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Firearms

Range Report: Smith and Wesson’s Fun Gun The K-22

Smith and Wesson introduced the most successful revolver of all time in 1899. The Military and Police or .38 Hand Ejector was manufactured in the millions and once armed three-quarters of the police in America. Becoming the Model Ten in 1957, the K frame revolver is the ideal size for daily carry and a well-balanced handgun.

CCI .22 LR Velocitor ammunition box with bolt action rifle

Ammunition

Is the .22 LR Suitable for Defense?

Most victims meet the perpetrator, at least in part, through some action of their own. Some students want to qualify for NRA courses or concealed carry with .22 pistols. That’s ok for beginners as the .22 is the most excellent training cartridge we have. However, using the .22 Long Rifle cartridge for defense requires quite a stretch, but there is some merit and history to consider.

SW Victory 22 pistol with Winchester M-22 ammunition yesterday

Firearms

Range Report: Smith and Wesson Victory .22 Pistol

Smith and Wesson’s Victory .22 has garnered a lot of interest since its introduction a few months ago. The Victory .22 is intended to compete with similar .22 calibers handguns such as the Browning Buckmark and Ruger Standard Model. As such the Victory will have to have good features, good reliability, and acceptable accuracy. The price point is also important. Smith and Wesson’s previous .22 caliber self loaders were not in the class with this pistol and the hopes Smith and Wesson has pinned on this pistol are not without justification.

Asian woman holding a Kel-Tec PMR 30 handgun.

General

Plinking Fun — Unrestricted!

Plinking is difficult to define, and that is how I like it. Plinking is the purest form of shooting fun. It is without limits or rules other than safety. To place boundaries on recreation, or what may even advance to an art form, is an exercise in frustration. Anything that encourages the learning of proper trigger press and sight alignment is good, but take note of the danger of taking family and friends plinking. It may result in new enthusiasts to the shooting sports.

Ammunition

SHOT 2014 — Norma-USA Expands U.S. Caliber Offerings

Norma USA created quite a buzz with the announcement regarding the expansion to its American PH and brass components. In 2012, Norma Precision expanded it high performance offerings to the United States and hunters have taken full advantage of Norma’s double-diameter expansion and deep, terminal penetration.

Ammunition

Getting the Lead Out — of the Entire U.S.?

Doe Run Company’s primary lead smelter based in Herculaneum, Missouri — the last such facility in the United States — is scheduled to close in December. The Herculaneum smelter is currently the only smelter in the United States which can produce lead bullion from raw lead ore that is mined nearby in Missouri’s extensive lead deposits, giving the smelter its “primary” designation, according to NRA-ILA. So, will consumers eventually feel this shutdown at the retail level — for example, reduced supplies of bullet components, higher prices, or more alternative bullet alloys?

Ammunition

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

Most shooters say they like more power in their rifles and handguns, but their buying habits show they overwhelmingly prefer less power — that is, in total rounds sold, 22-caliber firearms and ammunition dominate cartridge sales figures. Likewise, in the Shooter’s Log many of the most popular articles we’ve published covered firearms and ammunition of the various 22-caliber chamberings, including the 5.7×28 FN (.220), .22 LR (.223), .22 WMR (.224), and 223 Rem. (.224). Here are the most popular items:

Ammunition

Top 10 Ammo Posts as of May 25, 2013

The biggest fixed expenses when getting into the gun game are usually firearms, then optics, or sometimes the other way around. But over the lifetime of a platform — rifle, shotgun, handgun, doesn’t matter — the biggest expense is almost always ammo. Accordingly, stories focusing on ammunition use, tuning, and suitability are favorites of the Cheaper Than Dirt! Chronicle community. Herewith, then, are the most-read articles we’ve run in the Shooter’s Log that have to do with ammunition choice and performance: