May 1999

Plinking/Target .22 Pistols: Ruger’s 22/45 Is Our Choice

The $200 P512 rimfire with a 5.5-inch bull barrel shot slightly more accurately than S&W’s sweet little M22A. Laggard: Browning’s BuckMark Camper, which showed quality problems.

We set out recently to test a set of plinker/target .22 LR handguns, with an eye toward finding a comfortable, shootable, affordable product to pass some range time with. Unexpectedly, we wound up finding three .22 LR pistols that not only achieve the relatively low standard of being decent recreational-shooting diversions, but which also offer the serious shooter good training use that can save money. If you pick up the $219 Browning BuckMark Camper, Smith & Wesson’s Model 22A, $209, or the Ruger Model 22/45, $199, you will easily feel the similarities between these handguns and trademark centerfire names. The grip of the Browning BuckMark Camper renders the unmistakable feel of the venerab...

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