a ruger 22/45 but just ordered a 22a.
215.00 shipped was hard to pass up.

http://www.centerfiresystems.com/HG0...20$284.99!!!!!
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Old 01-20-2015, 22:52   #15
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I've got a ruger 22/45 but just ordered a 22a.
215.00 shipped was hard to pass up.

http://www.centerfiresystems.com/HG0...20$284.99!!!!!
Congrats!
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Old 01-24-2015, 12:44   #16
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Ruger 22/45 all the way. Look over at rimfire central for the necessary mods to take out the lawyer features if you like. A few aftermarket parts and it becomes the perfect gun.
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Old 01-24-2015, 23:47   #17
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I like mine, if the price is right get it. 22A pistols are just as fun as my rugers
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