Today, I’m discussing the role of a common pistol chambered for the ubiquitous 22LR rimfire cartridge. I’m personally fond of Ruger’s rimfires, so I’ll be discussing their 10/22 rifle, Mk III (pronounced Mark 3) pistol and new 22/45 Lite pistol.
However, an uncountable number of other rimfire rifles and pistols could also fill these roles, including but not limited to the Browning Buckmark, Beretta U22 Neos, S&W 22A and venerable Colt Woodsman.
Several modern 22LR pistols can serve a partial role, but they have a drawback. These pistols include the GSG-1911-22, Walther P22, Walther SP22, Sig Mosquito, and S&W M&P 22. These guns are designed to mimic centerfire pistols. They have a moving slide that covers the barrel instead of a long protruding barrel. This makes it very difficult to add a sound suppressor. It is still possible, but only with a special adapter. The adapters only cost about $40 online, but they’d be hard to find in the apocalypse.
First, the Ruger Mk III:
The Mk 3 is available in many configurations. They all hold 10 rounds of ammo. Some, like mine, weigh as much as 42 ounces unloaded. Some people had troubles with earlier gun jamming, but mine has been rock-solid reliable. I fired about 700 rounds with only 3 malfunctions. If I recall correctly, all 3 malfunctions were due to defective ammo that refused to fire. My Mk 3 has also proven to be very accurate. As an additional post-apocalyptic zombie bonus, it’s very easy to attach a home-made silencer to the Mk 3’s long barrel.
The 22/45 is a variant of the Mk 3. It uses a different grip that weighs about 10 ounces less and has a significantly different feel.
There’s a special version of the 22/45 that uses a lightweight aluminum upper half combined with the lightweight polymer grip. The 22/45 Lite weighs only 23 ounces unloaded. That’s 19 ounces lighter than my Mk 3. That’s enough to carry a fully loaded 22/45 and PMR-30 instead of just a heavy Mk 3 Target.
Firearms chambered in 22LR have many wonderful attributes. They are lightweight, inexpensive, and common. They fire lightweight, inexpensive, and common ammunition. they produce significantly less noise and flash than more powerful weapons. They kick less, so they’re ideal for new, young, or weak shooters. And when dead people are trying to eat you alive in a post apocalyptic world, they can be easily equipped with a home made silencer. A 22LR with a sound suppressor is very quiet. Using a cutting-edge suppressor, a 22LR rifle can be quieter than a crossbow, quieter than a toy BB gun. Yet, despite all of these advantages, they are still plenty powerful enough to penetrate into a Walker’s brain bucket.