The humble 22LR has a lot to give. The ammunition is some of the cheapest in the world, it’s a capable hunting round for varmints and critters and it’s an invaluable part of your firearms education.
The best 22 pistol will pay for itself with one day at the range or plinking in the backyard and it will teach you about good technique, basically for free.
That’s why any true gun connoisseur, not just a rimfire pistol man, will have a selection of 22LR pistols, as well as more conventional gunporn.
So what is the best 22 handgun for sale right now? Here are our picks.
1. Ruger Mark IV Tactical
- Price: $479.99
- Barrel Length: 4.4″
- Total Length: 8.5″
- Weight: 2.2lb
- Capacity: 10 + 1 Rounds
The Ruger MkIV is the stuff of legend and it’s basically everybody’s favorite range gun. it’s also sort of gunporn in its own right, which is rare even with the best .22 pistols.
Not too many people get sweaty over 22 Long Rifle firearms, but then the Ruger Mark 4 is different.
This is a full-fat tactical version of the gun with a Picatinny rail on top that turns it into a real multi-purpose handgun that could be useful if you live in the country.
This 22 handgun is famously accurate and people take it into competitive settings every week. With an optic on
The Ruger even got a threaded barrel for a suppressor, a chassis mounted safety and it has a single button for a complete takedown, which makes stripping the 22 handgun a breeze. That was a big problem with the Ruger Mark 3. It’s fixed now.
With this semi auto and the rest of the best .22 handguns, it’s nice to get a magnified optic, even though it costs a little more, and get in close and personal with the target.
It’s a sniper of a pistol, rather than a quickfire weapon, and you can take your time and actually plan shots with this $175, lightweight optic that gives 1-3X magnification.
This is an advanced .22 with all the bells and whistles. So it might not be the one for new shooters.
If you want the ultimate .22 pistol, though, this is probably the one to go for. You can spend more, but this is pretty much the perfect handgun in this caliber.
In its own way, this brilliant handgunis a small-scale tactical hunting system. Get into small caliber rimfire handguns and you’ll start to see the world in miniature.
It can be the most fun kind of hunting you can do and you can take your lessons to yourbig bore hunting handgun.
See the world differently through the sights of one of the best .22 pistols for sale in 2019.
It’s a small game killer and potentially a snake sniper if you live in the country and you’ll wonder how you ever did without this cheap and effective handgun.
And if you’re ever thinking of hunting with revolvers, then start here at the bottom, with a 22 handgun, and iron out your technique first with cheaper than dirt Long Rifle ammo.
Learn to take out a rat or a squirrel at 50 feet with this gun and you’ll get most of the handgun hunting skills you need to deal with something bigger. Only then should you start looking at the gunbroker sites for the big game hunters.
You can also dress this gun how you want tactically. That means it’s great for target practise, training drills, dryfire training and just about everything else.
Seriously, get one. It will pay you back after a couple of plinking sessions at worst and this rimfire pistol is an invaluable teaching aid. It’s easy to shoot, the low recoil means you can go all day and you can focus on your shooting technique and firearms training.
If this is your first handgun and you want to learn with the 22 pistol, then this is probably the best. It’s expensive and if you’re just looking for a trainer then you might want to save some bucks. If you’re a gun connoisseur, though, then this is the one you want.
You will learn hunting on a small game scale with ammo that costs almost nothing.
You can still take this gun to the range, lots of people compete with them,but the threaded barrel and rail give this weapon a real sense of purpose and we prefer this version for real world applications.
Ruger took a number of 1911 features for this single action 22
The barrel is 4.4 inches long, it’s supremely accurate and fun to shoot. Seriously, too many people claim this is their favorite range gun. That can’t be a coincidence and it is definitely one of the best .22 pistols on the market.
For our money, the semi auto Ruger Mark series in this trim is the best 22 pistol in the world right now. If you’re going for a 22 Long Rifle handgun, it almost has to be this one. The Ruger SR22 1911 might be more famous, and a bit prettier, but this is the one you really want to shoot.
The Ruger Mark 3 got a reputation for tricky takedowns, but the Mark 4 has fixed that issue with a single button takedown that is as good as any out there. You can strip this gun in seconds.
Put it back together and you’ve got a reliable, accurate .22 LR that all the handgun reviews will tell you is the one of the best rimfire pistols in the world.
What’s the best 22LR suppressor?
One question we get a lot is what is the best suppressor for your 22LR pistol? A lot of people want to shoot suppressed. With a silencer, a 22LR is like shooting whispers and it makes the whole process a lot more peaceful.
