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A friend of mine is in the market for an inexpensive .22 plinker-grade handgun to learn marksmanship and enjoy backyard casual target practice.

It should be cheap-- $120 -$200 price range.

Looks don't matter. A bit of rust or a few scratches would be fine.
It needs to have decent sights-- so that would eliminate most single-action guns (cowboy style) that have a microscopic slit cut in the frame, or hammer, for a rear sight.
But normal-sized fixed sights would be OK.

If this gun can shoot a baseball-sized group at 30 feet, it will fill the role it needs to fill.

Right now the only handgun in my friend's family is a full sized .38 police style DA revolver, and as you know, .38 ammo isn't cheap these days! Retail price the local gun store is nearly 50 cents a shot for FMJ or RNL range ammo. (I know you can get it for half that, if you buy a case of 500 or 1000 mail-order).

Anyhow, a .22 revolver or semi-auto would fit the bill nicely for practice in the backyard range.

Does anybody have anything they don't use anymore?
If you see something cheap at a pawn shop that fits the bill, let me know.

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I have an old H&R 923 9 shot .22 revolver that I rarely shoot.

It has a blade front sight and small rear sight (think of the size sight on an old Makarov). The SA is fairly nice, but the DA is heavy.
 

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Yeah, H&R's are good. I used to have two model 929 revolvers, made in the late 1980s. One was very inaccurate, but it was still "okay" for plinking, especially practicing quickdraw and rapid fire shooting.
The other was reasonably accurate. They had excellent sights, but I think the bores were roughly cut or the rifling too shallow or something.
I've found that H&R revolvers made in the 1950s-1970s are better quality.
 

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Yeah, H&R's are good. I used to have two model 929 revolvers, made in the late 1980s. One was very inaccurate, but it was still "okay" for plinking, especially practicing quickdraw and rapid fire shooting.
The other was reasonably accurate. They had excellent sights, but I think the bores were roughly cut or the rifling too shallow or something.
I've found that H&R revolvers made in the 1950s-1970s are better quality.
They switched to nylon in the mid 70s to keep cost down. I know my '79 is pretty accurate and I like the fact it fires both short and long .22 ammo. I have not really messed with any of their models outside of the 70s.
 
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