EXCELLENT FOR NEW SHOOTERS
My first handgun was a .22 auto, a
2nd Model Colt Woodsman with a 4.5inch barrel. I learned a lot of my basics with that pistol. It had good sights and a good trigger pull, which helped me to learn to shoot it accurately.
It also had a 1911-type magazine release, so I learned to press the button to drop the magazine in the same manner as did the latter centerfire autos I used. By the way, the 3rd Model Woodsman has a magazine release at the base of the magazine well, one reason I have always preferred the 2nd Model.
My Walther PPK-L .22 has also proven an excellent training aid for new shooters. When my wife was learning to shoot, she used the PPK-L a lot.
As a result, she learned the use of a
Top: Another S&W .22 revolver that serves well for training is the
Model 17 K-22—or the 4-inch version, the Model 18. This revolver may be used along with centerfire K-frame .38 Specials or .357 Magnums. Shown is Thompson’s 4-inch Model 66.