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Primers: An Important Factor in Precision Reloading

Primers: An Important Factor in Precision Reloading/* custom css */ { text-align: left; } img { margin: 0 auto 0 0; } The purpose of primers is to ignite the main powder charge. However, there are more considerations than mere caliber and type when looking at the ignition end of a cartridge. Pistol primers should not be used in rifle cases since they will seat too deeply as in the case on the left. Center case shows proper seating depth while high primer on the right will give poor ignition and possible slam-fire in an autoloader. Match locks, equipped with a slow-smoldering fuse made of chemically treated rope called a “match,” would burn out in damp weather and could be blown out by wind. Wind and damp were the enemies of flintlocks that could blow the priming charge out of the funnel-shaped pan or saturate it with moisture to the point where it would not catch fire. Rust and powder fouling in the tiny tube that connected the charge in the pan to the propelling charge in the barrel often prevented a successful firing with only the priming charge burning. The expression “a flash in the pan” is still used to describe a person or enterprise that shows promise, but fails to get past a good beginning. Under the best of circumstances, the flintlock system gave only reasonable reliability. A small piece of cut flint held in the jaws of the hammer struck a steel cover on the pan called a frizzen, knocking it open and scraping the inner side to throw sparks into the powder charge in the pan. In terms of speed it was slow. Anyone who has seen a flintlock fired is familiar with the puff-boom! sound of the report as the priming charge burns with a one-beat pause before the propelling charge fires. History is filled with untold numbers of targets, animal and human, who have ducked to safety during that beat, which was sometimes two beats if the day was damp and the tube to the barrel a bit clogged. Berdan (left) and Boxer primer pockets show the differences in the systems. The ease of reloading made the Boxer primer standard in the U.S. (Photo courtesy CCI.) Explosives such as fulminate of mercury and mixtures including potassium chlorate that detonated when crushed or struck, were discovered late in the 18th century. After attempts to use them as substitutes for gunpowder failed, they received little attention until the early 19th. The breakthrough to improved ignition was made by a Scottish Presbyterian minister, hunter, shooter and gun buff — Reverend Alexander Forsythe — who was the first to come up with the idea of using these detonating explosives to ignite propelling charges in firearms. He received a patent in 1807 for a system that did away with the priming pan on the flintlock and filled the tube leading to the barrel with a percussion explosive made of sulphur, potassium chlorate and charcoal. A metal pin was inserted on top of the explosive which caused it to detonate when struck by the gun's hammer. The ignition was far faster and more certain than the flintlock. Forsythe improved his design by attaching a small iron bottle containing a supply of percussion explosive to the side of the lock. The bottle could be tipped or turned to deposit a small pellet of explosive on a touch hole which would be struck by the hammer. The system worked effectively. However, it involved having a small iron bottle filled with explosive very close to the firing point and to the face of the shooter. I have never encountered a report of an accident with a Forsythe lock, but if one happened, it would almost certainly have been fatal. The superiority of the Forsythe system was soon recognized and dozens of priming systems were introduced including percussion wafers, tubes and strips of paper caps, much like those used in toy cap pistols. Related GunDigest Articles Gun Digest Reloading Video Series - Episode 4: Primers Reloading Ammo: Cartridge Primers and Pressure Differences "Gun Digest Reloading" Video Series Episode 9: Primers and Case Charging The most successful was the percussion cap invented in about 1814 by Joshua Shaw — a British subject who emigrated to America. Shaw's system featured a small steel cup, about the size of a modern large pistol or large rifle primer. The closed end contained the explosive held in place by a tinfoil cover then sealed with a drop of lacquer. This made it waterproof as well as damp proof. The cap was fitted on a short iron nipple, hollow in the center, screwed into the breech of