The Rimfire Report: The Legendary Ruger Standard .22 Pistol

Hello and welcome back to another edition of The Rimfire Report! This ongoing series is all about the rimfire firearm world! Last time we talked about the AMT Automag II .22 Magnum pistol. As I assumed would be the case in the comments, most of you guys love the idea, and the looks of the sizeable silver handgun but absolutely loathed the size of the grip, and the lack of consistent reliability across all models with most types of ammo. However, as with any discontinued handgun, not every example is a negative and at least a handful of you mentioned that the pistol was not only stylish but was entertaining as heck to shoot due to the gigantic fireballs the handgun produced. I think we all share the sentiment that it’d be pretty cool to have a modern, decently functioning replica of the Automag II around. This week we’re going further back to a legend within the rimfire pistol scene. Born out of the “Standard” series released in 1949, the eventual Ruger Mark or MK series of pistols would completely change the rimfire pistol scene forever. Today we’ll check out a very nicely preserved sample of the Ruger Standard model sent over to us by our friends at FirearmLand. FirearmLand has been helping us get a closer look at some of these rare and discontinued historical pieces so be sure to check out their website if you’re interested in collecting or even selling some of your rare firearms!

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SILENCER SATURDAY #332: Quiet Summer – M&P 15-22 And Gemtech Integra

Good evening everyone and welcome back to TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the brand new YHM 338 Bad Larry Suppressor. Last week we discussed some sound science and the reasons that breaking the sound barrier isn’t tamed with even the best performing suppressors. This week we spend a beautiful Saturday afternoon with the Smith & Wesson M&P 15-22 and the Gemtech INTEGRA integrally suppressed upper receiver. This is one of those combinations that captures the pure summer fun of plinking or target shooting. Let’s take a look.

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The Rimfire Report: The Hilariously Huge AMT Automag II .22 Magnum

Hello and welcome back to another edition of The Rimfire Report! This ongoing series is all about the rimfire firearm world and its many different types of guns, ammo, and history. Last time we talked about the concept of a gas-operated 22LR rifle or pistol. While the concept is a neat exercise in “can we do it” the reality of the situation is that the 22LR cartridge is not meant for nor would it be suitable for anything other than a manual or standard blowback semi-automatic action. This week I want to talk a bit about an obscure pistol I’ve been trying to get my hands on for years – the elusive and massive AMT Automag II .22 Magnum rimfire pistol. Born out of the technological revolution of the 80s, the Automag II is equal parts hand cannon and target pistol. This is one rimfire gun I’d love to see make a comeback and hopefully today I can show you why.

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The Rimfire Report: Why You Don't See Gas-Operated 22LR Guns

Hello and welcome back to another edition of The Rimfire Report! This ongoing series is all about the rimfire firearm world and its many different types of firearms, ammunition, and bits of history. Last week we talked about the fondly remembered Winchester 250 lever action 22LR rifle. A lot of you seemed to indeed have fond memories of the rifle and a few of you even commented that you still owned and shot yours which is something we always love to see (safe queens are boring). I was going over some recent show footage from SHOT 2024 and I came across the Rock River Arms 17HMR Gas Operated Blowback 17HMR Rifle. If you can’t watch the video, the rifle basically uses a hybrid of a bearing-locked breech, with a direct impingement system in order to give the 17HMR cartridge to properly build pressure before cycling. A lot of commenters on that video asked the question “Why can’t you do a gas-operated 22LR gun?” Today we’re going to try and at least partially answer this question. I’m not a firearms engineer, but I’ve learned a few things over the years about this tiny little cartridge that I think you’ll agree make it a poor choice to build a true gas-operated firearm around, which is why you don’t see them often.

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[NRAAM 2024] World's Lightest Semi-Auto 22LR? MBGL GOAT-15

For day 2 of the NRA 2024 Annual Meetings and Expo, Luke C is back on the showroom floor with Mountain Billy Gun Labs (formerly Wee 1 Tactical) to talk about their ultra tiny and ultra-light 80% scale AR-15 the GOAT-15. Intended for plinkers and smaller individuals, the GOAT-15 features the same familiar controls of the AR-15, with enhanced safety features that make it great for younger shooters.

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TFB Review: The Finnish Jaki 22LR Suppressor

Since 1996 Jaki Ltd. of Finland have been manufacturing suppressors. The company was founded by Jussi and Aki Nyyssönen, and they initially began by designing and crafting suppressors for their own personal competitive firearms. With time, almost four decades, the company and the products have evolved. To my knowledge, Jaki’s products cannot be found in the USA, but since TFB stretches on a global level with lots of international readers, it can sometimes be of interest to study various products even if they’re not available.

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The Rimfire Report: The Fondly Remembered Winchester 250 Lever Action

Hello and welcome back to another edition of The Rimfire Report! This ongoing series is all about the rimfire firearm world and all of the types of guns, ammo, and history you can imagine surrounding it! Last week we talked about the odd and often ill-remembered Intratec TEC-22 pistol. A lot of you shared that your own pistols tended not to work well and even confirmed the reports that the gun would often go full-auto occasionally! I always find it very interesting to hear from you guys when it comes to some of the more unsavory reports about rare or discontinued firearms. This week we’re talking about another firearm that has been discontinued, but one that usually brings back fond memories rather than sour ones. This week we’re talking about the discontinued and fondly remembered Winchester 250 22LR lever action rifle.

