Magnum Research Inc. Desert Eagle Mark XIX .50 Action Express

Magnum Research Inc. Desert Eagle Mark XIX .50 Action Express
The Desert Eagle’s been a firearms icon for more than 25 years and has more acting credits than most Hollywood celebrities, yet despite its price tag, people continues to purchase them. I don’t feel this is because the Desert Eagle gives you the versatility to fire three calibers from the same frame. It’s because you can own a piece of movie history and being able to fire the most powerful semi-automatic cartridge in the world doesn’t hurt either. But it does offer you the versatility to fire the .357 Magnum, .44 Magnum and .50 Action Express with a change of a few parts. If you purchase the .357 Magnum, upgrading to .44 or .50AE just requires a bolt and caliber specific barrels and magazines. However you feel about the Desert Eagle, it’s here to stay and will remain a legend, Icon and highly desirable.

Mossberg 510 Mini Turkey THUGS

Mossberg 510 Mini Turkey THUGS
Kids shouldn’t be focusing on how heavy and long the shotgun their hunting with is, they should be building memories of a lifetime. Mossberg has put that issue to rest with their 510 Mini Turkey THUGS and 510 All-Purpose pump shotguns. Designed from the ground up as a youth model shotgun, it grows with your son or daughter and allows them to focus on the hunt. Available in 20 gauge and the light recoiling .410 gauge, they will beg you to go shooting. Click on the picture to go strait to the Mossberg 510 page.

The 2014 SHOT Show will unveil new products.

The start of the 2014 SHOT Show and Conference on January 14th will signal the unveiling of the newest outdoor products for the coming year. Everything from firearms to hunting gear will be highlighted and released to the public in this grand event. For me this means new firearms and products to test and review. I look forward to sharing a small sampling of these items with you on my Blog and through the magazines and websites I write for. SHOT reports that this is the largest trade show of its kind in the world and the fifth largest trade show in Las Vegas, the SHOT Show features more than 1,600 exhibitors filling booth space covering 630,000 net square feet. The show, which is a trade-only event, attracts more than 62,000 industry professionals from all 50 states and 100 countries. The Monday before the show starts I will attend “Media Day at the Range.” The firearms industry event allows me and over 1000 members of the shooting press to examine and shoot the latest and greatest products the firearms industry has to offer. Until then look for posts on gear and gadgets I am using in my work and thanks for stopping by and reading my Blog.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Ruger SR22 Is Making Plinking Fun Again

The Ruger SR22 provides a whole days fun for the entire family without breaking the bank.
1949 was a landmark event in firearms history, when Alexander Sturm and William B. Ruger set up their first factory in a wooden structure in Southport, Connecticut. Within ten years Sturm Rugers product line included a target model of their Red Eagle semi-automatic pistol as well as single action revolvers, double action revolvers, shotguns and rifles. Today Sturm Ruger & Co., Inc. produces firearms from their Newport, New Hampshire and Prescott, Arizona facilities and is America’s largest gun maker with over 20 million sold. I think it’s safe to say they are here to stay and looking forward to a very bright future in firearms design and manufacturing.

The SR22 and Crimson Trace CMR-201 Rail Master makes a perfect combination for training young and new shooters the fundamentals of marksmanship.
There are over 250 entries in the Blue Book of Gun Values showing the values of various models of Ruger pistols, revolvers, rifles and shotguns and the list grows from volume to volume. This is a testament to their vision in producing firearms the public wants and collectors desire and Ruger has knocked another one out of the park with their introduction of the SR22PB in .22 Long Rifle. Along with their already famous Ruger 10/22 and Mark Series of pistols, the SR22 will be a welcomed modern addition to the SR line and their growing .22 LR lineup. I am already looking forward to a Stainless two tone model in the very near future, because I feel this pistol is going to have a long life.

