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Old 09-12-2019, 07:03 PM
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Hi All,

I'm having coyote and fisher cat issues lately at the house. My wife walks the dogs at night and wants to carry a 22 that she can use the 22 buck / snake shot in and have a have a light on it. She does have her CCP.

Any suggestions? Thanks in advance
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Old 09-12-2019, 10:04 PM
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Those rimfire shot shells are whimpy, maybe a 22 mag?
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Old 09-13-2019, 12:12 AM
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M&P22C and M&P22 both have a bottom rail for a light.

I have never used shot shells but they have been utterly reliable with every type of .22LR HV ammo I've tried.

I have a cheap ebay light on mine for small critter night work and nightstand gun.

My hands/fingers are long enough to manipulate the on/off slide switch. You can also find a light with a pressure switch if desired.

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Old 09-13-2019, 07:43 AM
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Ruger Mark IV 22/45 Tactical.
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Old 09-13-2019, 08:50 AM
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My Question ..? ? Is the .22 Shot Shell going to cycle the action of a Semi-auto Pistol? ?
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Old 09-13-2019, 03:58 PM
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The shot shells will not cycle most 22lr semi auto pistols. The 22lr shot shells are meant to kill barn pests like mice without damage to the barn. They are wimpy and the rifling creates a donut shaped pattern. That is why Henry brought back the smooth bore garden gun. Most of the newer pistols have accessory rails. You might also consider a laser.
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Old 09-13-2019, 05:55 PM
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The Ruger SR22 also has a rail in front of the trigger guard.
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Old 09-14-2019, 11:12 PM
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walther p22 has the rail
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Old 09-19-2019, 04:59 PM
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Thudd is right, I've got a light on one of my Walther P22s.
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Any good semi-auto pistol with a rail, but aside the questionable cycling, does anybody else think .22 shotshells are a really bad idea for fisher cats and coyotes? All that's going to do is piss them off. I think regular .22 LR at a minimum, or preferably .22 WMR.
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Old 09-19-2019, 07:48 PM
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Any good semi-auto pistol with a rail, but aside the questionable cycling, does anybody else think .22 shotshells are a really bad idea for fisher cats and coyotes? All that's going to do is piss them off. I think regular .22 LR at a minimum, or preferably .22 WMR.
You're right, those 22 shot shells are useless for anything bigger than a rat. Not gonna kill a 40 pound coyote at any range.
The only shot shells I'd expect to reliably kill them would be 20 gauge and up.

I'd be carrying a 9mm auto or a 38 revolver.
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After looking up fisher cat (like a Weasel) a 22lr would work well for both. You will never get close enough to a coyote to even try a shot shell. Then they would laugh at you. Still say a Ruger Mark IV but my suggestion for a coyote would be a 22lr rifle. You will be a lot more accurate with a rifle and a sling on it to steady. Off hand shooting is probably the way you are going to be firing I would imagine.
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Yeah the first round being snake shot, only to slow down anything coming at us, there is no way it would stop them. I'm just thinking that the first round being snake shot will give me more time to get directly on target by slowing them down. Then full power let off the following 9 rounds of CCI Stinger hollow points.

I'll check out the P22Q as my local shop has one they just got in. I'd use the brightest light I can get my hands on for it.

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Old 09-26-2019, 12:43 PM
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The light should go on her forehead, not on the pistol. A headlamp is always pointing where you're looking. If the light is on the pistol you have to use it as a flashlight which is annoying and if you want to see who is coming down the path behind you, you have to point the gun at them.

The headlamp also lights the sights on the gun. There is a chicken-killing raccoon that could tell you how well this works except for his unfortunate demise. If the light is on the gun, how do you aim it?

A headlamp also makes a good flashlight. Using a pistol to light the back of a closet tends to freak some people out.
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Maybe a Taurus TX22 would work for you ...

... but if its for your wife, she has a say in that. Recently read some good reviews of this particular model. Price is very reasonable and Christmas is coming soon so I'd expect some prices to drop on them.

I'm very happy with a Taurus 9mm G2 Millenium I would consider for after dark outdoor carry, but have not tried shotshell ammunition with it . CCI makes both standard #9 shot and Big 4 (#4 shot) which would have more effect on close range larger animals. I agree with others above - the rimfire shotshell is for close range vermin control near structures you don't want to damage.

Good luck with your choice.
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