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U.S.-Made .22 LR Popguns: The Taurus DAO PT-22 Is Our Pick

A .22 LR would not be our first choice for serious backup, but any gun is better than nothing at all. We think the cheaper Taurus is a better buy, but we still liked Beretta’s Bobcat.

The basic size of the two test guns was similar, but the Taurus PT-22, left, had an extended magazine which let us get all our fingers onto the gun.
There are a few clever innovations in handguns that have specific usefulness to certain groups of individuals. One of these is the pop-up barrel that permits loading one round into the chamber of semiautomatic pistols without the need for weak or possibly arthritic hands to work a slide. This feature has been mighty handy over the years for a few folks, to our certain knowledge. We found two modern .22 LR pistols with this feature and decided to see just how well they worked in the field, and against each other on the target. …

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