We’ll do a separate post on this, but right now we recommend the SilencerCo Switchback. You can buy it direct from SilencerCo right there on the site.
It’s a multi-caliber suppressor that is fitted with hand twist Titanium baffles that look the absolute business and can be tailored to your gun, or the job at hand.
Rainier Arms also have a solid selection of silencers for a variety of calibers in their pretty sexy NFA section that also includes Short Barrel Rifles. There’s some serious gunporn on the site in general and the NSFW NFA items are right up there with the best of them.
Where to buy cheap Ruger Handguns
Is the Ruger Mk4 Lite a bit flash for you? Is it not quite what you’re looking for? Well you can get a Ruger Mark 3 super cheap, or maybe a Ruger SR22 is more your speed. Whatever you are looking for, you will find it here.
- Palmetto State Armory – Today’s deals on Ruger handguns at PSA, from the .380 Auto to big revolvers.
- Brownells – Big selection of Ruger handguns, from the 22LR through to the Ruger Security 9 and wheel guns.
Scorpion .22LR 1911
- Price: $1, 229
- Barrel Length: 4.5 inch
- Total Length: 6.5 inch
- Weight: 1.75lb
You will have to be seriously devoted to 22 Long Rifle to spend this kind of money on your pistol. But then just look at it…
The Volquartsen Scorpion .22LR 1911 is a 22LR pistol with a compensator, so you know this is a target shooter taken to the absolute limit. The attention to detail is beyond obsessive, but the resulting gun is beautiful in its brutality.
The 1911 style frame changes the grip angle and shifts the balance point to the rear, which is generally a good thing when you’re taking aim in a competitive setting or out hunting small animals.
The frame is machined from high-grade aluminum alloy and there’s a competition spec bolt in there. Volquartsen has fitted its own Exact Edge Extractor that is available as an aftermarket add-on for other firearms. The company’s SureStrike firing pin is another 22LR upgrade you can buy for other weapons.
The crowning glory is that Volquartsen LLV compensator. Is a compensator overkill on a 22LR? kind of, yes, but then this whole firearm is overkill and it seems kind of petty to start poking holes in the muzzle device.
For dedicated target shooters or people that just love hunting with 22LR enough to spend big bucks on their hobby, then the Volquartsen Scorpion 22LR is a hell of a thing. It’s peak engineering and it’s also an emotional purchase. It might also be the best 22 Long Rifle pistol money can buy.
3. American Tactical ATI GSG Firefly 22LR
- Price: $179.99
- Barrel Length: 4 inch
- Total Length: 7.2 inch
- Capacity: 10+1
- Weight: 1.53lb
This low budget effort is actually a prety faithful recreation of one of the most famous 22LR pistols of all time, the Sig Sauer Mosquito.
This icon of the rimfire pistols world was discontinued back in 2013. Before then, the German company had one of the best 22 pistols of all time on its hands.
Now German company GSG bought the license and created a budget version of the Sig Sauer Mosquito that will cost you a less than $200 and give you a suppressor ready tactical handgun that will prepare you for a full-size 1911, without the ammo costs or recoil.
It’s a great gun and the likes of the ATI Firefly are a great option for new shooters and old hands alike. It will pay for itself with a day at the range, it’s a great practise gun if you own a Sig Sauer P220,225 or any of the variants and it’s a solid little starter pistol. At this price, we love this thing.
4. S&W Victory
- Price: $402.99
- Barrel length: 5.5″
- Total Length: 9.2″
- Capacity: 10+1 Rounds
- Weight: 2.25lb
If you don’t want to spend Ruger money then Smith & Wesson offers a simpler, cleaner version of the same style of gun. It’s one of the best .22 LR pistols out there.
Essentially, the new Smith & Wesson SW22 Victory looks more like an old Ruger than the new Ruger does. It has borrowed heavily from that classic German WWII pistol design and simply refined a rimfire competition handgun concept that works.
This single action 22
But the Picatinny rail that gives you the means to add a scope basically gives the Ruger the edge and then some. You also get a slick adjustable rear sight that works well with the fiber optic night sights up front if you plan on leaving the red dots alone and simply shooting with a naked pistol.
So, really, it depends what you want from your 22
5. Beretta M9-22
- Price: $398.99
- Barrel Length: 5.3 inch
- Total Length: 8.5 inch
- Weight: 1.6lb
- Capacity: 15+1
The Beretta M9 doesn’t need an introduction, but that’s kind of what we do. So bear with us.
