Though there is an endless debate on which is the world’s most popular firearm, no one can disagree with the popularity and prominence of the Ruger 10/22. Widely accepted as a must-have weapon, the Ruger 10/22 can be found in gun cases all across America. But what makes this firearm so prevalent? Here are six of the reasons you should own one yourself.
Most firearm owners want a gun that is individual. Their own weapon. The easiest way to do that is to customize it with aftermarket accessories and transform it into the high-tech, ultra-accurate machine of your dreams. The amount of Ruger 10/22 accessories on the market is a big reason people flock to this firearm. It is easy to alter the 10/22 so much that the finished product looks nothing like the stock weapon. Best of all, it isn’t insanely difficult to install most of the aftermarket accessories yourself, which leads to the next plus of the 10/22.
Easy to Work On
A big seller for the Ruger 10/22 is how easy it is to work on this firearm yourself. The prior knowledge needed to assemble and disassemble it is minor compared to some other weapons. Also, the tools required aren’t elaborate and are ones you would commonly find in your garage or gun case. Routine cleanings and maintenance shouldn’t be much of a problem, considering how easy it is to work on this weapon. While you are working on it, you might discover some interesting parts, like the magazine.
A feature that sets the 10/22 apart is its magazine. Though not one-of-a-kind, you would have to do some serious searching to find another manufacturer that produced the internal, 10-round rotary magazine that is inside the 10/22. The easiest place to find one would be in the Tommy Guns from the early 1900s. Though the magazine doesn’t necessarily outperform other firearm magazines, it is a cool feature to make your weapon more unique.
Good Starting Firearm
Something else that is cool about the 10/22 is its accessibility. Nearly anyone can use one. It has very low recoil so children or weaker individuals won’t be intimidated by the weapons kick. Something else that is a positive, especially for first-timers, is how quietly the weapon shoots compared to higher calibers. Granted, you still will have some of both, but each are mild compared to many other firearms on the market. Speaking of the market, that brings us to the next point.
Being a .22 caliber weapon is an indication that you will have access to plenty of ammunition. This round is the most widely produced, which means two things: it will be abundant and cheap. Keep in mind that because of this, there will be some poor quality rounds made, so be on the lookout for those. But it isn’t just ammunition that is widely found, but the range of accessories that we previously talked about. You can do a simple search and find dozens of gun stores loaded with .22 accessories and upgrades. It seems nearly everyone has Ruger 10/22 parts for sale. And once you have it completed decked out the way you want, then you can shoot it, which brings me to my final point.
Fun to Shoot
After all is said and done, it comes down to the simple fact that this weapon is a hell-of-a-lot of fun to fire. The low recoil means you can spend hours on the range. The cheaper ammunition means you can put countless rounds through it without breaking the bank. The upgrades you can put on it means you can hit your targets from farther away. You can bring your kids with you and they can have their turn on it as well. All-in-all, the 10/22 might be a low caliber, but it’s hard to find a weapon that is more fun to shoot.
You can search for gun deals for a long time, but be hard pressed to find one better than the 10/22. Once you’ve had the opportunity to tinker with one for a little while, you will see why most people have one in their arsenal.
Handgun owners all look for different qualities in the firearm they chose to buy. If you are a target shooter looking for a handgun, an option you want to consider is the 9mm. A standard pistol that has multiple areas in which it excels—one of which is target shooting. Some of the reasons that the 9mm is considered the best for shooting targets are:
9mm handguns often have great ergonomics. The way it feels in your hand can have a major impact on the accuracy of your shot. When you line up your shot and your weapon doesn’t feel natural in your grip, you might make micro adjustments during your shot that can have major impacts on your accuracy. Most 9mm pistols, having a more natural grip, present a potential for greater accuracy.
