I do NOT like to shop.  I am too much of a tom-boy for that.  I do like a new pair of heels here and there, but I wish they would just appear.  The ONLY kind of shopping I do like is GUN shopping!  I am going to go .22 shopping this week.  I want to get a good, accurate .22 that I can use for fun, and my daughter can use to get comfortable on the range.  I am looking at two beautiful weapons now.  I would be interested to get your thoughts on these, as well as other options I might consider.

One is the Browning Buckmark series of .22’s.










The other is the Ruger Mark III



11 Replies to “A .22 Shopping I Go”

  1. I have owned 2 of the Mark II Rugers. Great shooters, reliable, and a lot of aftermarket goodies to improve on the design. Google Volquartzen. I would go with the Ruger altho nothing wrong with the Browning. Another good choice might be the Colt Woodsma. but I’m not sure if Colt still makes them.

  2. I’ve had a Mark II for over 20yrs now. Extremely accurate and always operates flawlessly. The Browning’s nice but I’d go with the Ruger.

  3. The Rugers are very tough to reassemble if you take them apart to clean. But if you buy one, buy a used MkII instead of a MkIII. The MkIII has a magazine-disconnect safety mechanism that ruins the trigger pull.

    Try a Beretta Neos if you can find one. The grip is a matter of taste, but if it fits your hand the gun is a decent shooter.

  4. Owned a Ruger Mk. I MANY years ago. Loved that little pistol, much fun to shoot! What didn’t I like? The grip angle is awful. I believe it was designed this way to give it a more modern look (in 1949!) Could never shoot this gun as well as I thought I was capable of. I am probably too late with this suggestion but I would take a serious look at the Ruger 45/22 pistol. The intent with this version was to offer a grip angle closer to the 1911 that you and I love so much. Same pistol, better grip.

    Retired after 20 years in the Navy as a CTM1 and managed to shoot on Navy Pistol teams for about 10 years. The 1911 (carry a Colt Combat Commander .45) is my gun for serious work but love the .22 pistols.

    Really enjoyed your blog.

    1. Dennis,

      Hello and welcome my fellow CTM brethren! You might have read my “about page” – but, I was a CTM for 10 years as well (during the 90s). Glad you commented – you are NOT too late. I completely agree with you about the Ruger Mk III, I was able to hold both that and the Browning Buckmark at the same place a few weeks ago (gun show) and once I felt them in my hands it was NO QUESTION. I decided I was getting the Buckmark – the only problem is that no one has them in stock in my town, so I am waiting. Now, based on your comment, I guess I need to go check out the Ruger 22/45. If it feels like a 1911, that can only be good!

      I would be more interested in hearing about your experiences shooting in the Navy Pistol teams, how did you get started doing that? Did they find you, or did you find them? (I am on the edge of retiring, so I don’t want to know for me, but people talk to me about guns everyday and I would like to know just for general knowledge.)

      So glad you took the time to stop by and comment and I look forward to talking to you more in the future! (I’ll let ya know what I think about your recommendation when I get one in my hands!)

  5. Ms. Chantilly –

    Yes’m, did see your “about” page. I started my Navy shooting experiences about ’72 when I was stationed in Sebana Seca (Dry Blanket) Puerto Rico. Don’t really remember how that came about, probably a mention of some sort in the base newspaper or Plan of the Day. As a CT it was difficult to break into the shooting sport as our bases overseas tend to be small and isolated with no access to the ranges, guns, and ammo required to have a competitive team. Base commanders were often hostile to the idea. Anyway, at Sebana Seca was a detachment of SeaBees and they love to shoot. In ’75 I was selected to go to the All Navy competition at Indian Head Md. After the competition we were TAD to the USNA as instructors to teach plebes firearms safety and marksmanship. This resulted in the closest experience I’ve had to being shoot to date. A story for another time. The armory at the USNA accurized a 1911 for me while I was there. It wasn’t pretty (they didn’t do “pretty”) but is was solid and shot much, much better than I was capable of shooting.

    How does a sailor start shooting competitively today? This article is a couple of years old but is a place to start:
    Judging from this article, the Navy is even less supportive of competition shooting than when I was in it. Interesting note, when I was competing the prizes for both rifle and pistol shooters at the All Navy match was an M1 Garand.

    I did want to tell you about some of the .22 pistols I used in competition. I did use my Ruger Mk. I for a few months and then found a S&W Model 41 for a good price. This was a beautiful gun but I was never able to shoot it as well as I wanted to, probably because of the long barrel. I then sold the 41 and purchased a High Standard Military Trophy from the NEX. My scores instantly went up by 10-15 points and continued to get better. The difference was the shorter barrel and the nearly identical 1911 style grip. Here is a photo of that model:

    Unfortunately, both of those .22s are hard to find and are stupid expensive. Not very practical unless you have to have that level of accuracy; the High Standard could easily do 1 hole 5 shot groups at 25 yards. I sold that gun (sob!) when I retired and stopped competition but hopefully someone is still cutting X-rings with it.

  6. just going through some of your older post and I read this one. I shot the Ruger .22 on the old CA National Guard pistol team and got a little gold medal at my first shoot. I’ use both of those .22s when I’m training new shooters. If you haven’t bought one yet, try this:
    pick one up, make sure it’s empty…then point it in a safe direction at something you can focus on. when you have a good hold and sight picture, close your eyes for 30 seconds. The one that’s still closest to what you were aiming at is the best fit for you.

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