In 9mm form, or .40 S&W, it has starred as the US military sidearm for 30 years and has only now given way to the military version of the Sig P320. It’s a legend for good reason and some people still use one of these steel, full size handguns for home security and EDC.
If you shoot with the Beretta then a similar training gun makes a lot of sense. And if you’re looking for a full-size 22 handgun, that’s fun to shoot, well the Beretta is a great start for a platform.
That 5.3 inch barrel and 1.6lb weight stay faithful to the original and that can help you run drills with the cheaper, quieter, lower recoil ammo. It will also pay for itself if you swap one range day for this dirt cheap ammunition.
6. Walther PPQ M2 22
- Price: $399.99
- Barrel Length: 5″
- Total Length: 8.1″
- Capacity: 12+1 Rounds
- Weight: 1.19lb
Do you want a 22 that looks and feels like a standard striker-fire polymer pistol? If you’re looking for a training weapon, then the answer should really be yes if your EDC is one of many plastic fantastic pistols that include the Springfield Armory XDMOD2 and Glock 19 alike.
The Walther PPQ is a full-sized gun. So for firearms training at the range, particularly with the quick draw aspect, this is a much more useful 22 handgun and it will help you with your firearms training drills.
Some people still like the smaller Walther P22, but honestly this is a newer, better, more representative rimfire pistol to train with. It’s one of the best .22 LR hanguns you can buy. Look out for the Walter PPK 22 LR later on (spoiler alert etc…)
The slide comes with the right amount of serrations, front and rear, so you can handle it just like you would a larger caliber. Spend two or three days at the range with this, perfecting your technique, and the gun will pay for itself in cheap ammunition in a day of target practise.
This might be the best firearms training gun out there right now and if you start with this one then you might stick with Walther for your CCW. In terms of a training weapon, this might be the nicest you’ll find and it’s one of the best guns here.
You get a rail underneath the four-inch barrel, so you can go tacti-cool if you really want to. But this is a gun that can teach you a lot about your own technique and CCW weak spots. It’s a worthwhile investment on those grounds alone.
If you want to learn, the Walther PPQ M2 might just be the best 22 pistol in the world. The Walther P22 is still popular, but this is better.
7. Smith & Wesson 617
- Price: $732.99
- Barrel Length: 6″
- Total Length: 11.1″
- Capacity: 10 Rounds
- Weight: 2.77lb
This revolver is just so magnificently over-engineered for the caliber. It’s an 11-inch handgun and that’s really not much smaller than the X-Frame special that is the S&W 500.
That’s kind of ridiculous for .22 Long Rifle ammo, but here we are looking at a full size revolver…
That means this is a useful training gun if you’re going big game hunting with revolvers, but it’s also just a fun thing to fire at the range. You have all the space in the world for a proper scope up there and you can turn the Smith & Wesson into a comical small game hunter.
It sucks as a concealed carry, but then if you’re relying on a 22 LR Handgun for concealed carry, home defense or anything more serious than small game or firearms training, then you have other issues.
The K-Series frame was originally developed for the 38 Special. But now it holds a 10-round 22 LR cylinder that means this gun can hang with the semi-automatics when it comes to capacity.
Buy a speedloader online and this gun becomes an attractive range proposition and its great for target practice and big revolver training.
It’s also a traditional revolver, that looks the part and feels solid in your hand. That 2.77lb weight should help squash recoil completely and it’s hard to find a reason not to love this gun. If you have wheelgun fever, then this is the 22 LR we’d have to recommend.
Is it one of the best .22 LR handguns for sale? We don’t think so, but only because we’re a bit prejudiced against
The handgun reviews online love this thing, the user reviews are even more excitable. So yeah, if you want to plink all day with a hand cannon that doesn’t kick back, this is a great option.
8. Colt 1911 Government
- Price: $389.99
- Barrel Length: 5″
- Total Length: 8.6″
- Capacity: 12+1
- Weight: 2.25lb
This is a full-size 1911 22 LR for sale that acts as the ideal training gun. It means you can plink all day without the kick, the fire and the fury of a full-bore 45 ACP Colt 1911.
You can run drills all day with this gun without killing your hands and ears. It’s a plinking gun, that sits in an interesting niche. If you carry a 1911, you really should have one of these for training with.
