The above statement rings true for those who are satisfied with mediocrity. For those who want to improve their qualification scores and increase their confidence on the street, an effective next step is a dedicated target pistol designed around the .22 cartridge.
The grip angle is ergonomic and generally mimicks that of the 1911 platform. The barrel is a heavy bull barrel designed to handle rapid, ongoing follow-up shooting that generates a lot of heat. The bull barrel also gives the pistol a stable and well-balanced feel. Most dedicated target pistols also have intergrated or detachable accessory rails to accomodate red dots, optics and scopes, while still retaining their adjustable sights.
Finally, target pistols really outshine conversion kits in the area of the trigger. While the conversion kit doesn't allow adjustments to a duty weapon's existing trigger, dedicated target pistols are specifically built with a light single-action trigger ranging from 2.5 to 5 lbs. Most duty pistols far exceed 5 lbs., and many agencies mandate 6 to 10 lbs. for Glocks.
This makes practice with a Glock .22LR conversion kit far less palatable. With the target pistol's light trigger, employing the shooting fundamentals of good trigger control becomes more reinforced and pleasurable.
Accuracy is improved when the trigger pressure is applied in a smooth rearward motion that a lighter trigger permits. There's also a beneficial psychological effect of improved accuracy. Seeing accuracy improve on paper targets improves confidence and motivation.
Let's not forget about the friendly price tag of these pistols.
Great .22 target pistols can be had for less than $500. The most widely used models by professionals and civilians are the Ruger MKIII, Ruger MKIII 22/45, Browning Buckmark, Beretta Neos, Smith & Wesson models 21 and 40, as well as Walther 22 target pistols.
My favorite model is the Ruger MKIII 22/45 because it sports a heavy flutted bull barrel and is built around a frame that mimicks the ergonomics of a 1911's grip style and angle. I have also found this pistol capable of digesting a steady diet of most .22 ammunition brands. It is capable of great accuracy and can take a lot of punishment.
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