P17 alternative (light trigger)

Discussion in 'P-17 Pistol' started by titusvilletim, Jul 21, 2020.

  1. titusvilletim

    titusvilletim Member

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    Jul 21, 2020
    Ironically, the Kel-Tec business is only 16 miles from my house, but to no avail... Trying to get my hands on a P17 Isn’t going well. My SW 642 (38spl) is too heavy physically, and specifically way too heavy trigger for my wife. In the meantime, what would be a good alternative? Looking for a small/compact semi, ideally a poly frame, similar capacity, and light slide and trigger. Any experience with the same dilemma? Any recommendations appreciated. I actually did get to hold one that was having a holster custom made at a local shop. Would like to pick up two so I could also carry a back-up, as well as getting the wife setup. Years ago she shot a 9mm some, so the bang factor isn’t an issue, just age and strength catching up with us.
     
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  2. old32

    old32 Member

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    Mar 29, 2020
    tx 22 or lcp 22lr may be runner ups. I would try to hold out for a p17. keep trying sportsman warehouse .
     

  3. Silver Rings

    Silver Rings Active Member

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    Feb 13, 2019
    I second the Tarus t22. Light weight, eazy rack and a fairly light trigger. Also 16+1 capacity.
     
  4. kel-el

    kel-el Well-Known Member

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    Dec 1, 2019
    Scottsdale AZ
    Forget the Ruger and I have the problem you mention. The TX is not bad but large, I have 2 TX's a black and an FDE. You should go to a shop and test trigger and slide action. The LCP 2 22 Ruger brags of EZ slide and light trigger, it has neither. I did an Mcarbo trigger spring mod and did little to improve trigger. The S&W 380 EZ Performance Center was similar to the TX22 Taurus trigger, you may want to test is you desire a larger caliber. Another nice .22 is Walther PPQ .22 nice trigger but large frame. None of these can compare to the P17 or PMR30 Kel-Tec's for ease of operation by far.

    Also I have been learning/practising to pull trigger 1/2 way up trigger finger, knuckle joint closest to hand. with my left hand hold, I rest the lower thumb of left hand against my trigger fingertip that sticks out the left side, causing trigger finger to bend at joint, this seems to add strength to my trigger finger.

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  5. jonnin

    jonnin Well-Known Member

    Sep 28, 2010
    There are any number of small single action autos that have amazing triggers. I use the sig 938, also available in 380 as the 238. Many of these have an exposed 1911 hammer that removes this from the slide rack, making that easy (only thing fighting you is recoil spring). Poly frame on these is a bit more rare, you may want to give that up -- the extra weight of a metal frame helps the recoil management, and they are not *that* heavy due to their tiny size. A lot of the micro single shots are going to be single stack mags, so 8 shots or so, maybe more in like a 32.
     
  6. jstert

    jstert Member

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    Dec 24, 2019
    my 22lr suggestions:
    ruger sr22, reliable, handy, small enough to ccw with a decent holster.

    s&w 317, very lightweight, smooth trigger.

    ruger lcr, stouter trigger and a bit heavier than a s&w 317.

    ruger bearcat, a mechanical jewel but single action only.

    i have and absolutely cannot recommend a ruger lcp 22lr, mags painful to load, much rougher to handle than a sr22.
     
  7. kel-el

    kel-el Well-Known Member

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    Dec 1, 2019
    Scottsdale AZ
    The ruger LCP .22 comes with a speed loader/push down device. Other than that it sucks.
     
  8. jstert

    jstert Member

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    Dec 24, 2019
    the loading device included with the lcp22 is really suboptimal, an uplula works. if ruger had simply shrunk its wonderful sr22 by 1/4 it would be a winner.