Posts Tagged ‘Ruger 10/22’

A black Ruger .22/45, barrel pointed down, with 2 boxes of ammunition against a wooden background.

Why Buy the .22 Long Rifle Cartridge?

A proven resource in creating a marksman is the use of inexpensive .22 caliber ammunition and .22 caliber firearms. The rimfire offers little or no recoil, minimal report and good accuracy. It is recognized that the rimfire is a good training aid for pure marksmanship, that is trigger control and learning sight alignment and sight picture. In today’s tight economy, we see both .22 caliber conversions and dedicated .22 caliber firearms pressed into service in training. With the high, and increasing, costs of training, .22 caliber conversion units and .22 caliber firearms appear to be a good buy.

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Top 10 .22-Caliber Posts as of June 8, 2013

Most shooters say they like more power in their rifles and handguns, but their buying habits show they overwhelmingly prefer less power — that is, in total rounds sold, .22-caliber firearms and ammunition dominate cartridge sales figures.

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Top 10 Most-Read Posts of 2012

Chronicle staff writers pay attention to stories the Cheaper Than Dirt community enjoys—how information is delivered and what topics our readers prefer in The Shooter’s Log. Based on what customers actually clicked-on and read in 2012, lists are a favorite kind of article—the top-five most-read items over the past year were compilations of some sort.

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Four Guns Every Shooter Should Own

I know gun owners who have unique pieces. I regularly see rare and beautiful firearms lining gun cabinet walls that would feel more at home at a museum than in a buddy’s gun safe. However, with as much time as I’ve spent collecting firearms, I’ve noticed some common denominators the majority of gun collectors have on hand. While they may not be rare gems, they certainly fill their role as useful tools quite well. A new shooter would do well to purchase one of each.

Aim Small Miss Small, the .22 is Still as Big as Ever

The .22 Long Rifle cartridge is one of the most useful cartridges in production. When it comes to raw number of cartridges sold, the .22 LR is by far the most common type of round ever sold. Gun manufacturers make the .22 cartridge compatible with various rifles, pistols, and revolvers. Since it is one of the most common cartridges, almost every firearm manufacturer makes at least one model chambered for .22 LR. The .22 LR has a feature that is common with much older cartridges. The projectile has a heeled design, which means the bullet is the same diameter as the case. The narrower heel portion fits into the cartridge, which results in an odd-shaped, but effective projectile.

22 LR Cartridge

22 LR Cartridge

So why is the .22 so darn popular? This may not surprise you, but the relatively low-cost of the ammunition is what really drives sales. A shooter can put rounds through a .22 all day long and not feel a strain on their wallet, or their shoulder for that matter. The .22 is also a fairly quiet round, which makes it ideal for recreational shooting, initial firearms training, small-game hunting, and pest control. Many of us old shooters probably remember the first gun we shot being a .22. Even among professional and expert shooters, the .22 is a low-cost option for practicing fundamentals and keeping yourself in tune with your skills. Shooting, much like many other sport requires constant practice to truly excel, and without practice skills can diminish or perish entirely. The low recoil and noise of the .22 helps novice shooters avoid the bad habit of flinching while pulling the trigger. Novice shooters often have difficulty shedding this habit once it presents itself.

.22 Long Rifle – Subsonic Hollow point (left). Standard Velocity (center), Hyper-Velocity "Stinger" Hollow point (right).

.22 Long Rifle – Subsonic Hollow point (left). Standard Velocity (center), Hyper-Velocity "Stinger" Hollow point (right).

Despite its low recoil, the .22 LR performs remarkably well at distances inside of 150 yards. Subsonic .22 LR rounds have become popular among shooters as well. A high-velocity supersonic round tends to be less than ideal for accuracy. The reason for this inaccuracy is the shock wave created by supersonic travel can overtake the projectile, causing minor fluctuations in accuracy. For hunting, the .22 is perfect for small game such as squirrels, rabbits, groundhogs, and small foxes. At shorter ranges, the .22 can take down larger animals such as coyotes and small deer, but head and chest shots fair much better at with these animals. However, it is generally inadvisable to hunt deer with a .22.

Some shooters do not give the .22 the respect they give other cartridges in regards to safety. The low noise and recoil tend to make some shooters treat is as though it were a small BB gun, or pellet gun. A .22 can travel up to a mile and a half, and is more than capable of killing a human being. Like all firearms, a .22 is a deadly weapon, and only pointed in a safe direction at all times. Due to the design of the .22 bullet, the projectile tends to ricochet, rather than penetrate or disintegrate. This makes it more dangerous to shoot in some areas as the projectile will bounce around through thick woods and brush.

The .22 rifle has been around a long time, and will most likely continue to be. As a hunting or target round, the .22 has a legacy that is unlike any other, and remains the mainstay of the range, and the hunting lodge. Happy shooting everyone!

