This is a great idea. If you want a 22 handgun or rifle to practice with being able to get one that operates like your more powerful gun is an excellent choice. In this post I'm going to run through some of the handgun options that I'm aware of. If you want to see what the options are for rifles, you can read this post.
|This model comes in 357 and 22|
Ruger also offers the LCR in 22, as well as 38 special and 357 magnum. The LCR is a lightweight carry gun and shooting full power 357 or 38 +p loads though it at the range can get quite unpleasant. Being able to practice with a 22 that is the same size and operational characteristics can allow you get in more practice without a lot of fatigue.
|A single six with two cylinders, one for 22 LR, one for 22 magnum|
|This one holds 10 rounds of 22|
|This one holds 6 rounds of 357|
|This gun comes in 38 special or 22 LR|
Smith and Wesson also makes small frame (often called "J frames") 22's as well. If your carry gun is a small revolver then one of these could make a nice addition. I must warn you, the S&W 22 revolvers often cost more than their centerfire counterparts. It takes some craftsmanship to make a nice smooth trigger pull on a rimfire. If you compare a S&W 22 revolver against a Taurus, there is no comparison. You get quality for the money spent.
|Colt / Umarex 1911 in 22|
|Sig 22 conversion kit|
A company called Advantage Arms offers a 22 conversion kit similar to what CZ and Sig offer. The Advantage Arms kits are designed for Glock handguns and 1911 style guns. Ciener also offers 22 conversion kits for 1911's and Glocks. Do some reading on either of these before you buy, certain products have mixed reviews on quality.
That covers most of the pistol pairs that I am aware of. Look forward to part 2 that covers 22 and centerfire rifle pairs!