the barrel. This allowed the fire to enter the chamber of the gun. Shaw came to America in 1814 and began perfecting a lock to work with his invention. Shaw caps were on the market by 1821 and were soon adapted to sporting guns. Improvements were made by changing the cap metal to pewter and later copper. Similar caps were in use about the same time over most of Europe. The percussion cap was not adopted by the U.S. military until after the Mexican War. The military thinking at the time was that the percussion cap was yet another component the soldier had to carry and not reusable in the manner of a gun flint. Percussion caps made the Colt revolver a practical reality, but the shortcomings of this system became apparent when repeating rifles were made using this system. A “flash over” from one chamber to the next would occasionally send a bullet coasting by the side of the gun. With a handgun this was of little consequence since it was a one-hand weapon. With the rifle or shotgun such an event often amputated the fingers or thumb of the hand supporting the fore-end of the weapon. Revolving rifles, not surprisingly, did not gain much popularity. Breechloading arms, other than revolvers, using percussion ignition did not fare much better mainly because no one was able to come up with an effective means of engineering a gas-tight seal at the breech closure. Not surprisingly the first really successful breechloaders and successful repeating arms, other than revolvers, required a self-contained, self-primed cartridge. The step to the rimfire cartridge from the percussion cap was a small but logical evolution. George Morse placed a percussion cap in the head of a metal cartridge using a hairpin-shaped anvil inside the case to fire it. Hiram Berdan shortened the hairpin to a tiny knob, while Edward Boxer placed a tiny anvil inside the cap. Lee Hand Press Kit is a modern version of the old “tong tool.” This kit includes dies, case lube, powder dipper, etc., for a little over $65. CENTER PRIMED Centerfire ammunition soon pushed all the other non-reloadable types out of the market because it was reloadable. Rimfires were gradually reduced to those types that were small and efficient in calibers that would not lend themselves to reloading. The military had great influence in ammunition development stipulating that any ammunition developed for a military small arm had to be reloadable. Spent cases were collected and returned to a government arsenal for reloading during peacetime. Professional hunters in the American west needed cartridges they could reload themselves with simple tools. It was this type of equipment that first appeared in the 1870's. Early priming mixtures used fulminate of mercury or potassium chlorate, eventually, a combination of both. These fulfilled most of the criteria for good ignition — speed, reliability, uniformity and cleanliness, with the possible exception of cleanliness. While the chlorate-based primers did not leave an appreciable residue, they did leave a highly corrosive deposit — potassium chloride — that would eat away a percussion nipple or the web of a cartridge unless neutralized by cleaning with water that removed the salt deposit. The mercury-based compounds were both clean and non-corrosive. Their drawback came when used in combination with brass or copper primer cups and brass or gilding-metal cartridge cases. When fired, the mercury would amalgamate with the copper or brass, making it extremely brittle. The heavy fouling of blackpowder had a mitigating effect on mercury contamination, keeping it in the fouling allowing removal. With smokeless powder, reloading and firing such a contaminated cartridge case can lead to a case-head rupture. In a high pressure loading this can wreck a gun and possibly your face. Mercuric priming was gone from commercial ammunition by about 1945, but mercuric primers made prior to this time were used by commercial reloaders after that and some of them may still be on shelves somewhere. Because fulminate of mercury contains free, liquid mercury, this mercury will actually migrate through the priming mixture and into the metal of the primer cup or cartridge head after a certain number of years. Ammunition primed with mercuric mixtures made in the early 1930's will probably not fire today while ammunition loaded with chlorate priming made during the Civil War is often still viable, so long as neither the powder or priming compound has been exposed to moisture. Thus a fifth criterion should be added to a successful ignition system — long life.

