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First introduced in 1985 with the Model 9, Marlin’s neat little 9mm semi-auto rifles were pitched as durable and compact guns that were ready to tag along to the field.
With styling that gave a nod to the military surplus M1 Garand and Carbine, the Model 9 had what was billed as a Garand-type safety and a one-piece walnut finished press checkered Maine birch stock.
Using a 16.5-inch Micro-Groove barrel and a machined steel receiver that was sandblasted to prevent glare, the gun’s overall length was 35.5-inches while it tipped the scales at around 6.75-pounds– very near the size of an M1 Carbine.
Shipping with a 12- or optional 20-shot detachable magazine, the Model 9 was augmented by the .45ACP-caliber Model 45 starting in 1986, and both were marketed as Marlin’s “Self-Loading Camp Carbine.”
Drilled and tapped for a scope and fitted with adjustable folding rear leaf sights with a ramp front, later generations of the Camp Carbine came standard with a high-viz orange front post covered by a Wide-Scan cutaway hood.
The action included a manual bolt hold-open with an automatic last-shot bolt hold-open and a loaded chamber indicator. The stock came standard with a rubber rifle butt pad and swivel studs.
Of note, the magazine of the Marlin Model 9 could be swapped out for S&W Model 59 double stack pistol mags, which are common. The Model 45 used a 7-round M1911-style single stack. In 1990, Marlin discontinued the optional 20-rounder and began shipping the Model 9 with a four-shot magazine before settling on a 10-round mag in 1995.
Price in Marlin’s 1999 catalog, the last time the gun was carried, listed the Camp Carbines in both models with a retail of $459. By 2000, the guns were discontinued as Marlin ceded the pistol caliber carbine market to Ruger and Hi-Point.
Lawmakers in Ohio on Wednesday gave initial approval for a bill recognizing the Second Amendment as all the permit needed to carry a concealed handgun in the state.
The measure, HB 178, eliminates the state’s concealed weapons license requirement and codifies the right of a person who is 21 or older and not otherwise prohibited from possessing a firearm to carry a handgun without first getting a CWL. The bill won the 7-4 approval of the House Federalism Committee this week.
Under current law, Ohio residents must pay a minimum of $67 for a background check when applying for a carry license and show proof of having received at least eight hours of firearm competency and safety training. Sheriff’s Offices in the Buckeye State last year issued 69,375 new licenses and renewed 98,927 existing ones, the latter a record.
HB 178 would keep the current permitting program in place but modifies state law to stipulate it is not a crime to carry a concealed handgun without having such a license.
Among other tweaks, the bill would eliminate the current requirement to notify law enforcement when a person is carrying a weapon. Currently, a violation of the notification requirements is a first-degree misdemeanor which can lead to six months in jail or $1,000 in fines and results in suspension of the licensee’s carry permit.
House Speaker Larry Householder, R-Glenford, intervened last week to delete a requirement as part of HB 178 that would have mandated new gun owners receive a pamphlet on state gun laws, saying he was urged by Ohio Gun Owners to drop the requirement over fears about confusing language.
The measure now heads to the chamber’s criminal justice committee for further review. Currently, permitless carry, also referred to as constitutional carry, is the law of the land in 15 states in one form or another with a 16th, Kentucky, joining that club next month.
Dallas, Georgia-based DRD Tactical has announced they have been awarded a fixed quantity-fixed price contract for M4 uppers to a U.S. allied country in Asia.
According to DRD, the undisclosed end user is upgrading their older M16 rifles with the company’s billet uppers, M-LOK compatible handguards, 14-inch M4 barrel, front and rear flip up sights, and carbine stock assembly kits.
When it comes to answering just which country the uppers are headed to, the Philippines seems like the most logical answer. Between 1974 and 1986, a local company, Elisco Tool Manufacturing Co. cranked out 150,000 M16A1s for the Philippine military under license from Colt. In recent years, these guns have been refitted with A2 style handguards to replace the old Vietnam-era type. As such, well-used ETM M16s “in the white” are commonly seen in the islands.
The country has been fighting a dedicated insurgency driven by Islamic radical groups for decades and is in the process of rebuilding its military through a blend of foreign contracts and domestic tenders.
Of other key U.S. allies in the region, Thailand also has a large supply of vintage M16A1s but Bangkok is in the process of replacing them with a combination of IMI Tavor TAR-21 and M16A4 rifles. Meanwhile, Australia, Japan, Singapore, and South Korea have their own indigenous rifle production. New Zealand recently upgraded their infantry rifle to LMT-made AR platforms.
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Perhaps you’ve made the decision to carry a firearm for your hike. Maybe you want to ensure an effective means of self-defense, or maybe you want to be ready for an impromptu hunt once you get to camp or the morning after. Either way, you will need a pack that can easily accommodate a firearm and I just happen to have two in mind that work very well for the task — The Commander + Pack and Commander X Pack from Alps OutdoorZ.The Commander + Pack
Once you decide to take a gun on your journey it’s not a bad idea to check out hunting packs as your first option. Hunting packs are built with special accommodations for your favorite shootin’ iron and often make hauling one more comfortable to boot. The Commander + Pack rig from ALPS Outdoors is featured on their hunting line and comes in the Briar color. Its generous 5,250 cubic inch main compartment grants enough room for all gear as well as a compact rifle. The external frame is the ultimate in lashing options and is the most rugged system on the market, with the whole pack weighing just over 7-pounds.
This specialized hunting pack comes with a meat hauler that can be removed if hunting isn’t your primary purpose. The waist belt on this pack also lends the most utility for the pistol shooter. This area includes loops to clip a holster to for either a right or left handed shooter, or a cross draw if that’s your preference. The incorporated pockets are also large enough for a compact pistol like a Ruger LCP, Taurus Spectrum or similar sized pocket pistol. In addition to the waist belt, the depth of the main compartment can easily accommodate a rifle that employs a takedown design.Commander X
If external racks aren’t your bag, the Commander X system quickly becomes the go-to for the hiker who doesn’t intend to enter the deep woods unarmed. The massive 6,000 cubic inch main compartment, available in coyote brown, is supported by an attached polymer weight dispersion system. The Commander X weighs in at just over 5-pounds. With this amount of internal storage, the Commander X can fit many carbine rifles right between the rack and bag.
The star on this pack system, however, is the included gun hauler that can hold a full-sized rifle or even a bow. The rear pocket is made of an elastic material and is complete with a locking buckle to hold even the largest of pistols. I’ve had mine packed on the trail with a Desert Eagle L5 with a Bushnell Red Dot. For smaller pistols the Commander X also has the same waist belt pockets as the original Commander should you wish to carry something small and light-weight in lieu of a thunderous hand cannon.Final Thoughts
Deciding to carry a gun on trail when hiking comes with an array of concerns and responsibilities. Remember, even though it’s not on your hip a gun in a bag is still considered concealed carry in most jurisdictions. Be sure to follow all federal, state and local laws as they pertain to carrying a gun. Contacting the county sheriff where you intend to hike will likely save you a legal headache.
Local law enforcement will also be able to point you in the right direction for any permitting that might be required. I also recommend a call to the local game warden, as they can tell you what is in season as well as if any dangerous predators have been spotted. Making the right calls and the right gear choices beforehand will go a long way in ensuring that you have a successful, comfortable hike!
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Arizona conservation officials are moving to join other states in an effort backed by anti-hunting groups to ban predator hunting contests. The Arizona Game and Fish Commission last week voted 4-0 to approve a proposed rule that, if given a final green light by the if the Governor’s Regulatory Review Council, would outlaw a variety of predator or fur-bearing animal hunting contests.
