ISSC M22 Pistol Review

ISSC M22 ISSC M22

22 Caliber Pistol review of the ISSC M22

The specifications of the ISSC M22 are:

Caliber: .22LR

Capacity: 10 + 1 rounds

Action: Single-action

Barrel length: 4"

Front sight: white dot post

Rear sight: windage-adjustable white-outlined notch

Overall length: 7"

Weight: 21.4 ounces

Grip: Black synthetic

Frame: Polymer

Slide: Alloy

Finish: Black (other options available)

Safety: Trigger safety, ambidextrous hammer decocker and safety, passive firing pin safety, and magazine disconnect

Magazine release: Left side

Accessory rail: Picatinny

MSRP: $330

Pros: Reasonably accurate .22LR pistol which comes in a hard shell case.  Disassembly is very easy.  Has various safety features which can help the beginner feel more comfortable owning it.  It's a well balanced 22 caliber pistol which aids the beginner in daily use and target acquisition at the range.  The front sight is interchangeable with a couple sights that come with the pistol so as to adjust target aquisition related settings.  Another nice feature the ISSC M22 pistol has, which not all .22LR pistols have, is that the slide will remain open after the last shot has been taken.

Comments: If you like Glocks then this is the training pistol to get.  The ISSC M22 pistol is very similar to a Glock 19.  Since its caliber is .22LR, you can practice all day long at the target range.  Safety features are many, so many that some may think it hinders practical usage, however for the beginner they add to the confidence the beginner needs.  Regarding ammunition, it is recommended and seems to be true, to use high velocity types of ammunition.  Also, there seems to be a break-in period of a couple hundred rounds and maintaining it clean helps very much.

Cons: Again, only one magazine.  I really wish all .22LR pistols came with two magazines.  Better quality ammunition such as high velocity which several .22LR caliber pistols recommend and may even require, is still extremely cheap when compared to 9MM and up ammunition.  Therefore you will be shooting a lot!  The front sight on the ISSC M22, which is a platic interchangeable piece can come off if hit or brushed upon in a rough manner so you might be ordering a couple spares.

Kimber 1911-22 Pistol Review

22 Caliber Pistol Review of the Kimber 22 Rimfire Target

22 Caliber Pistol review of the Kimber 1911 Style Rimfire Target

The specifications of the Kimber Rimfire Target are:

Caliber: .22LR

Capacity: 10 rounds

Action: Single-action

Barrel length: 5"

Front sight: Kimber adjustable

Rear sight: Kimber adjustable

Overall length: 8.7"

Weight: 23 ounces

Grip: Black synthetic

Frame: Aluminum

Slide: Aluminum

Finish: Black (also Silver and Silver/Black)

Safety: Left side and Grip safety

Slide stop: Left side

Magazine release: Left side

Accessory rail: None

MSRP: $850

Pros: The finish on this 22 caliber pistol is superb.  You will want to show off the Kimber Rimfire a lot at the shooting range!  Accuracy for a .22LR pistol of this style is very good.  The Kimber target sights, trigger and quality result in the high accuracy of this 1911 style pistol.  Not too picky about quality of ammunition, though with a pistol like this one I would choose better quality ammunition such as CCI mini-mags.

Comments: Looks, feels and functions just like a Government 1911 without the weight or recoil of the original.  Some people may think it's too light.  It might be when compared to the original, but on the other hand, a person being introduced to pistols in general will appreciate it.

Cons: A very costly 1911 style pistol in the .22LR caliber, but don't forget, it's a Kimber and it shows in the quality of the pistol.  Only one magazine and it's of a synthetic material.  Again, it functions without any problem.  But just one!?  True aficionados may not appreciate the fact that the slide does not remain open after the last shot.

