Ruger .22 Single Six Review

Ruger .22 Single Six Review

 

When it comes to an inexpensive plinking gun, Ruger’s .22 Single Six fits the bill. Originally released in 1953 for $57.50, the Single Six has long since proven its value as an accurate and reliable .22 revolver. Although there is a lot of history behind this fine revolver, I’m only going to reference my personal experiences with it.

Several years back, my wife and I decided that we wanted to actively pursue shooting for recreation. I had experience with firearms due to my time in the military, but she was very new to them. I wanted to find a good starting gun that she could build up her confidence and skills on, so a .22 seemed like the natural choice. Some friends of ours have .22 semi-auto pistols and they had mentioned that failures of some sort or another are not uncommon. As such, a revolver once again seemed like the natural choice. After some internet searching, the Single Six began distinguishing itself as the perfect gun for our needs. Keep reading to find out more about what I liked about the Single Six.

 

Cost: As this was our first firearm, and my wife was just trying her hand at shooting, we decided to go the used route and paid a little under $200, where as a new Single Six typically costs between $400-$500. Since it shoots a .22 round, ammunition is incredibly inexpensive, which in turn makes regular practice both appealing and financially sustainable.

Accuracy: The revolver’s weight is just over 2 lbs and shoots a .22 lr round which results in recoil that is close to non-existent. Without having to worry about anticipating the recoil, both my wife and I could focus more on trigger pull. Being a single action revolver, you have to manually pull back the hammer for each shot. This simple action in turn forces you to slow down and make each shot more deliberate, which equates to better accuracy.

Reliability: The beautiful truth about revolvers is that they are as reliable as it gets. You don’t need to worry about the gun’s reliability so much as you do the ammo’s. Every time I pull the hammer back and squeeze the trigger the gun fires. The two times it hasn’t in the thousand or so rounds I’ve put through it have been due to dud ammo. A gun doesn’t get any more reliable than that.

Fun Factor: I enjoy this gun immensely. There’s something about pulling the hammer back with every shot that really makes you feel one with the gun… It’s a bonding experience of sorts. Cocking the hammer prepares the revolver physically and the shooter mentally. When I’m not at the range and at a safe shooting location, I do enjoy occasionally using the wildly inaccurate “fanning” technique. I’ve read this isn’t necessarily good for the gun, but I’ve watched too many Spaghetti Westerns and sometimes my inner Clint Eastwood needs to come out.

Zombie Factor: Zombies are known largely to shuffle, so at 7 yards I’m feeling pretty good with the Single Six.

 Are there any other Single Six owners out there? I would enjoy hearing your thoughts or stories involving this fine firearm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Walther PPQ 9mm Review

Walther PPQ 9mm Review

Perhaps my favorite pistol is Walther’s PPQ in 9mm. I will attempt to leave my personal bias at the door while reviewing this fine hand gun, but I’m sure it won’t be easy.

The PPQ is Walther’s evolutionary next step from their popular P99, a gun so popular that Bond, James Bond, used one in Casino Royale. The 9mm PPQ is a striker-fired semi-auto weighing in at 24.5 oz. It has a 15+1 capacity, a barrel length of 4.17 inches and an overall length of 7.24 inches. The finish is a black nitride, has molded polymer grips with two additional backstraps for smaller or larger hands, three-dot fixed sights, a trigger pull of 5 lbs and a .1 inch trigger reset. The MSRP is $729, but savvy buyers have picked them up for under $500.

The basic specs are nice, but what about the finer details? The primary things I really enjoyed about this firearm break down to the grip, trigger, balance, ambidextrous controls, and price. Wait, didn’t I just describe most of the important features of any firearm? Yes, yes I did.

First and foremost the ergonomic grip. This gun feels like it was meant to be held in a human hand, not a G.I. Joe kung-fu grip. I can’t overstate how comfortable this gun is in your hand, or at least mine. It also has a non-slip texturing that is comfortable in the hand (or against the body if concealed carrying) while at the same time being very effective in keeping the gun solidly in your hand. The medium sized default backstrap that it comes with works perfect for me, but I like that the people over at Walther are looking out for the small and large handed individuals as well.

The second aspect that I enjoyed is the crisp and smooth 1/10th inch trigger reset. Quickly find a ruler so you can see how truly short that distance is, we’ll wait… Back? Incredible isn’t it! What does this short trigger reset mean to someone like me, who isn’t an expert marksman? It means less trigger travel after the first shot, or in my case, less opportunity to mess up the trigger pull. What this also means is that if you want to shoot fast, you can shoot incredibly fast (but please do be safe about it,) and who hasn’t enjoyed burning through 15 rounds quickly just for the fun of it?