Weight & Recoil
Another factor that can quickly affect your aim is recoil. Larger caliber handguns are not only bulkier and tend to weigh more, but their recoil is also greater. Some shooters adjust for an expected recoil and alter their shots, while others can’t hold their weapon study throughout its firing and thus make their shot go off target. With a smaller caliber—yet sturdy enough to penetrate any target you should be shooting at—like the 9mm, you won’t be affected as much by recoil.
Though this doesn’t directly improve your shooting ability, it does have ramifications on it. When you need to ask for advice about your weapon, if you are firing a rarely used firearm or an out-of-production caliber, you aren’t likely to get much information. All of those tips can help to increase your accuracy in ways you didn’t think possible. Also, when you need rounds for the range, having a commonly used caliber like the 9mm allows for you to always have access to what you need. You aren’t going to walk into a gun shop and not see a ton of 9mm firearms, accessories, and ammunition.
Going hand-in-hand with availability is cost. Because 9mm are made by so many weapons manufacturers, there is an abundance of them. Due to this, the cost of 9mm firearms and rounds tend to be less than many other handguns. You are able to invest more money into practice rounds so you can log more hours on the range. All of those extra hours spent with your 9mm with go a long way for improving your accuracy.
Finally, aftermarket accessories are another way to help you improve your accuracy. Red-dot scopes and even sound suppressors are two products that could help you hit the target more often. Also, an upgraded handgun magazine can allow you to fire more rounds without reloading; you have additional shots without adjusting your body. There are any number of upgrades that can have an impact on your accuracy, and the 9mm has as many to offer as any other handgun.
Now that you know a little more about some of the reasons to own one of these pistols, which one do you purchase? Cheap handguns don’t necessarily mean poor quality, but not all gun deals are for effective and appropriate weapons. Here are three suggestions on 9mm for sale that can help you improve your target shooting without costing your life savings. And surprisingly, there isn’t a Glock on the list.
● Smith & Wesson M&P Compact
The first 9mm on the list is the M&P Compact from Smith & Wesson. A reliable and accurate weapon that comes from one of the oldest manufacturers in America.
● Sig Sauer P320
The full sized pistol on the list, the Sig Sauer P320 is the largest 9mm. This is a standard 9mm that hits all of the checks across the board for what you are looking for in a target shooter.
● Springfield XD-S
Springfield’s single stack 9mm is the final weapon on the list. It is an ideal daily carry weapon that doubles as a great target shooting handgun.
These are just three 9mm handguns out there that would be perfect for shooting targets. Check out what people are saying at your local gun stores and get their input. Be sure to check prices at online gun stores before you buy though
, you are likely to save some money on your next 9mm.
When searching for tactical scopes or hunting scopes, you might find that your search results often end up with Leupold Optics somewhere near the top of your results. That is not a coincidence. A Leupold scope is widely regarded as one of the best hunting scopes on the market today. But their reputation does not stop with just hunting; they are commonly regarded as an all-around elite source for optical equipment. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons Leupold scopes have found their way onto firearms across America.
A Rich History in Optics
The Leupold Company – or rather, Leupold & Stevens – has over 100 years of experience in the field, with experience in surveying equipment, optical equipment for U.S. military tactical missions, water level indicators, range finders for golf pros, and most notably, firearm scopes. Leupold is a company that knows their competition will neither outlast them nor outperform them. That’s because the company has many qualities that separate them it from the rest of the industry.
Built on Core Values
A major reason Leupold withstands the test of time is that their company sticks strictly to their core values. These resonate through everything they do.
- Desire. They love hunting, plan and simple. The freedom that comes with exploring the great American outdoors drives their employees to produce the best scopes possible.
- Innovation. Being on the cutting edge of technology keeps the Leupold company motivated. New designs and better scopes continue to grace our firearms due to this drive.
- Knowledge. Leupold extensively tests their product in the field before it ever hits the shelf. Understanding best practices and practical applications on the hunt helps them know how best to improve their products.
- Discipline. Leupold refuses to stop until the job is done. They explore every possible avenue that will help them create scopes that make your life easier and your shooting better.
