MemberDecember 18, 2019 at 12:04 am
My daughter got interested in shooting at Scout camp and wants to pursue it further. For Christmas, I’d like to get her a .22 to start because that’s what they shoot at her camp and she can shoot a lot for dirt cheap. This would be for shooting at the range once or twice a month.
I have a $300 budget for the gun, case, lock, etc. Is there anything decent and affordable at that level, or am I delusional? Should I just save up more? I’ve seen the Phoenix Arms HP22, but the reviews look awful.
Second question: My wife is concerned about having a gun in the house, even locked and stored away from ammunition. Where else is feasible to store a gun and have access on weekends?
Thanks, all. Please don’t burn me too much! Newbie gun owner here, and I know very little.
VladimeersPooteenGuestDecember 18, 2019 at 12:04 am
Brand new guns all come with locks (at least all the ones I’ve gotten have, I think it’s a law in the U.S.) If you go the used route, send me a PM, I have a few & will gladly send you one for free.
snippysniperGuestDecember 18, 2019 at 12:04 am
Save up like $75 more and get a ruger mark iv
52221090chuckGuestDecember 18, 2019 at 12:04 am
Browning buckmark, Ruger Mark iii or similar used would be your best bet. They are accurate, can run the inexpensive ammo reliably in most cases and can be found used all over. May be slightly over budget with a small handgun safe but shouldn’t be terrible. Get a small one gun locking “safe” or a slightly larger handgun only safe. All of the cheap safes are easy to break into so don’t waste time reviewing them. They all just keep hands off the gun long enough to have a kid lose interest. If your wife is worried about a gun in the home you may be able to get two small safes and keep the handgun in one and ammo/mags in the other. If they get into one they won’t have a functioning gun at least.
nomonopolyonpieGuestDecember 18, 2019 at 12:04 am
Browning Buckmark, Ruger Markwhatevertheyarenow, or Ruger 22/45. I don’t recall any handguns on the Scout range, only shotguns and .22 rifles. IIRC, the Walther P22 is picky about ammo. The Ruger SR22 is very similar, but not picky.
I’d look more at a 22 rifle than a handgun, especially for a new shooter.
52221090chuckGuestDecember 18, 2019 at 12:04 am
Should have added, if you want a lock, go to any small gun store or range and ask them for one. They will have hundreds wasting space in back as almost no one really uses them past a couple months when they get their first gun. I’ve got at least 30 of them sitting in my reloading room wasting space. I never use them. I’m an RSO at a outdoor range. Weekly people show up with a gun lock and no key. We just use bolt cutters to cut the non trigger guard ones off for them. The trigger locks we have some keys that fit but not always.
CrescentPhreshGuestDecember 18, 2019 at 12:04 am
This came across my feed this morning. Might just snatch one up.
JKase13GuestDecember 18, 2019 at 12:04 am
I love my Taurus TX22. Great inexpensive training pistol. They’re less than $250 new. Check palmetto state armory or KY Gun Co. both come with free shipping if I remember correctly.
I’ve put thousands of rounds through mine and I’ve never had a single issue with it. Plus the 16 round mags is fantastic.
armchaircommando85GuestDecember 18, 2019 at 12:04 am
The browning buckmark is currently on sale for 250-275 at Cabela’s and sportsman’s warehouse. As far as the wife goes hmmmmm……I mean you could just never keep ammunition in the home at all. Just buy the ammo when you go out shoot it all and return home with a paperweight. If you don’t mind my asking what is the wife’s concern over a gun in the home? Is it kids? Political motivations? Just trying to get a picture of the situation, to help you think of a compromise.
LukeKoboJoboGuestDecember 18, 2019 at 12:04 am
I love my TX22. You won’t find anything with that capacity so cheap.
Ways to appease your old lady, in order of increasing the amount of time/skill it takes to make the weapon fire-able:
1) Use included slide lock chain to lock the slide out of battery, and then lock gun in safe. Getting the gun to fire requires opening the safe and removing the slide lock (cable padlock essentially)
2) Store the slide and grip assemblies in 2 different safes. Would need access to both safes and knowledge of how to reassemble.
3) remove striker assembly/firing pin and store in a separate safe or secret hiding place. Can be combined with step 2. Reinstalling a striker or firing pin generally takes someone either mechanically inclined or already familiar with the insides of that specific firearm. Requires access to anywhere from 1 – 3 safes and the know-how to reassemble.
I can go on but (3) is probably far enough…
Thats_my_cornbreadGuestDecember 18, 2019 at 12:04 am
Buckmark of Ruger wrangler if she’s interested in a revolver.