Colt 1911-22 Pistol Review

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22 Caliber Pistol review of the Colt 1911-22 from Umarex USA

The specifications of the Colt 1911-22 are:

Caliber: .22LR

Capacity: 10+1 or 12+1 rounds1

Action: Single-action

Barrel length: 5"

Front sight: Drift adjustable

Rear sight: Drift adjustable

Overall length: 8.6"

Weight: 32 ounces

Grip: Rubber

Frame: Full metal body

Slide: Full metal body

Finish: Black

Safety: Left side and Grip safety

Slide stop: Left side

Magazine release: Left side

Accessory rail: None (Picatinny style on the Rail Gun model)

MSRP: $399

Pros: Accuracy is very good when using good quality ammunition such as CCI.  Breakdown is fairly simple and Umarex has a very good video showing the steps to be taken.  Looks and feels (except for the weight) just like a .45 Colt Government M1911.

Comments: Functions just like a Government 1911 with 10 or 12 round magazines and with a much lighter recoil and very low ammunition expense.  The pistol will not scare any new person away from the shooting experience and will help introduce them to the pleasure of pistol shooting.  Umarex, licenced manufaturer of the Colt Government 1911 .22 Rimfire Pistol is based in Germany and is actually the parent company of Walther Firearms.

Cons: A little picky about quality of ammunition used.  The better the quality, the less problems you will have, if any at all with ejections and stovepipes.  As with the majority of the rimfire semi-automatic pistols presented on this site, the better the ammunition used, the less, if any issues one will have.  Even more expensive .22LR ammunition still costs a fraction of the larger caliber ammo.  Only one magazine!

1 Several states have restrictions as to the capacity of a magazine.  City and county laws may be more restrictive.  Familiarize yourself  with your local gun laws.

Chiappa 1911-22 Pistol Review

22 Caliber Pistol Review of the Chiappa 1911-22 22 Caliber Pistol Review of the Ciappa 1911-22

22 Caliber Pistol review of the Chiappa 1911-22

The specifications of the Chiappa 1911-22 are:

Caliber: .22LR

Capacity: 10+1 rounds

Action: Single-action

Barrel length: 5"

Front sight: Ramped

Rear sight: Adjustable for windage

Overall length: 8.5"

Weight: 33.5 ounces

Grip: Stippled hardwood

Frame: Chiapalloy

Slide: Aluminum-zinc alloy

Finish: Black (several other finishes are offered)

Safety: Left side (also has manual keyed safety)

Slide stop: Left side

Magazine release: Left side

Accessory rail: None (Picatinny style on the Tactical model)

MSRP: $299

Pros:

Considering the price point, very accurate when used with better quality ammunition and good quality parts being used.  Style and operation is very similar to that of a true 1911.  Comes with two (again, 2) 10 round magazines.  As you will note in the other reviews of 22 caliber pistols on this website, the majority come with 1 magazine only.  When shooting a .22LR semi-auto pistol, you will quickly go thru a magazine in no time at all, so it gets very frustrating when you have to stop every 10 shots.

Comments:

Try to keep your firing-hand thumb away from the slide during firing or if against it, make sure it's not sitting heavily against it.  The recoil spring is very light, a heavy thumb dragging on the rail can induce a malfunction.  As is the case with almost every 22 caliber pistol being reviewed on this site, better quality ammunition will give you a much better experience and it still costs a fraction of the bigger caliber ammunition.

Other than the trigger this 22 Caliber Pistol is a very reasonable 1911 style pistol which mimics very well it's bigger caliber brother.

Cons:

Very heavy trigger (this should change for the better when the model receives a steel trigger).  Front site has to be carefully filed in order to be adjusted.  After adjusted it should be coated with a "Cold Blue" product.  The only problem with this is if you over adjust or if you ever sell it, your adjustment may not match the next person's shooting characteristics.

