Thursday, April 12, 2007

April 15th = Buy a Gun (BAG) Day

Smith &Wesson Model 22A with the 7" Barrel.

April 15, notorious for other reasons, also has a good side, as currently being promoted by Cowboy Blob. The idea is that on April 15th. you should go out and buy yourself a gun. Not a bad idea, provided you continue to buy the guns you normally would have purchased anyway. For pete's sake don't hold off your purchase until the 15th., though! BUY ANOTHER GUN just to celebrate BAG day!

If anyone asks, "Why are you buying ANOTHER GUN?", the best reply I've ever heard is "Because I can!". Think about that for a moment. Consider just how many places in the world there are that you CAN'T go out and buy a gun.

My BAG day purchase (it should arrive just about on the 15th.) is a brand new Smith & Wesson Model 22A .22 caliber pistol with a 7" barrel, along with five magazines. I have been working with several new shooters, and they have been looking around for a good mid-priced .22 to use in pin and plate matches. The basic parameters I was looking for were as follows:

7" Barrel
Weaver type sight rail for red dot sight mounting
Iron sights
Ease of disassembly for cleaning
Parts Availability
Price under $400 with four magazines.

There are a lot of good .22 pistols out there with decent reliability and accuracy, but after doing some research, it narrowed down to the Browning Buckmark Hunter and the Smith & Wesson 22A. Both designs draw heavily on the High Standard design, which, of course, traces back to the original Browning .22 auto pistol. Removal of the barrel on the Buckmark requires removing two allen screws holding the sight rail. Field stripping the 22A requires only pushing the barrel retaining button, lifting off the barrel, and removing the slide. With a little polishing and tuning, either the Buckmark or the 22A should fill the bill nicely as an entry level/mid-level rimfire race gun.
After I get a chance to break it in and dial it in a bit, I'll get a post up on how it turns out.......



At Thursday, April 12, 2007 3:41:00 PM, Anonymous USCitizen said...

Ah ha! and dang!

'tis a thing of beauty.

I actually did some range time today with KdT and, did you ever have the feeling you were forgetting something? Well I did, I forgot to bring the ePostal targets. Dang.

Maybe tomorrow, I'll bring out my 22-A and puch some holes!!

Note: Mine (indeed none of mine) like to be fed the CCI 'hypervelocity' rounds. evidently not enought weight to cycle the actions.

Enjoy the S&W and drop a note to Cowboy Blog about the BAG day acquisition, he's keepin' score this year.

At Thursday, April 12, 2007 9:13:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

22-A was by BAG day purchase last year. Nice little shooter. Sight rail worked loose on first range trip. Blue loctite and 2K rounds later still no problem.

Only real gripe has been some magazine bugs in both my mags -- both failed to feed 2nd round off a full mag of 10 when new.

Left sitting/stored with 10 rounds between a couple range trips and one mag cleared up.

Shot the e-postal with it yesterday. One mag is fine now. The other mag still glitches 1/2 the time -- going to try to disassemble and give a good looking over under magnification for burrs etc.

Still very happy with it -- decent trigger out of the box. esp at the price.


Planning to be up on Whidbey for a week early July and over at Marysville for a week too. If I'm lucky your club will have a shoot that during that time that I can eavesdrop on.


At Friday, April 13, 2007 9:11:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When you get into the 22a to buff it up would you post the procedure for us guys who could do it but couldn't figure out how?

At Friday, April 13, 2007 11:33:00 AM, Blogger Mr. Completely said...


Hit me with an email when you know your schedule and we can arrange to get in some shooting and/or eating......

...... Mr. C.

At Saturday, April 14, 2007 3:02:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm still using my old Ruger MK II with the 6-7/8 tapered barrel. The gun itself works OK, but I'm having constant trouble with the mags. Tried three aftermarket brands - no better (or worse) than the factory Rugers. It's pretty discouraging to not be able to get off 10 rounds without a jam! I'm about ready to upgrade, when my tax refund gets here!!!



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