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    My wife sand I have S&W 22 compacts and love them. They don't like golden bullets but cycle most other stuff and we've had them 2 years. Sweet little shooter. Gotta use high velocity ammo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coach1299 View Post
    Looking for thoughts and recommendations on which one of these little semi auto rimfire pistols is the better choice. I've had a bad experience with a 22 semi auto pistol (Interarms Astra Constable) in the past where it was unreliable and jammed often. I dumped that a while back and haven't recovered from the concerns of getting another loser 22 semi auto pistol. As of late I'm getting over it and becoming a believer that one of these guns will be much better and be like the difference of night and day.... I hope. So here I am trying to determine which one of these three pistols will be the most reliable. Guy in the gun store suggested that the Walther was a little picky on certain ammo. Guy in a different gun store told me that the Ruger was not picky at all and virtually as reliable as a Ruger 10/22 carbine and only had great things to say about it. If it's true what he said about the Ruger, I'd be very happy with it, The Walther was actually priced a little better, and I liked the sights a little more on the Walther over the Ruger as they seemed to be a little wider and easier to pick up compared to the Rugers sights which were a little more narrow (they are all 3 dots). I believe the sights on the Smith M&P will be the same as what comes on the Shield, and I'm fine with that also. I'm okay with paying a LITTLE more money if it's a better gun. I also like to keep things simple and similar as I already have the S&W M&P Shield in 9mm, and my thinking is that its design, feel, and function will be much like my 9MM Shield, but I'm willing to break the ranks if one of the other two is that much better and more reliable. All input will be appreciated, Thanks!
    I've owned both the SR22 and Walther P22. Both guns ran only on HV loads. The SR22 had a trigger issue where it would not fire occasionally, they claimed it was due to the magazine disconnect. The Walter P22 fit my grip better, and never gave me problems with shooting with HV ammo.
    Never owned a S&W M&P 22, but rented one several times, it shot well, not very accurate, one look thru the barrel will tell you why. I did not like the grip at all, too flat and square, not ergonomic at all.

    I would definitely pick the Walther P22, go on the Walther Forum at read the posts from 1917-1911M, he is the best, and very knowledgeable,

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    I have a colt 1911-22 made by walther. Love that gun. Very accurate.
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    Have had my Ruger SR 22 about 4 weeks and have been able to put 250-300 rds through it. So far, loves CCI and Winchester Super X but not Aguilar or Thunderbolts. Not a tack driver but reasonably accurate for its intended purpose, plinking and training beginners. If your hands are weak or you have a touch of arthritis the slide cycles easily and the magazines load fairly easily. I do love the ambidextrous controls since I'm left handed, but don't like magazine disconnects. Hope this helps.
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    I had both the Ruger SR22, and the Walther P22. The Ruger trigger would not always reset for me, and the Walther ran flawlessly, but it is also ammo picky, needs HV. I now have a Ruger MkIV 22/45 Lite and it runs great, needs Hv ammo to recycle thou. I was happy with the Walther and the 22/45, you can't get hurt with either one.

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    I have 2- Ruger MK1’s and a MKII Govt and they fire anything I can feed them. I don’t know about those newer models because these have been so good, why buy another?

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    I have three 22 pistols. A 30 year old S&W model 41 with 7" barrel. Tack driver! A Sig Mosquito, loud but not picky about ammo, and an old Iver Johnson TP-22 which is my sons. The Model 41 is my favorite but it's become a safe queen. The Sig get shot a lot.

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