The rule, first proposed in March, would define a “contest” as any sort of competition where participants register or record their entry and pay a fee to enter an organized hunt, and prizes are awarded to successful hunters. The move would lower the boom on contests organized by clubs in the state that take aim at predators and varmints ranging from coyotes, bobcats, foxes, and skunks to weasels, raccoons, beavers, badgers, ringtail cats, muskrats, otters and bobcats.
Kurt Davis, a Commission member, said the rule came after public pressure which could possibly undermine the wider sport of hunting itself in the state. “Regulated hunting fundamentally supports wildlife conservation efforts in North America,” he said in a statement. “The loss of hunting would equate to a measurable loss in conservation efforts and would represent a failure of the Commission to fulfill its duty to conserve wildlife for the beneficial use of current and future generations.”
An engine behind the social concerns over the contest, pushing public comments to the Commission, comes from anti-hunting advocacy groups, such as California-based Project Coyote and the Washington, D.C. based Humane Society of the United States, who have campaigned nationwide to end formally organized and publicized predator and varmint hunts.
HSUS President and CEO Kitty Block called the news from Arizona a “wonderful development” going on to say that, “tens of thousands of animals will be spared needless suffering and death in the future, and we’ll be the better for it.”
The Arizona Game and Fish Department said that coyotes in the state typically average about 20 pounds but can grow as large as 35. Describing them as “Arizona’s most common predator,” the agency said coyotes prey on pronghorn and deer fawns in the wild while in urban areas pets such as domestic cats, and small dogs are sometimes on the menu. Hunters in the state typically take between 30,000 and 40,000 coyotes a year.
The rule now must be approved by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s review council and, should that body concur, would become effective Jan. 1, 2020. So far, groups like HSUS have been successful in obtaining coyote contests in California, New Mexico, and Vermont while lawmakers in Oregon and Wisconsin have considered such a prohibition.
The nation’s oldest advocacy group for traditional hunting ethics, the Boone & Crockett Club, earlier this year fired back at animal rights organizations who are seeking to protect the nuisance predators. “Allowing coyotes to negatively impact other wildlife and people because of a moral judgment that killing them is wrong is irresponsible,” said Mark Streissguth, chair of the Club’s Hunter and Conservation Ethics Committee. “Coyotes, which are prolific breeders, are expanding their range into more states where conflicts with people and other wildlife are increasing. Their numbers will have to be managed, with or without contests.”
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When you think wheelgun your thoughts probably wander to the iconic old west and conjure images of the the Colt Peacemaker. The six shooter is a staple in the psyche of Americans and nobody did it better than Colt. While they have been out of the revolver game for a few years, Colt has recently dipped their toes back in the water with the Colt Cobra released in 2017 and now the King Cobra in 2019.
With the new releases, it got me feeling nostalgic so I dug through the Guns.com warehouse and struck gold with a 1989 six-inch Stainless Colt King Cobra. This gun is pure fun. Chambered in .357 magnum the King Cobra can shoot both .38 special and the .357 Magnum. With both double- and single-action capability, the King Cobra shoots like a dream. In double-action the trigger is smooth and not to heavy. In single-action the trigger is very sensitive and light making precision shots easy.
The King Cobra, while looking similar to the wildly popular Colt Python, was actually designed as more of an improvement on the Trooper model. Originally designed for law enforcement and target shooters, the bright bladed front sight and windage adjustable rear sight, the King Cobra is a nice change from the normal revolver sights that pretty much provide only marginally better sighting that point aiming. The large flattened hammer is easy to get a purchase on and easy to cock into single action mode.
The long barrel and nearly 3 pounds of steel make shooting .38 special feel like you are shooting a toy gun. With very little perceived recoil or muzzle flip, even when shooting double action, the .38 special is a great choice for plinking and getting used to the trigger. While the .357 is obviously a bit more stout, even it is relatively pleasant to shoot, if only moderately more difficult to control. Coming from an air weight snub nose Smith & Wesson .38 as my main revolver the King Cobra actually was a blast to shoot. In fact I shot through nearly 150 rounds in one session!
While this six-inch King Cobra would not be my ideal gun for every day carry, it is the perfect ranch or hiking gun. I could absolutely see having this on the farm for snakes, critters, and other four or two legged intruders. Ultimately for me, this gun fills in as a fun gun that is a step between simple .22’s and semi autos.
Having the opportunity to shoot this classic revolver was a real treat. It was the most fun I’ve had on the range in quite some time. It made me consider seriously taking a look into the new 3 inch model as a new item in my gun safe. Overall I never doubted that I would be impressed by a Colt revolver, but this gun truly did surprise me in the amount of enjoyment I got from shooting it. If you have a chance to get one you should jump on it. At least, that’s my opinion.
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The proliferation of handguns birthed a bevy of handgun calibers to compliment the hand-sized firearms. From rounds designed for revolvers to cartridges that work for home defense or hunting, the list of handgun calibers is nearly endless; however, a handful of calibers stand out above the rest as the most popular handgun calibers. Guns.com consulted Ammunition To Go to get the low-down on which handgun calibers are crowd favorites.5) .380 ACP
The offspring of John Moses Browning, the .380 ACP round has been a popular cartridge for self-defense since its debut in the early 1900s. Introduced by Colt in 1908 in their Colt Model 1908 hammerless pistol, the .380 Automatic Colt Pistol cartridge, or ACP, delivered less recoil making it a manageable round to shoot. Perfect for pocket pistol carry like with the Ruger LCP or Sig Sauer P238, the .380 ACP remains one of the most popular rounds for those seeking a smaller pistol/round combo as a backup gun or concealed carry option.4) .38 Special
The .38 Special comes courtesy of firearms powerhouse Smith & Wesson. Developed in 1899 as an upgrade to the .38 Long Colt, the .38 SPL became synonymous with policing. Serving as the standard service pistol cartridge for law enforcement’s agencies across the U.S., the .38 SPL served loyally beside police officers from the 1920s into the 1990s. The .38 SPL is best known for offering manageable recoil paired with accuracy in a variety of shooting disciplines to include target shooting, competition, hunting and self-defense. The .38 Special can be found on guns like the Smith & Wesson 642 and Ruger LCR.3) .40 S&W
The .40 S&W saw the teaming up of two gun makers, Smith & Wesson and Winchester. Developed as a law enforcement cartridge, the .40 S&W rose up in the aftermath of the 1986 FBI Miami shootout after two special agents were killed and five were wounded. The agency was on the hunt for a 10mm load to chamber in a semi-automatic pistol, which it had looked to Smith & Wesson to fill. Smith & Wesson opted to design a smaller 10mm cartridge that would match the 10mm ballistically, and thus, in 1990, the .40 S&W was born. The .40 S&W remains an option for concealed carriers and personal defense handgun owners looking for a power-packing round in Smith & Wesson’s own M&P, H&K VP40 and the Sig Sauer P320.2) .45 ACP
Nothing causes as much drama as tossing the .45 ACP into any round debate. With die-hard, rabid fans who swear by the round it’s no surprise that one of the most popular handgun calibers is the venerable .45 ACP. Developed in 1904 by a name already on this list, John Moses Browning, the .45 ACP first appeared alongside Colt’s Model 1911. The two platforms are almost synonymous with each other with 1911s and .45 ACP fitting together like peanut butter and jelly. The .45 ACP round has seen two World Wars and served as the sidearm for many military and police agencies due to its power. The large caliber slips seamlessly into self-defense and concealed carry applications and has proven why it’s a favorite of many gun owners. Though most know it for its 1911 pairing, the .45 ACP has made its way into striker fired handguns as well, appearing on platforms like the Glock 21, Sig Sauer 220 and Beretta PX4 Storm.1) 9mm
It’s no surprise that the 9mm round dominates the top spot as the most popular handgun caliber. Developed in the early 1900s by Austrian designer Georg Luger, the 9mm cartridge is the most widely used round in the handgun realm. Capable of running alongside full-sized handguns, compact pistols and even pistol caliber carbines, the versatility, affordability and prevalence of 9mm has secured it a top spot in gun owners’ hearts. The cartridge, which is especially popular among concealed carry and self-defense enthusiasts, can be found in some of the most popular defense handguns like the Glock 19, Sig Sauer P365, Smith & Wesson Shield and Ruger LC9S.
