Almost all of us have at least one .22, and many of us have several. Back in 1979 when I interviewed for my first job with Petersen Publishing, the late Howard French at Guns & Ammo asked a bunch of questions. One of them was, â€śDo you own a .22?â€ť
Fortunately, I had a couple; he told me later that he wouldnâ€™t hire anyone who claimed to be a shooter but didnâ€™t own a .22. Exactly which .22(s) we own depends somewhat on budget, taste, and what hand-me-downs we might have. My mission here is to offer my picks of the five greatest .22s of all time.
I will tell you up front that I donâ€™t own one of each, but these are all great rifles that have had significant impact in the shooting world.
Iâ€™m curious to see if you agree.