- Integrity. Leupold strives to stand by their product through thick and thin, continually improving upon products in part by listening to issues that customers have had with previous models.
- Loyalty. Leupold is faithful to both their company and their customers. They want to continue to make scopes that previous generations did.
- Dedication. There is a purpose and drive behind what they do. Leupold strives to create an environment that is built on values that current and future generations can be proud of.
- Teamwork. The best projects are made possible through teamwork. By working together within the company and with the firearms community, Leupold has consistently produced some of the more respected scopes on the market.
Whether you have been a longtime customer of Leupold or are just looking to try out some of their products, it is always a good idea to get some info on what you are buying. Three of their optics in particular are great for those looking for some inspiration.
- LEUPOLD RIFLE MAN 3-9X40 WIDE DUPLEX MATTE
A rugged scope with a clear image, the rifleman wide helps you to capture more in your field of vision than other scopes. The ergonomic main tube stands tough out in the field to remain in pristine working condition for many years.
- LEUPOLD FX-I 4X28 RIMFIRE FDPLX GLOSS
This fixed power scope has a standard multi-coat four lens system. It features a classic lockable eyepiece design. It does not have all the features of some of Leupold’s more complex designs, but it gets the job done.
- LEUPOLD VX-R 4-12X40 BALL FIREDOT MATTE
A sleek rifle scope with daylight capabilities, the Ball Firedot can be used in several hunting situations. It comes with one-button illumination that gives you access to eight different intensity settings. There is a motion sensor to help you track activity in your field of vision. This scope is a technological juggernaut.
Those three provide a good sample of the range and diversity in the scopes that Leupold manufactures. Some require their user to be more tech savvy than others, but each will help you have a more successful hunt. Now that you know a little about Leupold and have seen some of the products they make, go out and do a little more research on your own. Check your favorite online gun store for many more of the high-powered scopes from Leupold. You will be able to see why Leupold is the clear choice to make when purchasing a scope.
“Ya better say your prayers, ya flea-bitten varmint … I’m-a-gonna blow ya to smithereenies” From the wise words of Yosemite Sam to your author’s humble keyboard it's hard to find truer words. If you haven’t guessed it from my apparent affinity for Looney Tune’s quotes today we are talking about varmint hunting.
Courtesy Warner Brothers
Varmint hunting is unique in its own right. Most of the time varmint hunting isn’t necessarily done for meat, but for what’s basically pest control. Don’t get me wrong, some varmints are quite tasty… But many of them are complete and utter pests. They often breed so much, and so fast you must hunt them to just control their population.
Varmint hunting isn’t typically associated with the seriousness of deer, elk, moose, or bear hunting. It’s often more sought for the challenge than the trophy. Outside of the challenge many do it simply for pest control.
While varmint hunting may be a necessity, that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun. We’ve picked our top 5 favorite varmint and the calibers and guns perfect for blowing them to “smithereenies.”
Good ole’ tree rats, the bane of many a bird feeder. Squirrels are one of the few varmints that are nice and tasty. They can be gamey, but toss them into a stew or fry them in a cast iron pan and you’ll have a nice dinner. Squirrels can be a major pest for those in the countryside. They can chew their way into attics, destroy insulation, and leave a mess. They are nightmares in a barn, especially if you keep corn, horse feed, and similar feeds stored there.
He Looks a little squirelly - Courtesy US Fish and Wildlife
So, you gotta take ‘em out. Squirrels can be easily dealt with a 22 LR but I’ve always stuck to a shotgun for safety reasons. Since squirrels tend to keep to the trees I don’t want to be shooting rifles in the air and risk a miss. The old adage of what goes up must come down is important to remember. The 410 is my preference due to its small size and low recoil. You don’t need anything more powerful than a lightly loaded 410 and good point shooting skills. The 410 is strong enough to kill them, but weak enough where it won’t damage the squirrel past the point of edibility.