Featuring new engravings as well as Optima barrels and chokes, Beretta’s 686 Silver Pigeon I over-and-under shotgun has been given an update.
With the same action as the rest of the Italian gun maker’s 680-series shotguns, of which more than 1 million are in circulation, the newest version of the Silver Pigeon I is what Beretta describes as the “evolution of an icon.”
Besides the finely chequered pistol-grip stock and forend crafted from oil-finished walnut, the Pigeon I’s receiver has new floral motif engravings created by master engravers and installed using a 5-axis laser, which Beretta says is better able to engrave rounded surfaces “while maintaining perfect continuity in the design.”
In the premium double-barrel’s 12 and 20 gauge version, the shotgun uses Steelium Optima Bore HP barrels in tri-alloy Beretta steel with 70 mm long Optima Choke HP chokes. Variants in 28 and .410 bore use more traditional Beretta barrels with 50mm Mobil Chokes. The standard model has a 6×6 vented top rib with non-reflective chequering and a steel front bead while the Sporting version uses a 10×8 rib and ventilated side ribs with the option of an adjustable B-Fast stock.
Barrel length is in 26-, 28-, and 30-inch offerings, each with a 76mm (3-inch) chamber.
For more on the Beretta 686 Silver Pigeon check out our selection for sale in the Guns.com Vault.
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The double-stack Sig Sauer P229 built on the company’s “Classic Line” of pistols and has proven to be a crowd pleaser ever since it was introduced. First introduced in 1994, the P229 was a more compact design when compared to Sig’s full-sized P226, sporting a 3.9-inch barrel in lieu of the larger pistol’s 4.4-inch pipe.
While the half-inch doesn’t sound like much, the gun also shrank in height and lost a few ounces, providing an all-metal hammer-fired gun offered in a range of calibers to include 9mm, .40S&W and .357 SIG that was a hair smaller — though slightly heavier — than the striker-fired polymer-framed Glock 19.
The P229 was soon a hit with law enforcement. By 2004, it had been adopted by the U.S. Coast Guard as their standard sidearm for boarding and security duties after a testing process that examined 46 different handgun models over the course of 3 million rounds fired. Other branches of the Department of Homeland Security likewise selected the gun, such as the Secret Service, while the U.S. Navy chose the P229 for their NCIS agents.
This wide-spread adoption, in turn, saw Sig’s mid-sized double-stack in the hands of Hollywood tough guys ranging from Gerald Butler and Liam Neeson to Brad Pitt and John Travolta. On the small screen, it was the go-to for fictional Agent Jack Bauer.
Today, 25 years after it was announced, the gun is still in steady production and we have plenty of new models on tap ready to ship for prices that start at $929. Better yet, we have Guns.com Certified pre-owned P229s bargain priced for as low as $525.
Here are a few “pre-loved” deals:
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A proposal to swap out New Jersey’s long-dormant smart gun law and replace it with one requiring dealers to carry at least one such gun in stock passed the legislature last week.
Introduced in January by state Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg – who designed the state’s current divisive smart gun mandate – the proposal requires dealers to carry at least one model of smart gun when they become available rather than sell them exclusively. Filed as S101, the measure passed the Assembly 49-23 and the Senate 24-12 with Democrats, who control both chambers, leading the charge. It now heads to Gov. Phil Murphy.
The bill scraps most of the state’s 2002 smart gun law which has has been on the books for nearly two decades and replaces it with a requirement that the state Attorney General continue to report to the governor and legislature every six months on the commercial availability of the devices in the country. Once the AG approves a production model, every firearms wholesaler and retailer in the state would be obligated to carry at least one example for sale in their inventory within 60 days and have it on display in their salesroom, with visible signage referencing its features.
Similar legislation, developed in collaboration with national gun control groups like Giffords, was vetoed in 2016 by Republican Gov. Chris Christie who said it, “would have also replaced one unnecessary mandate with another unjustified restriction on firearms sales, this time targeting firearms retailers.”
Murphy, a Democrat who ran for office with the endorsement of anti-gun groups and went on to appoint a former Giffords lawyer as his “gun control czar,” is likely to sign the bill into law. He approved six gun control bills last session alone.
Second Amendment groups are nonetheless asking Murphy to drip veto ink on S101, with the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs stipulating that, should the Governor approve the new mandate, he should “set an example by immediately requiring his own security details to use only ‘smart guns,'” moving forward.
Firearms industry trade groups have long had a position that they are not opposed to authorized user recognition technology being applied to a firearm or to the further development of smart guns– as long as it is not made a requirement by lawmakers. The guns have been the subject of research since the 1990s, with the only commercial example marketed, the $1,200 German-made Armatix iP1, failing to make headway on the market. The .22LR pistol, which required an RFID-equipped wristwatch to be able to fire, could allegedly be hacked with a $15 magnet and jammed with radio waves.
When heading out into the wild for some hiking, it’s important to pack some security just in case wild animals look to interrupt your outdoor fun. It can be confusing attempting to choose a good gun for hiking but that’s why Guns.com is here. We’ve pulled a selection of handguns from our Vault to help make that decision a little easier.Smith & Wesson Shield
The Smith & Wesson Shield is a concealed carry staple. Chambered in 9mm, this single stack polymer pistol packs neatly into a holster for ultimate concealment on the trails. Featuring a magazine capacity of 7+1 with the standard magazine and 8+1 extended magazine, the Shield marries a stainless-steel slide with polymer frame topping it with a matte black finish.
The striker-fired Shield sports standard white dot sights, which I recommend upgrading to a more luminescent, easier to acquire sight system. For those who prefer a manual safety, the Shield does offer models equipped with the extra layer of security; just remember to put in the time to train to that end. Though the Shield brings a smaller, compact design to the table the trade-off is that recoil is a tad more noticeable on this platform than on some of the larger guns. It’s a common trait among smaller 9mm handguns and it comes as no surprise that the Shield conforms to this archetype; however, it’s no deal-breaker. The Shield remains easily manageable.
Measuring 6.1-inches with a weight of 20.8-ounces, the Shield proves a perfect companion for minimalistic hikers who prefer to keep it light. The Shield retails for $367.Glock 20
The G20 boasts that familiar Glock profile, a plus for current Glock owners looking for a little more oomph to their favorite polymer pistol. Taking a step up in caliber, the Glock 20 runs 10mm ammunition through its Austrian build. The 10mm bump means a little more oomph with heavier bullets perfect for tackling animals you might encounter on the trails.
The G20 measures just over 8-inches in length, ever so slightly longer than the Glock 17. Tipping scales at 27.51-ounces, the Glock 20 is also heavier than its 9mm compadre. The full-size frame grants more control over the pistol and reduces recoil on the platform, but it also means that it doesn’t conceal quite as easily as the Smith & Wesson Shield.
