There’s just something about shooting rimfires. Even with all the cool calibers I get to test out, I never, ever tire of shooting rimfire pistols and rifles. Maybe they just bring one back to the pure joy of plinking. The lack of noise, muzzle blast, and recoil isn’t a bad thing either as you can focus on the pure enjoyment of shooting. Even with the higher prices of rimfire ammo these days, you can do a whole lot more shooting for your dollar.
Sharp Shooter .22LR Reloading Kit
Yes, contrary to popular assumption, you CAN reload .22LR rimfire cartridge cases. It may not be the fastest and easiest thing to do, but when the world ends and is overrun with unemployed Walking Dead Zombie extras, you’ll be glad to have to this gear.
The Sharp Shooter .22 LR Reloader kit includes a pliers-like tool that molds two different .22 bullet shapes and crimps them into place. It also has tools to measure “powder” and clean out the old priming compound from inside the cartridge rim.
While you can buy priming compound, that takes all the fun out of the process. Why cheat when you can make .22LR powder from things like toy gun caps and crushed up match heads? I’ve used this kit, melting range bullet fragments in a stainless steel ashtray, and once you get the hang of it, it works. MSRP: $74.95.
Volquartsen IF-5 .17 WSM Rifle
While “nailing targets” is a figurative term, it’s more literal with the smokin’ hot .17 WSM cartridge. This beastly rimfire cartridge is derived from a nail gun blank necked down to accept the little .17 caliber bullets.
The Volquartsen IF-5 .17 WSM Rifle is all luxury. The laminated stock is a work of art. The receiver and I-fluted barrel are both stainless steel and machined to perfection. There’s a muzzle brake that covers 1/2x38tpi threading if you want to suppress it. I had a chance to try one of these out and tested it with American Eagle Tipped Varmint and Hornady V-Max 20-grain loads; they clocked in at a whopping 2,960 feet per second. Remember, that’s from a rimfire. MSRP: $2,108.50. If you would like to buy a Volquartsen rifle in .17 WSM on GunsAmerica.com, click this link: https://www.gunsamerica.com/Search.aspx?T=volquartsen%2017WSM.
CCI Suppressor .22LR Ammo
Since we determined that suppressed .22s are the best thing ever, it’s important to use the right ammunition. CCI has a new offering called, not surprisingly, CCI Suppressor. Yes, CCI has other subsonic loads, and standard velocity rimfire ammo is often subsonic too. However, the CCI Suppressor Ammo is purpose-built for silencer use. It uses a cleaner burning powder because rimfire suppressors get exceptionally dirty. It also uses a specially designed 45-grain lead hollow point bullet. Not only does the heavier bullet help with semi-automatic pistol and rifle reliability, but it’s also designed to expand at the lower 970 feet per second-rated velocity so you can use this load for quiet varmint control if you like. MSRP: $5.95 per box of 50.
Smith & Wesson Victory pistol
Don’t let the looks of the Smith & Wesson Victory pistol fool you. Yes, it appears at first glance to be the love child of a Smith & Wesson 22 A-1 and a Ruger, but it’s not. This pistol is brilliantly designed in its simplicity. One Allen screw removes the receiver and barrel from the frame, at which point the bolt and recoil spring slide out. It’s the easiest .22 pistol I know to clean and maintain. One other Allen screw lets you change barrels, and the folks at Volquartsen offer a couple of really nifty aftermarket models.
With its modularity, shooting performance is stunning. I’ve been using one for over a year, and it is stunningly accurate, even with the standard factory barrel. From 25 yards, it’ll shoot .5 to .75-inch 5-shot groups all day long with regular ammo, not premium match stuff. If you like, you can order models with threaded barrel or Kryptek camo finish. This is a fantastic little plinker. MSRP: $409.00 to $459.00. To purchase a Smith & Wesson Victory pistol on GunsAmerica.com, click this link: https://www.gunsamerica.com/Search.aspx?T=Smith%20Victory.
Triumph Systems Pop Packs
Part of the fun of rimfire plinking is making a big mess, but you really should be training instead of playing, right? Why not do both? Pop Packs, developed by Triumph Systems, help develop cognitive shooting skill and accuracy, but the best part is they explode colorful goo all over when you hit them. Each pack is marked with a combination of three variables: shape, number, and color. You can yell to your range buddy, “Hit the red ones!” or you can get fancy and say “Get the red triangle number 3!” It sounds easy, but you know what they say about that. Oh, the mess is not only biodegradable but won’t stain clothes or even Danner Mountain 600 boots. Yes, I know this from personal experience. MSRP: $18.99.