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Post by jmdavis 6/21/2018, 11:41 am

I worked this past weekend with a new shooter who had problems using one hand due to the weight of my pistols. I had brought my Ruger Mark I bull barrel because it is the lightest 22 that I have without a dot. I actually do have a Single Six too and that might work. Does anyone have recommendations for a lightweight 22 that has the accuracy for competition. I think that adjustable sights are a necessity, and it would be good to find something in the 25-30 oz range. 

For practice purposes until she gets a gun, I am considering using a Kimber conversion on a 1911 lower. The AL of the conversion will keep the weight down. And, while probably not accurate enough for full competition, it will provide something that she can start shooting one handed. What other ideas do people have? 


Thanks for any help or advice.
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Post by weber1b 6/21/2018, 11:45 am

The Ruger 22/45 is a poly frame. That gives the accuracy of the Ruger Mark with the lighter weight.

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Post by jmdavis 6/21/2018, 12:10 pm

34.4 oz for the 22/45 with the 5.5 inch barrel. 33.3 oz for the 4.4 inch barrel. And 25 oz for the 4.4 "LITE" version. The Trailside 4.75 inch barrel is 29oz. 

I wonder about an AL frame 1911 with a conversion.
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Post by Chris Miceli 6/21/2018, 3:03 pm

Alum 1911 with marvel and alum rib would be light

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Post by LenV 6/21/2018, 5:32 pm

S&W makes a Scandium frame. Light but not too light. Also the Browning Nomads and Challengers were light, adjustable and very accurate. The Brownings are out there for under 400.00

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Challenger/nomad weighs a lot less then the new Buckmarks
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Post by Mike38 6/21/2018, 5:36 pm

Benelli MP95 is 38.8 ounces. Actually, it feels lighter to me, almost too light until you shoot it, then it feels perfect.
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Post by JKR 6/21/2018, 6:09 pm

Kimber conversions are strictly plinker class if they work at all. If it looks like she's interested don't frustrate her with one of these inaccurate, troublesome, conversions. I'd say a Ruger has far more possibilities.

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Post by Orpanaut 6/21/2018, 6:35 pm

A Paclite or Volquartsen upper for a Ruger 22/45 will drop the weight even more.

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Post by Aprilian 6/21/2018, 8:00 pm

Len, good suggestion on the old Brownings.  I didn't think they could be had that cheap, but looking at Gunbroker they sell at that price and below.   If the new shooter got a Nomad with the aluminum frame and a 4 1/2" barrel, that would balance well in their hand.
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Post by jmdavis 6/21/2018, 9:13 pm

JKR wrote:Kimber conversions are strictly plinker class if they work at all. If it looks like she's interested don't frustrate her with one of these inaccurate, troublesome, conversions. I'd say a Ruger has far more possibilities.

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My Kimber has proven quite reliable over the past 10 years with CCI blazer and Federal automatch. It’s not as accurate as the Ruger or the Marvel but on an AL frame it would be lighter. I’m considering recommending the Ruger 22/45 lite,
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Post by Wobbley 6/21/2018, 9:33 pm

Aluminum conversion on an aluminum frame.
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Post by john bickar 6/21/2018, 9:59 pm

You may not want to go to these lengths, but Sandy Santibañez made a number of modifications to his daughter’s Walther GSP so she could shoot it for sport pistol. She was a slight teenager at the time. I believe he posted many, if not all, of them on TargetTalk. You may need to search the archive forum, because I believe those posts were pre-2004, and thus on the older midcoast TargetTalk.

We wore onions on our belts, as that was the style at the time.

Edit: maybe this post: http://targettalk.org/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=10998&p=47783#p47783

I didn’t click through to all of the pictures.
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Post by jmdavis 6/21/2018, 10:21 pm

John, thanks that is an interesting topic. I was thinking about Junior Sport Pistol today. I was wondering what Abbie Leverett might have shot in the Nationals for the Junior Sport Pistol. My memory of her from 2016 was that she was small.
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Post by Axehandle 6/22/2018, 6:18 am

Recently bought a Tac Sol Pac Lite Barrel for my 22/45.  Dang thing is so light that you think there was no gun in the bag...  Added a complete set of Volquartsen innards and the trigger will bring tears to your eyes.  
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Post by jglenn21 6/22/2018, 8:06 am

The Hammerli trailside or x-esse in the short barrel is very light with an excellent trigger. Ton of accessories for it to. Great shooter
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Post by gregbenner 6/22/2018, 10:35 am

I have a Volquartson 22/45 with a Tacsol Light barrel. Jon re-did the trigger, its a very nice gun.  It weighs 29.5 oz with a  Burris FF3 dot sight.  I purchased it when I began bullseye and thought I needed a lighter gun.  I rarely shoot it now, too light, but it makes a nice carry piece should I ever need to carry one while out hiking or something.

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Post by knightimac 6/22/2018, 12:40 pm

Hi.

Ruger MKIV 22/45 LITE is 25 ounces from the factory.  Built in rail as well and iron sights.

About $400.  Plus easy to take down for maintenance/cleaning.
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Post by Mac2 6/24/2018, 9:33 pm

I echo the idea of Ruger Mark IV 22/45 Lite with guts replaced - of course.  Have two people shooting them with about 2.4 pound-force triggers that are almost as good as Dan Wesson 1911.  Easy to add red-dot sight.  Magazines are reasonable.    and I will add a plug for those looking for a pistol for their GF mother, or other strength-limited person:  The S&W 380 EZ is a gem.  Can be racked, loaded, and be accurate for everyone who has tried.   By near Christmas time they should be more available and lower in cost.     Mac

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Post by fpk 6/24/2018, 10:15 pm

This Smith & Wesson Victory 22 has a Volquartsen barrel, compensator and trigger, and it weights 37.25 oz. It will shoot extremely well (10s and Xs), and my 5'3" 115lb daughter is able to drive it well at that weight.
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Post by Jon Eulette 6/24/2018, 11:15 pm

6” barrel or less is most desirable;)
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Post by 1joel1 6/25/2018, 7:06 pm

My MG2 is about 30 ounces I would think.

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Post by LenV 6/25/2018, 7:24 pm

How about a little thinking outside the box. This is one of the most fun .22s I have ever owned. I have the short barreled model and it is very accurate. The longer barrel should be even better. How about 18.7oz with double or single action with adjustable size grips to fit smaller hands. National records? Probably not. But will be fun to shoot by any new shooter.

https://www.ruger.com/products/sr22Pistol/specSheets/3620.html

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Post by 10sandxs 6/25/2018, 9:05 pm

I've got a lower built on a titanium foster frame, which I got on the close out table at camp perry years ago. It was fit to a marvel conversion but has never been fired in competition.  PM me if you're interested...

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Post by 285wannab 6/28/2018, 8:48 am

I have a light weight option listed for sale that would fit on your Ruger.

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