What the Glock 20 does well, though, is bring a smooth shooting platform to hikers already comfortable with the Glock build. Transitioning from a Glock 17 or 19 to the Glock 20 proves easy to accomplish with no learning curves or training stumbles. The Glock 20 is perfect of those already accustomed to Glock. The G20 retails for $529.Ruger GP100
The Ruger GP100 is a giant leap in terms of size. Measuring 9.50-inches in overall length with a 4.20-inch barrel, the revolver weighs in at 40-ounces. It’s a heftier choice for hikers but that weight lends itself to better recoil management. The GP100 comes chambered in both .38 Special and .357 Magnum, though both rounds are easily managed due to that heavier frame. Granted the versatility of multiple chamberings, hikers also have that option of choosing a caliber more suited to the animals in their area. For me, I tended to opt for the .38 Special.
The first wheelgun on the list, the Ruger brings with it the reliability of revolvers. A 6-shot revolver, the Ruger GP100 is easy to maintain, easy to load and unload and a great option for hikers who want a no muss, no fuss firearm. While I always suggest maintaining your gun, the Ruger GP100 doesn’t need a whole lot of babying in the same way that semi-autos sometimes do.
The Ruger GP100 isn’t for the hiker looking for stealthy carry or lightweight carry. This is one heavy gun, but it achieves its purpose of reliability and is capable of dealing with stray animals you might encounter in the woods or on a hike. The Ruger GP100 retails for $829.
Taurus Raging Judge Ultralight
We’d be remiss if we didn’t include the venerable Taurus Judge in a list of hiking guns. A fan favorite, the Taurus Raging Judge Ultralight packs quite the punch chambering both .410 shotshell and .45 Long Colt. Don’t let the “Ultralight” moniker fool you, this is one meaty gun. For someone petite like me, it was a struggle at times to keep it on target and prep that heavier trigger. Measuring 10.2-inches in length with a weight at 41.4-ounces, this handgun doesn’t mess around.
Like most revolvers, the Judge is fairly easy to manipulate and maintain. Offering seven shots in total, the addition of the .410 chambering brings versatility. You can feel confident that no matter what you face off against on the trails with this gun, you will emerge victorious. The Judge also elevates its features with the addition of a fiber optic front sight, which is a nice bonus to the platform.
The versatility and just mean look of the gun is its greatest strength. This isn’t a model that you can easily seat in a holster or carry concealed, but it is a model that means business on the trails. Capable of taking on most animals you might encounter; the Taurus Raging Judge Ultralight proves why it’s near and dear to some gun owners. The Taurus Raging Judge Ultralight retails for $983.
Check out Guns.com’s full inventory of revolvers and semi-automatic handguns perfect for the trails.
Enjoying the great outdoors is one of the best summertime activities with these soul-feeding trips helping us reconnect with nature while leaving behind the digital world. While most sojourns are rather safe ventures, it’s always best to err on the side of caution with a little preparation.
As a deputy sheriff in the mountains of southwest Colorado for 15 years, I’ve coordinated search and rescue efforts for one of the busiest counties in the state. I’ve witnessed amazing tales of survival and seen hauntingly fatal mistakes. With decades of outdoor recreation, search and rescue, and law enforcement experience I’ve got a few tips to ready you for risks on the trails.Trailhead Security
One of the most prolific threats you’ll face on your trip is thieves. You’ll likely never see them, but the things you do before your trip will have a direct effect on how this particular encounter pans out. There’s nothing like coming back from a long trip to your ravaged vehicle, especially when you don’t have cellphone service to call the police.
If you’re leaving a vehicle at the trailhead for a while, prepare for it. They will likely move on to better targets. Secure any valuables you aren’t carrying with you – like electronics, firearms, and information such as IDs, insurance, and other paperwork that can be used for identity theft — at home. Keep the interior of the vehicle clean to show perspective thieves there is nothing worthy of stealing inside. Also, consider removing identifying stickers and magnets from the vehicle’s exterior. That Magpul sticker might intimidate someone in traffic, but when you’re 10-miles up the trail, it’s an encouragement to burglars on the prowl for guns. The same goes with military affiliations, NRA stickers and the like.
Depending on the length of the hike, cars could be parked at the trailhead for days at a time. Alternatively, shorter trips, or those popular with day hikers, are likely a bit safer with the frequency of people coming and going curtailing at least some thievery. Park in areas that leave good visibility and offer plenty of foot traffic for the best defense against thieves.Trail Threats
The majority of threats you’ll face in the wild are two-legged, not four, but animal attacks do happen. I’ve spent many an hour hiking in the mountains of Colorado and have come across plenty of deer, elk, moose, badgers, skunks and black bears. Most often these critters are more frightened of you than you are of them and will usually run from people rapidly. There are exceptions though.
Before hitting the trails, take some time and learn about the wildlife in the area. In particular, learn about animals’ warning signs and how best to proceed if they become threatening. Be a student of the animals in your region so you know if you are truly being threatened or can slip away without engaging.
Know your rules of engagement. You cannot shoot an animal because it’s in your vicinity, it has to be a clear threat. Work to get around the animal without risking an encounter in which no one wins. Be aware that animals with young are more protective so it is best to give them a wide berth. This applies to grass and meat eaters.
Consider that people may also pose a threat on the trail. Some of the best cures for sketchy people on the trail also apply to wildlife. Hike in numbers — if you take a few people with you on your trip, chances are, you won’t have too many issues. Predators of two and four-legged variety still measure risks versus rewards. If your party is too large to risk an encounter, they will pass by.Safety Planning
What are you going to do should you encounter a threat? Deal with threats in this order: mitigate, avoid, defend. Some issues you should be able to mitigate. Clear out your vehicle, leave no tell-tale markers for thieves, hike in numbers and give a friend or family member a detailed itinerary of your hike. Make sure to include relevant information about where you’re hiking and when you’ll be back.
Next, consider avoidance as your next best step for dealing with dangerous encounters. I would much rather walk a long way around a bear and cubs than have to either a) run for my life or b) orphan the cubs. The same goes if you see a drunken party raging alongside a bonfire.
Lastly, we come to the final resort – defense. Know your local laws, as you are responsible for understanding the ordinances that govern your area. In most areas, you cannot shoot an animal simply because it is on the trail or in the way. That being said, you should be prepared to defend your life and the lives of those with you on the trail should the need arise. For many, this means taking a firearm on the trail.Hiking with a Gun
To determine the best gun for the hike, there are a few considerations to mull over. Factors that must go into gun selection for the trail include weight, capacity and caliber. When choosing caliber, consider the biggest animal you might encounter during your trip and if it will be a threat in any way. I lean toward bigger calibers, like 10mm, for larger animals, but you should always choose a caliber you feel comfortable shooting.
The other thing to consider is method of carry. A decent hiking pack with padded belt often precludes the mounting of a firearm on the belt. Sticking a gun in the pack removes access and when you need a gun on the trail, the situation rarely affords time to unsling your pack and dig around.
A good solution is to choose gear specifically made for hikers and campers. Hill People Gear, for example, was founded by folks who love guns and hiking and create packs and chest rigs for those that also love the great outdoors. Their Recon chest rig is one of my favorite solutions for carrying with a backpack. This bag straps to the chest and has a couple of slots for critical gear like mini survival kits. Inside the main compartment, a pistol can be staged for drawing either left or right. It presents as yet another bag so as not to alarm other hikers but can be accessed quickly should the need arise.
