The Quest for “Just Right”

Decisions, Decisions...

Decisions, Decisions...

When shooters look at the assortment of guns available for sale and compare them to the guns in their arsenals, there are certain categories of guns that we can all recognize the need (or at least the purpose) for.  A basic .22 rifle; a target .22 rifle; a utility .22 handgun; a target .22 pistol; a defensive/offensive shotgun; a duck gun; a upland bird gun; a deer rifle; an Evil Black Rifle; a big/dangerous game rifle; and all the other general types of guns that are on the market.

Most shooters don’t need to own an example of every type of gun (acknowledging that need and want are 2 very different words).  But most of us either consciously or unconsciously direct our purchases towards meeting the needs that we perceive that we have.  And I doubt there are many shooters who have not had an unexplainable hankering for some rare or oddball gun.

Some people can pick up any gun and make it shoot well.  Other people just don’t warm up to some guns, and can’t get them to shoot to their potential.  Maybe it’s the sights.  Maybe it’s the size or angle of the grip.  Maybe it’s the trigger.  But for this latter category of shooters, finding the “right” gun can be a long, expensive pain in the ass, usually leading to many gun purchases that end up as sales, trades or consignments (always at a loss).  Some of these shooters get lucky, and eventually find their “right” gun.  Others end up making do with a gun that is less “wrong” the other guns they have tried.

One common type of gun is the .22 target pistol.  I think it is one of the types of guns that every shooter needs to own at least one of.  Ammo is cheap, shooting it is easy on your hand, and those 2 attributes make it an ideal gun to get lots of practice with.  And practice is always a good thing.


A Fine Sunday at the Range

We had a nice morning, converting money into noise. Gunnutmegger and I met Gus and Ron out at Hamden Fish and Game for a relaxing morning. I took out my PPS, P1, and a couple of different .22LR pistols that haven’t seen the range in a while.

Happiness is a lot of warm guns

I didn’t plan on taking photos today, so apologies for the somewhat iffy cellphone pictures.

Last year, I was somewhat unhappy with both my .22LR pistols — a Smith & Wesson Model 22A, and a Beretta Neos. I’ve been working on improving my grip this year, and it’s done wonders for how I do with either of these pistols — the ergonomics finally work properly for me. Nobody will ever accuse me of being a crack shot, but I could get predictable groups, and the pistols didn’t feel all wobbly in my hands.


Beretta Neos Recall

Found this notice via the Firearm Blog

Beretta U.S.A. Corp. has discovered a potential condition with Beretta .22 caliber NEOS semiautomatic pistols in which the pistol will fire even if the safety is activated and, in some cases, the pistols may fire if the safety is moved from the OFF to the ON position. Chances of either of these situations occurring is extremely remote and no injuries have occurred because of this condition, however, because of safety concerns relating to this situation, Beretta U.S.A. Corp. is immediately implementing a recall of Beretta .22 caliber NEOS semiautomatic pistols. For more information, download a pdf copy of the Recall Notice.

I’ve checked mine (I looked at the instructions, and said hell with it, and went directly for the serial number look up). I’m glad to say I can avoid the hassle of sending it in for repair.