10 Best 22 Revolvers For Sale – July 2022

Smith and Wesson 617. A full size 22LR revolver. Buy yours now.

The humble 22 revolver remains a perennial favorite at ranges up and down the land.

It doesn’t matter if you’re training for larger caliber handguns, or just enjoying plinking with a low recoil wheelgun. The best 22 revolvers are a joy to use, and you might be surprised by some on this list.

So what is the best 22LR revolver on sale in 2022?

Here are our picks.

The Smith & Wesson 317 Kit Gun is one of the finest 22LR pistols on the market. Get yours now.

1. Smith & Wesson 317 Kit Gun

  • Price: $768.99
  • Barrel: 3″
  • Total Length: 7.19″
  • Weight: 0.8lb
  • Capacity: 8

The Smith & Wesson 317 Kit Gun packs 8 rounds into a gun that weighs significantly less than 1lb fully loaded.

That’s a packaging marvel and means there can only be one winner here.

Based on the iconic J-frame revolver that has provided personal defense for American citizens for decades in 38 Special and 357 Magnum form, the 22LR version comes with the same AirLite technology. A combination of carbon steel, titanium and aluminum alloys produce a gun that is quantifiably lighter than the opposition.

This one comes with an intriguing 3 inch barrel, which is perfect for plinking at short, undemanding distances. Help with that comes in the form of Hi-Viz sights that are part of the Kit Gun package.

The main selling point, though, is the weight that makes this revolver a viable concealed carry pistol. In more aggressive calibers, of course…

So use the 22 for drills to save money and your eardrums, and it makes sense to have this alongside your 357 Revolver.

Ruger New Model Single Six 22 pistol

2. Ruger New Model Single Six

  • Price: $799.99
  • Barrel: 6.5 inch
  • Total: 11 inch
  • Weight: 2.2lb
  • Capacity: 6

A classic cowboy six shooter brought up to date, with friendlier ammunition and real engineering tolerances.

This modern day 22 is built better, tougher and stronger than any custom gun a cowboy could dream of carrying. Today’s entry-level range toy is way better than yesterday’s mil spec hardware.

You can go for a variety of different grips, finishes and you can upgrade the sights. But polished stainless steel and wood grips feel right.

Smith & Wesson Model 17 22LR. Buy your large revolver chambered for long rifle ammo today.

3. Smith & Wesson Model 17

  • Price: $1,117.99
  • Barrel: 6″
  • Total: 11.25″
  • Capacity: 6
  • Weight: 2.5lb

The Smith & Wesson Model 17 is a big lump of steel that couldn’t be more of a contrast to the flyweight 317.

It weighs in at 2.5lb, features a 6 inch barrel and is more or less the same target gun that was released shortly after World War II.

Now it is produced by Smith & Wesson Classic and comes with checkered wood grips and adjustable sights. The barrel length alone means it’s a hellishly accurate 22 pistol and you can achieve more range thanks to the additional muzzle velocity.

If that matters to you, then this gun is seriously fun to shoot.

The small revolver in the world from North American Arms. This tiny gun is an ornament, as much as a firearm

4. North American Arms Mini Revolver 22LR

  • RRP: $281.99
  • Barel: 1.125″
  • Total: 3.6″
  • Capacity: 5 Rounds
  • Weight: 0.25lb

The smallest revolver in the world is a real title that firearms manufacturers fight over. Right now, North American Arms holds the honors with this Mini Revolver.

You can see a surprising amount of detail work for such a small gun. We love the single action trigger, the five round chamber and the serrations on the hammer.

Obviously the design is inherently compromised and you wouldn’t want to actually rely on this. But guys love scaled down engineering. This is just a simple fact.

Men devote years of their life to producing small engines, small buildings and small firearms. You don’t have to plink endlessly with it to appreciate that, and you won’t.

This is a gadget to play with while you work, just to appreciate the craftsmanship and innovation. Just on that basis alone, NAA deserves to sell tons of these.

10 Best 22 Revolvers For Sale – July 2022

5. Taurus 992 Tracker

  • Price: $499.99
  • Barrel: 6.5″
  • Capacity: 9
  • Weight: 3.4lb

The weighted barrel, heavyweight frame and cushioned grips of the Taurus Tracker are real benefits with the 44 Magnum and 357 variants. In the 22 pistol, it all feels like overkill.