The Budget Gun
The classic budget shotgun has always been and likely always will be the single shot shotgun. The H&R Pardner series has been the go to choice for cheap, but well-made single shots for decades and I’d hate to break from tradition. This super lightweight shotgun is easy to point and is perfect for younger shooters. It has a 3-inch chamber, is hammer fired, and features classic wooden furniture. It’s also a sub 200-dollar gun.
The Fun Gun
The Mossberg 500 in 410 is hard to beat if you need to take multiple shots in a short amount of time. The pump action ensures you aren’t dealing with a finicky semi auto action, while providing 5 rounds of rapid fire potential. It’s easy to pump and dump on multiple squirrels and the ribbed barrel and bead sight keeps things simple. The gun has a 3-inch chamber, a 24 inch barrel, and a full choke. It might as well be called the squirrel blaster.
Oh coyotes, they were one of the first animals I successfully hunted. They just happened to be hunting a friend's calves and terrorizing the chickens. This is common coyote behavior and they are spreading fast across the southeast United States. They are vicious scavengers that can even be a threat to young children and domestic animals. Coyotes breed very fast, and if you’re hunting them you want something that takes them down without issue. A wounded coyote can be a very dangerous animal. You want a round that can take them out without much effort.
Coyote Courtesy US Fish and Game
Coyotes are also pretty dang suspicious of humans and tend to be skittish. It’s a lot easier to hit them from a hundred yards and beyond than trying to get them in shotgun or rimfire range. Plus, it's a lot more challenging the further out you go. I like the 22-250 for popping coyotes. It has enough oomph to take a coyote down with a single shot to almost any part of the upper body. It’s also less affected by wind than similar cartridges. It’s flat nature and hard-hitting power makes it a great coyote round out to even 500 yards.
The Savage Axis series are renowned for their quality and affordable price. You aren’t getting a rifle neutered to save a few dimes. You are getting a very competent rifle equipped with a free-floating barrel, sling swivel studs, a steel magazine, and their silky smooth bolt action. The rifle is drilled and tapped for a scope mount and ready to terrorize the next coyote that has the unfortunate luck to meet you and your Savage.
Lever gun? More like lever fun. Okay I’ll put the lame marketing jokes away now. In all seriousness the Browning BLR is one of my favorite lever guns. Instead on using a tube to hold ammo they use a rotary magazine that allows the gun to use spitzer (IE pointy) based cartridges. The BLR’s lever action is smooth and rapid. The 22-250 is a short round so there isn’t a lot of movement necessary to work the action. This gives you a lightweight, easy shooting gun with the ability to cycle rounds rapidly if needed.
Prairie dogs hardly seem to be a pest, but just a hair of research tells you just how destructive these creatures can be. It’s not uncommon for large animals like cows and horses to stumble into a prairie dog den. This often results in an injured animal, and some serious vet bills, or having to put the animal down. Prairie dogs also breed faster than rabbits and spread almost like a disease across the land. Taking them down fast and hard is the name of the game.
Courtesy US Fish and Game
Prairies dogs are basically the same size of squirrels, but live on the ground. You won’t get too close without having them scatter to their den. Hitting them from a hundred yards off with a good rimfire rifle is the way to go. The 17 HMR is an ultra-modern rimfire round from the minds at Hornady. It’s flat shooting, fast as lightning, and smashes into prairie dogs with ease. 17 HMR offers much better ballistics than 22 LR and is a more modern choice with more modern hunting projectiles offered. It hits harder, shoots flatter, and flies faster than 22 LR ever will.
The Mossberg 817 is about a cheap of a 17 HMR as you can find. This bolt action repeating rifle comes in at under 200 dollars and for that price it's a steal. It has a short 14.25-inch length of pull and weighs only 4.8 pounds. This makes it an excellent youth rifle and a lightweight prairie dog reaper. It’s ready for a scope with its Weaver style scope bases. This magazine fed rifle has a unique pistol grip and stock combo and even comes with a forward picatinny rail for mounting a bipod.