Now the weird part, Colt doesn’t actually manufacture this gun. It’s officially licensed out to Walther, which makes it under the Colt banner. Why? I have no idea…
It’a cool little gun, it’s fun at the range and if you collect 22 LR pistols then you’ll definitely want one.
9. Smith & Wesson M&P22 Compact
- Price: $249.99
- Barrel Length: 3.56″
- Total Length: 6.65″
- Capacity: 10+1 Rounds
- Weight: 0.94lb
This is another training gun, especially if you rock an M&P Shield as your every day carry. This gun will feel familiar enough to make it invaluable as a training aid while you plink away with cheap ammunition.
You get 10+1 rounds and a solid pistol that basically looks and feels like this 22LR handgun’s bigger brothers. That makes it one of the best .22 LR handguns for sale.
That also means it’s a great backyard and critters gun, especially if you have a suppressor for it. The threaded barrel means its both suppressor ready and seriously tacticool. But with a 22 LR handgun then it can really be handy to run a suppressor instead of wearing the full works in terms of ear protection.
10. Ruger Mark IV 22/45 Target
- Price: $345.99
- Barrel Length: 4.4″
- Total Length: 8.4″
- Weight: 1.56lb
- Capacity: 10 + 1 Rounds
Two Ruger Mark 4 Tactical is just a touch Operator for some people and they want a simpler gun that pays tribute to the old-school Rugers and actually has more character. The basic ass gun is also much cheaper, like much cheaper.
It’s also enough gun for 22 LR casuals who don’t want to devote themselves to small game hunting. If you’re not quite ready to go undercover with the local rat population and you just want a fun 22 handgun for plinking at the range or some backyard shooting, then this is absolutely fine.
You get traditional sights, a one-button takedown just like the more expensive gun and that legendary Ruger accuracy. You also get change from $350 and that will swing it for some of you.
11. Ruger SR22
- Price: $319.99
- Barrel Length: 3.5″
- Total Length: 6.4″
- Capacity: 10+1 Rounds
- Weight: 1.09lb
The Ruger SR22 .22 LR pistol is here by popular demand. Having given the win to the Ruger Mk4, we were going to leave this fairly straightforward, hammer-fired, plastic training pistol out.
So, here it is. It’s a solid little semi-automatic .22 LR handgun that is just about the same proportions as the most popular CCW handguns out there. That means it is useful for drills, plinking and simply getting your eye in.
You can do quick draw drills, shot grouping and more with a .22 pistol, before you move up to your 9mm.
You get a thumb safety and a rail for a laser or light. You can also mount a dryfire training system on there and
A decocking lever and a three-dot sighting system are nice touches, as is the aluminum slide. It’s a good rimfire pistol for
It will improve your general skills with your EDC and we guess that’s the point of a .22 Pistol.
12. North American Arms 22 Short
- Price: $201.99
- Barrel Length: 1.125″
- Total Length: 3.6″
- Capacity: 5 Rounds
- Weight: 0.25lb
Are you a ‘sock gun’ kinda guy? If you need a back-up, then this little beauty makes a lot of sense and it’s one of those last-minute guns you can throw in a pocket or indeed a sock holster that might just save your life one day.
This is like a more practical version of the old Derringers. 22 LR will only work close up, but it isn’t the peashooter some people would like to think it is.
A round of 22 LR to the face will probably stop just about anybody and on that day, this would be one of the best .22 LR handguns in the world for you.
You will also have the smallest and lightest mini revolver on the market, which is enough for the firearms collectors to get all gooey-eyed over it.
The barrel is just 1.125 inches, the whole gun measures just 3.6 inches and it weighs 0.25lb. It’s more than a novelty, it’s a specific tool for a specific job and if you need a small pocket gun and don’t particularly like the Derringer then this could be for you.
It’s no Ruger Mark 4 when it comes to accuracy, but you already knew that, right?
13. Browning Buck Mark Challenge
- Price: $519.99
- Barrel Length: 7.5″
- Total Length: 11.3″
- Capacity: 10+1 Rounds
- Weight: 2.5lb
Browning has taken the traditional Ruger design and brought it up to date with a look more in line with modern semi-automatic handguns with a sporting flavor. The Browning Buck Mark Contour is absolutely a competition shooting 22 LR pistol and you will see a lot of these in the hands of competitive and dedicated shooters.
The Browning Buck Mark has evolved into a model line-up in its own right. Now you can get the Browning Buck Mark Standard, Browning Buck Mark Contour, Browning Buck Mark Plus, the Buck Mark Challenge, the Hunter and there may just be more.
