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Recommend the Beretta Neo?

Discussion in 'Handguns' started by ag1052, Sep 27, 2013.

  1. ag1052

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    I'm new to guns. Ill be getting a 9mm for self/home defense fairly soon but I've been considering also getting a 22lr pistol to get some shooting experience since (when you can find the ammo it's cheap). I'm looking to stay under the $300 mark. From what I've found it seems the beretta neo looks like it fits my needs. Anyone have any thoughts on it?
     


  2. CrazedJava

    CrazedJava Well-Known

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    Actually wrote a review on it last year -

    Beretta U22 Neos Review

    Since I've written that review it continues to perform great. I like the fact that it is not ammo picky and in fact has not had any issues despite the fact I can't always be choosy on what ammo I have on hand. These are bad days to have a .22 that will only use a particular brand.
     
  3. Orbie

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    I owned one and while it shot great right out of the box, I didn't like the grip angle or how the safety can dig into the web of your hand. Go to Academy or your lgs and fondle one to see what I mean. You can order a kit from Beretta that converts it into a rifle and thus have 2 guns in 1. (If you don't already have a 10/22 or similar .22 rifle). Not a horrible gun but I also wouldn't choose it over a Browning Buckmark or a Ruger 22/45.
     
  4. OnyxATX

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    The Ruger 22/45 personally gets my vote for a 22 pistol.
     
  5. Orbie

    Orbie Born Texan TGT Supporter

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    Java, just read your review. Spot on in many aspects and overall was a great review that covered everything. Do you have anymore reviews? I would enjoy reading them when I have time.
     
  6. CrazedJava

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    Nothing else published. Have some unfinished ones for a Magnum Research Baby Eagle and Ruger P89 that I plan to finish "someday"
     
  7. ag1052

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    Thanks guys, if you all have recommendations please feel free to post. As long as its a good 22lr handgun (also Id like to stay away from the ones that are picky on the ammo brand, that is what attracted me to the neo). It doesnt even have to be a semi automatic. A revolver would be just fine but Id rather it not look like a movie prop for a western.
     
  8. CrazedJava

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    What's your price range? The revolvers are nice but get expensive fast. (Edit - Duh. $300 from the original post)

    For automatics that are NOT ammo picky amd all for around $350 or less you can get -
    S&W M&P 22 - Fired this one and loved it
    ATI GSG 1911-22
    Ruger SR22
    Browning Buckmark
    Ruger 22/45
    Beretta Neos

    From my own experience, I would stay away from the S&W M22A or the SIG Mosquito. I generally have not heard positive things about the Walther P22 either but can't speak from experience.

    Everything I recommended is either a gun I own, a gun I've fired, or have had regular positive reviews and/or owner input. I don't think you can go wrong with any of them.

    I personally own a Heritage Rough Rider that is essentially a Colt Peacemaker clone in .22. It does look like it is out of a western but it was cheap ($190 at Academy) and it is damn fun to shoot. The sights are not the greatest though.
     
  9. TheCytochromeC

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    I love my neos with its 6" barrel. It eats everything, and I mean everything. In fact, some guy at the range asked if we could swap .22's for a second to see how he liked it. He didn't.. and most don't. I tested the buck mark he lent me by putting my "neos ammo" through it. It jammed about 20% of the time.

    The bad :the front sight can use some paint as it comes from the factory black and the trigger reset is almost non-existent. I like the thin grip and don't mind the angle too much. It's definitely a different pistol that's for sure. For the price and finish you get, in my opinion, it's worth it.
     
  10. Blind Sniper

    Blind Sniper Well-Known

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    Java, does your Rough Rider have the laminate grips, the fake ivory, or the normal wood? With any luck I'll be getting the laminate for my 21st in November (the .22 Mag conversion cylinder is just a bonus IMO).
     


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