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    Default Recommendations for a compact .22 LR semi-auto pistol

    I've been on the prowl for a used Smith & Wesson 2213 or 2214 ever since a shooting buddy let me try his on for size. Unfortunately I've had zero luck finding one at any local stores or gun shows.

    Does anyone know of a make/model with a similar size and config? Something under 7" of total length, uses .22 LR ammo, 7+ mag capacity, budget isn't a huge concern.

    Also, If anyone's spied a S&W 2213 or 2214 in their local shops display case please let me know, it may be worth a road-trip.

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    Default Re: Recommendations for a compact .22 LR semi-auto pistol

    Phoenix HP22, may not be as light and tiny as say a Berretta M21 - but is stupid cheap and has been 100% reliable on Fed bulk, Win, Remmy T-bolts. Probably the best sub-$150.00 pocket .22 semi around. Supposely great cust svc - but haven't had a need to use. Google it - you will be suprised by the good press.



    While Phoenix supposedly has great cust service, some caveat emptors...


    Some complain over the 3 lawyer safeties - mag safety, safety, hammer/f-pin safety... I use mine at the bench at the range, so I could care less. There are TONS of how-tos out there on disabling all except for the f-pin safety.

    The firing pin safety is in a position where you will put a lot of wear/tear on it when you grasp the slide - be careful where you grab the slide or else the f-pin safety switch will become loose and can engage itself on its own.

    They have been known to develop stress cracks in the frame under the slide at the mag-well; the metal is thin there. The manual says to avoid hi-vel .22LRs - lucklily they run great on standard velocity ammo; no need or want for CCI Stingers. Mine runs freakin awesome with T-bolts and cheap Fed bulk.
    Last edited by nfafan; September 20th, 2011 at 01:20 PM.
    All of my guns are lubed with BACON GREASE.

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    Default Re: Recommendations for a compact .22 LR semi-auto pistol

    Agree with the above post. Hp22
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    Default Re: Recommendations for a compact .22 LR semi-auto pistol

    Likewise as stated above.
    Inexpensive, reliable compact plinker.10 round mag. You can also get a 5"barrel for it if you want it more accurate than the 3" barrel.
    Last edited by group17; February 3rd, 2012 at 02:23 PM.

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    Default Re: Recommendations for a compact .22 LR semi-auto pistol

    Sorry, but .22LR is useless as a carry round.

    Have a look at the Bersa .380 CC. Very, very small and with a much better round.

    - The Delta Force

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    Default Re: Recommendations for a compact .22 LR semi-auto pistol

    The OP didn't say anything about making it his choice of carry. Just looking for a compact 22. Bersa/Firestorm also makes a great little 22 that's the same size as a regular size 380.
    Last edited by group17; February 3rd, 2012 at 02:12 PM.

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    Default Re: Recommendations for a compact .22 LR semi-auto pistol

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDeltaForce View Post
    Sorry, but .22LR is useless as a carry round.

    Have a look at the Bersa .380 CC. Very, very small and with a much better round.

    - The Delta Force

    Yes yes, we know. But being able to purchase a box of 550 .22 LR rounds for the price we'd pay for 100 .380's is quite attractive though And plus, most people just use them for targets.
    Last edited by Storm88000; September 20th, 2011 at 04:05 PM.

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    Default Re: Recommendations for a compact .22 LR semi-auto pistol

    Here is another vote for the hp22. The Beretta is a good choice also.

    I have a smith 2214. I have not seen to many in the shop that I go to.
    Well off to the rodeo

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    Default Re: Recommendations for a compact .22 LR semi-auto pistol

    Quote Originally Posted by group17 View Post
    Likewise as stated above.
    Inexpensive, reliable compact plinker.10 round mag. You can also get a 5"barrel for it if you want it more accurate than the 3" barrel.

    That is a nice looking little firearm. I have over 1,000 .22 LR rounds sitting in a box because I have nothing to shoot them with. Where/how much do those go for? I searched google but couldn't find anything relative.

    EDIT: just found one for sale. $144.99 - pretty good deal!! Although I'd rather get one in person somewhere locally than deal with FFL, anyone know of a shop in SE PA that has them? http://www.petiteguns.com/item/7643_..._10RD_NIK.aspx
    Last edited by Storm88000; September 20th, 2011 at 04:19 PM.

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    Default Re: Recommendations for a compact .22 LR semi-auto pistol

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDeltaForce View Post
    Sorry, but .22LR is useless as a carry round.

    Have a look at the Bersa .380 CC. Very, very small and with a much better round.

    - The Delta Force
    I should have elaborated a bit on usage...

    I was looking for a .22 for action/plinking and small enough to fit in a pocket of the fishing vest for the really big ones.

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