I like lever guns, and the fact that Henry introduced one in 17 HMR wasn’t lost on me. The Henry Varmint Express holds 11 rounds of 17 HMR allowing you to load it on Sunday and shoot it all week long. The adjustable semi buckhorn rear sight and beaded front sight makes it easy to split prairie dogs down the middle. Also, I chose the octagonal barrel model because let’s face it, looks matter. Get your wild west fantasy on and send them varmint packing.
Rabbit is our second tasty treat on the list. Great for cooking in the crock pot or in a stew as flavoring. Rabbit are one of the easiest creatures I’ve ever hunted. Often, it’s as simple as walking, watching one run, and then picking it off when it stops ten feet later. Rabbit are like prairie dogs in the fact that they breed fast and can invade an area quickly. They love to destroy crops, and will eat a home garden to bits and pieces.
He Looks Rascally… Courtesy US Fish and Game
Rabbits are social creatures, and it’s not unusual to find them in groups of 2 or 3. You need an easy shooting, common caliber that’s small enough to avoid damaging the meat of a target. I like the 22 LR. There’s a few reasons, first it’s close range, so the long-range potential of the 17 HMR simply isn’t needed here. Second, the semi auto designs are affordable, widely available and reliable. The third reason is 22 LR is cheap, and easy to buy in bulk.
Well this one was incredibly easy. Of course, I am going to choose the Ruger 10/22 as my 22 LR rifle of choice. The Ruger 10/22 is a lightweight, easy shooting rifle that’s ubiquitous. You can build and accessorize the 10/22 to your heart's content. The rotary magazine and finely constructed action ensures reliability. In my opinion there really isn’t a finer semi-auto 22 LR rifle for plinking, target practice and hunting. Plus, it’s extremely affordable and comes in a variety of different configurations.
If the 10/22 is the finest semi auto 22 LR rifle I couldn’t possibly suggest another rifle right? So, I won’t and take an alternative route and suggest the Browning Buckmark Contour model. This semi auto 22 LR handgun is plenty accurate for popping rabbits, but using a handgun is always more challenging than a rifle. The Contour model is equipped with a scope rail across the top which is perfect for a red dot. The Browning Buckmark is an easy shooting and reliable little gun that gives a new edge to rabbit hunting.
Hogs aren’t traditionally treated as a varmint animal, but in the southeastern United States their behavior and the laws regarding hunting them are becoming more varmint orientated. The feral hog population is exploding in the South East and its moving north every year. States are deregulating the hunting of these animals and making it legal year-round to exterminate them. Feral hogs destroy everything, from crops to yards. They are aggressive and can easily harm people and domestic animals.
Example of a Feral Hog in Florida - US Fish and Wildlife
You need something potent to take them down and you have a number of choices. I like the 7.62x39mm. It’s a moderately powerful caliber that’s excellent for taking shots under 300 yards. There are plenty of different rifle options for the round. Its moderate recoil makes follow up shots possible, which is important because hogs rarely travel alone. You also may need that quick follow up shot if a hog decides to charge you.
Caliber 7.62 x 39
Confession time, I love CZs. CZ has a brilliant and subtle marketing tool that boils down to “Come for the famous pistols, stay for the fantastic rifles.” The CZ 527 Carbine is one fantastic rifle. It’s built for hunting and is one of the finest rifles out there for under a grand. The CZ 527 is a bolt action rifle, with an 18.5-inch barrel and a 5 round magazine. This is one of the few bolt action rifles that comes equipped with iron sights, and is still scope ready. It’s a great brush gun, and with its iron sights you can hit a close-range target fast and accurately.
I know AKs aren’t hunting rifles I get it. But listen to my logic. Hogs are an invading force and as hunters we are brave partisans who must resist the tyranny of the hog. Why not use a gun renowned for its presence in the hands of partisans throughout time? That same gun just so happens to be a great hog gun. Why? It’s fast shooting, accurate enough and perfect for dealing with angry hogs. The Arsenal SAM-7 is one of the most well-made AKs on the market and if you are going big, go really big. Just remember after shooting a hog with an AK it’s mandatory you hold your gun above your head and shout, “Wolverines!”