The Rail Master fits on the SR22 like a glove.
I had the opportunity to shoot the Ruger SR22 in January and I was surprised how well it fit my hand. I wear extra large gloves and with the standard grip sleeve and finger grip extension, it was like it was made for me. Shooting at two targets, one at about 7 yards and another at 25 yards, it was easy to hit both with standard and high velocity .22 LR ammunition. The Ruger representative also demonstrated disassemble and reassembly of the SR22 on the range and he did both in under a minute while extolling its virtues.  Since it has a fixed barrel like the Walther PPK it has less parts to worry about losing and leaves you with the slide, guide rod and guide rod spring. 

No matter how big or small your hand is, their are two grip sizes to fit you.
Most people, and there are exceptions to every rule, don’t clean their rim fires making it one of the most neglected calibers in this area. Mainly because they are hard to disassemble and the Ruger 10/22 is guilty of this even though in my opinion, it’s one of the finest .22 rifles on the market. Not so with the SR22, it field strips in seconds and cleans up fast and that alone would make me want to take it out more. That factored in and the weight and size of this amazing little pistol has made it an instant success. As of this writing I had already aided in the sale of an SR22 and have many more looking into it, but availability is coming up as Ruger clears its backlog of orders; that alone tells you their doing it right.

Ruger supplies two factory 10 round magazines with a pair of flush fitting or finger rest floor plates to suit your hand size and shooting style.
The current craze of small lightweight pistols and calibers is at its peak and like all things will die down into something else. But I really like a small compact .22 pistol that is easy to tote and even with 100 rounds of Winchester Super X Hollow Point ammunition still weights about the same as most empty full size handguns at 31.20 ounces. Empty, my SR22 weighed in at 17.75 ounces and with 10 rounds of CCI Stinger’s still only weighed 18.75 ounces and packs away easily or carries in a holster at your side for quick access. Since I live in Arizona, home of the Western Diamondback Rattler, I have found a new friend in the SR22 carrying it with CCI Shot Shells. It delivers the payload of #12 shot in an area about the size of a grapefruit in less than ten feet. Also keep in mind while the SR22 will reliably feed this ammunition it will not cycle the action to allow another follow up shot. You must hand cycle the slide to eject the spent case and allow another to feed from the magazine into the chamber.

The SR22 manual safety/decocking lever is ambidextrous and very easy to use, if red is showing you are ready to fire. In the down position the trigger is disconnected and will not fire.
Besides the light weight, it’s small; did I say it was small? The length of the SR22 is 6.40” the height is 4.90” and the width is a slim 1.29”. The barrel is small as well, being part of the complete package at 3.50” with a 6 groove 1:16” right hand twist. The frame is Polymer while the slide is machined aluminum and brandishes the Ruger logo and the word, “RUGER,” on the left side and the word, “SR22” on the right. The slide has serrations in the front and rear giving you a firm grip while chambering a round and you can use the front serrations for a press check. (The act of moving the slide backwards far enough to see if there is a round in the chamber without ejecting it.) If you try this technique make absolutely sure while doing this your hand is “NOT” in front of the barrel.

The trigger is single action or double action and the trigger guard is generous for large fingers or gloved hands. The front of the trigger guard also has serrations for your non trigger finger.
Use your trigger finger and thumb of your left hand if you are a right handed shooter and grip the front serrations under or over the barrel, I prefer over the barrel. Some semi-automatics come with a loaded chamber indicator, but the SR22 does not so a press check can be used to see if a round is in the chamber in a safe manner. A press check is easily done with a round in the chamber and the hammer back, but requires some hand strength with the hammer down so use caution. Practice this technique with an unloaded firearm or on the range with the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.  The slide also carries the three-dot sighting system with a fixed front site and rear sight that is adjustable for windage and elevation. Ruger has also given the shooter the choice of allowing the rear blade to be turned around so it will be solid black.

