Smith & Wesson 22A-1 w/ Bushnell TRS-25

Attaching a 4x rifle scope to my Smith 22A-1 was a resounding success (aside from the gunpowder in my eyes), so I decided to sack up and buy a real red dot.

The Bushnell TRS-25 is an inexpensive micro red dot that's about the perfect size for a handgun. You can get one for between $60 and $90 on Amazon, which places it in the low end of the price range. It's definitely higher quality than any other red dot in the same price range. The TRS-25 even punches above its weight class, and makes it hard to justify spending hundreds of dollars more on a nicer micro red dot.

Pistol no longer actually fits in that soft case. Nice backdrop though.

That being said, the TRS-25 wouldn't be my first choice for a rifle. The field of view is very narrow, because the tube is tiny. It takes a bit more work to get your eye in line with the TRS-25 than it would for a 35mm or larger tube red dot.

What it is good for is mounting to a pistol, like the Smith 22A. The included mount works perfectly with the weird rail on the 22A, and it only took me about 10 rounds to get it zeroed at 10 yards.

I shot 10 round groups with a variety of ammo to test the sight, and it delivered about the same accuracy at 10 yards as the 4x rifle scope did, but much more comfortably. I also got groups with three loads I hadn't tested for accuracy before.

Clockwise from top left: Rem. Yellow Jacket, CCI Stinger, CCI Copper, Aguila SuperMax. Center is a "proof" group from Rem. Golden Bullet, which shoots great in the 22A-1.

Remington 33gr Yellow Jacket was decently accurate. CCI 32gr Stinger was terribad, and Aguila 30gr Super Maximum was a sick joke. I even gave CCI Copper another try, and it let me down all over again.

The Bushnell TRS-25 is an awesome red dot, and the Smith 22A-1 is even more awesome with it attached. The only downside is that I'm going to end up shooting this pistol a LOT. Good thing .22 LR is coming back into stock!

Smith & Wesson 22A-1 - Buckmark on a Budget

Smith & Wesson 22A-1

I know every shooter should have a .22 pistol for fun and practice, but I put off getting one for a long time. Most of them, like the Ruger Mark III/IV, Beretta Neos and friends look too weird. I'm a bit more on board with .22 imitations of centerfire handguns, like the Smith & Wesson M&P 22, Ruger SR22, or Walther P22.

I went to the gun store to put my grubby mitts on a few. The P22 and SR22 were so small they evaporated in my hand. It felt like my fingers were covering all the crucial operating components, which was just on the bad side of comfortable. The M&P 22 Compact felt better, but looked worse. I just think the M&P series looks goofy. I do like the look of the Browning Buckmark, but the inexpensive base models are hideous, and the nicer looking ones are way too expensive for what they are.

Around this time I went shooting with extended family, and got to try out a Smith & Wesson 22A-1. It jammed and misfired on about 4 out of 10 rounds, but it LOOKED good, and was just the right size.

A Different Definition of "GLOCK Perfection" (and the Ruger American Compact)

The newly announced Compact version of the Ruger American Pistol got me thinking about GLOCKs. A commentor on posted a response saying they hoped for a new Ruger pistol caliber carbine in the vein of the old Ruger PC9/40. Presumably they were hoping for one that would be compatible with the new RAP 17 round magazines.

And that got me thinking. The Ruger PC9 and PC40 were compatible with magazines for the P series pistols. A lot of gun guys (including me) have been hoping Ruger would make a new version of the PC9 compatible with the SR series magazines. Call it the Ruger SRC9. But if they were to release one now, they would have to choose between compatibility with SR series magazines, or American Pistol series magazines.

The discontinued Ruger Police Carbine. I desperately want one of these.
Because they keep changing the magazines. The last models of the P series were discontinued less than 10 years ago, so in a very short time Ruger has offered the P series, the SR series, and the new American series, all with different magazines. A Ruger American Carbine (RAC9?) would be awesome, but it would be much more awesome if it worked with the magazines you already have.

The more recently discontinued Ruger P95. I don't want one of these... because I already have one.
But it does need a carbine companion.
The same thing happened with Smith & Wesson. Their long running series of metal framed autoloaders (I call them the "Garbage Number" pistols) used one magazine design, the subsequent Sigma series used a different magazine design, and the new M&P series uses yet a third design.

Same with Beretta, who's new PX4 series pistols are not compatible with the 92 series magazines. Beretta offers two versions of their CX4 storm carbine, one compatible with 92 series mags and the other compatible with Storm series mags.

But if you buy a GLOCK Gen 4 magazine, it will work in your 30 year old Gen 1 pistol. Still have your old Gen 1 magazines? They'll work fine in your brand new Gen 4 (or 5) pistol. And that applies to a number of parts as well.

"GLOCK Perfection" is often derided because GLOCK keeps releasing new models. How can you improve on perfection? But the thing is, GLOCK only changes little ergonomic things while keeping the core of their pistols the same. The magazine design is perfection and doesn't have to change. The mechanism of the gun is perfection and doesn't have to change.

Of course the definition of "perfection" is also important. The GLOCK 19 is often compared to the Toyota Camry, and that is a perfect comparison. Ask a car guy what the best car is, and they'll tell you to buy a Camry. That doesn't mean the Camry is the fastest car, or the most fun to drive, but it is the perfect car for almost every normal person.

That's how a GLOCK 19 can be the best, even if it isn't the best. It also helps that GLOCKs are amazingly size efficient. The new RAP Compact is about GLOCK 19 size, but it holds 12 rounds of 9mm versus the GLOCK's 15. GLOCK pistols are just big enough to fit the operating components and have no added bulk. That's why the GLOCK 19 almost qualifies as compact, while the RAP has to lose 3 rounds to fit that descriptor.

GLOCK Perfection also gets brought up any time someone talks about modifying a GLOCK. Why would you have to modify perfection?

You don't have to modify GLOCKs. But gun guys like to modify their guns, and GLOCKs are easy to work on and have a strong aftermarket support. The fact that you can easily modify GLOCKs is part of the perfection.

Anyway, I guess my point is, if GLOCK made a carbine it would sell like heroin infused crack. Until then you could always get a Kel-Tec Sub 2000 and be confident in continued magazine support from GLOCK in perpetuity. If you can find a Sub 2000 that is. And if you get one that works.

Taurus Model 85 UltraLite Review

As a millennial gun owner, the length and breadth of my life experience with firearms is polymer. The GLOCK 19 is our generation's 1911; after all Tupac sure wasn't bustin' any of John Browning's designs.

If somebody my age says they "prefer revolvers," check their closet for skinny jeans and their fridge for a case of PBR.

The Star Firestar M-43 9mm Examined

I only have room in my collection for one practical pistol, and it's a GLOCK 19. Now that I have all the angles covered, I can focus on on digging up weird old shit and playing with it in the woods. Which is what brings me to the Star Firestar M-43 9mm, imported by Interarms of Alexandria, Virginia more than 20 years ago.

The AMT Backup 380 Examined

If you were in the market for a .380 pocket pistol and wanted my recommendation, I wouldn't even let you finish the sente-