.22 Bullseye Pistols

While NRA matches often include center-fire handguns, most bullseye shooting is conducted with a .22. In these competitions, accuracy and precision are more important than speed. Here are the most popular bullseye competition pistols, according to a poll conducted by Larry’s Guns.

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14 Responses to .22 Bullseye Pistols

Jack wrote:
November 19, 2013

What about the Beretta 87? Any thoughts? I love the look but not sure if it's a decent bullseye gun. Been out of it a long time and have a Ruger MK I Target that has had a decent trigger job done, but want something nicer.

Hal Abel wrote:
June 15, 2013

I had issues with stove piping on my 41s. I replaced the recoil spring appropriate for my ammo and the problems were resolved.

joe wrote:
May 12, 2013

I just purchased a model 41 and it has been nothing but a headache. It constantly stovepipes or fails to eject the spent cartridge. What a disappointment.I think you would be wise looking elsewhere as this gun is way overpriced for what it is. I question the performance center advantage.

stu haynes wrote:
April 22, 2013

In 1972 I already owned a 10 inch hammerli single shot pistol which I used in competition. I bought the Hammerli international in about 1973 for about £500 new I think. I was club secretary of my local .22 gun club. The Hammerli's were brilliant. I retired from shooting and the club and sold both pistols well before Ryan and Hungerford's sad events.

EAC wrote:
February 01, 2013

I have a Ruger KMKIII678GC with the factory checkered red laminate thumb-rest grips. I really like the grips in the photo. What is the proper name for them? Who made the grips in the above picture? I tried searching for "Free Style grips for Ruger MKIII" without success. Thank you

J. Gallagher wrote:
November 28, 2012

The S&W Model 41 is an exceptional product. I use it in Bullseye competition with an Ultradot scope -- it shoots better than I do :-)

Doug wrote:
November 27, 2012

Benelli pistols are the worst. I have 2 that constantly stove pipe no matter what kind of ammo I use. I finally bought the sw 41 and it hardly ever alabis.

Mack Missiletoe wrote:
November 25, 2012

I have the Ruger Mark III Target with 5.5" Bull Barrel. It has adjustable target style sights and seems very accurate. I feel that I am a decent shot with mine. For the price, under $400, you cannot go wrong. This is a classic pistol, reminiscent of the olden style with blued steel and wood grips. Even though it often comes with black plastic grips (which are decent, actually) I plan to put wood grips on it which have similar checkering as the black plastic. The wood grips I want remind me of the 'corn cob' style fore end of the old pump shotguns, even though the checkering is different. They just have that style, imo. Olden style :D I have shot a few Glocks, a Springfield XD, a polymer Sig, and a few target-sighted revolvers. I also shot a nice man's HK .22 pistol with silencer after he offered me the other day at the range! Lotta fun. I am the best shot with the Target-sighted revolvers and the Ruger Mark III Target. A lot it has to do with the sights and with other things like weight and action system. Once you learn how to take the Ruger Mark III apart and put it back together you will stop cussing and it will be second nature. It is fun and many times I can open it up with my finger nail. I do use a mallet when I take the barrel off and put it on, but this is an extra step often unnecessary for normal field stripping. I take the barrel off if it is extra dirty and I want to clean the lower more precisely. A tip: make sure the barrel is on straight and that the holes line up. Best to watch videos. The instructions did not include every situation during field strip that may happen and confuse a novice. The Mark III Target is one of the best. Why? I hardly have any jams!! In about 300 rounds that we shot last time we did not have a single jam or malfunction. We were using CCI Blaser .22lr bulk ammo (the brick). I think the action system of the Mark III has most to do with this. It's system is accurate and rifle-like.

Mack Missiletoe wrote:
November 24, 2012

I have been eying the Benelli MP90S. It looks to be high-quality and I'd like to see how it compares to my Ruger Mark III Target 5.5" for off-hand shooting. I would not mind paying $1-1.5k for an Olympic Target pistol such as this--the MP90S looks rad, dude! And not only does it look crazy-cool--it's looks are feature-filled and for good reason. Such as the low bore, low sights, and adjustable trigger.

Mack Missiletoe wrote:
November 24, 2012

Hey Cliff, they did include the Ruger Mark III... Honestly my mag disconnect, loaded chamber indicator, and lack of full mag ejection (due to mag disconnet) has not bothered me with my Mark III. I kind of like the loaded indicator even though I visually check the chamber. Yes I'd rather not have it, but it ain't so bad. I find that since the magazines do not drop free to the floor I do not have to worry about them breaking. They eject enough that I simply pull them the rest of the way out then set them on the shooting table or in my pocket. It is slower, yes, but not much with practice. I think this feature is especially nice on the Target model. If you prefer the Mark II or I that is fine, not dissing your preference, just saying the Mark III makes a fine Target Pistol once you get accustomed to it.

cliff wrote:
November 22, 2012

Left out the Ruger MK 1

Frome wrote:
November 21, 2012

What about the Ruger Mark II, with 5" bull barrel? I started with that gun, with a clark trigger job, and arnie vitarbo grips as a junior shooter. That brought me to Colorado Springs for the JOSC. Graduated to a S&W 41, with the bull barrel and viti grips, and eventually got the Hammerli .22/.32 conversion. Still and all, the Ruger could print nearly as well as any 4-figure gun, especially at 25 meters, and could well print better than I could hold.

John Ciccone wrote:
November 19, 2012

This is an exceptional pistol. Very accurate and very reliable. Among its features is the ability to dry fire the gun without the need for a dry fire chamber plug. Mounting a dot sight can be somewhat difficult as the two basic methods require removing the rear sight and replacing it with a dot sight mount or, the other method, which requires a gunsmith to drill and tap the barrel to mount a sight rail.

John Ciccone wrote:
November 19, 2012

My experience with the Bob Marvel/Advantage Arms .22 conversion unit has been frustrating and disappointing in the extreme. The main problem with the gun is the hold-open notch, a steel insert in the alloy slide. It is held in place by the two very small screws which are prone to breaking. It is obvious that this is a question of poor design. Given my experience with Mr. Marvel, and Advantage Arms, I do not recommend dealing with either entity.