The disassembly lever is located in front to the trigger and easy to reach with your finger.
The stainless steel barrel is replaceable and can be taken off via a hex screw. Ruger also has a threaded barrel for the attachment of a suppresser if your state laws allow private citizens to own them. The polymer frame sports a Picatinny rail for mounting your favorite light and/or laser accessories. Forward of the trigger inside the trigger guard is the takedown lever for field stripping the pistol. Just drop the magazine, lock back the slide and check to make sure the chamber is empty, allow the slide to go forward. Push the disassembly lever down and with your hand on top of the slide push back until it stops and then lift up. Allow the slide to move forward and remove the guide rod and guide rod spring and it is ready to be cleaned.

Disassembly is fast and easy and can be done in seconds with only three parts.
The frame houses the ambidextrous safety, magazine release and slide stop. The safety is a trigger disconnect where in the magazine is released the pistol will not shoot even with a round in the chamber. With a magazine in, round chambered and the safety pressed down to cover the red the SR22 will not fire since in both instances the trigger is effectively disconnected. I personally don’t like this feature because if I was presented a target I could not fire the round in the chamber without first inserting the magazine. Although being a .22 pistol and not a carry gun this is irrelevant to most people. One of the unique features and most liked is the changeability of the rubberized palm swells. Ruger has supplied two of these serrated rubberized sleeves, the first being a slim design for smaller hands such as a woman or child’s hand and wider version for larger hands and both may be changed without tools in seconds.

The rear sight is adjustable for windage and elevation with the rear blade being reversible so you can have two white dots or an all black blade.
Ruger supplies two, factory, 10 round steel magazines with two different floor plates to choose from. The first set of floor plates fits flush with the pistol grip and they come with these already installed. The second option is the extended finger rest floor plates that accommodate larger hands and to have a place for that pinky finger to rest. These install easily, just use a small punch to push the floor plate retention pin down and slide off, just be careful of the spring tension. Extra magazines can be purchased from for $34.95 Item number 90382. As of this writing I am not aware of any company producing after market magazines for the SR22 but I’m sure they’re on the way.

The front sight is a simple white dot.
Shooting the Ruger SR22 is a blast and when you take a 3.50” barrel and put a .22 through it that’s capable of 1640 feet per second you better have your ears on. So we know it’s loud, but it’s also a lot of fun too. The trigger pull broke at 4.1 lbs. in single action and double action was stiff at about 10 lbs. but rarely did I shoot it that way after loading a magazine so I wasn’t too worried about it. I had roughly 20 people shoot the SR22 and the only complaint was, “I can’t find one,” although I do know of one person who purchased one right after shooting mine. You can have hours fun with this pistol and 500 rounds will only set you back an Andrew Jackson and anyone can shoot it. I used and purchased many makes and types of .22 caliber ammunitions during my testing and all performed very well. Inherently with .22 ammunition you will get a misfire or two but it has come a long way since your grandfather’s .22 ammunition.

The ambidextrous magazine release is easy to press and sits flush enough not to cause an accidental magazine release. The magazine drops free easily both loaded or empty.
Manufacturer and Velocity:   

CCI CB 22 Short - 634.8
CCI 32 gr. Stinger High Velocity Hollow Points - 1153.7  
Federal 36 gr. High Velocity Hollow Points - 995
Peters 40 gr. High Velocity Lead Round Nose - 970.1
Remington 33 gr. 22 Yellow Jacket High Velocity Hollow Points - 1011.5
Remington Thunderbolt 40 gr. High Velocity Lead Round Nose - 984.9
Remington 29 gr. High Velocity .22 Short Plated Round Nose - 876.7
Winchester Super X 40 gr. High Velocity Round Nose - 990.6    
Winchester Super X 37 gr. High Velocity Hollow Points - 974.8

Velocities are the average of 9 shots measured on a Master Shooting Chrony at 15 feet.