We’re looking forward to welcoming a version of the Taurus Raging Hunter, which is our favorite big revolver. But if you’re looking for a 22 Long Rifle version of a big Taurus revolver, then this is the one for now.

This firearm was built for much bigger ammo. So one of the cool things with the 992 Tracker is the 9-round capacity. I mean that is a lot, and that makes this great for hobby shooters that want to reload that little less often.

The Ruger SP101 is arguably the best value competition 22 LR on this list. Get yours now.

6. Ruger SP101

  • Price: $769.99
  • Barrel: 4.2″
  • Total: 9.12″
  • Capacity: 8
  • Weight: 1.875lb

This double action revolver comes in a wide range of calibers, and this small frame special can handle everything from 22LR through to 357 Magnum.

Together with the larger Ruger GP100, this spelled the end for the long-serving Ruger Security Six.

Now that was designed as an all-round defensive pistol and the new gun has a lot of the same cues. The double action and fiber optic front sight made a lot more sense as a 357 Magnum, but this is still a great 22 pistol. It’s a great snake gun, too, or vermin hunter if you have the time and the inclination.

Adjustable rear sights mean this is a solid 22 revolver for days punching paper. It won’t break the bank and neither will the 22LR ammo.

Recoil won’t kill you either, thanks to the hardwood inserts in cushioned rubber grips. And the fact that it’s a 22…

The Heritage Barkeep Boot 22LR. No, it doesn't make any sense, but it's all kinds of fun. Buy yours today.

7. Heritage Barkeep Boot

  • Price: $184.99
  • Barrel: 1.68″
  • Total: 6.38″
  • Capacity: 6
  • Weight: 1.59lb

Objectively, the Heritage Barkeep Boot shouldn’t be anywhere near the head of this list. But, seriously, how much fun is this thing?

It’s a Wild West-style mini revolver, with a tiny barrel and a bird’s head grip. This is just wild…

Of course guns like this didn’t even exist in the days of Wild Bill Hickock. Or 22LR ammunition, for that matter.

But don’t let details like authenticity, or long range accuracy, or lots of other stuff, get in the way of an awesome 22 pistol.

You probably won’t fire it all the time. But you will find yourself playing with it and smiling at the scaled down engineering. It might also be the best little snake gun you ever owned.

Ruger New Bearcat. Sturm Ruger has brought the classic one piece frame design from the Civil War era on to today's firearms market. Buy yours now.

8. Ruger New Bearcat

  • Price: $689.99
  • Barrel: 4.2″
  • Total: 9″
  • Capacity: 6
  • Weight: 1.5lb

The one piece frame on the Ruger New Bearcat is a hat tip to the Civil War-era Remington revolvers we still love to admire from afar. Well this is a simple and easy way to own one, kind of.

The unfluted cylinder is engraved with a bear and cougar, real North American tough guys and exactly the kind of animals you shouldn’t be taking on with a 22LR pistol.

You need the most powerful handguns in the world for bears, in particular, and you really shouldn’t get too carried away with the symbolism here. It is a nice gun, though, and it features an internal transfer bar safety to help prevent accidental discharges.

Heritage Arms Rough Rider 22 pistol. A cheap cowboy six shooter that is fun and won't cost too much.

9. Heritage Arms Rough Rider Small Bore

  • Price: $194.99
  • Barrel: 6.5″
  • Total: 11.75″
  • Weight: 2lb

The Heritage Rough Rider isn’t just a cheap 22LR revolver in the old Cowboy style, it has also received exceptional reviews from a demanding press.

With a 6.5 inch barrel there is almost no felt recoil. The steel frame is sturdy and feels like a real lump of old American metal and yet the gun operates like a modern day 22.

10 Best 22 Revolvers For Sale – July 2022

10. Smith & Wesson Model 617

  • Price: $732.99
  • Barel length: 6″
  • Total: 11.1″
  • Capacity: 10 Rounds
  • Weight: 2.77lb

This full size revolver is almost too big for the caliber, and that’s really the twisted appeal. I mean sure it’s a trainer, too, but really the whole point of this is that it’s a massive revolver that weighs 2.77lb and fires 22LR ammunition.

You can use this Double Action/Single Action for plinking, or competition shooting thanks to that lkong barrel and adjustable rear sights.

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