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.

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.