Finally, if you are hiking in an area where really large animals are a likely threat, you may want to consider a brush gun. The term is somewhat generic and can apply to a few types of rifles, though some characteristics are common: they are often shorter for carrying and maneuverability, and higher in caliber. One of the classic configurations is a lever-action rifle which allows you to fire quickly in case a dangerous animal is charging you. A rifle like this is definitely going to keep you safe from most things in North America, though they are heavier and a bit more difficult to carry, often over a shoulder with a sling.Getting home safe
Starting out at the trailhead you can set yourself up for a successful trip. Leave anything of value at home or plan on taking it with you. Park in well-traveled areas and don’t leave any clues to your fondness for the Second Amendment. Mitigate issues by planning in advance. Tell someone your route and when to call for help. Avoid confrontations when possible, human or wildlife, and if you have to engage, defend yourself with a strong knowledge of area laws using a handgun or rifle you can accurately and safely shoot.
I’m not preaching gloom and doom. Chances are, if you prepare, you’ll never need most of these precautions. Woe be to the hiker who doesn’t heed precautions though.
The basis for many of today’s best survival and trail guns, the U.S. military developed a series of compact, takedown, and foldable designs to give aircrew something just in case they had to hit the silk.The Harrington & Richardson M4
Designed by the Army’s Springfield Armory as the T38, the M4 was a 4-pound magazine-fed 5+1 rifle with no furniture. Chambered in .22 Hornet centerfire, the rifle was 32-inches long with a 14-inch barrel. A sliding metal buttstock collapsed to make the little bolt-action survival gun capable of being stowed under a pilot’s seat along with items such as matches, a compass, a knife, and emergency rations. H&R made 29,344 of the weapons in 1959 for the Pentagon’s contract.M5/M6
Dubbed the Aircrew Survival rifle, like the M4 this handy little gun was designed at Springfield Armory, apparently borrowing a lot from the Marble Game Getter of the 1920s and 30s. These combination guns used a .22 Hornet top barrel over a .410 bore shotgun in single-shot top break configuration. Prototyped as the T39, 50 early M5s were made by H&R while Ithaca produced the standard M6. The over-and-under had a plastic storage magazine in the skeletonized butt along with an oiler. Using 14-inch barrels, they were extremely compact when stored. With NFA-compliant 16-inch barrels, the gun was sold on the commercial market for years by Illinois-based Springfield as the M6 Scout while TPS makes an updated version today.MA-1/AR-5/AR-7
In a break from Army-designed survival guns, Eugene Stoner, working for the ArmaLite division of the Fairchild Airplane Corporation, created the semi-auto AR-5 rifle for an Air Force contract in the 1950s. Intended to ride shotgun on a nuclear strike bomber that never made it into production, Stoner’s interesting little carbine could be stored inside its own buttstock, which could float. Adopted as the MA-1 rifle by the USAF, only 12 were produced as its use on the canceled bomber was not needed. This left ArmaLite to make them in .22LR with longer, non-NFA barrels, as the AR-7. Today, the gun is still produced by Henry Arms as the US Survival Rifle and is a solid classic.Colt SMG
In the late 1960s, the Air Force was again looking for a new Aircrew Survival Weapon. Colt entered the search with an experimental bullpup sub gun chambered in .221 Fireball. Just five were made although the military concedes “These weapons exceeded the expectations expected of them.”Bushmaster Armpistol
Based on the IMP aircrew weapon designed at Eglin Air Force Base, Gwinn Firearms in Bangor, Maine produced the original Bushmaster Armpistol “in limited quantities” for the USAF in the early 1970s. Just 20.63-inches long, the Armpistol had a lot of M16-style features but in a very abbreviated bullpup format. Bushmaster, of course, would go on to make a commercial version before moving on to more standard AR designs, which endure today.
Currently, the Air Force is transitioning to a modified GAU-5 termed the USAF Aircrew Self Defense Weapon. The ASDW must stow inside a 16 x 14 x 3.5-inch ejection seat compartment. The guns get that small due to the use of an M4 style collapsible stock, flip-up backup iron sights, an Israeli FAB Defense AGF-43S folding pistol grip, and a Cry Havoc Tactical Quick Release Barrel (QRB) kit.
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When heading out to the backcountry, there is a long list of handy little carbines geared towards tagging along on the trail without taking up valuable space. These are survival rifles that take up a limited envelope but can be there when needed for reasons ranging from plinking and small game hunting to personal defense, depending on the model.Henry Survival
Today’s evolution of Eugene Stoner’s classic AR-7, which was itself derived from an Air Force contract, the Henry US Survival breaks down into the receiver, barrel, and magazine, which can then be stored inside the polymer stock– that floats! The little 8+1 semi-auto, chambered in .22LR, weighs in at 3.5-pounds. Made in either black or camo, these guns start at $229.Just Right Carbine Takedown
With AR-style controls, Just Right Carbine’s 9mm Takedown rifle runs a 17-inch barrel, Picatinny rail on a solid machined receiver, M4 style stock and a blowback action. Capable of tool-free takedown while picking up the bonus of using double stack Glock mags, the JRCT comes in .45ACP with the option of either black or camo schemes, the latter with a matching Kryptek sling pack. Price? $759.Kel-Tec SU-16C
While not a takedown-style design, Kel-Tec’s SU-16C has a folding stock that drops the overall length of the 5.56mm carbine down to 25.5-inches when stowed. Weighing in at 4.7-pounds, it is a no-frills design that still allows the user to bring a significant little rifle — that uses AR mags — along to the campsite without having to count too many grams. We have these in the Guns.com Vault starting at $549.Kel-Tec SUB-2000
With the same concept as the SU-16 series, Kel-Tec’s SUB-2000 is a pistol caliber carbine chambered in 9mm or 40 S&W. With multiple magazine choices– including models that use popular Glock mags– the current generation of these folding rifles come standard with Magpul M-LOK accessory slots for those not satisfied with the gun’s 4-pound weight. Price on the SUB-2000 starts at $330 and includes versions with either a black or nickel boron finish.Marlin 70P Papoose
Using the same receiver and action as Marlin’s classic .22LR Model 60 and 795 series of autoloaders, the Model 70P Papoose is a proven design that has the bonus of having a quick takedown design with a QD 16.25-inch barrel. Broken down using a no-tools-needed barrel nut, the Papoose fits inside a 21-inch space when disassembled for storage. It is also one of the lightest carbines on this list, with a weight of just 3.25-pounds. Not bad for a gun that starts at $273.Ruger 10/22 Takedown
Ruger makes what sometimes feels like a hundred versions of their iconic 10/22 rotary magazine rimfire carbine, so you know that must contain some trail-friendly Takedown models. These include the suppressor-ready 4.5-pound Takedown Lite and one that comes standard with a Magpul Backpacker synthetic stock. Price on these, which can all quickly and easily be separated into two pieces for convenient transpo, starts at $347.Savage 42 Takedown
A two-barrel over-and-under combination gun that blends either a 22 LR or WMR in its upper barrel with a lower as a 410 Bore shotgun, Savage’s Model 42 has been around for decades. The Takedown version of this break-action double-barrel is a little heavier than some of the other offerings here, at 6-pounds, and also carries 20-inch barrels, but you do get two guns in one package, so there’s that. Price is $408.Tactical Solutions X-Ring Takedown
Described by TacSol as a “premium rimfire rifle,” their X-Ring Takedown is lightweight, compact, durable, accurate and threaded for the addition of a suppressor. They use Magpul stocks and carry fully adjustable rear/ fiber optic front sights while coming standard with a Picatinny rail and bull barrel. Prices start at $899 but have a range of options.TPS M6
Minnesota-based TPS Arms says they have been fans of the old M6 Scout style platform for years, and recently decided to bring back the platform with a few updates. Their resulting M6 Takedown rifle features an AR-style takedown pin for quick and easy disassembly into its two components. A twin-barrel combo gun, it offers either .22 LR over 410 bore or 22 WMR over 410 bore. While it sports 18.75-inch break-action barrels, overall length when broken down is no more than 19-inches while weight is 5-pounds. Price is $467 in the Vault.Winchester 94 Trails End Takedown
An old concept ready to slip behind the seat of a truck, boat or bush plane, Winchester’s Model 94 Trails End reboots inventor John M. Browning’s original takedown design for easy storage. Chambered in .30-30, .38-55, or .450 Marlin– the latter with a ported barrel– these rifles sport a 20-inch barrel with a full-length magazine tube. Carrying a Marble Arms front sight and adjustable semi-buckhorn rear sight, they are drilled and tapped for scope mounts. Price, with Grade 1 wooden furniture and a brush polished finish, is in the $1,200 range.
