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Old August 5th, 2011, 03:12 PM   #1
 
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ruger 22/45 5.5" bull barrel or S&W model 22 ??

so what are the disadvantages of the S&W model 22 ?

i am considering these two



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I don't know of any disadvantages the S&W actually has.
Personal preference would lead me towards the Ruger.
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I own both the 22/45 with removable grips (4.5 inch barrel) and the Talo edition of the S&W 22a-1. Once you get through the first disassembly the Ruger is easy to field strip and reassemble. The 22a-1 is a little easier, but not that much. Accuracy is the same for both, with the 22a-1 with wood grips having a thicker grip than the 22/45.

I like shooting them both and either would be a good choice. At my club a fellow shooter I know has both the S&W 22a-1 and a S&W model 41 and claims the 22a-1 is just as accurate as his model 41. One advantage the 22a-1 has is alonger and already built in Weaver rail. But the 22/45 rp comes with a weaver base you can attach.

I also have a Mark III Hunter with 6 7/8 inch barrel. On the Hunter I have added a red dot sight as I have on the 22a-1. Again both have the same accuracy.
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22A-1 owner here. We were out last weekend and the gun place we visited had a 41. I was amazed how much it mirrored the 22A except it was a ton heavy! It was also used and had a $1000 price tag on it. Got us thinking what was the point in that piece. We had a Walther P22 and sold it to buy this one. What a great move as this one has been 100% reliable with every possible ammo you can throw at one. It has a fluted bull barrel, HiViz front sight and fully adjustable rear. Add three mags and a nice case and for $300 it is hard to beat! We have put thousands through it and can tear a quarter size hole in the center easily. We set red cup lids up at 100 yards and plink them with open sights. Then it is also so easy to field strip it! I will never part with it and think it is the best .22 out there.
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If you give much stock to such things and can find a copy, the June/July 2011 issue of Guns & Ammo Handguns magazine did a five way shootoff between the Ruger 22/45, Browning Buckmark, S&W 22a, Beretta Neos, and Walther SP-22.
Browning had the best overall score but it really was super close for the Ruger in second place. The S&W finished a somewhat more distant third being just a bit behind in all tested catagories.
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That's the one I wish I bought, I got the plain Jane grips version to save $50
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thanks for the input
i think i'll go with the ruger and maybe spend some extra money to get the removable grips
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One issue I forgot to mention is that you can dry fire the Ruger, but not the S&W without using snap caps.
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thanks for the input
i think i'll go with the ruger and maybe spend some extra money to get the removable grips
I guarantee you will never regret that choice.
Do some shopping and bartering if need be, I bought my 22/45-RP a couple months back at my LGS for $298 and that's his everyday price.
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The Guns and Ammo issue tested the Ruger with removable grips. Also worth noting that the Walther had to be replace with a second model during the .22 Pistol Shootoff (name of the article) do to malfunctions.
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yea i found that old issue and was interesting
don' see the buckmark is worth the extra dollars

not sure i need to go to the SS model
i use CCI ammo exclusively

is the SS that much better?
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I had a 22a with the fluted barrel a while back. Was very accurate but had a really wide grip. It also has a plastic recoil buffer that wears out and needs replacing every 2 or 3 thousand rounds.
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yea i found that old issue and was interesting
don' see the buckmark is worth the extra dollars

not sure i need to go to the SS model
i use CCI ammo exclusively

is the SS that much better?
KOOL, glad you found it.
The really good news is the one category that the Ruger only received three stars on was "ease of reloading". That due to fact the magazines don't drop out when the mag release button is pushed. If you disable the mag disconnect feature by installing a $10 Sam's bushing the mags will then fly out of the gun when the button is pushed. And you get improved trigger feel to boot.
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I must be lucky then because I have about 5000 rounds on my original plastic buffer and still going strong. I just cleaned it the other day and from the looks it has at least another 3-4k rounds left. Mine had 5 more in a little envelope so I'm good for a while. This is also shooting the hottest .22 you can get Aguila Super Max, CCI Stinger, etc... I'm sure the others will do fine too I just really love the easy one button field strip and simplicity of the 22A.
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Nice to hear of your good experience with the 22a-1. Looking forward to putting that many rounds through mine. Also like my two Mark III's.
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