Best plinker pistol

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  1. ZMP_CTR

    ZMP_CTR New Member

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    Any suggestions as to which plinker pistol I should get?
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    It really is a matter of personal preference. I like using .380's and 9mm's because they are easier to fire. I used pistols in the size of Makarovs and PPKs (also used a Nagant revolver). Try holding a few different models or if you go to a range with a gun rental stand/store, try some of their's.

    Later, I will decide whether or not I want a Glock 23 or a Walther P99, both feel like winners but it'll wind down to cost. Glock MAY win, but we'll see later this this March (15 or 22) after a give a review on my pistol (freakin' finally, right? :D).
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  3. CampingJosh

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    For just plinking, I'd look for something that shoots .22lr but is about the same size/shape/weight of one of your other pistols.
    For example, the SIG Mosquito (which I have) is almost the same dimensions as the their P229 (which I'm still saving for).
    But part of that is just that I don't reload, so I'm always looking for a cheap way to get in a lot of shooting.
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    In that case, in a pistol, I'd start with something like a Taurus revolver in .22lr. It'll be hard to find, new, though, because they seemed to discontinue it.

    If you where thinking in an auto, Beretta and S&W have some good ones. My bro wants a .22lr Beretta pistol, forgot the name.
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    My 22 plinker is a Walther P22. Yeah, I know. There are alot of naysayers about the slide, brass ejecting every which direction, etc. But if you're looking for a fun, relatively cheap pistol to shoot, take a look. It's a blast to shoot. The Ruger Standard or MK I, II, III are good pistols too, but I find them difficult to reassemble after cleaning. Browning Buckmark is also a very good 22 pistol, I'm told.

    My two bits worth.......
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    I would go with a Heritage six shooter style that shoots .22 LR and a cylinder for .22 mag. Real cheap but shoots well. They are made right here in Florida and have a good warranty. Starts at about $189.00 for the plain Jane.
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    I used to have a Ruger auto the looked like a German Luger,, fun gun big enough frame to hold easily.. See if you can find one and play with it.. Bet you like it..
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    I believe any of the Rugers or Buckmarks are the best .22 pistols available today. If you would rather have something a little less expensive but still a good pistol then I would get a S&W 22A or Beretta Neos.

    If you are interested in a .22 revolver, the Ruger Single Six is as good as it gets. Ruger also has the Bearcat, a smaller revolver. Taurus also makes several models of .22 revolvers and they generally have a good reputation.

    If you want something larger than a .22, then there is a huge number of different pistols and revolvers that would fill the bill.

    Give us a little more info on your preferences and we can give you better recommendations and choices.
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    A Ruger MK III 22/45 or a Taurus M94 9-shot revolver. :D If you want to step it up to a 9mm and not have to fork out a lot of $$, the Ruger P95s and Taurus PT92s can generally be had NIB for under $400.

    www.taurusarmed.net www.rugerforum.net
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    Thanks for all of the great input. I'll put up a review once I get a plinker.
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    I'd second the .22LR idea, 'cause you can get some really accurate guns and shoot 'em like crazy for cheap. And I like the Ruger Mark III, myself, though the blowback action makes it tough to field strip and reassemble (but you can mount a scope on the top of it). I've got the 7" blued target model, with a 4X32 Weaver scope on top.

    Smith & Wesson makes a nice 10-shot .22LR revolver, the model 617, in 6" and 4", and a 8-shot J-frames, the models 317 and 63. They make a bunch of semiauto's too,

    If you're interested in shooting all day without any heat-warpage problems, get something with a bull barrel.
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    Don't overlook plinking atleast some with your carry/defense piece:D No better way to enjoy learning your fighting gun than kicking cans across a field or busting balloons off a fence line or simple stuff like that with cheap ammo. Pinecones are cheap targets too:)
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    My Ruger Mark II is about 18 years old. A fun plinker that is very accurate and inexpensive to shoot. Can really work on your mechanics and blow through a box for a fraction of larger rounds. Now breaking down and putting it back together is a bit of a struggle. That, I guess, is the one downside.
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    Yeah, what he said.
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    I had a Wather P22 and I wasn't happy at all with it. It looked great and was a BLAST to shoot but it DOES eject brass in every direction. Didn't bother me too much but I couldn't find ammo it liked. On the same token, a friend has one and he has had no trouble with it.

    I sold it and purchased a Browning Buckmark. I LOVE it!
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