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Old 06-19-2019, 10:45 AM   #1
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Opinions on the Iver Johnson TP22?

Pot metal junk, or a cool little range toy? Found one at my lgs and am on the fence. $125 is a tempting price. Main worry is that it's made of a zinc aloy and if it cracks im kinda out of luck as Iver Johnson is long gone. Sounds like standard velocity is best to keep the gun from cracking, but then others say you have to use cci mini mag to get it to cycle. Here's a pic.
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Old 06-19-2019, 04:33 PM   #2
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Main worry is that it's made of a zinc aloy and if it cracks im kinda out of luck as Iver Johnson is long gone.
I think you may have answered the question yourself ...
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Old 06-19-2019, 04:57 PM   #3
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Pay $100 more and either get a Bersa Thunder .22 which is all steel, or pay around $125-150 more for a Walther PPK/S .22 which is not in fact ZAMAK, Walther Germany clarified that it is constructed of a proprietary alloy which they claim is "much stronger than ZAMAK" and Walther USA no longer classifies it as "zinc diecast" at all on their website either, but haters continue to perpetuate this mistake because it makes it easier to justify their insipid elitist rhetoric.

Either way, it's worth it to pay more for the Bersa Thunder .22 or Walther PPK/S .22, because regardless of what snobs may insist about their supposed lack of quality, both of which tend to work and have a total of zero reported cases of their slides nor frames cracking, not even after withstanding the sort of catastrophic ammo failure which has sent many a P22 to the scrap yard.

Heck, even if you're dead set on getting a $125 .22 handgun, then get a Heritage Arms Rough Rider.
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I would offer $100 and walk away with that gun in my pocket any day. A nice and cool looking mouser for the cost of a decent lunch for 2 is always a good deal.
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I would offer $100 and walk away with that gun in my pocket any day. A nice and cool looking mouser for the cost of a decent lunch for 2 is always a good deal.

Just what I thought, offer $100, if the answer is no, walk. If yes, drop it in the safe, and forget about it.


I would be happy as a clam to drop that in my safe for a C note.
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Old 06-19-2019, 10:33 PM   #6
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I purchased a Beretta 950 that the previous owner wanted 2 Bills. He needed the cash and I went home with a Beretta for $100. Be fair, karma is a *****! Just sayin'
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Think I might go back tomorrow and see what they say to $100. Cool little gun in my eyes.
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Old 06-20-2019, 10:39 AM   #8
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I like mine, I bought it because it resembles my TPH. Yes the frame and slide are made of zamac, which is a zinc alloy. It is not pot metal. Mine has a steel insert in the breech face. Being zamac the slide and frame are a little thicker than my TPH. If I found one local for $125 I would buy it. I don't remember what I paid for mine, but I think it was a little under $200 with shipping and transfer. I did a search on GunBroker and found 11 sold with four from $130 to $150. Seven from $209 t0 285, thats before shipping and transfer. If you buy it I think you will like it, they are fun to shoot and accurate for their size. Dave
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Just remember there was a New Jersey PD that had their officers buy one as an off duty back up gun.
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I purchased a Beretta 950 that the previous owner wanted 2 Bills. He needed the cash and I went home with a Beretta for $100. Be fair, karma is a *****! Just sayin'
That was a great buy! those 950's are nice. Good for you.
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