A Nurse with a Gun

Saturday, March 10, 2007

22s at the Range

I packed up some .22LR handguns and a couple of bricks of ammo and headed to the range this morning. Click to enlargeI had a hell of a good time. There is nothing quite like punching tiny holes close together, especially when done with a high quality handgun.

People often question the wisdom of buying a .22 handgun. I question the wisdom of not doing so. Some people shy away from spending too much on "just a twenty-two". Nonsense. Why skimp on a handgun that you will shoot more than any other? I tend to collect accumulate rimfire handguns, and I am not reluctant at all when it comes to dropping some cash to get a nice one.

The .22 handgun is perfect for learning and reinforcing the fundementals of marksmanship. The ammo is cheap, and the recoil is negligible. The accuracy of a fine .22 handgun is precise. Plus, they are a hell of a lot of fun.

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Anonymous Jay said...

I just bought my first MKIII the other day after renting one at the range. Now, I'm going crazy waiting for the call that says I can actually go pick it up!

Oh, how sweet a shooter, the Ruger MKIII...

7:19 PM  
Anonymous ben said...

You have some nice ones, I am envious. You did leave out the 22 mag which is my favorite, I had an older well functioning taurus 941 I taught my daughter to shoot with, I gave it to her when she turned 21.

8:08 PM  
Anonymous anguslincoln said...

What? No Buckmark?. I enjoy a day at the range in the same way. Sometimes I leave the pistols home and bring the rifles instead. Those days are right around the corner with the arrival of some warmer weather. Thanks for reminding me.

8:57 PM  
Blogger MauserMedic said...

There's at least a whole day's worth of shooting in that image. Nice "accumulation".

9:57 PM  
Blogger Glenn Bartley said...

Were all those pistols and revolvers pointed in a safe direction when you took that photo?

10:26 PM  
Blogger Conservative Scalawag said...

I agree with you completely, it is by far the best practic and hunting round created. It is all that you said and more.

I perfere Brownings now, but that MkII in blue is real nice, love the two tone grips on it.

11:44 AM  
Anonymous Keith said...

Happy memories. My Mk1 and my mother's woodsman went into the furnace to: "make Britain a safer place" (TM).

3:02 PM  
Blogger OldeForce said...

Year ago bought my wife a Ruger 22/45 for her 59th birthday. [Which made last Wednesday, what?] Anyway, someone should have warned me what it's loke to clean! On another blog, the note was to just shoot it, clean the barrel eevry time you shoot, and - if needs be -drop it in a pan of "cleaner" every few years! And after all that, she like my Buckmark better...

2:36 AM  
Blogger Porta's Cat said...

I was along the lines of the "why buy a .22 handgun?" crowd for a long time.

I could see the purpose of the rifle, but not so much the handgun.

And then I bought a Beretta Jaguar.

That thing is about as fun of a gun to shoot as I have ever had.....

7:45 AM  
Blogger Jonathan said...


any thoughts on a good .22 revolver?

6:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my newest addition to my .22 outings, .22 remington 512 with 4 power weaver, single shot .17 New England firearms with 9-24 power scope, .22 Ruger Mk III with 2 power scope & my piece de resistance a K-150XXX masterpiece with open sights .22 pistol makes for a perfect afternoon @ the range.
the .17 is fun

10:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oldforce, wot u want to clean the barrel for?

A length of that plastic ribon thats used for packing makes a good tool to get the mainspring housing to come out, but it's still a pain, and more of a pain to get back.

some cotton buds dampened with solvent and a childs toothbrush are pretty good for getting the crud out of the action between full clean outs, and when the bolt gets sticky.

Hope that helps

8:05 AM  
Blogger Dmitry said...

.22 is the only handgun caliber one without LE background can easily shoot here in Russia. I've found a local police sporting range in Moscow, that allows any person with clean psycho\legal history in, but the only gun they allow to us is a .22 Margolin training pistol. That's actually not a problem, because Margolin is a nice peace of machinery, it's easy to shoot and it allows decent accuracy after a very short training. Almost no recoil and adjustable sights do the trick.

5:02 PM  

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