The 4 Best Bodyguard 380 IWB Holsters – Concealed Carry Review 2020 Photo by Eddie / CC BY In a world awash with compact .380 pistols, one might for a moment be forgiven in thinking they were living in the early 20th Century when .380 ruled the pocket carry market. History is repeating itself once again, and the .380 is as much in vogue now as it was in your grandfather’s or great grandfather’s day, and thanks to modern hollowpoint ammo, it’s more effective than every before. Not to miss out on a good thing, Smith and Wesson jumped on the .380 bandwagon with their wildly popular Bodyguard series. The low cost of these guns and their great reputation have led many Americans to adopt them for an everyday carry pistol, and many of those same people are looking for the best inside the waistband (IWB) holster for their Bodyguard. Because we have an insatiable urge to keep up on trends second perhaps only to the NSA, we joined that search and found a few great holsters. These would all qualify as the best Bodyguard 380 IWB holsters on the market. DeSantis Insider DeSantis 5001223 The Insider Holster - S&W Bodyguard 380 Price: $22.89 Price as of 08/14/2020 00:47 PDT (more info) Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. DeSantis makes excellent holsters, so it’s no wonder one of the best Bodyguard IWB holsters is made by them. Designed to fit Bodyguards with and without the integrated laser, this beautifully crafted leather IWB holster is fitted with a steel spring clip to ensure your holster is perfectly secured. The holster itself is crafted to provide optimal comfort and to be easy wearing. A classic open top, IWB holster, the DeSantis Insider isn’t the last word in IWB holster technology, but it’s certainly one of the most popular sorts, and for the price, you really can’t go wrong—it’s without doubt one of the best S&W Bodyguard 380 holsters around. Bellyband Holster Ultimate Belly Band Holster for Concealed Carry | Black | Fits Gun Smith and Wesson Bodyguard, Shield, Glock 19, 42, 43, P238, Ruger LCP, and Similar Sized Guns | For Men and Women | Right Hand Draw Price: $23.97 Price as of 08/14/2020 00:47 PDT (more info) Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. If you are looking for flexible and slim concealment comfort, this bellyband style holster ( see full specs ) is one of the best Bodyguard 380 IWB holster choices. Made of comfortable neoprene, this one size fits most holster (up to 46”) will securely hold your handgun and a spare magazine while providing the ultimate in slim holster technology. These sorts of holsters are popular as they require no belt or have uncomfortable metal clips to dig into your side, are flexible and move with your body, and can be worn to place the gun exactly where you are most comfortable with carrying and drawing it. at this price, it’s hard to say no to this kind of comfort and versatility. As an added bonus, if you have other small handguns, this will fit them too, saving you money on piling up different holsters. The Belly Band Concealment Holster Watch this video on YouTube Outbags Leather IWB Holster OUTBAGS LOB4S-BG (BROWN-RIGHT) Genuine Leather IWB Conceal Carry Gun Holster for S&W Smith & Wesson Bodyguard 380. Handcrafted in USA. Price: Price as of 08/14/2020 00:47 PDT (more info) Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. This is a pretty holster. Actually, it’s one of the nicest IWB holsters I’ve ran across. Made of a rich leather that evokes imagery of bomber jackets and comfortable leather seating, this is about as luxurious a Bodyguard holster you can purchase. The minimalist open top design ( see full specs ) secures your gun, while making it comfortable to wear and easy to draw from, while the spring steel clip securely holds the holster in place. Surprisingly affordable and highly rated, this is the sort of holster you wear when you want to look and feel your best, even if nobody else can see it. OutBags Gun Holster Update Watch this video on YouTube DTOM IWB/Pocket Combo Holster Don't Tread on Me Conceal and Carry Holsters DTOM Combination Pocket/IWB Holster for S&W Bodyguard 380, CC4 Price: $16.92 Price as of 08/14/2020 00:47 PDT (more info) Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

10 Affordable Gift Ideas for the AR-15 Lover

10 Affordable Gift Ideas for the AR-15 Lover

