|I picked up the Phoenix 22LR yesterday. I took it out this morning and tried it. It seems pretty accurate. (I will run some more defined accuracy shooting later.) I ran 80 rounds through it right out of the box---no cleaning or anything. Some slow shots and some as fast as trigger could be pulled. Gun worked perfectly every shot. Absolutely no issues. Fun to shoot and gun acted like it was designed to be trouble-free. Cleaned light powder residue out with Q-tips and "Barricade" after finished shooting. Gun was still very clean after the 80 shots.
Used Federal bulk 36-gr plated hollow points. (Not the 40-gr target ammo I bought last week.) Has a 10-shot mag plus can be loaded with one in chamber to give 11-shot total.
This gun is fairly heavy for size and appears well made, (in USA). Fun to shoot. Would make a good, inexpensive, gun small enough to have available in pocketbook/ holster/ or in car. Great, inexpensive, gun to use for fun shooting to polish skills for larger caliber defensive gun. This one can be shot frequently, (without emptying the bank account), to gain familiarity and accuracy. No issue with recoil, so would be especially good primary gun for someone recoil-sensitive. (A hit from a .22 is far superior to flinch-miss from a .357) It might be a .22 but it would work much better than a stick (or hand) in any defensive situation and the price is low enough to be affordable for someone not interested in more expensive firearms or for someone not wanting to use their nicer guns for general defensive carry. Reviews on YouTube indicate this .22 is far more reliable than the more expensive Taurus .22 CCW's. The lighter Taurus would be easier to carry but it seems to have major malfunction issues and costs more.
Gun has several, well thought out safeties but no need to keep them on when carrying the gun as the exposed hammer provides effective safety.
•Firing-pin block safety is good to use as a check during cocking/de-cocking if using thumb cocking (with round already chambered) in case hammer slips out from under the thumb during cocking/de-cocking
•Magazine safety prevents gun from being loaded singly, or fired at all, while magazine is removed, even if a round is already loaded into the chamber. A good extra precaution, especially if children are in the house. Take the magazine out and the gun is completely inert even if a cartridge is accidentally left in chamber. This may also help prevent a cleaning accident where cleaner shoots self, or family, with that "unloaded" gun that has shot so many when carelessly handled.
(This gun also comes in .25 caliber but I prefer the .22 so that I can shoot it a lot without the high ammo bill. Plus, a .25 isn't exactly Dirty Harry territory, either.)
Overall, a very fun and useful gun.|