“Burning through 15 rounds quickly just for the fun of it?” I said, and now you might be thinking, “But what about the recoil?” this is where the PPQ’s balance comes into play. Between the ergonomic grip that keeps the gun firmly seated in your hand and the 24.5 oz weight, the PPQ does most of the work in soaking up the recoil and putting the sights back on target. The sooner my sights are back on target, the sooner I can fire the next shot; the PPQ allows me to shoot as quickly as I want to shoot.

I’m a right-handed person, so why would I really care about the ambidextrous features (slide stop and magazine release) that are a part of this gun? The answer is two-fold; I’m a giver, and I have an active imagination. When I get the opportunity to fire a gun as enjoyable as the PPQ, I want to share that experience with others. My brother and several friends are “Lefties,” and life is tough enough on them, so when I come across a firearm that I enjoy and has ambidextrous controls I feel warm inside. Imagine how you would feel if you could give someone a rainbow. The PPQ is a rainbow wrapped in metal and polymer. As you might have guessed from that last sentence, my imagination is very active. I sometimes think to myself, “Would I be able to operate a firearm if my right hand was X?” X being any number of highly unlikely scenarios in which my hand was unavailable. Although I would not be as proficient in operating the PPQ, I know I would be able to easily change out the magazine and load another round.

The final part of the equation, and at least for me one of the larger parts of that equation is the price, or the “Can I afford to take this home with me?” question. The MSRP of the PPQ falls somewhere between a Glock and a HK. However, as mentioned in the beginning of this review, I’ve read of savvy shoppers purchasing the PPQ for just under $500. This is certainly the exception and not the rule as the price seems to generally float between $550 and $650 in brick and mortar gun stores. As a firearm that will quickly become one of your favorites to shoot, the price is very reasonable to me. One of my local firing ranges has finally made available a PPQ for rent, so I would suggest heading to yours and seeing if they have one available. If they do, be prepared to leave a little lighter in the wallet.

 

 

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Optics Planet OPMOD Spotting Scope Review

Optics Planet OPMOD Spotting Scope Review

The spotting scope is a constant companion to almost all long-range shooters–its kinda tough seeing your shots at long ranges without one.  And like all things in the gun industry, there is a wide range of prices that usually correlate to quality.  Most spotting scopes I’ve seen that are worth using cost upwards to $400 plus.  Optics Planet sent us one of their new limited edition OPMOD spotting scopes to check out and the first thing I did (like many people) is I checked out how much it cost.  So when I saw it was under $200, I was skeptical–was this a gun-show-special optic that would collect dust after realizing that one should just fork out the extra dough for something usable, or was it a deal too good to be true?

We’ll get to the quality of the OPMOD spotting scope in a minute, but I must say you get a lot for $200 with Optics Planet’s Spotting scope.  It comes with a soft case, objective and eyepiece lens covers, a small tripod that has vertical and horizontal movement, and a cleaning cloth.  The spotting scope can be a tight fight in the case, but fits in snug along with the tri-pod which is separated by a padded cloth insert.  The tri-pod itself is suitable, but it’s not the most robust piece of hardware.  I can see a leg  bending if given the right amount of pressure; however, it would take a significant amount of force to do so as if to intentionally bend it.

The OPMOD spotting scope seems to be well constructed.  It has a rubber like coating while maintaining a sturdy and durable feel.  It features a built in sun shade that extends over the objective lens.  Controls are where you would expect them to be with the focus on the right hand side of the housing and the zoom control around the eyepiece.  The OPMOD spotting scope has a 20x-60x magnification rate and it features an adjustable eyepiece so that a user can set the desired eye relief “sweet spot.”

So for the price, material wise you’re getting a good bang for your buck with the OPMOD spotting scope–but the real and most important question is as with any spotting scope, the optical quality.  Considering the price of the OPMOD spotting scope, there’s nothing I can say to ding this thing.  The picture is crystal clear, I would of never guessed that I was looking through $200 dollar glass.  Even on a rainy cloudy day, the light capture was superb.  I was able to distinctly see my grouping at 200 yards at the range and out in the desert I was easily able to see my partner’s shots at 700+ yards in order to give him adjustments.  Honestly, I wanted/expected to say something about the glass since I would of never considering owning a quality spotting scope for under 400 bucks, but the OPMOD’s glass was a surprise–again, if you look through this thing, you’ll never guess it costs under $200.