Looking for one of these carbines to slide it into a backpack, wrap in a bedroll, or strap to an ATV? Check out Guns.com for these rifle models and others inside the Guns.com Vault and collection of Certified Used Guns.
A New Jersey Democrat plans to introduce a bill to the U.S. Senate that would largely ban legal suppressors nationwide and use taxpayer money to reimburse owners.
Sen. Bob Menendez last week announced his plan to introduce what he terms the Help Empower Americans to Respond (HEAR) Act when Congress goes back to work on Monday. His bill would reportedly provide some narrow exceptions for “certain current and former law enforcement personnel” and others while outlawing the more than 1 million currently legal suppressors in the country.
“Silencers undermine public safety. They undermine the ability of law enforcement to do their jobs. And they undermine the ability of Americans in the midst of mass shootings to survive,” Menendez said. “No one needs a silencer to defend themselves or their home, but everyone needs to be able to hear when their lives are in danger, and that’s exactly what the HEAR Act will do.”
First introduced commercially in 1909 by muffler inventor Hiram Percy Maxim and dubbed a “Silencer” as a marketing gimmick, suppressors designed for use in moderating the noise of a firearm’s muzzle blast the devices could be purchased over the counter and via mail order until they were regulated by the National Firearms Act in 1934. While Maxim’s company later went out of business, today there are hundreds of suppressor makers of all sizes and, as of Feb. 2018, some 1,489,791 million were carried on the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.
Menendez’s office details that his bill would outlaw their private possession or sale and limit the devices to some police use and “for certain authorized testing or experimentation.” Within 90 days after his bill being signed into law, owners that do not meet the guidelines proposed by the career politician would have to forfeit their suppressor to the government for a reimbursement paid for through a Justice Department grant used for bolstering small town law enforcement.
Notably, Menendez represents one of eight states that has long had a state ban on suppressors, so the impact of his legislation would fall primarily outside of New Jersey. For reference, the four states that have the highest number of legal, registered suppressors are Texas (265,597), Florida (98,972), Georgia (72,734) and Utah (51,760), all Republican strongholds.Industry Reaction
National firearms and suppressor trade industry groups say that Menendez is ill-informed and far off base when it comes to his rhetoric on suppressors, which have been highly regulated for 85 years. Would-be suppressor owners must file paperwork with federal regulators, that includes submitting fingerprints and a photograph. The background check process takes months and, in the end, requires a $200 tax that is non-transferrable. Further, few are ever used in crime.
“The senator should spend more time studying up on suppressors instead of watching spy movies to generate restrictions on law-abiding Americans exercising their Second Amendment rights,” Mark Oliva, director of public affairs for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, told Guns.com.
Oliva noted that, in a 10-year period from 1995-2005, less than 0.1 percent of homicides in federal court, and an even lower 0.00006 percent of felonies in California, involved the use of a suppressor. In fact, a 2017 White Paper by a high-ranking ATF official recommended the devices be reclassified from under NFA control “given the lack of criminality associated with silencers.”
The NSSF has long backed suppressors as instrumental in helping with gun safety and training, particularly in combating irreparable hearing loss due to the blast of muzzle reports, which peak at well over 140 dB, the level in which permanent damage to the ear can occur. Oliva explained that NSSF has in the past offered to take Menendez to the range with other lawmakers to educate them on suppressors, an offer which was not accepted.
“Despite his purposefully misleading characterizations, the truth is suppressors reduce the sound of a muzzle blast from a decibel level equal to a jet taking off to that of a jackhammer,” said Oliva. “It is clearly still audible and will gain the attention of anyone within the vicinity.”
Knox Williams, president of the American Suppressor Association, told Guns.com that the devices are a commonsense tool that over 500,000 law-abiding Americans use to help protect their hearing. That suppressors aren’t the issue, misinformation is.
“It’s time we stopped listening to the peddlers of misinformation who blame these inert devices for the actions of violent criminals. Senator Menendez’ bill does nothing to target criminals,” said Williams. “It would, however, put the health and safety of law-abiding Americans at risk.”
The Hear Act has the support of Bloomberg-financed Moms Demand Action and Everytown, representatives of which were at Menendez’ public announcement of the proposal in New Jersey last week.
Earlier this year, Menendez introduced a ban on gun magazines that can hold over 10 rounds, as well as legislation to strengthen regulations on 3D guns. In January, he introduced a new federal assault weapons ban into the Senate. In 1994, he voted for the original AWB as a member of the House of Representatives.
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The word plinking implies rimfire shooting. While rimfire means affordable ammunition, accessible guns, and one of the most purely enjoyable times on the range. With just a little preparation, it’s easy to elevate just another day on the range to one nobody will soon forget. In this article, we’re going to look at how to create your own plinker’s paradise.Safety First
Every range day should begin with safety precautions. Rimfire shooting, though quieter and more innocuous seeming, is no exception.
- Hearing Protection: Too many shooters have sacrificed their hearing in the name of shooting machismo, but there’s nothing cool about going sans protection and facing hearing loss. Ear coverage can be as simple as a pair of el cheapo foam plugs all the way up to the most expensive noise-canceling electronic devices. Two of my favorites, for different types of shooting, are Decibullz custom molded in-ear plugs and Howard Leight Impact Sport electronic muffs. Decibullz are more than adequate for rimfire shooting, but if it’s range day with centerfire magnum rounds, I’ll use both, with ear plugs in place beneath the muffs.
- Eye Protection: Hearing protection seems like a no-brainer in the shooting world, but eye pro should be as well. Clear safety glasses with impact resistant lenses are affordable and will offer defense against any number of range dangers. Many hardcore shooters have individual favorites, with plenty of solid options for both prescription lenses and sunglasses with ANSI impact resistance. One of my personal go-to choices comes from Gatorz glasses, made in the USA with a myriad options and styles for shooters, made to hug more tightly to the face with a wraparound dynamic.
The best part of any range day is pulling those beloved guns from their cases, and here are the trio upon which I rested my day of pleasure on the range.
- Savage A17: Semiautomatic rimfire rifles are always a treat, but few as much so as Savage’s A17. This is one of the only successful such actions to cleanly cycle the hotter .17 HMR round with its delayed blowback action. The .17 not only extends the rimfire’s range, but adds knockdown power as well and does so without sacrificing a bit of accuracy. Our Laminate Thumbhole Target version is a fantastic gun, but there are a number of not only other A17 models, but A22’s as well for those who prefer either the LR or WMR.