If you or someone you care about is an AR-15 geek like I am, here are 10 affordable gift ideas I came up with to place a smile on any AR-15 lover’s face this holiday season: 1. Magpul MOE+ Grip – I own all of the different Magpul AR-15 grips currently available and the MOE+ is my favorite. It has a semi-soft rubber coating which is unlike any of the other grips available from Magpul. It also has the capability of storing small items inside of it too. 2. Otis Brass Scraper Set – This cleaning accessory kit is designed specifically for the AR-15 platform and I have found many of the attachments helpful when cleaning my AR-15. 3. Hoppe’s .223 Bore Snake – I typically do not use cleaning rods with my AR-15 and I feel that this bore snake cleans my bore just fine. Plus, it is compact and flexible so when storing it in a range bag, it does not take up much room and can be literally stuffed into a pocket. 4. Tactical Link EBAL – I have used a variety of “ambidextrous bolt releasing levers” including the Magpul BAD Lever and the Troy Ind. Ambidextrous Bolt Release. The Tactical Link Enhanced Battery Assist Lever is the only one I have used that meets my high standards concerning the finish, function, attachment point strength and of course aesthetics. 5. Battle Arms Development Ambidextrous Safety Selector (BAD-ASS) – This safety selector (or the 45 degree ‘short throw’ version which I did a review on here ) will be in each of the AR-15’s I ever own. Not only is it ambidextrous and able to be used from either side of the rifle, but I feel it operates smoother than any mil-spec selector I have used. Having the ability to change out the different sized and shaped levers that "Battle Arms Development" offers gives me the opportunity to personalize my AR-15 even more. 6. Battle Arms Development Enhanced Pin Set (BAD-EPS) – These upgraded and enhanced pins are an inexpensive upgrade to anyone’s AR-15. They allow for easier field stripping without the need for tools. This is especially proves true when wearing gloves in the cold weather during this time of year. If you want to learn more about the BAD-EPS, be sure to read my full review here . 7. Raptor Charging Handle – There are a few ambidextrous charging handles available on the market, but the Raptor is the only one that I have chosen to use. The main reason is because of its small profile that is almost the same size of a typical mil-spec charging handle. There are no levers sticking out to get hung up or snagged on anything and because it is ambidextrous, it makes operating and clearing malfunctions on my AR-15 quicker and easier. 8. Howard Leight Electronic Ear Muffs – These electronic muffs offer great hearing protection without making it difficult to hear what is going on around me. They also have a low profile that I find does not interfere with the stock on my AR-15 like other ear muff style hearing protection does. 9. TekMat AR-15 Cleaning Mat – I have been using TekMats for a number of years now and am very pleased with them. They have the ability to be washed after a really dirty cleaning session and have a labeled exploded view of the AR-15. 10. AimPoint PRO – It may not necessarily seem affordable, but as far as optics go, I don’t think you can do much better for the price. I have been using mine for several months now and could not be happier with its performance. The glass has great clarity, turning it on and quickly adjusting the brightness is almost fool proof and my battery shows no signs of dying anytime soon. I personally guarantee that an AimPoint PRO will be immediately accompanied by a smile upon opening it as a gift this holiday season. Share with me, what items do you think would make great gifts for an AR-15 owner this holiday season?

The 4 Best MOLLE Backpacks — Reviews 2020 Photo by Tom Harris / CC BY MOLLE is an acronym that stands for Modular Lightweight Load Carrying Equipment. It has come to serve as the definition for almost all backpacks and other types of load bearing equipment that are currently used by the armed forces of the United States and Great Britain, among a few other NATO armed services as well. MOLLE, as the name suggests, is a highly versatile backpack that uses rows of webbing, which are made out of reinforced nylon, stitched into the vest and allow all other MOLLE-compatible accessories and pouches to be attached. This system has succeeded the older but still proven ALICE system that was used previously, and is still in use with some training units. Without a doubt, a MOLLE-type backpack is going to be your best bet for a bug out bag or backpack for tactical missions. Here are four best MOLLE backpacks on the market: Condor Three Day Assault Pack Condor 3 "Day Assault Pack" (Black, 3038-Cubic Inch) Price: $84.95 Price as of 08/14/2020 03:18 PDT (more info) Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. Condor is a very popular manufacturer of outdoor and tactical apparel and packs. Their Three Day Assault Pack represents their cream of the crop backpack, and it utilizes the MOLLE webbing system. The pack