.22LR Conversion Kits for Kel-Tec, Ruger CCW Pistols – Twisted Industries SHOT Show 2017

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If you look around hard enough at SHOT Show you’ll find some really innovative stuff. Standing 10 feet away you’d never know that Twisted Industries was one of them, but if you stop and ask, “Hey what is all this stuff,” they’ll explain that they make are rimfire conversion kits for some of the most popular carry pistols in the US.

Why would I want a rimfire conversion for an already pretty take Ruger LC380? Well maybe it’s tame for you and me, but even a .380 is a lot of commotion and recoil for someone who has never shot a gun before. .22

You could of course argue, well why not just start them on a regular .22? And of course you could. But helping someone find, shoot, and even carry a gun is better when it is less complicated. Then, if you live in a place where .22LR is back down to under 10 cents a round, shooting the gun regularly, to concentrate on performance, is a lot less daunting.

There are good arguments on both sides of training with rimfire vs. your chosen carry cartridge, and these kits aren’t for everyone, considering that they cost almost as much as the full gun. But if you sell people guns and train them for a living, and some of your favorite suggestions are the Ruger LC380, LC9, or Kel-Tec P9 and P11, it could be these kits are a worthwhile investment.

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  • loupgarous February 8, 2017, 8:51 pm

    The issue isn’t how tame the .22 rimfire is compared to the centerfire cartridges the Ruger and Kel-Tec centerfire cartridges are made to fire. The issue is that familiarization ought to be just that – making the user familiar with the report, recoil and ballistics of the weapon the user is trained on.

    As far as I’m concerned, the best way to conquer the tendency to flinch or overcompensate for recoil in a given weapon is to train the user in the same cartridge the weapon will be loaded with while carried “in the real world”. While initially more difficult than using drop-in .22 rimfire conversion kits, it’s much faster, and the shooter gains self-confidence with the actual service round much earlier than shooters who start either with .22 conversion kit pistols or (say) .22 rimfire target pistols.

    Either way, you don’t build a good set of shooting skills with gimmicks. You do it with patient instruction and lots of range time, firing lots of ammunition – the same caliber and a similar load to that carried by the student in the field.

  • Tom Horn February 8, 2017, 4:58 pm

    ” Well maybe it’s tame for you and me, …” You soelled “time,” wrong. Words are, SO, important. Children will starve in Africa, nuclear reactors will go into melt-down, and it may even initiate the launch codes on ICBM’s. I can’t take it anymore. I’m unsubscribing to the world.

    • Blasted Cap February 8, 2017, 7:29 pm

      Kind of like you mis-spelling spelling by writing it as soelling.
      Ass hattery is what that falls under by the way.

  • Mark Beall February 8, 2017, 11:50 am

    For as much as they want for a full conversion kit, I could go out and by a 22LR pistol, so what is the advantage of converting a perfectly good firearm when you can by another perfectly good firearm and have two guns instead of one and some parts.

    • Tom Horn February 8, 2017, 5:25 pm

      Training at a more economical price with the same firearm/controls as the weapon you usually train with.

  • Robert February 8, 2017, 10:08 am

    James Bond stuff ? Are you a moron trying to perpetrate the myth that suppressors are only for assassins, and international spies? That’s exactly the kind of mentality that will keep the HPA from passing, and keep suppressors on the NFA list. Please try and think before you open your mouth. Unless of course you want to keep hearing protection a difficult to get and restricted item.

  • Brent February 8, 2017, 9:03 am

    Hey it would have been really nice to actually see the slide conversion kits that you were talking about. Hearing about him is great but actually seeing them would have been better. Next time please show what you’re talking about. We literally did not see one slide or image of this conversion slide. Very disappointing.

    • Tom Horn February 8, 2017, 8:51 pm

      Paul was distracted: “Hey, my conversion kit is down here, Paul.”

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