- Ruger Wrangler: The new-for-2019 Wrangler borrows solid features from Ruger’s beloved Single Six and makes a few changes that allow the new six-shooter to hit the market with an MSRP of only $249. Available in a trio of Cerakote colors, these single action revolvers are an ideal, American-made entry point into the rimfire handgun realm and make a welcome addition to any rimfire plinking day. A transfer bar safety adds an extra measure of security, while the American-made nature of the Wrangler is instantly appealing.
- Henry Frontier: The Made-in-America-or-Not-Made-at-All Henry Repeating Arms rifles are pleasers in most any form, but we especially adore the Frontier model. This particular version is the suppressor-ready, threaded, octagon-barreled, abbreviated tube version. One thing they all share in common is Henry’s smooth lever action and easy accuracy with the semi-buckhorn rear sight. Any Henry rimfire will contribute to plinking paradise.
If you’d like to have a go with any of the guns I enjoyed here, each of these firearms is available in multiple variations via the Guns.com Vault, along with hundreds of other rimfire platforms sure to find a welcome home on your own rimfire range.A Variety of Targets
Plain old paper targets are fine, but using a variety of targets will spice up that hard-earned day at the shooting range. Don’t be afraid to mix things up. The best paper targets allow an easy visual color-change of the hit, so there’s no need to run up and down the range. Others mimic animal vitals or even games like Battleship or HORSE for some friendly competition. Keep an eye on GDC as we delve more deeply into creating your own home range in the near future.
Visual targets are fine, but shooting steel adds the audible component, that satisfaction of lead ringing metal. Champion offers a full line of AR500 Steel targets, from the self-standing system we used assembled with the shooter’s own 2×4 board. Likewise, a dueling tree always seems to draw friendly competition on the range, which in turns builds skill. If you’re looking for another addition to the range repertoire, consider self-healing targets. We enjoy Birchwood Casey’s Ground Strike Prairie Chuck, with its spring loaded base and re-sealing body, that baby is good for hundreds of rounds. It appeals at once to kids and kids-at-heart.Ammo, and Lots of It
Rimfire rounds are more accessible now than in the recent past, with store shelves stacked with options. Whether you’ve opted for the old standby Long Rifle, .22 Magnum, the more obscure 5mm Rem Mag, or the zippy .17 HMR, the most important factor is always bringing enough ammo. Nobody wants to be the faux pas guy who runs out of gun food in the middle of a sweet range session.
When I’m preparing for hunting, it’s hard to beat Federal Premium Hunter Match. Shooting for groups often favors Aguila’s full lineup of .22 LR rounds, which cover everything from ultra-quiet Calibri’s to the hotter, heavier Match-grade, in addition to the new run of 5mm Magnum. In the .17 HMR milieu, my Savage eats anything but especially seems to love CCI, Federal, and Norma.
For a nice “go big or go home” attitude, consider buying bulk rimfire ammunition with something like Federal’s BYOB (that’s Bring Your Own Bucket/Bottle) of .22 LR, WMR, or .17 HMR in sharing-sized canisters. Your range buddies are sure to shoot with you again.See You on the Range
Regardless of your choice of rimfire caliber, rifle or handgun, bolt action, semi auto, revolver or pistol, the bottom line remains the same. Firing rimfires and plinking can be at once relaxing and challenging, enjoyable and engaging for solo shooters or the whole family. Perhaps the greatest thing about rimfire plinking is the door it opens to not only the pure pleasure of shooting, but also its larger implications for training, trigger control, accuracy practice, and honing hunting skills.
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The words “tactical” and “plinker” often don’t come together. Yet, there are a growing number of companies that offer full-sized versions of their guns in .22 LR. Why would someone want this you might ask? Well, for starters .22 LR is cheap. Take, for example, the Aguila Super Extra High Velocity we shot, starting at $2.61 a box. Compare that to the same box of 50 rounds 5.56 FMJ from Aguila, with a MSRP of $19.58 and you’ve already got yourself a savings of $16.97 in the first 50 rounds alone.
Besides being cheap to shoot tactical plinkers also offer the added training bonus of being similar to larger scale models. The only difference in many of the models is the felt recoil when you go to shoot. This allows you to realistically train for pennies on the dollar compared to your larger caliber models, while still maintaining the muscle memory of the training. So without further ado, here are four great tactical plinkers in .22 LR from the Guns.com Vault for your consideration.Smith & Wesson M&P 15-22
The M&P 15-22, just like it’s larger brother, comes with an adjustable stock. The collapsible stock coupled with the light recoil of the rifle makes this ideal for youth shooters. The rifle also features the familiar A2 style grips and sights. These sights can be folded down or easily removed if you want to add an optic to the top Picatinny rail. You can plink for a while with a standard 25-round magazine at affordable prices. Overall, the M&P 15-22 functioned flawlessly eating through all the Aguila ammo we could throw at it. It would be a hit for the youth or adult shooter alike
If you would like an M&P 15-22 for yourself, find it here in the Guns.com Vault.Rock Island Armory AK 47/22
Rock Island Armory is perhaps most recognizable for their 1911 designs, but a gun that they manufacture which may have slipped under the radar is their AK 47/22. You’ll find many of the same features on the RIA version as you would a typical AK. There is the standard safety selector switch which locks the gun. You’ll also notice the side charging handle which mimics that of an AK as well. Finally, you have an adjustable rear sight for elevation and an adjustable front post sight, again just like your typical AK.
The one thing that will be different from your typical AK is the these magazines go straight in as opposed to rocking in like that of your standard AK-47. If you would like to plink on the range with one these AK 47/22 rifles you can find them here in the Guns.com Vault.Mossberg 715P
The Mossberg 715P is a smaller pistol version of the Mossberg 715T. What makes this little gun unique is that it has a side-charging handle, coupled with a 6-inch barrel and A2 style grips and muzzle break. It’s 25+1-round capacity means you’ll be able to plink all day and have fun doing it. The pistol also feature Picatinny rail on the top, sides, and bottom, which allows you to mount a number of optics or accessories. For those of you who can’t handle the 48 ounce weight, don’t worry, there are also sling swivels.
Looking to plink at the range with a Mossberg 715P, find one here in the Guns.com Vault.Smith & Wesson M&P22 Compact
Finally, the last on our list of Tactical Plinkers is the Smith & Wesson M&P22 Compact. This little pistol takes after it’s highly carried and touted M&P Shield 9mm. It features the same grip texturing, mag release, and takedown functionality. You’ll also see similar 3-dot white sights on the M&P22 Compact but where it differs is the rear sight can be adjusted for windage and elevation. Another feature you’ll find standard on the M&P22 Compact is the ambidextrous safety. This gun is used mainly for training and ate up all that Aguila we had.
If you like this M&P22 Compact and want to train with one yourself you can find it here in the Guns.com Vault.PlinkPlinkPlink
Whether you’re out for a good time or trying to do some serious training these tactical plinkers got you covered. With the cost of .22 LR being so reasonable it’s no wonder you see more and more companies making tactical plinkers for their customers.
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Nearly a decade ago, I strolled into the gun range nearest my house, tested a few pistols and walked out with my first handgun. A Walther P22. In the year’s since, however, my taste in handguns has evolved. For carry, I swapped it out for the 9mm Glock 19, but I saw a Walther P22 available inside the Guns.com warehouse and it piqued my interest. So, I thought it was time to take a trip down memory lane, revisit the beginning of my gun journey, and see if my fond memories of the P22 hold up to reality.