Picture from approximately 800 yards away at a mountain approx 750 ft high at full 60x zoom

Optics Planet’s OPMOD Spotting Scope definitely surprised me to say the least.  I’ve seen some lower end spotting scopes within the same price range as the OPMOD and I would of never given them a second look.  The OPMOD does seem to reign supreme within the given price range, and it would even give some higher end spotting scopes a run for their money.  Now is it as good as, lets say  a Leupold Gold Ring?  Well, no but we’re talking about a spotting scope that’s 4 or 5 times the price, and not all shooters have the need, or the bank account to justify that type of purchase.  But if you’re a Saturday shooter or a regular range warrior, and budget is a concern, then the OPMOD Spotting Scope would be a perfect choice.  Its durable, easy to operate, and the glass seems to be a few levels above its price point.  For a fraction of the cost of high level spotting scopes, now the average range warrior can finally have a spotting scope worth looking through.

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Company Overview: Strike Industries

Company Overview:  Strike Industries

Strike Industries reached out to Gunblog.com about a few months and sent us a sample of their polymer products for us to take a look at.  We were lucky enough to receive a set of their 1911 grips, an iPhone cover,  and a non-polymer product, their pyramid angled rail adapter.  Well after playing with them for a while, its time to tell you guys (and girls) what we think, and why I’m not sending the 1911 grips back to them.

Ok, we know, there is a plethora of polymer gun products out there, and you’re probably asking what makes Strike Industries stand out.  For us, two things always grab our attention for any product–First it’s quality, second price.  The quality of the polymer used for Strike Industry’s products seems to be first rate.  They’re extremely rigid and can stand up to a significant amount of heat while still maintaining their durability; check out the video below to see an example of this durability.  Second the price is deceiving, I would expect a lesser quality product at the low price point Strike Industries offers.

Strike Industries is a homegrown company made up of hobbyists and gun enthusiasts who wanted to offer a different type of polymer, so they developed their own.  They believe what sets their polymer apart from others is the process in which they construct it–they directly inject the fibers into the polymer rather than mixing it or layering it.  They claim that the process is cheaper and produces a result that has a similar rigidity as the polymer used in popular 1911 G10 grips.  From my short time of handling their products, seeing the prices on their website, and viewing the videos, I see myself becoming a quick believer of their claims.  Take a look below to see what they sent us to play with.

Yes, of course, there has to be a tactical iPhone case if you make polymer, and Strike Industries is no exception.  Their iPhone case is a little different though; the tactical loop makes pulling it out of a mollle pouch and taking a quick phone call in between reloads a tad bit easier.  No, but seriously, if you do keep your phone in a molle pouch of some kind, or some deep pockets, it is quite handy.  The hexagonal engraving on the back looks pretty sweet too.  The phone also has complete functionality with all the buttons and camera functions.

 

The one non-polymer product they sent us was their Pyramid Angled Rail Adapter.  At first, it thought it was quite peculiar, but I could see a few rifle owners really liking this item.  It allows a user to mount a grip at a 17 degree angle either forward (for an AK style foregrip) or reward (for a MK43 style grip).  Although its main purpose is attaching grips at an angle, almost any picatinny accessory you wish to be at a 17 degree angle could be attached to it.

And now my absolute favorite accessory Strike Industries sent us, their 1911 grips.  When first contacted by Strike Industries, I checked out their website and looked at the grips.  I saw the price tag of 16 bucks and was expecting to get some sort of glorified gun show special grips.  Well, I was wrong, and I’m glad I was wrong.  The golf ball dimple grips they sent fit my 1911 full size perfectly, and more importantly, they felt spectacular when gripping it.  Their a little thicker than my other grips (not by very much), but I prefer the slight thickness since I have larger hands.  The only thing that over shines the quality of the polymer is the look the grips give my 1911–personally, I love it, and they’re staying on.

You can purchase the products shown here and see what else Strike Industries has to offer over at their website.  Their  products, particularly their 1911 grips, left an impression on me, and I’m anxious to see what they roll out with in the future (hint hint, high capacity magazines for the AR-15).

 

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M2 CORP M.A.D.S. (Magazine Auxiliary Defense System)

MADS Review

A while back, a new gun accessory company, M2 Corp,  reached out to Gunblog.com and asked us to take a look at their M.A.D.S. or Magazine Auxiliary Defense System.  To clarify the long acronym, its a spiked butt plate that goes on the bottom of your 1911 or Glock magazine, but to M2’s credit, their name sounds much better than spiked butt plate.  It’s intent is to be able to turn your pistol into a  striking device.  I’ve had a few weeks to handle the M.A.D.S. for the 1911 and gave the Glock model for a friend of Gunblog’s to check out.  M2 has made a very interesting accessory that may be more for looks for some, but could prove to very functional for a niche market.

M.A.D.S. PicturesConstruction/Installation

The M.A.D.S. is made of a very durable polymer which mirrors the same type of polymer seen on high end magazines and Glock frames.  The “teeth” of the M.A.D.S. are sharper than I anticipated and they’re quite small.  Although there’s not much to the M.A.D.S.’s construction, it seems solid and durable.