With the CCI Pest Control Shot Shells filled with #12 shot unwanted critters don't stand a chance. This shot was taken at about 10 feet.
All the .22 Long Rifle ammunition tested performed within standards and I had no issues loading, feeding and extracting. The CCI Shotshells loaded and extracted with no problems, but as I said earlier you must manually work the slide to load another round as these are not designed for blow back operated pistols, but mainly revolvers. The CB and Shorts loaded fine but since the SR22 was not designed to shoot them some loading problems occurred. You can only load about 5 or so while making sure they are towards the front of the magazine, then cycle the slide manually. Again the shorts are designed for revolvers or rifles designed for them and don’t work very well in blow back operated pistols.  I had fun testing all the ammunition I ran through the SR22 and even when it was not designed for that ammunition it feed it with only a slight hiccup.

The external hammer spur is easy to cock back for single action shooting.
I know what you’re thinking, “Is there a holster out there that will fit the Ruger SR22?” absolutely there is and Uncle Mikes helped me out with a few of their finest. The first is the right hand Size 16 Paddle Holster item number 7816-1. This holster adjusts butt-forward or muzzle-forward (cross draw) carry as well as having molded offset spacers for height adjustments to custom fit to your liking or body style. The semi-rigid material molds to your hip and the Kodra laminate reduces bulk. The pistol seats well inside covering the trigger and the adjustable non stretch retention strap and molded thumb break secure the pistol in place and it will stay in place until you need it.
If you like a classic shoulder holster Uncle Mikes right hand Size 16 Cross-Harness Horizontal Shoulder Holster item number 8716-0 will fit you like a glove. This rig is completely ambidextrous for left or right handed shooters with a four way adjustment for a comfortable and perfect fit. An accessory panel on the non holster side can carry extra magazines or gear of your choosing. Smooth nylon strap construction makes it ride without chafing and waterproof foam will not soak up perspiration. And once you have it adjusted to your body the removable onside tiedowns will anchor it to your belt and strap traps will cover the thumb breaks so they won’t get lost. 

Place the SR22 and spare magazine in its padded case, grab the kids and go shooting.
I can highly recommend this pistol to everyone able to legally own one and with parental supervision it is a great pistol for kids to learn marksmanship skills and safe firearms handling. For new, older or experienced shooters, it’s a great pistol to learn on or just keep your skills up without breaking the bank in ammunition costs. The SR22 is a great and welcomed addition to the SR Series and I hope they continue putting out great firearms like this one. I have been asked by some woman shooters if they are planning on putting out a Pink model and as of this writing I have not heard of one, but it will sell and Ruger should give it some serious thought. So if you’re in the market for a great plinker and you don’t want to spend a fortune on a gun or the ammo it shoots, the SR22 is one that should be in your collection.

Uncle Mikes has a wide selection of holsters to fit the Ruger SR22 like the Size 16 Horizontal, SK 12 Hip, Inside pocket, Paddle 1 and SBS16.

Model: 3600
Catalog: SR22PB
Status: Available  
Caliber: .22 Caliber
Slide Material: Aluminum Slide
Finish: Black Anodize
Grip Frame: Black Polymer
Sights: Adjustable 3-Dot
Barrel Length: 3.50"
Overall Length: 6.40"
Height: 4.90"
Width: 1.29"
Weight: 17.50 oz.
Capacity: 10+1
Twist: 1:16" RH Grooves: 6
MA Approved & Certified: Yes
CA Approved: Yes    
Suggested Retail: $399.00
Warranty: Contact Ruger
Made in the USA
Sturm Ruger:
Telephone: 928-541-8892 / Fax: 928-778-6633
Mailing Address: 200 Ruger Road Prescott, AZ 86301


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Norman Gray ©2012 POMA Member

1 comment:

  1. This is a great review iv had my Sr22 for about 3 weeks now and have put about 100 rounds through it every day with very few ftfs to talk about I also think its worth mentioning if I missed it (i noticed you didn't try any) you should not use hyper vel ammo in this pistol. Ty for a great review.