Measuring 6.3-inches in overall length, the Walther P22 features a 3.42-inch barrel length with a 4.5-inch height making it a compact semi-auto model. The hammer equipped P22, is a double-action/single action pistol with a hearty 10-round capacity. Weighing in at 17-ounces, the P22 is light enough that it doesn’t weigh arms down while shooting but also solid enough to take a beating at the range.
The P22 sports a manual safety, custom accessory rail for added accessories like lights and lasers, slide serrations for easier gripping and slide manipulation as well as removable backstraps to better customize the grip area. The grip itself features a unique texture designed to prevent hands from slipping when sweaty or wet. The texture itself isn’t overly aggressive, though, so those with sensitive palms should have no issues firing the P22 over the long-term. The P22 also employs a chamber viewport that allows shooters to quickly identify the status of the firearm – whether it is in fact loaded or unloaded.
As I look back, the Walther P22 was exactly what I needed early on. The compact .22 was easy to use, comfortable to shoot and had little to no recoil. And, picking it up again, the pistol performed largely as I remembered. With practically no recoil, I could plink for endless hours. Then, with .22 LR ammo to boot, I could reasonably do that without breaking the bank.
The P22’s controls are laid out in a manner that make it easy to operate. However, something I noted about its construction now gave me pause. Back when I first picked up the Walther P22, its magazine release nestled into the trigger guard didn’t seem or feel odd. After several years of carrying a Glock, though, this lever-style release is cumbersome and had me tripping up during reloads at the range. It’s not what I would term a deal breaker — certainly not for new gun owners who don’t know anything different — but having been around guns for a more than minute, it felt odd.
The P22 also sports a manual safety, another feature that feels foreign as a Glock owner. The safety is a lever style and quickly moves between functions with a flick of the button.
Controls aside, the Walther is a fun little gun to shoot — when it does actually shoot. The pistol sometimes has small temper tantrums depending on the quality of ammo. In my experience, both years ago and even today, CCI .22LR seems to work about the best. Once the ammo equation has been solved, the Walther plugs away at targets providing the opportunity to plink, have fun or train without the usual rigors of larger caliber guns.
The Walther P22 proves to be a decent plinker for those just entering into the gun world or those that want to train on the cheap. The Walther P22 was a nice trip into my gun owning past and a pleasant reminder of why the .22 LR round is such a fun one to plink with. The Walther Arms pistol retails for around $220.
With just over a week to go before a looming ammunition control law takes effect, California officials are backing a new requirement that could leave many unable to buy ammo.
Prop. 63, approved by voters in 2016 after an effort by now-Gov. Gavin Newsom, requires a background check be conducted on all sales of ammunition in the state. Set to go live on July 1, the California Department of Justice just over a week ago filed emergency regulations to require a federally compliant California driver license or ID card to legally buy ammo. The problem is, many in the state don’t currently have one of these “REAL ID” cards yet.
“Many Californians do not yet have the REAL ID, and because it’s not required for air travel until Oct. 1, 2020, they have not rushed to get this new license,” says pro-gun California Waterfowl in an alert. “While some have gotten it easily, many have had to wait a month or two for a DMV appointment to get this ID, so it’s unlikely every gun owner could get this ID in time for the July 1 start date of ammo background checks.”
Alternatively, residents who want to buy ammunition under the new requirements can use a passport or birth certificate to vouch for their status, but advocates point out that most people don’t carry such documentation with them on a trip to the local gun store to buy bullets.
“There is no justification for enacting this requirement this close to the implementation date of ammunition background checks, not when it would effectively treat tens of thousands of law-abiding Californians like criminals by preventing them from purchasing guns and ammunition,” said California Waterfowl.
Worse, on the same day the Prop. 63 rules become active, California’s ban on traditional hunting ammunition expands to all game during all seasons. This means that sportsmen who have legacy lead ammo and are looking to be compliant for the upcoming seasons could be refused such a purchase if they don’t have their papers in order.
Meanwhile, according to conservation statistics, in 1970, there were 763,671 hunting licenses sold in California, a figure that nosedived nearly 70 percent to 269,055 last year while the state’s overall population doubled in the same period.
Attorneys representing the California Rifle and Pistol Association and the National Rifle Association on Thursday submitted a letter to DOJ officials protesting the nature of the emergency regulations, arguing they conflict with federal and state law. The proposed emergency reg has an open public comment period that runs through June 21.
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While it may be difficult to discern just what makes the best rifle calibers these days, one easy bar with which to gauge popularity is sales numbers.
For this, Guns.com consulted the experts at Ammunition To Go who came back with a rundown of the six most popular cartridge sizes when it came to centerfire rifle ammunition over the past three years. The list may just surprise you.6) 7.62x54R
The good old rimmed military cartridge invented by Russian Col. Sergei Mosin back in 1891 is still kicking today. Used in Mosin’s long-running series of bolt-action rifles, which are arguably the most prolific infantry weapon of the 20th Century, the 7.62x54R is still in active use in various machine gun and designated marksman rifle designs today while some new-made Vepr models continue to utilize the round. It is no wonder that the cartridge, with similar ballistics to .30-06, has proven a best seller on this side of the pond in recent years.5) .30-30 Winchester
Introduced originally as the .30 Winchester Center Fire (WCF) in 1895, this generally round-nosed cartridge was one of the first designed in the U.S. to use smokeless powder. Loaded originally with 30 grains of smokeless powder, the round still lives on today as the .30-30 and is the go-to chambering for lever guns. It is often said around the gun counter that more deer have been harvested with a “thuddy-thuddy” than any other round, which means its place on the top six list doesn’t surprise.4) .30-06 Springfield
Introduced by the U.S. Army as “Cartridge, Ball, Caliber .30, Model of 1906”, the .30-06 was to remain Uncle Sam’s standard military chambering throughout both World Wars and the Korean conflict, only being replaced after 1957 by the 7.62x51mm NATO round. With this, most of your iconic American 20th Century infantry rifles, such as the M1903 Springfield, M1917 Enfield, and M1 Garand were chambered in the big “aught-six.” This soon crossed over into the commercial market in the 1920s with rifles such as the Remington 30 Express and today nearly every bolt-action rifle maker produces guns in the venerable chambering.3) 7.62x39mm
Formerly just seen as fodder for SKS rifles in the early 1980s, the popularity of the 7.62x39mm cartridge has exploded since then as more and more people catch the Kalash bug and AKs of all flavors — both overseas imports and domestically produced models– are readily available. Also, don’t forget about “mutant” 7.62×39 ARs and Ruger’s Mini-30 series. Speaking of Ruger, there are even bolt-guns chambered in the Soviet-era intermediate cartridge.2) 7.62x51mm
While first fielded in iconic 1950s battle rifles like the M14 and FAL, the 7.62x51mm and its .308 Winchester half-brother have gone on to become standard in short-action hunting guns since then. Of course, there are still plenty of AR-10s, PTR-91s and M1As out there for those who would rather fill (and then empty) 20-round box mags.1) .223 Remington /5.56mm
The people’s champion when it comes to rifle cartridge sales, the .223/5.56, of course, feeds “America’s Rifle,” as well as a herd of companion MSRs ranging from Steyr AUGs and Kel-Tec SU-16s to the IWI Tavor. For those bolt-action fans, there are rifles such as the Mossberg MVP series.
While the above six hold the top of the popularity mountain currently, there are plenty of scrappy newer cartridges such as 6.5 PRC, .300BLK, .224 Valkyrie and 6.5 Creedmoor that are climbing higher every day, so it will be interesting to revisit this list in a year or two to see if there has been a shakeup. Watch this space.
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