consists of a large compartment in the center, which also has a separate pocket to hold hydration bladders. It then consists of a second smaller compartment with pockets for radios, pens, maps, and paper; two side pockets that can hold radios or water bottles, and then a front compartment with webbing and an internal pocket. Finally, the Three Day Assault pack also includes a heavy duty carry handle, a thick, reinforced waist belt, and reinforced side and shoulder straps. It’s one of the best MOLLE backpacks period. Mil-Tec MOLLE Assault Pack Mil-Tec Military Army Patrol Molle Assault Pack Tactical Combat Rucksack Backpack (Black, 36 Liter) Price: $46.69 Price as of 08/14/2020 03:18 PDT (more info) Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. The Mil-Tec MOLLE Assault Pack is constructed out of durable 600D polyester with PVC coating and numerous MOLLE attachment points, such as D-rings on the shoulder straps and loops on the actual backpack. The backpack is divided into four separate compartments, two main ones and then two smaller ones that are located on the front of the pack. One of the main compartments also contains a Velcro pocket that has been built in and is designed to fit a hydration pack. Total carrying capacity of the Mil-Tec stands at 36 Liters, with a total weight of fourteen hundred grams. Red Rock Outdoor Gear Assault Pack Red "Rock Outdoor Gear" - Assault Pack Price: $49.95 Price as of 08/14/2020 03:18 PDT (more info) Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. The Red Rock Outdoor Gear Assault Pack, like the Mil-Tec, also consists of reinforced polyester fabric, as well as MOLLE webbing located throughout the straps and the backpack. The shoulder straps are contoured and fully adjustable, and feature D-rings constructed out of hard plastic for attachments. There are four compression straps, all of which can be quickly released. Survival essentials can be stored in a two liter, medium sized organizer pocket on the outside. One of the best MOLLE backpacks for sure. Paratus 3 Day Operator’s Pack 3V Gear Paratus 3-Day Operator's Tactical Backpack Price: Price as of 08/14/2020 03:18 PDT (more info) Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. The Paratus 3 "Day Operator’s Pack" is the most comfortable of the backpacks on this list. It features EVA foam to pad both the hip straps and the shoulder straps. This makes the Paratus not only rough and tough, but very ergonomic to carry as well. But the best feature of the Paratus 3 Day Operator’s Pack, by way and large, is the compact deployment pack that can be detached from the main part of the pack at any time. This makes the Paratus very convenient for rapid excursions after trekking out into the wilderness. Overall size of the Paratus 3 Day Operator’s Pack is just less than two thousand and nine hundred cubic inches. The backpack additionally features two double zippers on the main compartment. All zippers on the backpack also feature threaded paracord for less noise and added durability. MOLLE vs. ALICE The MOLLE system has been around for a long time, being first introduced in 1997, shows no sign of slowing down. It took off following the 9/11 attacks and has seen service by the U.S military in Iraq and Afghanistan. It was during this time that many of the criticisms U.S soldiers had of the MOLLE system were corrected. Certain examples included the zippers bursting when the backpacks were stuffed too full, the frame of the backpack being too fragile and easily breakable, and that the straps lacked the strength needed to sustain the weight of the loaded pack on the user’s back. The MOLLE system in general underwent a significant renovation in design, and the overwhelming majority of these faults were remedied. As a result, the MOLLE system is now one of the most widespread backpacks in use by military, law enforcement, and other tactical units all around the world. It also means that the four backpacks we have introduced to you are of the highest quality and are surely among the best MOLLE backpacks out there. All in all, there are numerous benefits to using a MOLLE system. They contain numerous compartments that allow you to store small items, the hydration pack gets rid of the need to carry a canteen separately, and the strap system allows you to attach your gear that you need quickly. These are all things that the previous system ALICE lacks. But the biggest difference that exists between a MOLLE and ALICE system lies in how the items are stored. The ALICE system utilizes small gear on the side pockets, but most of the gear is carried in the large central compartment. In contrast to this, the MOLLE system uses a series of medium to smaller sized pockets and compartments. MOLLE also uses zippers, while ALICE uses a strap system. Many people who need a tactical backpack today will often turn to the ALICE pack because it’s typically cheaper off the shelf. It’s a fine system, but in this day and age it’s simply outclassed the MOLLE system that’s more streamlined, lightweight, ergonomic, and offers greater customization and accessibility to items. It will work well for you for tactical missions, hiking, camping, and for a bug out bag alike. This means you simply can’t go wrong with any one of the four MOLLE backpacks that we have listed out in this article. 