Then it did something really clever and added a
The Browning Buckmark is milled from a single piece of aircraft-grade aluminum billet and you’re pretty much guaranteed a target shooter’s dream gun that is built around precision engineering that guarantees reliability and consistency. Adjustable sights at the rear and a fiber optic front sight are ideal for competition, ran
Even the laser cut grip is designed to put your hand in the same position each and every time. The Browning Buck Mark Contour isn’t necessarily the one I’d go for, because I think the Ruger Mark 4 is a better gun, but it is a great 22 LR handgun and it’s one you should consider. Committed 22LR shooters will almost certainly end up with both anyway.
The Browning Buck Mark Standard is cheaper and this gun comes in a series of different specs. We think this is the best option and you’re certainly getting one of the better rimfire pistols if you buy the Buck Mark.
The only issue is the Ruger is more flexible, but target shooters don’t care about general skills and this is the last word in accuracy here.
14. Walther PPK/S 22 LR
- Price: $377.99
- Barrel Length: 3.35″
- Total Length: 6.06″
- Capacity: 10+1 Rounds
- Weight: 1.44lb
Really, you can have James Bond’s gun in 22 LR form. That’s just about the only reason I can think of for buying the Walther PPK/S.
Honestly, it’s an elegant little gun. But unless you want to put on a tuxedo and stand in front of a mirror, doing the classic draw, then I don’t see why you’d want this gun anymore. As a concealed carry, the PPK is redundant.
There are better options just about everywhere and if we’re honest it is time for Bond to move on to a better weapon and get a proper concealed carry.
The slimline PPK sits nicely in your hand and is an accurate little thing that still has a fanbase. I would no longer want its big brother, though, and would recommend you don’t use on as your EDC either.
So that makes the 22 LR Walther P22 a niche buy just because you want it, rather than any obvious firearms training angle.
That’s OK too, of course. Sometimes guns are meant to be fun and the Walther P22 fits that particular bill.
15. Ruger Charger 22 LR
- Price: $257.99
- Barrel Length: 10″
- Total Length: 19.25″
- Capacity: 15+1 Rounds
- Weight: 3.13lb
On paper this thing looks ridiculous. But then, as a training gun, it makes perfect sense. It’s a stripped down AR-15, or large format pistol, and you can dress it up and train with it as you see fit.
You can fit an optic on the Picatinny rail, or a red dot, depending on your own personal preferences.
It’s got all the ingredients of a great plinking gun, just for its unusual form and Ruger internals. A 10-inch barrel is about as accurate as you’re going to get without going for full 22 rifle.
That’s enough justification. The truth is, it’s a fun gun that should be a hell of a lot of fun to plink with. It might not be the most accurate here. It might not be the most tactically sound. But does that always matter?
It’s an oddity, but you could also use it as a training tool and a range warrior. At this price, it’s pretty much a no brainer. You want one…
16. Heritage Arms Rough Rider Small Bore 6.5 inch
- Price: $194.99
- Barrel Length: 6.5″
- Total Length: 11.75″
- Weight: 2lb
We had to have at least one proper cowboy revolver and here it is, the Heritage Arms Rough Rider.
It’s cheap, it’s simple and it’s a great little gun to take to the range. Is it going to be as accurate as the Ruger at 50 feet? Probably not, but then it does come with real old world character and we think that counts for something.
It’s an 11.85-inch gun, too, so it’s one of the biggest here. It weighs in at 2lb, you get imitation Mother of Pearl grips, a proper blued metal finish and a gun that will put a smile on your face.
It’s a single action revolver, rather than a double action, but you can cope with that.
17. Beretta U22 NEOS INOX
- Price: $269.99
- Barrel Length: 4.5″
- Total Length: 8.8″
- Capacity: 10+1 Rounds
- Weight: 1.98lb
The Beretta looks like a decent pistol, but it doesn’t really offer a single compelling reason to buy one. The price drop helps, but it still isn’t a deal maker in my eyes.
It isn’t quite as sexy as the Ruger, it isn’t quite as close a match to an EDC as the Walther and it is pretty much a polymer version of the best guns that is kind of lacking a USP.
If you’re going this route, just save money and get the Walther P22. Otherwise, the newer Walther PPQ M2 is a better option for a 22 LR handgun that is truer to the striker-fired pistols of today. I would still consider the Ruger SR22 as another option, too. Basically the Beretta is here on the list, but I don’t think you should buy this .22 pistol.
It’s a solid gun, but it’s not a great gun.