Hunting varmints is a blast, both literally and figuratively. Having the right gun and right gear makes it easy to be successful. Varmint hunting is a little less serious and to me more fun than deer hunting. It’s perfect for new hunters or someone tired of the deer blind. You are also providing a service to the environment by controlling the population of pests. So, Grab a Gun, grab some ammo, and get out there.
Concealed carry holders have now reached over 14 million. That increase of nearly 215% between 2017 - 2017 is a sign that more people are exercising their 2nd Amendment rights for personal protection. Some of the best firearms to use when you receive our license would be the Glock 43, Sig Sauer P238, Springfield XD-S, and the Smith & Wesson M&P9c. Here is why.
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One of the best reasons to own an AR-15 is so that you can outfit it with all the parts you want to make it truly your own. There are thousands of accessories, creating millions of different possible weapon customizations. Some owners even buy all of their AR-15 parts separately, then construct the firearm at home. Whether you are building your weapon from scratch or upgrading a new or old model you own, here are some AR-15 parts to help you customize your rifle to be one hell of a weapon.
Perhaps the most recognizable part of your AR-15 rifle is its rail/upper. Here is where many of the accessories you attach to your weapon will be found. AR-15 uppers can be any range of items. Some of the big ones include:
- Sights and optics. What you intend to do with your rifle (hunting, sport shooting, home defense, etc.) will help dictate which of the many rifle scopes you want to put on your firearm. Typically, there are some base iron sights that can stock out most versions of the AR, but you can upgrade to some of the more advanced sighting options available, like red dot or optical scopes.
- Sound suppressors. These attach to the end of the barrel, so we are including them on the list here. They can be a great way to improve your hunting trips or just reduce some of the noise damage you inflict on your ears. Though there are many myths and misconceptions surrounding owning a silencer, they are not illegal to own in the United States. Reducing the noise emitted from your weapon makes you a better neighbor and a more conscientious weapon owner.
On the lower, you can find the trigger housing including the trigger guard and butt of the weapon. AR-15 lowers do not make as noticeable visual changes as the uppers do, but this is where the feel of the weapon in your grip can really be adjusted.
- AR Triggers. Another accessory that many people might not think to customize is the trigger; if you’ve spent any time shooting a firearm, though, you’ll know that triggers can vary greatly. The main way they differ is in the amount of pressure required to make the weapon fire. There are also several types of actions, such as single or double, that can impact the trigger. You can put the trigger you desire on your AR so you know exactly what is required to make your weapon fire.
- AR Stocks. Sometimes called the buttstock or shoulder stock, this is the part of the rifle that makes contact with your shoulder. Having a stock that rests firmly and comfortably on your shoulder is ideal for any sustained shooting. This can impact your ability to shoot accurately and effectively if you do not have the stock you need. Not only that, but this can also alter the appearance of your AR.
Extra ammunition is always a good idea. The ability to access it quickly is an even better idea. That’s part of the reason that AR-15 magazines make the list. Like pretty much everything else for the AR, there is a wealth of options to select from. You will want to think about the size and material that the magazine is made out of when determining which is right for you.
An AR sling might seem like an insignificant addition to your assault rifles, but carry your weapon in your hands for a couple hours while out on the hunt and you will reconsider choosing a sling. Not only will it make your firearm more comfortable to carry, but the right sling can allow you to access your weapon more efficiently when you need to have it in firing position quickly.
AR-15 accessories can distinctly change the form and function of your weapon. Once you have a good grasp on how you intend to use your rifle and what feels comfortable when you shoot, you can begin to outfit your AR with some of the many accessories you can find. Once you do, you will have a weapon that is completely customized to your needs and that is uniquely your own.