Five Guns for First Timers…

CMMG Mid Length HBAR Semi Automatic Carbine 5.56 NATO

CMMG Mid Length HBAR Semi Automatic Carbine

CMMG Mid Length HBAR Semi Automatic Carbine

So you decided to jump on the black rifle bandwagon, huh? Or you read CTD Mike’s post about one gun to rule them all. Either way, you’ve decided you’re Team AR-15. Well, good for you. You could do much worse than a CMMG carbine. CMMG is a newer company that has just somewhat recently joined the AR-15 market. They make all the components to their rifles in-house, with the exception of custom rifle orders, in Missouri. The CMMG is an accurate and reliable rifle. It has a 16-inch chrome moly vanadium steel HBAR barrel with an A2 flash hider, a forged A3 upper receiver, and holds 30 rounds of 5.56x45mm NATO. Don’t freak out, this ammo is easy to find. It is compatible with .223 Remington, which may sound more familiar to you. The CMMG mid-length carbine includes a Magpul MBUS folding rear sight. All of us here at Cheaper Than Dirt have Magpul MBUS folding sights. We trust ‘em and know they are good. Another bonus of the CMMG rifles is their M4 feed ramps, which don’t always show up on rifles at this price point. They also have a MIL-SPEC fire control group, MIL-SPEC 0.250 diameter take down pins, and a MIL-SPEC ribbed reinforced stock. I promise you, these are all really, really good things. The CMMG AR-15 rifle is a great value.

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S&W M&P Semi Automatic Handgun 9mm

S&W M&P Semi Automatic Handgun 9mm

S&W M&P Semi Automatic Handgun 9mm

I’m pretty sure you have heard of Glock. But you may have been scared off by the price. Well, the S&W M&P is a direct competitor for the Glock, at around 100 dollars less. I shot the Glock 19 and I really do like it, but when it comes to brand loyalty, I’m a S&W girl. The 9mm round is completely manageable, especially with the 4.25-inch barrel on the M&P and with three interchangeable palm swell grip sizes, you will find one that is most comfortable for you. These guns are smooth, easy to operate, and comfortable to shoot. The S&W M&P 9mm comes standard with a proven safety features, a polymer frame, a stainless steel slide and barrel, and Novak Lo-Mount carry sights. It comes with a 10-round magazine, but you can buy magazines that will hold more rounds. Those ridges under the gun’s barrel are an accessory rail, which means you can add a flashlight or a laser sight to the M&P. The American-made M&P is a perfect first gun, because it works well for your personal defense gun, your target gun, and is an excellent competition gun if you ever decided to start shooting matches.

I want one!

 

 

 

S&W Model 686 Revolver .357 Magnum

S&W Model 686 Revolver .357 Magnum

S&W Model 686 Revolver .357 Magnum

The very first gun that I owned was a revolver. So were the next two after that. I love revolvers. They are easy to use in times of stress, function 100 percent of the time, and are just straight up fun. For a first time shooter, the revolver is a wise choice, there aren’t a ton of internal parts to malfunction, it’s easy to clean, it is easy to load and it is easy to shoot. Don’t let the .357 Magnum caliber scare you away either. The .357 Magnum caliber is the second caliber I ever shot. Ever. Surprisingly the S&W Model 686 won’t kick your butt. The 4-inch barrel and large stainless steel frame make this revolver easy to control. It holds six rounds, fires in either single or double-action, and has comfortable black rubber grips. The sights are easy to see, with a red ramp front and a white outline rear that is adjustable. The S&W model 686 revolver is 9-5/8-inches overall and weighs 40 ounces. CTD Mike used to own one and he said it is a very, very fine gun. When I told him I picked this one he had said it was a good choice. The wistful look on his face showed me was a little sad that his is long gone now.

I want one!

 

 

 

Ruger 10/22 Tactical Semi Automatic Rimfire Rifle .22 Long Rifle

Ruger 10/22 Tactical Semi Automatic Rimfire Rifle

Ruger 10/22 Tactical Semi Automatic Rimfire Rifle

I know we push the Ruger 10/22 a lot, but it is only because we love it so. And I’m seriously shocked that we haven’t yet convinced you to buy one. In fact, it is my number one recommendation for a first time shooter. Instead of listing a bunch of boring specifications and features, I’m going to list some of the wonderful things we have said about the Ruger 10/22 in the past:

  • Accurate
  • Cheap to shoot
  • Lasts forever
  • Easy to accessorize. Read our post about it.
  • Fun
  • No recoil
  • Will be one of your favorites
  • One of the best autoloading .22s
  • Most-loved, most-popular rifle in the USA
  • Arguably the most prolific autoloading .22 rifle on the planet
  • For learning basic rifle marksmanship, it’s hard to beat a Ruger 10/22

Seriously. Get one now.

 

 

Ruger Mark III Standard Rimfire Handgun .22 Long Rifle

Ruger Mark III Standard Rimfire Handgun .22 Long Rifle

Ruger Mark III Standard Rimfire Handgun .22 Long Rifle

Alexander Sturm and William B. Ruger established the Sturm, Ruger & Co. in 1949 to make .22 Long Rifle semi-automatic pistols, so you know that Ruger knows what they are doing when it comes to rimfire handguns. Introduced in 2004, the Ruger Mark III pistol was the first .22 rimfire pistol to have a visible loaded chamber indicator. Shooting the Ruger Mark III is easy and fun. It has hardly any recoil and is accurate. It will eat most ammo without a glitch and has good-feeling grips. The Ruger Mark III Standard has a 4.75-inch barrel, holds ten rounds, and has plenty of safety features to help you feel secure. The black synthetic checkered grip fit not only in an adult male’s hand, but is also comfortable for women and younger shooters. Ruger makes this gun in the United Sates.

I want it!