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Smith & Wesson SW22 Victory Pistol Review

Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s What makes the perfect learning pistol? One that builds confidence with a low amount of felt recoil. Enter…Smith & Wesson’s SW22 Victory ($369). Smith & Wesson SW22 Victory I’ve been testing firearms for years and have been shooting them for even longer.  The first gun I ever fired was a single-shot 12 gauge at just 10 years old. But it wasn’t until I joined the US Marines where I qualified with an M16A2, an M9, and a 240G that my love for firearms truly blossomed. This time, I’ll walk you through why I love the S&W Victory 22. Table of Contents Loading... Who Is It For? Let me paint a small picture of who this gun is for… SW22 Victory Chances are excellent that you weren’t handed a set of keys to a dump truck before you learned how to drive a car.  That truck is something that you should work up to…and not jump in right away. Could you jump in and start driving a massive truck before learning on a car? Probably not. Much in the same way, you wouldn’t want to pick up a.44 magnum revolver for your first handgun when there is a much better alternative to learn on. 700 Nitro Express Once you master the basics, moving on is much easier. Learning on a S&W Victory, or anything chambered in .22LR for that matter, helps to build confidence.  Where does the .22LR stand compared to other calibers…check out our Caliber Guide . Popular Pistol Calibers As I told you a minute ago, my first gun was a 12 gauge shotgun. I’ll spare you the details, but my first experience shooting it was so bad that I lost all confidence in my ability to hold it properly for years. But if I had started on something more appropriate, it wouldn’t have taken me so long to become an accurate shooter.  The problem, as I’d later find out, was that I was afraid of holding it too close to my face. Remember, I was only 10. Shooting mechanics , otherwise known as the way you hold a gun, stand, breathe, line up the sights, press the trigger, etc., is all important for accurate shooting. Isosceles Shooting Stance, Front Learning on a .22LR, like the Victory, helps teach these things for a couple reasons: It’s low-recoiling and therefore builds confidence because it’s easily controlled and easier to get on target.  This means people will want to shoot it more.  And practice makes progress. Because it’s a small, relatively quiet round (compared to others), it isn’t as scary.  They’ll continue to shoot it until the basics are mastered. Then, at some point, once the basics are mastered, the shooter can begin looking into something more satisfactory for self-defense ( Best Handgun for Self-Defense ). Best Beginner Handguns Fit & Feel The S&W Victory isn’t just good for beginners. It comes with a match-grade barrel that it is very accurate right out of the box.  The green, fiber optic sights and low felt recoil helped me acquire targets in quick fashion. SW22 Fiber Optic Sights Because it’s so accurate, it’s a great pistol to shoot in competitions where a .22LR pistol is permitted, like the NSSF Rimfire Challenge, NRA Bullseye Pistol, or the Steel Challenge. SW22 Fiber Optic Front Sight The 22 Victory is a single action pistol that comes with tools, a Picatinny rail, and two 10-round magazines.  It’s comprised of stainless steel with a textured, polymer grip and removable side panels for customization. SW22 With Mags The firearm feels great in hand even with my gorilla sized mitts, and the controls are within reach. Speaking of the controls (thumb safety and magazine release), as of this writing, this pistol only comes in right-handed form. Still with me? Let’s move onto the most important question… How Does It Shoot? The S&W Victory performed at nearly flawless levels while at the range, and I’m happy to report that after several hundreds of rounds down range, I experienced only a few dud rounds, attributed to the bulk ammo I was using. The ammo in question was Federal Ammunition’s Auto Match 40 grain .22 LR, 325 round boxes and some Winchester Red Box. SW22 with Federal .22LR While the 22 Victory is great at the range for target shooting and competitions, or teaching newer folks, this isn’t something you’d want to use for concealed carry for a couple of reasons: First, while still deadly with correct shot placement, the .22 LR is under-powered as a self-defense cartridge (even though it could work in a pinch). Second, this pistol is much too large with its 5.5 inch barrel, overall length of 9.2 inches, and 36 ounce weight. In fact, if I had to come up with a complaint, it is that it might be much too heavy for some people to shoot for extended periods of time.  While it was fine for me to shoot, someone else may find a problem with its weight. Most of this weight is in the barrel, which is fine because it’s not only designed to be accurate, but also helps reduce recoil on an already low recoiling gun. It doesn’t feel unbalanced when in hand, just heavy. In fact, I have some full-size 1911s in my collection that weigh less (empty) than this S&W. 1911s with Lights & Lasers This pistol is likely far more accurate than I am, and can say that I placed a target at 25 yards and was able to hit it more often than not in the off-hand (standing) position. During a different range trip, I placed targets at various distances from 5 to 25 yards and performed different shooting sequences.  Overall, I’m happy with this $409 pistol (base MSRP) and its performance to date. In my humble opinion, the Victory is more aesthetically pleasing than its main competition, manufactured by Ruger. Ruger Mark IV As a side note, the Ruger MK II and III have been the most popular .22LR pistols on the market for years even though they are not easily disassembled.  The MK IV is set to compete with the Victory’s easy take-down with a push button, and even has ambidextrous controls.* Customization The Victory also has the added bonus of being customizable, which sweetens the deal even more. Customizable how? Tandemkross SW22 That’s pretty sweet … The fully-adjustable rear sight can be removed and replaced with a Picatinny rail/optic.  Side grip panels, barrel, trigger, and muzzle devices can be easily swapped. You can even add a “Halo” rear charging ring for super fast loading. The above picture is fully modded from Tandemkross , which also has a bunch of other stuff for .22LR pistols/rifles. They have also released their new HiveGrip that adds a cool hex-pattern and extra-grippiness. SW22 with Hive Grip Now back to the barrel…getting to it is incredibly easy with the removal of a single Allen-head screw. SW22 Single Screw Removing the screw with the provided tool was easy.  From there, pull the two pieces apart. SW22 Two Parts Next, pull the bolt out, and then remove the barrel screw. SW22 Bolt Out On my second time performing this take down, I timed myself at 91 seconds. Not bad, considering that this was only my second time doing it.  Oh, and that time also includes me putting it back together again. There is one extra step, if you’d like to pull the recoil spring out, simply push on it with the Allen wrench and it’ll come right out for your inspection and cleaning purposes. Finally, when you’re done cleaning your little plinking pistol, it goes back together as easily as it came apart. Specifications Model: SW22 VICTORY® Caliber: .22 LR Capacity: 10+1 Safety: Thumb Safety Barrel Length: 5.5″ / 14 cm Overall Length: 9.2″ Front Sight: Green Fiber Optic Rear Sight: Adjustable Fiber Optic Action: Single Action Grip: Polymer Weight: 36.0 oz / 1,020.6g Barrel Material: Stainless Steel Slide Material: Stainless Steel Frame Material: Stainless Steel Slide Finish: Stainless Steel Frame Finish: Satin By The Numbers Reliability: 4.5/5 No failures due to the gun in the several hundred rounds I shot.  Only fails were from dud rounds…but that’s the way it is with .22 LR sometimes. Accuracy: 5/5 It’ll do its part with the match quality barrel. Ergonomics: 3.5/5 It’s pretty long and heavy…even for me.  For smaller shooters it might get cumbersome after a while. Looks: 5/5 I think it looks better than the Rugers. Customization: 4/5 A pretty good aftermarket selection of upgrades for a relatively new gun. Bang for the Buck: 4.5/5 Awesome value for around $369.  Magazines could be cheaper at $25 though. Overall Rating: 4/5 Conclusion Smith & Wesson SW22 Victory Overall, I recommend this gun for anyone looking to learn, or teach someone else, how to shoot. Or, if you’re in the market for a match gun, the SW22 ($369) is also a viable option.  With a great price, good ergonomics, the option to customize, along with incredible reliability, this is a great buy.


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