I've got a M94B2 here. I picked it up over the winter so haven't had a chance yet to give it a serious wringing out but the informal stuff I've done it's worked fine. The trigger started out real heavy but so far has settled into just heavy, like all small frame rimfire revolvers from what I've heard. Even the SA is heavy.
Yeah, the Smith kit guns are heavy in DA, too, so is my Rossi. Now, an old K22 Target Masterpiece is SWEET, but the Js are heavy, must be something to do with the geometry of the lock work. I've heard from several that the Taurus 94 is a heavy DA. In a way, that's good. The way I look at my Rossi, if I can hit with IT, I can hit with anything, LOL. It's not only heavy, but pretty rough. The SA is sweet, though, very light and crisp. I look upon a kit gun as an outdoor gun to be fired mostly SA. I mean, you're not going to carry a .22 for self defense after all. But, they do offer decent cheap DA practice.
Soooooo, your going to play rough,eh, Familywagon? ;D
HKS makes nifty pint sized speedloaders that disappear in a decent sized pocket and hold of course, 9 rounds. Takes care of the loose rimfire rounds riding around in a pocket or pouch.
The newer models have an underlug to protect the ejector rod which the old ones didn't have.
Rabbits ,squirrels, and ground squirrels can be harvested at iron sighted ranges.
Had the family members work with the 94 for fun, plinking, and cheap target practice over the centrefire revolvers. Easier recoil, less noise,and less chance of developing flinch are why the family got started on the 94.
One can build a little confidence having them fire single action for a short period and then introduce them to DA fire once some consistency is demonstrated.
So there are good reasons to consider a 94 revolver.
I've owned older 4" blued M94s in the past with the wooden factory grips but no longer. I do, however, currently own a stainless steel M94 with a 5" barrel and rubber grips.
About three years ago, I was also debating whether to get a S&W 617 also and had a price comparison made between it and the Taurus M94 at one of the gun shops I frequent. At the time, the Smith was about $200 more IIRC. I couldn't justify to myself the additional cost when the Taurus M94 had a fit and finish on par with the Smith.
As others have noted the D/A pull is a little heavy but it gets better over time, IMO.
Yeah, and I never like buying a gun sight unseen. Even new guns, I like to check 'em out for timing accuracy, end shake, etc before plunking my money down on 'em, just to make sure there's not wear issues or functional issues. Pretty safe on a .22, though. I don't know if I've ever known of a .22 that was worn out by use, LOL! they just seem to last forever.
Not at all. Todd and I conversed on another forum and he suggested I take a look at this one, so I did. I am a bit apprehensive about the impending arrival of this weapon, as I have heard some mixed reviews of it. I was also at the limit of my buying amount for it at $250 but bid from 240 to 250.01 on the chance that 250.00 was his max bid, and it was.
It's good to see you over here on this forum! Don't be apprehensive at all. The Model 94 is a good gun from what I have read. The trigger may be a little stiff, but I gather that's the way on most rimfire revolvers. You made a good purchase! And, you only beat me by .01 cents. If not for that .01, the gun would be coming to me, so I obviously thought it was a good deal as well.