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The Rimfire Report: George Kellgren's 22LR Scorpion – The Intratec TEC-22

Hello and welcome back to another edition of The Rimfire Report! This ongoing series is entirely focused on rimfire firearms and their related fields. Last week we had a really nice discussion about two of my favorite rimfire handguns, the Ruger MK IV and the SIG P322. While I correctly guessed that most of you would much prefer the MK IV 22/45, I was actually quite surprised just how many of you like the P322 for what it is and what it does. I had the preconceived notion that a majority of people who have owned them actually don’t like them based on online feedback. However, based on everything you guys said in the comments last week, it seems to me that the P322 is indeed a fun plinker… at least when it works! This week we’re going to talk about a pistol that most of you guys either haven’t even heard of or have scrubbed from your memory entirely due to the litany of problems the poor rimfire pistol had over its brief 10-year lifespan. Today we’ll be talking about the George Kellgren-designed Interatec TEC-22 22LR semi-automatic pistol. While it might look like a boring plastic polymer 22LR pistol, the TEC-22 has a lot of interesting features that make it worth looking over or maybe even owning as a collector’s item.

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Springfield Armory Gear Up Promo 2024: Get A Free 2020 Rimfire Rifle

Springfield Armory has a new Gear Up promotion for 2024. Purchasers of a Waypoint 2020 or Redline 2020 centerfire rifle can get a free Model 2020 Rimfire Target rifle. That rimfire rifle has an MSRP of $434, so this is quite a bit more valuable than the usual spare magazines in the Gear Up promo!

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The Rimfire Report: Was the FN Trombone a Sour Note in Rimfire History?

Welcome back to another edition of The Rimfire Report! This ongoing series is all about the rimfire firearm world. Today I want to talk about slide action or pump action 22LR rifles. They’re absolutely fun, and a great way to introduce new shooters to the sport using a manually operated firearm. While there are a few notable examples throughout the history of pump-action 22LR rifles, they aren’t nearly as popular as lever-action 22LR rifles. Born from the mind of John Moses Browning himself, the FN Trombone is one such example that doesn’t get nearly enough attention. Today we’ll discuss the history of the FN Trombone and talk about some of its features, as well as where you might find one today if you’re an avid historical rifle collector.

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The Rimfire Report: The Vudoo Target .22LR 1911 Pistol

Hello and welcome back to another edition of The Rimfire Report! In this ongoing series, we discuss anything and everything rimfire! Last week we heard from fellow TFB Writer Doug E as he discussed the futuristic-looking Beretta U22 NEOS pistol. Like a lot of other pistols of its era and style, the U22 NEOS was eventually discontinued which I think is a huge shame, especially considering that the Neos was also capable of being converted to a carbine with the purchase of a separate kit. Interestingly enough, this is something that a lot of people do with the Ruger MK III and MK IV series since the “upper” is actually the firearm and the grip/frame is an unserialized part. Thank you once again to Doug for sharing his knowledge and experience with us in last week’s edition! This week we’re checking out something completely different – a really expensive and allegedly very accurate 1911-style 22LR pistol – the Vudoo Target .22LR 1911 Pistol. Today we’ll be going over its specifications, features, use cases and of course my thoughts on the handgun so far.

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Smith & Wesson M&P15-22: New MBUS/B5 Bundle

The Smith & Wesson M&P15-22 offers a tactical rifle in a rimfire chambering, but that doesn’t mean that shooters don’t want… the finer things of life. With that in mind, S&W has just announced an upgraded version that is somewhat clumsily labeled the SMU/Bundle Series.

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Savage Arms Rimfire Plant Expands To Start Production Of New Lever-Actions

The firearms business is booming in all corners, and that includes your basic .22s. As a sign of the times, the Savage Arms rimfire plant in Canada is expanding in the coming months—and one of the reasons is that Savage needs the space to build new lever-action rifles. They’re also starting a centerfire production line in Canada.

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Christensen Arms Begins Shipping MPR Rimfire Models

Christensen Arms is now shipping its Modern Precision Rifle (MPR) Rimfire series of guns. The MPR Rimfire rifles are precision-oriented and include a TriggerTech trigger and carbon fiber-wrapped barrel. It is compatible with Ruger BX magazines, which most of us already have a pile of.

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The Rimfire Report: The SIG P322-COMP – Worth the Extra $$$?

Hello and welcome back to another edition of The Rimfire Report! This ongoing series is all bout the rimfire firearm world and all of its different guns, ammunition types, shooting sports, and history. SIG Sauer has recently released a new iteration of their successful P322 pistol – the P322-COMP. I want to start off this week by making it 100% clear that I am completely biased in favor of the P322 pistol already as I personally feel like it has been the single greatest semi-auto 22LR pistol to be released in the last decade. The P322 is an excellent cheap, optics-ready, suppressor-ready package that costs less than $500 – who doesn’t like a good cheap gun? Even with all of that being said, something new like the P322-COMP needs to show us it’s worth the extra dough that SIG is asking for – about $200 or more according to online pricing. I was recently able to take both my original SIG Sauer P322 and the new P322-COMP out to the range to shoot them both side by side to see if the extra features and components are worth the money.

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