Installation differs between the Glock and the 1911.  We’ll start with the easier one, the Glock.  Installation only consists of sliding off the bottom plate of your Glock 9mm/.40 magazine and sliding on the M.A.D.S.–voilà, your Glock’s magazine is now a pistol whipping enhancement device.

Magazine Spikes

The 1911’s installation is not nearly as easy, as you’ll need some tools to complete the job.  Its not serious gunsmithing, but drilling is involved.  The 1911’s M.A.D.S. kit comes with the actual M.A.D.S. itself along with 2 small screws.  Installation consists of drilling two small pilot holes on the bottom of your 1911’s magazine floor plate (I used 1/32″ bits to install mine).  After that, its just a matter attaching the M.A.D.S. onto the magazine’s floor plate–which can be a little tricky.  If you have a magnetic screw driver then it’s much easier guiding the screws in and attaching the M.A.D.S.

Overall, the installation isn’t that difficult, especially the Glock’s model–and after it’s installed, the M2 Corp M.A.D.S. definitely gives the pistol a fierce look.

Functionality

So its pretty obvious what the intended function of the M.A.D.S. is right?  But how well does it work, and what are some of the pros vs cons of installing the device?

First off, the pros.  It turns your pistol into a fantastic melee device.  Seriously, I would hate to be pistol whipped by this thing.  I have a habit of slamming my magazines in the well; I like to ensure they’re seated.  Only once I made the mistake of slamming the magazine in with the M.A.D.S. installed, and after my palm felt like it was ravaged by piranhas.  So the M.A.D.S. achieves its goal as being a pain infliction device.  If I was in the absolute worst case scenario where my gun doesn’t work and I’m forced to use it as a melee weapon, I would want a M.A.D.S. installed for sure.

M.A.D.S. review

It should be  noted that after installing the  M.A.D.S. on the Glock or the 1911, both guns worked flawlessly.  Installing the M.A.D.S. had absolutely no impact on the functionality of the pistol.

There are some trade-offs for installing the M.A.D.S. on your pistol/magazine.  First off, if you carry concealed, the teeth of the M.A.D.S. could do a number on you jacket or shirt.  I’m sure after a while, it could damage your clothes.  Also, if you’re carrying in a holster while driving, the M.A.D.S. could eat up your car seat.  Just a couple of things to think about before installing a M.A.D.S.  Another drawback is on the 1911 M.A.D.S., after installing it, it makes it almost impossible to take off the bottom plate of the magazine.

Conclusion

The M2 Corp Magazine Auxiliary Defense System or M.A.D.S. has a big complex name for a simple straight to the point device.  It serves its purpose fully–it turns your magazine into a great pain infliction device.  I can see police officers liking this since it can turn their magazine in a great submission device.  Having the M.A.D.S. even mildly pressed into my skin is enough for me to say uncle.  Although this device is mainly aimed at law enforcement, I can imagine plenty of gun owners installing it on their home defense pistol.

The M.A.D.S. costs $12.95 for either the 1911 model or the Glock. Both are available at M2corporation.com. 

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HPR Ammo Range Report

A few weeks ago, we told you that HPR released a new V-Max 60 grain match .223 and we were lucky enough to receive some from them.  We had the chance to finally take it out to the range and see how it would perform.  The results were great.  The only thing I wish we had was a match grade .223 rifle to shoot it out of.

I used an AR15 I built, with a YHM suppressor and a 1.8-10x US Optics SN3.  On a good day, my rifle will shoot 1.25 MOA (more or less 1 1/4 inches at a 100 yards), and on an equally good day, I’m a 1.5 MOA shooter.

The HPR Match 60 grain .223 ammo performed well beyond mine or my rifle’s ability.  I was able to consistently shoot well within 2″ at 100 yards, even when hastily pulling the trigger to keep things interesting.  The accuracy was great, and it very well should be for having the label ‘match” on it, but for me that’s not the real selling point.

This HPR ammo also features their “hyperclean” technology, and if you shoot suppressed, its a must use.  Many shooters who have AR-15s and shoot them suppressed will tell you how particular the rifle can get with certain types of ammo.  Unless my rifle is white glove clean, it’ll hiccup on less than premium ammo, usually at least once per every 25 or so rounds.  With HPR’s Hyperclean ammo, I didn’t experience one malfunction (and never have).  Also, with shooting HPR ammo, it cuts my cleaning time down to half compared to bargain boxes–I would say it is a must shoot ammo for anyone that shoots suppressed.

HPR ammo is available through Scottsdaleammo.com.  I can tell you from experience that their shipping is extremely fast and their prices are more than reasonable considering the quality you’re getting.  Fifty-Five grain .223 runs $21 a box and the match grade V-Max 60 grain we tested runs $29.

Below are some pictures of 10 round groups at 100 yards.

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