The "firearms" section of this website is mostly about guns for self-defense. I figured I'd put this thread down here in the "competitions" forum because it's just about finding a good .22 pistol to use for accurate plinking or casual target work. Let's talk about the kind of pistol that would be great for the kind of target shooting we do here with the monthly pistol postal match, or the .22 fun league that shoots twice a month at Hi-Caliber, or any other casual target shooting where you want to be accurate, but you don't want to spend $800 -$1800 for a "real" target pistol. Today up at the Bargain Barn in Jasper I noticed a S&W 22A with what looked like a 7" barrel for $239. I've always thought the 22A was a lot of value for the money, since they can be found around $200-$240 and yet they have very nice sights, a comfy grip, and the look of serious target pistol, even though they're not. Most S&W 22A's have about a 5" barrel, so this one is unusual. And it should be unusually good for punching paper, popping steel plates, knocking down bowling pins, or whatever other game you might play with a .22 pistol that doesn't require concealment or drawing from a holster. I myself have tried several .22 semi-auto pistols over the years. My current one for open-sighted shooting is Browning Buckmark. Others swear by the Ruger MkII and MkIII pistols. I think they're great, too, if you get a trigger job done on them. Walther has a target version of the P22. Sig Hammereli has a .22 pistol called the "Trailside" that sounds like it should be a fun plinker, but everything I read about them says they are exceptionally accurate and are more at home popping holes in the 10-ring of bullseye targets at the range instead of making empty beer cans jump over at the town dump.