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    Posted: 20 August 2018 at 08:48
What would be a good plinking pistol for a starting shooter??

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I'm as about a "starter" with a pistol as you can get.
I have a hard time hitting a wall in a closed room...
I have a Phoenix Arms HP22 in mat black .
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I don't/won't start a new shooter on "mouse gun" so 22 thru 380 micro/pocket pistols are out. They're just too hard to shoot either comfortably or safely. 38sp ultralite is out for same reason, it's hard to shoot 9-20oz handgun accurately, better for more experienced shooter, than new one.

If you're talking rimfire pistol Buckmark, gives the best accuracy, for the buck and it functions well. I ended up giving mine to daughter and replaced it with Heritage revolver. Revolver's not as accurate, but safer for new shooter, especially SA, though I doubt young/new shooter, could unintendedly fire a DA.

When they get basics down and are comfortable with shooting 22lr. I step them up to accurate 38sp revolver, with powderpuff loads or a full sized 9mm pistol, with lite loads, 147s surprisingly have less perceived recoil and are more accurate.

About half the new shooters I take out, prefer revolver over pistol. I think the fact, they can see each step in firing sequence, makes them feel more in control.     
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Interesting comment about revolvers being more friendly.  certainly automatics are cheaper.
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If you're asking for grandkids and kid shooters, Crossman pellet pistol, is where I started my kids and grandson on(he started shooting pellet pistol @6, does better now @ 7). If you don't already have one, they also are good for birds and squirrels around the house. I also have tried CO2 revolvers, they're good cheap plinkers and teach DA trigger control, pretty good for newer shooters. They're also pretty fun for older kids, set up a box of packing peanuts, in garage or backyard and shoot 500rds for about $10.
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I've taken out new shooters, who have been brainwashed by MSM and are terrified of all guns (but wanting to learn) and I've had them with no fear, wanting to shoot 44mag right from start (I won't let them). The more nervous they are, the more likely they are to prefer revolver.

A new adult is less likely to start with pellet pistol, I offer though. Sometimes/often they think you're belittling them with suggestion to start with 22lr, if so I either start with 38sp full sized revolver or full sized 9mm Beretta.

I've been watching for M&P 380 Shield EZ to go on sale and for current issues to get fixed. I think this will turn out to be good pistol for new shooter or those with hand strength issues.
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I agree with Robert on a revolver. 

If you are taking them out and letting them use your gun, I seem to remember you having a K-22. 
I think that would be perfect. 

If you want a semi auto, I like a Ruger MKIV.

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I start with a K-22 to get the techniques and safety planted then move over to a set of 9mm guns that I have:  SA and DA wheelguns and SA and DA semi autos.  That way they've experienced the four main styles.  Once comfortable and hitting paper reliably, I let them try any of the others that I have: Ruger Mk III, 1911, snubby, etc.  Seems to work. 

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What I like for .22lr plinkers....

Beretta M71
S&W Model 18 which is the K frame, six shot, with 4" brl
Ruger MkII 5.5: bull brl
Ruger MkIII 22/45 with 4.5" slab side brl.
Ruger MkIII 22/45 Lite
Colt 1911 .22 conversion unit mated to Springfield Armory 1911A1 frame
Ceiner 'Platinum Cup' 1911 .22 conversion unit mated to another SA 1911A1 NM frame.
GSG 1911 .22lr

That's what I'm rockin' when I get any range time these days...... Regards, M.

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NL  some cool guns there.

thiking the model 18 is the best to me.
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I started with a Ruger... Don't know the actual model, but I call it a Mini-Hawk; miniature .22lr sixer SA version of the 3 screw .357 full size SA Blackhawk - which is what I graduated to later on.
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The Ruger Blackhawk 357 with a 4 5/8" barrel is a good starter.  shooting 38 wad cutter/target loads is easy.  And it has a 'cowboy'  feel that newbies like.
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