Sig Sauer Mosquito Pistol Review

22 Caliber Pistol Review of the Sig Sauer Mosquito 22 Caliber Pistol Review of the Sig Sauer Mosquito

22 Caliber Pistol review of the Sig Sauer Mosquito

The specifications of the Sig Sauer Mosquito are:

Caliber: .22LR

Capacity: 10+1 rounds

Action: Double-action / Single-action (DA/SA) 1

Barrel length: 3.9"

Front sight: Adjustable

Rear sight: Adjustable

Overall length: 7.6"

Weight: 24 ounces

Grip: Polymer

Frame: Polymer

Slide: Aluminum-zinc alloy

Finish: Black

Safety: Ambidextrous

Slide stop: Left side

Magazine release: Left side

Accessory rail: Picatinny style

MSRP: $390

Pros:

Light weight and decent sights especially for beginners resulting in favorable accuracy and ease of use.  Design much like bigger Sig Sauer caliber models such as the SP2022 in 9MM and .40 S&W P226.  The Mosquito comes in a number of configurations ranging from the standard blued overall finish to the Mosquito Sport which has a longer sight radius and comes with an extended barrel and barrel weight. 

Comments:

Size is 90% of bigger brother P226 (chambered in 9MM, .40S&W or .357SIG) and controls are in the same location.  Introducing beginners to the semi-automatic pistol is made easy by the design and good functionality of this 22 caliber pistol.  A nice feature not all .22 pistols have is the slide will lock open after the last bullet is shot.  Take-down of the Sig Sauer is very easy contributing to the correct maintenance, even for a novice.  

Cons:

Only one 10 round magazine.  Nowadays, many pistols are coming with two magazines included and when shooting .22 caliber ammunition, you'll be shooting a lot and therefore loading the same magazine over and over.  You can always order additional magazines from Sig Sauer.  Prefers high velocity ammunition from CCI and may have problems with lower velocity or other types of ammunition.  You will have to try various brands to see what works best.

1 On a semi automatic pistol, when the hammer is not cocked you can pull the trigger and it will cock and fire the pistol.  You do not have to cock and fire the pistol with the trigger for every shot because the slide cocks the hammer when it cycles.  The first heavier trigger squeeze is the DA/SA part of it and the subsequent lighter squeezes are the SA single action part of it.

Ruger SR22 Pistol Review

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22 Caliber Pistol Review of The Ruger SR22

The specifications of the Ruger SR22 are:

Caliber: .22LR

Capacity: 10+1

Action: Double-action / Single-action (DA/SA) 1

Barrel length: 3.5"

Front sight: Drift adjustable (white dot)

Rear sight: Fully adjustable (two white dot or plain black)

Overall length: 6.40"

Weight: 17.5 ounces

Grip: Polymer (two grip sleeves included)

Frame: Polymer

Slide: Aluminum aerospace alloy

Finish: Black

Safety: Ambidextrous

Slide stop: Left side

Magazine release: Ambidextrous

Accessory rail: Picatinny style

MSRP: $399

Pros:

Works very well with both high and low velocity ammunition.  Not as picky as some other 22 caliber pistols. Two (2 I emphasize) 10 round magazines included.  Light and easy to operate.  Sights are very good which lead to very nice accuracy.  Straight-forward disassembly.

Comments:

Sturm, Ruger & Company, an America company, has been around since 1949.  It's rifles and pistols in the rimfire category are extremely popular.  The SR22 continues it's legacy.  Fit and finish are very good for this category and the controls in addition to being ambidextrous have very nice surface areas and great tactile feedback leading to a pistol which is a pleasure to use and easy to learn with.  And allow me to mention this one more time: it comes with two magazines.  Can easily be used as a hunting and trail gun because of the overall quality and sights it uses.

Cons:

DA trigger pull seems to be a bit messy and heavy.  The SA pull seems heavier than it should be on a .22LR caliber semi-automatic pistol.

1 On a semi automatic pistol, when the hammer is not cocked you can pull the trigger and it will cock and fire the pistol.  You do not have to cock and fire the pistol with the trigger for every shot because the slide cocks the hammer when it cycles.  The first heavier trigger squeeze is the DA/SA part of it and the subsequent lighter squeezes are the SA single action part of it.