Well, Zamak, or zinc alloy, is not your typical alloy. It's soft and it's just inappropriate for firearms manufacture. High Point uses it, but in order to do so, they have to use enough that it rivals a 105 howitzer in weight. As I say, I've sworn off it. Compared to a normal aluminum alloy, too, it's HEAVY. That PA is a lunk in a pocket compared to, say, a Taurus PT25.Always wondered why it's called pot metal in a cheap gun, while the same stuff is called alloy in a more expensive gun?
Every .22 likes something different. My SR22 loves Federal. There are some light loaded rounds it doesn't like, Winchester 333 round bulk comes to mind. It LOVES Remington golden bullet. IMHO, the safety on the Ruger is perfect. It decocks just like my P85 and other than it doesn't return, like my KP90DC. However, i'm not much in love with the magazine safety. But, it's not a defensive gun, so no problem there really. I don't carry anything smaller than .38 special for self defense, myself, no reason to. Well, one exception is my sometimes church gun depending on the pants I wear is a NAA Black Widow in .22 magnum. Better than nothin' if I need extra stealth. Today we went to Seguin for the wife's highschool reunion planning get together and I carried a .22LR NAA mini weak side pocket, a .38 Special M85 SSUL strong side pocket, and a M605 Poly in .357 magnum as a primary on my belt OWB under a long T shirt. .25 could make a backup, I guess, but my 5 ounce NAA in a 3 ounce folding grip is a lot lighter than my PA HP22. It, my .38, and my .357 put together weigh about what a 1911 weighs. I only put the .357 on for trips and such and around here, don't always bother. The .38 is plenty of gun IMHO, just like a NY reload when I travel to more crowded areas.I was not interested in a 22, pretty well covered there. The SR22 is nice, except Ruger put the safety on backwards. Mine eats everything so far except Federal, which it chokes on.
Did it melt? Well, for a couple hundred bucks, I like the Taurus PT22/25, but it does have design things I don't like, such as lack of an extractor. I understand WHY, it's the tip up barrel, but I'd rather have an extractor.I got the HP25 to replace a Raven I lost in a house fire. The Raven went with me almost everywhere for 20 years or so. What better to replace it with than the Phoenix which raised from the ashes of the Raven plant?
Academy usually has 'em. But, I'm not sure if Taurus is behind on supply or what.I actually wanted a PT25PLY, but not a fan of silver guns and I have not been able to find the all black model. I initially walked away from the Phoenix but*a few hours later went back and got it, thinking I can get 2 of these and a box of ammunition for the cost of the Taurus. Even if it's a dud I can't get hurt that bad.
Oh, I originally loved my .22, but eventually, with all the problems, learned to hate it. Maybe the .25 will be different. Don't know. Hope so.I'm actually pretty impressed with it. Although I currently have less than 200 rounds through it, there has only been one malfunction, the second shot failed to go into battery. Had to tap the back of the slide, since then -nada.
With the .22, I got the 5 inch barrel. It shoots a little better with what it likes, but the neat thing about it, I can remove the 3" barrel and install the 5" to clean the barrel and feed ramp, then swap back. The spring stays in place if I'm careful, otherwise it's a pain. Bending the spring up a little bit helps if you're installing the slide. When I clean it, I just lock the slide back to clean the slide face and spread a little gun grease where I can if needed. I got to where I wouldn't take the slide off except when I had to change a spring which goes limp about every 500 rounds and must be replaced.Reassembly is a bit troublesome. At least I'll stay in shape chasing the recoil spring! Hopefully soon I'll have it figured out.
That's interesting, a reloadable .22 substitute. I have a centerfire .22 substitute rifle already. It's a Rossi 92 iin .357 magnum. I load a 105 SWC in .38 brass to 900 fps and it's a pretty good squirrel rifle. I've also thought about getting a TC Contender barrel or some single shot in .22 Hornet, casting for it, and loading it to .22 LR velocities. More'n one way to skin this cat. Seems people are getting creative with the .22 shortage, but I'm still getting .22 ammo and shooting it. I WILL be SO glad when I can walk in to Walmart and buy a bulk pack or 10 again.The main reason for the 25 though, is just to play with. I know where there is a .251 barrel liner that I want to turn into a squirrel rifle. Thinking of something along the lines of the Chiappa Little Badger, maybe stubbing the small framed Rossi single shot.