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S&W317 “kit gun” with a 3″ barrel has long been an object of desire for me, for all kinds of subjective reasons. I could never quite justify buying one for myself. A week ago, good friends gave me theirs as a gift.
A couple of days ago, a good neighbor on whose property I sometimes do photo shoots told me he had some ammunition for me. Talk about great timing! “Some” turned out 600 rounds of 22LR that sat in his basement for some time. I haven’t even seen PMC Zapper since the late 1990s!
And yesterday, a package from Rob Leahy (Simply Rugged Holsters) arrived with a holster to fit the kit gun. It fits better than most gloves!
Now I just have to take advantage of the lovely weather we’ve been having and hike in the woods with the little .22 and a bag lunch. Being me can be pretty good at times!
I like shooting at clays with .22 rifles. Watching them break when hit is fun — and being able to shoot out the center cleanly without breaking the rim is more so. But with open sights it’s only easy up close, at 25-50 yards. Hearing much about the accuracy reputation of Marlin 60 but unable to achieve it, I put a 2-7x scope on mine. It’s a centerfire scope with parallax set at 100 yards.
It’s a pretty simple, entirely non-tactical optic with a duplex reticle. I zeroed it at 50 yards.
Yesterday, the clays were set up all the way out to 140 yards. I ended up guessing the holdover, but it turned out to be correct when checked in a ballistic calculator.
This sight picture works for 125 to 140 yards. At 100, the clay should be centered at the top of the thick part of the duplex reticle. From 50 yard zero, 100 yard drop with CCI Mini-mags is about 6 inches (6MOA), and at 140 it is nearly 17 inches (12MOA). The angular size of the clay at that range is a trifle under 3MOA, well within Marlin 60′s group size. And, as expected, once the correct sight picture was figured out, I was able to hit with every shot. Thank you, Appleseed instructors!
These are from 2011, when Brookie was 13. Bottom rifle is her own custom built 6.8mm, the top is a custom 5.56mm Doublestar.
I think this is one of my most informative articles.
Range time consists of three major expenses: range fees, travel time and ammunition. I shoot on friends’ farms, so the fees aren’t an issue. Ammunition, that I have. I’ve been a packrat a long time, and I no longer do much rapid fire. Travel time…that’s a problem. The nearest range available to me is a 55 minute drive away. The rest are further. Two hours on the road really add up.
Being able to practice in the back yard seemed ideal. So I’ve been looking at using air guns more…starting with a Daisy spring gun, later replaced with a Gamo 880 and augmented with Diana RWS34P. I also had a Crosman revolver of great accuracy which I lend to some friend and never got back. I replaced it with a newer, more expensive CO2 revolver but was not happy with its performance or feel.
So I started looking at various options, and ran into Crosman people at SHOT show range day. Shot a few pellets through pre-charged guns, liked how easy it was to hit targets compared to piston models. They agreed to provide me with some air guns to try out. Being a newbie to air guns, I’ve used up a lot of the time of their engineer who explained various technical details to me.
Today, I finally assembled the fancy Williams adjustable sight onto the pistol and took a few snapshots of it. And then the rain started, so no range time for me today.
I did a quick calculation of the economics of air gun shooting. Two 1250-pellet boxes add up to $58, and the 80 CO2 powerlets necessary to shoot them add another $36 (Wallmart prices). The pistol itself is $275 from Crosman and $260 from Amazon, shipping included. For comparison, a decent .22 pistol would cost about the same, and ammunition seems to be running about $250 for the same 2,500 rounds.
As a weapon, a .22 pistol is an obvious win. As a marksmanship training tool, the air gun looks to be economical — not just in terms of ammo but also in terms of range access — and rather accurate. Because air guns are not covered by NFA prohibition on barrel length, this pistol can be quickly augmented with a stock, making it much more useful for teaching new shooters. The notch rear sight can be either moved forward for a more conventional sight picture or left near the eye to make front sight focus easier for beginners.
Once I’ve had more time with this and other air guns, I will post my impressions in more detail.
PS: I just noticed a lot of complaints about canted front and rear sights. The front sight base is adjustable. The rear sight fits in the scope groove and has to be installed correctly or it shows the slight cant that buyers noticed. It took me about a minute to verify correct installation.
Quick, who makes mass-produced holsters for Bersa BP9CC and Viridian C5L combination? The sheet number of possible permutations of lights, lasers and pistols is so great, that custom makers like Leatherneck Tactical have a niche market.
Examples shown here are the maker’s own carry pistols.
FNS40 is a large pistol, but it felt comfortable in this IWB holster.
LNT also make knife sheaths.
I like the quality and the designs that Jeff creates.
Pistol bayonets date back to at least the 17th century and as recently as WW1. Useful or silly, they make great gag gift and definitely turn heads at the range.
And, of course, the zombie edition.
So I am curious, just how much more accurate would match loads in that caliber be? Would the limit of accuracy be dictated by the open sights? I am also curious why match ammo is lighter than the standard ball load.
Czechpoint revolvers come with functional but basic rubber grips. Some people prefer wood, and it turned out that they are available but not yet listed on the new version of Czechpoint USA web site. Here’s a preview of what you would be able to order shortly:
I use a Samsung ML1440 laser printer. It will need more toner soon. Options are 1)Samsung cartridge, about $150 2)Generic cartridge, about $60 and 3)re-fill, $20 and likely quite messy.
Am I risking anything by going with a generic cartridge?
Lasers are useful, but most of them mount of rails and so require different holsters from the plain pistols. This M&P Shield with Lasermax CenterFire is a handy sidearm, but none of my old holsters would accommodate it.
Enter three options from DeSantis Leather:
1. Belt holster. The knife, by the way, is a chain drive design from Rat Worx.
2. Soft tuckable IWB that works for shield and similarly sized designs.
This one has the useful added feature of adjustable cant.
And 3. Superfly, a sticky pocket holster with a removable shape shield.
With the shield, it offers the greatest concealment, without a slimmer form.
For the compact pistol like Shield, I would think Superfly to be the best choice. If IWB or belt carry is used, might a well carry an M&P Compact or full size. Your call though.