Rimfires Rule

I grew up shooting .22 rifles and a really neat 9-shot revolver. It’s a great way to get kids interested and skilled at shooting and guess what. It’s also a great way to keep old folks shooting. Being 72 with some aggressive arthritis I admit it’s challenging sometimes. I still keep at least a 9mm on my belt for defense, but when it comes to fun shooting, I’m opting for the good old twenty-two more often that not. And, thanks to being blessed with the ability to write for two amazing magazines, the past year has allowed me to review a few interesting .22s. Here’s a run down of them from the latest to the earliest.

Ruger LCP II .22 LR

This is one of those mouse guns that is normally a little tough to shoot. The fact this one has a great trigger and some enlarged sights makes it a little easier than it’s .380 predecessors the LCP and LCP II.

Ruger LCP II .22 LR
Ruger LCP II .22 LR

I can truly say it’s fun to shoot. There’s no recoil and the grip is big enough for me to get two good fingers around. I teacup with my support hand to make a solid grip. The sights are a bit of a struggle but only because I need to use the bottom of my trifocals to see them and that makes me tilt my head at a funny angle. For folks with tiny hands this one will work well for you. Some will even want to carry it for personal protection. It’s better than nothing.

HK416 .22 LR

Now here’s a fun guy. This is a rimfire version of the gun the Navy Seals had with them when they took down Osama Bin Laden. It’s not a machine gun but it’s almost as much fun.

HK16 .22 LR Pistol

It didn’t come with the red dot sight, suppressor, pistol brace and sling; I added those. When I shot up those drink cans I did it without hearing protection. Using CCI’s Suppressor ammo it was so quiet it sounded like the phssst, phssst of the silenced guns you hear in the movies or on TV — really quiet. This gun is about as much fun as I’ve had with a gun in many a moon. It’s something the young folks enjoy, but us old folks, too.

Glock 44 – They Now Have a .22

It was kind of a surprise when I got an email from the Glock publicity department wanting to know if they could send me their new .22. This gun is the same size as a G19 and looks just like the G5 version of the ever popular Glock 19. You think it’s a G19 until you pick it up and find it only weighs something like 11 oz. It holds ten rounds and shoots any normal or high velocity ammo. As long as you don’t try the subsonic stuff and keep it clean it just keeps right on trucking. It’s a great way to economically practice shooting that will transfer skills to shooting your defensive Glock.

Glock 44 .22 Caliber

Taurus TX22

I personally like this gun better than the Glock. It’s essentially the same size, but holds 15 rounds. It, too, is very reliable. I find it more comfortable to shoot than the Glock because of the grip frame and texture, but either one of them is great for practicing skills that will cross over to your 9mm of the same size and body style. Oh and it has a threaded barrel so you can add a suppressor. The Taurus a bit easier on the pocketbook than the Glock. It’s going for around $250 in the stores where the Glock looks like it’s going to price out around $350.

Taurus TX22 with suppressor
Taurus TX22 With Suppressor

Ruger Wrangler

These very reasonably-priced six shooters from Ruger are of the quality we’ve become used to from Ruger, but cost about half what the Single Six does because it’s made from aluminum alloy with modern CNC machinery. Ruger is working to get us more reasonably priced guns and the Wrangler is one of the results. They come in three colors and I managed to get my hands on one of each.

Ruger Wranglers
Ruger Wranglers

It’s going to be interesting to see what 2020 brings us.

SCCY – A Lot of Gun for Not Much Money

During my gun store days the 9mm SCCYs were great sellers because of their size, price and capacity. It’s concealable size gun that carries 11 rounds of 9mm for around $250. Their 9mm is available in two models, one with an external safety and one without. This is the CPX-1 and the CPX-2. This past year they released the CPX-3 and CPX-4 versions, which are .380 caliber, one with external safety and one without. One cool thing about them is colors. They come in all sorts of colors. Here are pictures of my CPX-1, that’s the one with external safety, and CPX-2, the one without.

SCCY CPX-1
SCCY CPX-2

Right before Christmas I was sent a new SCCY for review, this one with a Crimson Trace Red Dot sight installed. The Crimson Trace is now available on all four SCCY Models. And guess what. Toward the end of 1st quarter 2020 SCCY will be releasing a new version of their gun that is striker-fired with a 5.5 lb. trigger pull. All the ones so far have been double-action only with a 9 lb. trigger pull.

SCCY CPX-2 With Crimson Trace Red Dot Sight.

So we have two trends I’m following in the gun industry. One is affordable guns that are high quality. You can own a good defensive handgun for under $300. Or you can spend several thousand dollars for one. Your choice.

The other trend is that .22s are coming back in force. If you haven’t shot a .22 in a while, you’d be surprised at how much fun it is. Also inexpensive.

Updates for the New Year

I want to let you all know and hope you’ll share with your friends that my DPS certified Online training for the Texas License to Carry course is now available for a very reasonable cost of $40. This takes care of the classroom portion of the training required to get your license to carry a handgun. Visit TexasLTC.Online for details and to take the course. Notice that web address is a dot online address. A little different from the dot coms we’re used to but all kinds of web addresses are now available.

Three Taurus Handguns
Two Taurus G3’s and a G2 (the brown one)

Back in September I wrote about some of the new Taurus handguns. Now they’re starting to appear in color. Taurus’s TX22 was heralded as Handgun of the Year by Guns & Ammo Magazine. I had a feature article on it published in the Sep/Oct issue of American Handgunner Magazine. I’ve now got two of the 9mm Taurus G3 handguns. I carry one of them every day and the other is in one of the vehicle consoles.

Notice the .22 caliber TX22 below is very similar to these 9mm guns. I think Taurus made a genius move when they did that as it makes the .22 an affordable, easy-to-shoot gun for training or just for fun. Taurus actually slated it for a competition gun which should be interesting to follow.

Taurus TX22

Taurus isn’t the only company that issued a 9mm lookalike .22. Just before Christmas Glock sent me a new G44 to review. Not sure when the article will hit print, but here’s a heads up for my readers. The G44 is exactly the size and has the external features of a G19 Gen 5. Here’s what it looks like:

Glock G44 .22 Caliber

I can tell you all this because I’m not dependent up on advertising. I like the Taurus better. In fact, there are some among the gun writers who are saying the new Taurus handguns could be Glock killers. Why? They have all the features of a Glock, operate similarly, are the same size as the G19 and you can buy two of them for the cost of one Glock G19. I was in a local gun store a couple of weeks ago picking up a rifle and during the short time I was there two different men came in, not together, and each of them left with two Taurus G3 handguns. That’s an indication some smart buyers are taking advantage of that two Tauruses for the cost of one Glock price savings.

I don’t think anyone buying a Taurus G2 or G3 or TX22 will be disappointed and they’ll definitely get their money’s worth.

There are more new .22s on the horizon. It seems as if we’re having a .22 revival. The ammo makers, especially CCI, are doing their part in making it fun and practical. I have new Ruger .22 LCP II on the way. Earlier in the year we had the very reasonably priced Ruger Wrangler six-guns. Meanwhile I’ve been reviewing an HK416 .22 LR. Know the gun? Its big brother in 556 mm is the gun the Seals used to take down Osama bin Laden. I’ve got mine equipped with a Bushnell Red Dot sight and a suppressor and will soon have a stabilizer brace added. It sure is fun to shoot.

HK416 .22LR
Heckler & Koch HK416 .22 LR

Stay tuned for more. Magazine writing keeps me busy, but I’m making a commitment to keep my blog a good source of information during the coming year.